GC Half 2014 – Sounds to get me through

Well a shorter distance then planned last Christmas, a story for another time, but it means a mighty cull of the songs I have noted through the year.  3 sleeps to the half marathon and the mixed tape is sorted…

So my self made rule of no songs from last year posed a bigger problem than I had thought, but got there in the end. There’s 80’s, pop, punk, Brisbane bands, a riff I rediscovered this year at the Day on the green, of course the 90’s is represented, some songs released this year and a tip of the hat to Rik Mayall with his passing this year. My favourite band also needed a cameo, as well as my old favourite from late 80’s/90’s…

Every single song holds a story for me that I can think about whilst doing the shuffle, pushing ensuing pain to the rear of my thoughts, well that’s the plan anyway.

In the lyrics of one of the songs has the name of this blog, anyone? (You should know this one Sue)

Reflektor – Arcade Fire 
Sat By the Ocean – Queens of the Stone Age 
Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
Beach – San Cisco 
I Hear Motion – The Models
Mad World – Tears for Fears
Today – Smashing Pumpkins
Unsent Letter – Machine Gun Fellatio
Roscoe – Midlake
Cash – The Panics
I Wanna Be Adored – The Stone Roses
All I Know – Washed Out
Raspberry – Beret Prince  ** Sorry all youtube audio blocked for this track
Supersonic – Oasis  
Sich Offen – Not From There
My Pal – God
Aloha Steve & Danno – Radio Birdman
Berlin Chair – You Am I
Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana
Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t ‘ve?) – Buzzcocks
Pepper – Butthole Surfers
Ace Of Spades – Motörhead
DC – Died Pretty
House Of Cards – Radiohead
In Between Days – The Cure
Orange crush – R.E.M.
Reptile – The Church
Mexican Radio – Wall of Voodoo
Wolf Like Me –  TV On The Radio
Vasoline – Stone Temple Pilots
True Faith – New Order
Gonna Make It – Vydamo
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire
Without me – Eminem

Been away from the blogosphere

Hello there sole reader 🙂

I have started many a post, but they are always so long and epic, that I decided that I can just post short posts if I like.  I remembered that the reason for this thing, was for R&T to read off in the future to see what was going on at the time.

So, boy am I glad it is 2014.  2013 was hard. Very Hard work all round, but things are looking on the up, which has taken longer to build momentum.  In the main, I am talking about the setup of the new business, but it has bled into other areas, one of which being fitness.

My fitness has slid since the half marathon last year, and in a moment of delirium around Christmas, I decided that I am training for the full marathon in July.  20km’s this morning in humid windy conditions was trying!

A pic I grabbed of the Daily Runner group on our volunteer day at park run below.

DR volunteers at park run
DR volunteers at park run

Anyhow, be ready to see more of my posts here, so much to catch up on.

Song of the day comes off my current long run playlist Arcade Fire – Reflektor which is 7.5 minutes of goodness, and a great tempo for running awkwardly.

GC Half marathon – Race day

It was an early start, with the alarm #1 going off at 3:02, so alarm #2 didn’t need to come into play.  Why I picked 3:02 and not 3:00 would require a separate blog post, and one that may drive away my 2 readers with the author’s wackiness…  I did sleep well knowing everything was packed / ready, and I just need to get up, and go pretty much.

GC (1 of 2) everything ready to go (in case of sleep in)

I grabbed a light breakfast and caught up with the news overnight, seems the watching of the Wallabies Lions decider may not be as urgent given the result.  I heard a sleepy ‘good luck’ from someone upstairs that sounded like Sue in a dreamlike state.

It was a good run down the coast, sipping on my water and chanting don’t go out too fast.  Parking was easier than expected and I found myself in the race precinct around 5:00, an hour before the start.  I dropped off my bag, and made the regulation nervous toilet stop, after the regulation nervous toilet line wait. I then lined up at the barriers, to be let into the starting area, and made sure the playlist was loaded and working.

The gates were opened and a little jog to the starting zone, and an underdone warmup was complete.  I couldn’t see the 2:00 pace starting area, so I hung back behind the 1:50, and let the massess press past me. (I didn’t want to be that guy slowing up the pace). I caught fellow parkrunner and daily runner, John C at the start, and I said don’t wait for me, run your own race.  There must have been 1 or 2 thousand people ahead of us, and as the start got closer, lots of nervous banter about their garmin’s dropping the satellites again.  I must have played with my watch every 15 seconds to ensure it was good to go, as it would be crucial to my run pace.


In my pre-race test of my playlist, I lined up the play list, stuck a headphone in the ear to test all good.  Seems it was the only headphone that would work…  Jiggling the jack for the first k had intermittent success, so I resigned to the fact that my right ear only having music, no use stressing about it now…

Near the start, Matt gave a shout out and a high 5, which was great that he spotted us.  He then ran the marathon, starting in just over in hour in a blistering time of 3:05!   I am guessing his wife Rowena, must have been around me somewhere in the field, but she tore away and finished in 1:51.  I am so glad I didn’t bump into her and try and keep pace…

Running along, with an eye firming on my pace, it was great to see lots of support for runners by their family and friends, but it extended to all who ran past.  I am pretty sure the multiple kids that I high fived as I passed, gave me extra energy!  There were people dressed up in all sort of gear on the side of the road, and I loved an old couple standing their, banging pots with spoons (saw them at 2km and 19km), crazy elderly folk!  There were a lot of positive comments along the route, and coming home in the last 1.5 km it really helped!

