Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Guss who did the Sydney half marathon....?

I have wanted to run a half marathon for quite some years, but how? (....think brain, think!)

I was sitting in 'The pit stop cafe' in Darlington over 6 weeks ago, browsing the newspapers, i saw an advert for the Sydney half marathon, it was coming up, so i grabbed an iPad, signed up and then it was all up to me.

As Hunter S Thompson once said...
If you buy the ticket, you take the ride

Shane or Anonymous, in Sydney....

I was in, coming up to the race, i had a flash back of Shane Crawford coming up to Sydney to do training, he liked the fact that no one knew him in Sydney, so i went to Melbourne.

And there i did some training of my own, swimming and running. I ran about 20kms in 1 hour 35, from Brighton beach to Port Melbourne, to the MCG and up to Fitzroy and felt good, everything felt good, i caught up with my mate Vince, i saw Cassie and her kid and lots of grown up stuff with grown ups too!

You see, Run Melbourne was coming up and a supplement from The Age newspaper had training schedules, i was doing everything correctly, except the long runs, so it was a matter of urgency to get one in and i was in like Flynn!

My time

The first time i did a long run was the bridge to Brisbane, about 2 years ago, then i did 14kms in the Melbourne city to surf and now this, a half marathon, 21kms, a guy at the start line told me it's actually about 23kms with all the twists and turns in the city, lots of people.

As you can see, it's kinda contagious, i like it immensely, running fits in with my budget and if truth be told, my cross training of swimming and Shawn T's 'Insanity work outs' were a big help, you can find some of them on youtube.com

The photos and videos are online too

Interestingly, about 40,000 people paid to run, 18,000 decided to stay in bed.

My advice, a half marathon is a totally excellent way to start a Sunday morning!!!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Sydney fine weather is turning me into a damn word zombie!

How my day looks every day

Hello there,

Remember me? Coz i remember you, i haven't forgotten about you, you see i have been waiting for the bad weather to kick in, and it hasn't much.

 I have been just doing 'other things', taking advantage of the fine weather, making the most of it, of life and not being stuck inside, looking out at people having fun. Sounds good so far, eh?

Well, i thought this was a good strategy, until i start blogging for my IT work related blog and it seems like i haven't much to say, as some pop singer might say
'Words don't come easy, to me'

Strange, it's a bit like getting out of bed and finding out you don't have any legs, strange, they seemed there yesterday, the legs, there was 2 of them.

Brain says:
Help!!! Someone call an ambulance, the police anything!!

So what have i been doing?

I have been going to lots of events, book launches, Sydney ideas lectures, learning as much about stuff n' stuff, totally irrelevant to software testing and that's the point.

Also check Swimming, running, bike rides, reading
Searching for ideas, let me explain...

When you meet people outside your industry, you get ideas, hopefully ideas that no one else gets, you connect the dots in your head, the jigsaw puzzle starts to fit together, you might do something that might make a difference and who knows? Maybe your neighbour re-things his opinion of you and maybe after doing some long sums in his head you might not be such a bad fellow after all, even though his cat somehow digs up the fish heads you bury at the end of the garden.

Intellectual fish head

So, my promise to you (grave digger for fish heads), dear reader is i will be making a more consistent effort to write more, only to avoid the word zombie that has somehow sucked all the useful words out of my head. 

Sounds like a plan? 

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