Sunday, January 20, 2008

Dusting off the cobwebs

Well, it has been a while between entries hasn't it. Once we left Sydney it was a bit difficult to find enough time to write blog posts even though I did have access to a computer. Anyway, last time I checked in I mentioned the run with Ewen. He subsequently documented his thoughts on it here, with pretty pictures and all. I think that the commenter called I Hate Toast made the most profound comment. The only thing is I think I am a bit uneasy about the sections of Sydney in which such a calendar might be a hit.

We spent a few more days in Sydney and I had some runs down to Lane Cove National Park from Chatswood and basically enjoyed the hills and birdlife. After Sydney we spent a night on the Central Coast at Macmasters Beach and I had a nice run that was about 3 km on road, 2 km on nice even fire trail, then down to a beach and back up the coast via a very rugged little trail. For a total of 11 or 12 km in an hour 15, it was a truly tough little run.

Then it was a night in Newcastle and a day off running before moving on to Coffs Harbour for 9 nights with my brother and parents all leading into the parents' 60th wedding anniversary on the 10th and party on the 12th. All five of my siblings were able to come together and many of my parents' grandchildren as well. So it was very special occasion and an emotional farewell.

I didn't really enjoy the running in Coffs so much, though I got a fair bit done. It was very steamy and at times warm. Running courses were not particularly obvious, though there was one section of bicycle path for 6 km from Coffs to Sawtell. The most enjoyable run I had was one morning when I drove to the boat harbour, ran to Sawtell (Toormina actually) and back and then had a dip in the Harbour before driving home again.

My eldest son, Tatsuya, who is now back with us, is nagging me to give him a massage for his sore legs from soccer yesterday. is impossible to find enough time to blog properly, so that will have to do for now.


Pete said...

Nice to have you back "on line" again. It sounds like you had a fantastic trip.

Scott said...

I'll second that! Missed your posts.

Give Tatsuya a "Crying Tiger" massage he wont ask you again ;)

Tesso said...

I was going to say welcome back ... but it seems the wrong thing to say seeing though you have left here and gone there!

Sounds like a great hol. And how wonderful that must have been to have the family together like that.

PS I love Sawtell :-)

Ewen said...

Steve, kids don't need massage, unlike creaky veteran marathoners.

Glad the rest of the trip went well - especially the party for your parents' 60th.

By the way, I was more impressed by your 30.06k run. I wondered how far the bitumen bit on the other side of the river was - we used to call it '3k', but that was from the gate on Fuller's Road.