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 my … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 might work well … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 a lot … [Read more...]

Willy2Billy 35k bush run

Running in Australia is a whole new experience.

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Mixed bag

View from our apartmentI'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. … [Read more...]

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 aquarium--it's an awesome one … [Read more...]

Observations from a VERY long trip

Ok, my friends--34 hours door-to-door for us yesterday/today. It was LONG! Here are the high/low-lights:Overall, I must say the kids did pretty well. One little meltdown from one little girl as we landed in L.A., but otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised with their performance. Kids somehow pull it together when we need them to, don't … [Read more...]

Wish me luck!

No, not for a race, but for the 20-plus hours I am about to spend on a plane headed for Australia. With kids.I'm hoping for the best and have geared up to keep the kids entertained--I've been to the dollar store and bought a bunch of stuff that will hopefully distract them for a portion of the flight. Been to the library and loaded up on … [Read more...]

The pre-run routine

I remember one long run last year where I was supposed to run to a friend's house and then she would come out and do 10 miles of the run with me. When I got to her house, though, she wasn't outside. It was early in the a.m., so I knocked quietly so as not to waken her whole household. She came to the door and was shocked to see me--her … [Read more...]