For the first time in 9 1/2 years, I am home without one of my kids. This was my daughter’s first day of all-day school–what a mix of emotions to send them both off this morning! I’m sure any of you who  have been through this understand. I’m happy because there are so many things I want to do with this time: work on expanding […]

A Cruel Joke

That’s what my body is playing on me right now. Remember when I first got to Australia I had a fever and had to miss several days of training? Well, that ugly virus has reared its head again. I’ve been home since very late Tues. night and have yet to get a decent night’s sleep. And now I have a sinus infection coupled with another […]

Why I’m not lovin’ the Garmin

I told you all a while back that I was going to break down and get a Garmin. I resisted for ages because I have always been pretty simplistic with my running and that has worked for me. I’m not an ipod person nor a heart-rate monitor person. But I decided to give a Garmin a try–everyone seems to love them and I thought it […]

For the trail runners…

After my epic trail run in Australia, I have a few questions for those of you who run trails regularly. Since I was both in a different country and racing a different type of race, I was wondering if the differences were related to trail running itself, or to cultural differences. Probably a mix of both, but, here are my questions: • I noticed that […]

So long, Sydney

Does anyone remember that song “I did a bad, bad thing?” It keeps playing in my head, thanks to the way my legs are feeling post-bush run. I think that event was just out of my league and now my legs are paying for it. I’m still having trouble walking down stairs, ala post-marathon. But this was only a training run and I still have […]

Willy2Billy 35k bush run

The short version: Hardest. Run. EVER! The long version: Before we came to Australia, I looked around online to see what potential races or runs I might do while here. I came upon the Bilpin Bush Run 35k and sent some emails off to the organizers to see exactly how technical it might be. I’m not a trail runner, and on the rare occasion that […]

Sights for sore eyes

To say my kids and I packed in a full day today would be an understatement. But before we even began our day, I headed out for a quick run that included some nice hill repeats right here in my neighborhood–and my first Australian critter encounter! We had to leave our house at 6:45 this morning to catch a tour bus, which meant I needed […]

Aussies are bad-ass

FINALLY–got out for a run. Went over the harbor bridge, past the opera house and through the botanical gardens for about 10 miles total. Just gorgeous. The whole time I kept thinking about how lucky I am to be able to take in sites through a run.  I also had a chance to see plenty of Australians pounding the pavement, which leads me to this […]

Mixed bag

View from our apartment I’m feeling a bit better, thankfully, but still not 100 percent. I definitely had a fever on Saturday, but that has passed. Still low on energy and still have some congestion lingering at the back of my throat. My tendency is to get a cough and if I don’t lay low, it almost always progresses to bronchitis. So…still not running. I […]

Sick in Sydney

So here I am, on the other side of the world, sitting on the couch in my PJs at 10:30 in the morning. So bummed. I felt pretty bad when I woke up yesterday, so I skipped any attempt at running–I’ve learned that lesson the hard way too many times. My husband had to go into the office, so I took the kids to the […]