Run Fat Boy Run

Well, what a weekend that was.  The WACCI Winter Warmer fund raiser event was a massive success…raising over $6,700 for ME/CFS Australia.  Funds that will make an immediate impact on the quality of life for so many people.

As I walked through our door in the early hours of Sunday morning, my semi-inebriated FaceBook update could not have summed it up any better:

I cannot begin to put words together in a fashion that will encapsulate the awesomeness of every single person involved with the WACCI Winter Warmer fund-raising event for ME/CFS Australia. A collection of amazing people gathered for a cause that is too close to my own heart. Sincerest thanks to all….you know who you are. Good karma comin’ your way.

I would like to pass special acknowledgements to my bro, Oli, and our MC for the night, Kerry, who worked their butts off for weeks leading up to this event…giving so much of their time and themselves…also, never forgetting the collection of generous donors providing some spectacular items for the silent auction. The evening went like clockwork and it was abuzz with a great atmosphere and a room full of smiling people.  Making all this possible was Bonnie and her team of legends making The Parlour Milkbar & Kitchen the perfect venue.  Even Bonnie’s staff donated their time…a really wonderful group of people. Please show them some support by heading there to treat yourself to a Sunday brekky or something…

I’ve not received the photos taken on the night as yet, but will post a gallery for everyone to check out as soon as they come in.

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Had my first appointment with my orthopaedic surgeon, Simon Holland, today…getting the ball rolling so I’m in theatre as soon as possible after we return from the US.  Nice guy…bit of an athlete himself with a few 24-hr events under his belt…mountain biking seems to be his thing.  I’m set for x-rays and MRI the week after I get back so he has post-race images to work with.

Training today was all about mileage and testing my ageing ITBs.  It had purpose too…had to collect my motorbike from my brother’s house after the weekend’s fund raiser. I took the long way there to stretch it out a little.

STEADY STATE

Run 20.2km

Time:  1hr 42min     Avg. Pace:  5:05/km     Avg HR:  157bpm     Energy:  1,569 kcal

Other than an aching shoulder, I felt pretty good throughout the run and recovered quickly.  I had a Hammer Perpetuum before I left and one gel squeezie at the 1 hour mark (Espresso flavour…not bad at all). On the advice of one Dr Locky Goodwin, I made sure I ran on grass at every opportunity and was careful with my heel strike too. Anyone would think he knew what he was talking about!

I have a shoulder brace on order too, so I’m hopeful this will help ease the ache-factor.  Not sure when it’s going to get here though…it seems “Free Shipping” translates to “you’ll get it when it gets there”. Hopefully the wait will be worth it.

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Today I ran for those that can’t.  Please help those suffering with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis  by considering a tax deductible donation to ME/CFS Australia.

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