Saturday, June 01, 2013

The Week (and two days) in Review

On Friday morning, a week ago, Mr B and I drove through to Berry in the Alfa for my birthday surprise. We stayed in a delightful  Bed and Breakfast overnight in the little country village. On the way we stopped for lunch at The Green Grocer, one of our favourite cafes in Goulburn. Here we contacted our good friend Charlie who called in to sit and chat with us.It was so lovely to see her.
Berry is such a pretty place. We arrived in pouring rain and the plush green countryside reminded me of New Zealand. We had an explore before going out for a delicious meal in one of the few restaurants that were open.

Berry B & B
Next morning, Saturday, the sun was shining when we went for a 7km run along the undulating country trails working up an appetite for breakfast. Later we had more of an explore of the quaint little shops and drove home with a detour to check out Shoalhaven beach. We drove home a different way avoiding some of the very big undulations.
Shoalhaven Beach                                                                                                                

On Sunday we headed out to the Veterans' Monthly Handicap run at West Stromlo, an undulating course that finishes uphill. We were lucky with the weather as although it was foggy and cloudy it didn't rain and the wind was slight. Later a group of us went for a disappointing coffee at The Scope. We had to sit in the foyer and it was really cold. Some of us girls used provided crocheted rugs to wrap around us to give us some warmth.
Total run: 7.5km
Time taken: 46:25
Average pace per km: 6:11
Finish place: 18th (out of 92)
Handicap group: 15
Age percentage: 70.4%
The best part of the morning was that Margaret won the Bronze medal. That was exciting but her handicap will be amended accordingly!

This Week in Review - Planks every day of 2mins 15secs; daily walks with Teddy
Monday - 
Swim 1.1km
Run with Margaet - 11.5km
No training at Parliament House as we had our SG dinner at Phnom Pen - a lovely night.
Run with Teddy - 5km
Run 8km from home
Night - Thank you nibbles and drinks at the Tradies for volunteers and officials at the Australian Masters Athletics which were held two months ago
Body Balance at gym

Saturday - Park Run
I ran from home to the lake for the Ginninderra Parkrun. There I met up with Marg and several other familiar runners. 
Parkrun: 5km 
Time taken: 28:27 (PB remains at 27:50)
Place: 61st (out of 90)
Place in age group: 1st
Age graded score: 70.18%
Total distance including warm up: 10km
After the run I joined the others for coffee at Birrigai Cafe. We were lucky that the rain held off until after the run and since then the rain has not stopped. It has been constant. We need the rain but tomorrow at Stromlo will be soggy for the mountain running championships which I am planning to go to watch.


  1. You should have entered & ran the Aust Mountain running championships, could have been an Aussie medalist. As I said at the monthly hnadicap last Sunday, it's not that hard to do 8 km, walk plenty. It's good fun.

    1. Glad I didn't run it in that weather Two Fruits. It was dreadful. Maybe next year!!! (or maybe not)!

  2. Beautiful birthday trip. Glad you didn't have long black cloud weather to go with the NZ scenery!

    1. It didn't look too promising on Friday night Ewen when it was raining cats and dogs but Saturday was lovely:)