It’s raining, it’s pouring…

Finally it’s raining! We have had such hot weather for weeks and with days of bushfire smoke added in for good measure, it’s nice to finally have some relief! It’s hard to comprehend that in some places, like in the UK where my daughter lives, that flooding is occurring and in the US heavy snow falls are again the order…

Smoke gets in my eyes!

Smoke gets in my eyes!

Smoke from bush fires hundreds of kilometres away has been sitting over our town for days now. On one of my early morning runs this week, I took this photo, but unfortunately it doesn’t do any justice to how eerie it really looked!

The sun was a huge red orb in the smoky sky creating quite an eerie effect.

My phone just couldn’t capture it, although I am happy enough with the end result.

I was thinking while running that the body is amazing.  My body clock is now into its own routine and knows when I am to wake up for my morning runs, without the need for an alarm.  I just wake up, get dressed, set my heart rate monitor, set my phone app to track my run, turn on some music, grab my water bottle and go!  I do have every thing ready the night before and find that being organised really helps.  The 12wbt program is very good at getting you organised and so it becomes a part of daily and weekly life.

I’m very glad that I don’t have any breathing issues as running in the smoke could be very difficult for some. Despite sore calves and a sore Achilles’ tendon, I did the day’s tempo training for nearly an hour and on my way home noticed the sun though the pall of smoke. (Just as an aside, I have noticed that I am far more observant these days and love my early mornings runs as I never know what I will see to photograph.)

After a delicious breakfast of a poached egg and avocado toast I headed off to work.  The smoke hung around, literally, all day and combined with hot steamy temperatures made it quite an uncomfortable day so I was glad to be inside in an air-conditioned office.

The best part of my day was the hour long massage that I had booked to relieve my sore muscles. It was absolutely amazing and just what I needed!  As well as a massage I had some cupping done for the first time, it’s an old Chinese therapy, and I didn’t mind it at all.  I had a walk scheduled with friends for late in the afternoon but my therapist suggested that I just rest my legs for a bit and I took her advice.

The smoke is still here days later and rain is forecast for the weekend, so hopefully it eventuates as we are getting desperately dry.  Fire fighters need relief and we are all over the weeks of 30-40 Celsius temperatures.

Smoke on the water maybe…..

Aside

I have just realised that I am really missing my zero to hero community!  I haven’t posted in a while as I haven’t had the nudge that the daily challenge gave me.

I have just spent a nice evening fiddling with my blog putting into use some of the skills that I learnt throughout the 30 day challenge and feel pleased that I have remembered how to do things like links and editing my widgets.

Feel free to visit fellow heroes, have a look at my new page of my blogs that I’m proudest of and leave me a hello – I miss you all!

I aim to get involved in some of the other challenges soon, any suggestions gratefully accepted.  Stay in touch 🙂

Letter to myself – 12 wbt weekly challenge

The challenge for week 1 of this round of 12wbt is to write a letter to ourselves answering the following questions.  It’s  a good exercise and I think I’m lucky as I’ve been blogging about my feelings throughout the first round and into my second round, so I  have an idea of what’s been going on in my head. While the questions below…

Lunching with myself

Day 22’s task for of the Zero to Hero challenge is to draft a post for (another) blogging event to see what other opportunities there are for writing, publishing, and getting to know people in the blogosphere. I had a look at all the events and challenges listed as suggested and decided that I liked the idea of the Weekly Writing Challenge due…

Awards night!!

Since  I have been involved in the Zero to Hero 30 day challenge I have had a lovely time checking out lots of other blogs and learning loads from everything I read, as well as learning more about blogging in general. I’m trying to keep up with the blogging challenges as well as my ‘real life’ but have taken some time…

Aside

While out cycling on the Great Victorian Rail Trail we came across the Cheviot Tunnel near Yea. A lovely ride on another Victorian rail trail. Couldn’t resist putting this saying on the photo.

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*zero to hero challenge to use a different style of post. This is an aside post.

Haven from the heat

29 degrees Celsius at 6am is an indication that the day will be another heatwave here in Melbourne. We are here for the Australian Open tennis read more here and I decided that Fitzroy Gardens would be a nice spot for my morning run/walk.  It was a delightfully cool, peaceful haven with green grass, sprinklers, shady trees, fountains and interesting sights…

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