During the race when mr brain was trying to let me know what a stupid idea this was, I started thinking about various things, and I spotted landmarks in Sue and I’s earlier life.  I passed by our first unit we moved out together in (1990), where the grand hotel used to be, the bottle shop at Runaway Bay I worked at part time, after we bought our first place and  we needed some extra coin, and on it went…

As I started back in the field, though I didn’t know how far after the start I actually started, I was worried I wouldn’t see the black balloons. The pace runners have different coloured helium ballons attached to them, and the 2:00 target was black.  I passed the 2:10, and was hopeful of spotting the black.  I spotted them in the distance around the 9k mark, and I think I caught them around the 12k mark.  The pace runner was dressed as a bee, and looked to be doing it easy, letting people know when the next water station was and getting photos taken.

I pushed on at my 5:30 pace, and managed to finish (my garmin says) 1 second ahead of the target pace.  I felt Elated!  My knees did not.


Really happy with my time of 1:56:37

My garmin map and pace for the event is here

I caught up with John post race, and we also bumped into Neil who ran a 1:23 which is scary fast!  John said he had “backstage passes” to a special area, so he was going to grab some food, while I grabbed my bag.  And that was the last I saw of him… So many people and he didn’t have a phone, oh well, next time.

GC (2 of 2)

Finishers shirt and bling

IF, and a big IF, I decide to do it again, it would be great to have the family down and stay the night before and after, as it had a fantastic atmosphere, and would be great to experience the event more than that of a race blow in.

Those beers I mentioned in a previous post will certainly get a nudge this afternoon.

Thanks to support from the local runners that gave great advice, and especially Paul H and Werner.  Cheers!

The song of the day, is off the playlist from today Queens of the Stone Age – Go with the Flow, and it was playing as planned as I approached the finish.  I did however pause the music to soak in the last 500m.

2 days out

2 days out from the longest run I have done…Well only by 500 metres or so, but still…

It seems that the lurgy may be behind me – touching my head as I say touch wood, the things you pick up as a youngster that stay with you.

I have put in the prep for the event, which I haven’t been able to always say, so it’s now rest, hydration and enjoy the morning on Sunday.


Doesn’t look so far when zoomed out

Sue was kind enough to grab my favourite beer, and they are in the fridge chilling for when I return, and sit down to watch the wallabies v Lions game that I hope I stay strong enough to miss on Saturday, but I doubt it… Oh, and she also made lasagna, which is another favourite and seldom had treat (lasagna not Sue cooking Sandy!).  So I have definitely been supported on the home front!


Love this stuff!

I think my biggest risk on Sunday will be getting a little excited at the start, and going out to hard, so I may heed some advice to position myself back in the pack (of my time group) to hold me back for the first k or so.

The most important part of the run prep is now complete, with the mixed tape playlist finalised, which I have listed below for both of my readers.

All things going well, I should listening to the start of The Mess Hall’s – Keep Walking at the halfway point, and as the Queens of the Stone Age – Go with the Flow finishes at 1 hour 55, I should be nearing the finish.  Well that’s the plan.  I have some buffer at the end of the list, in case one of my dunlop volleys has a blow out.

It was tough to pick the songs, but in the main they were songs that make me feel good, old and new, new that sounds old, and most have an up tempo.  Australian bands are represented, as well as a couple of Brisbane tunes. The first song on the list has become a tradition for me, and is always the first tune I hear when I head off on a timed run event.

So the song of the day needs to come from the listing above I guess, and whilst I hope I don’t hear it during the run on Sunday, it is certainly a favourite at the moment!  MS MR – Hurricane

In the long run…

I hate running.

At least that is what I have said for the majority of my life.

I have posted before that I have enjoyed my local parkrun event, and that still remains the case.  When I put  down the goals at the start of the year, I wanted to run 5km’s under 24 mins by June 30 and under 23 mins by the end of the year.  Thankfully I got to tick the first of these off the list, and will chase down the 2nd goal after a certain running event is out of the way, but more of that below.

Through parkrun, I saw a local running group called daily runner, run by husband and wife team Werner and Ash.  I had a chat with Werner and felt I wouldn’t be too ostracised by my homage to Cliff Young running style.  Just like the parkrun crew, and dare I say, even more so, the group is such a supportive group of people, where we are all at different levels of fitness, style and goals but everyone feels great by the encouragement.

As a side note, Werner and Ash were awesome sports when I got a challenge from my photo mentor course (which I am soon to finish after 6 months), to put a call out and produce quality shot(s) and hand them over to someone.  I spoke with them and they were keen and were great during the session.  I went out to QE2 and captured some background plates, and then super-imposed the studio shots of them in front of the backgrounds.  The main shot is seen below. (mental note: Still owe A&W some more processed shots)


Werner showing his presence in front of QE2

A couple of people at the running group were running the Gold Coast marathon or the half, and my mind was ticking over, wow, this is something I would really like to tick off the uber list, but it is a far cry from where I am currently with my ability.  After chatting with a few of the crew, I made my mind up, and immediately went for moral support with Gilly on whether he would join me.  “Do you know how far a half marathon is?” then a no chance or words to that effect…  Hmmm  I can’t run on my own and need motivation….  Thankfully Daily Runner and  mixed tapes / playlists got me through…

I also have an ex-brother-in-law who has done a half a dozen marathon and was very helpful in my weekly increase of distance advice, and the pace that I should be trying to run.  I did start out hoping to just finish, which is still the #1 goal, and a pace of 7min/k. I have brought this down to 6min / k and I have a cheeky eye on beating 2 hours for the just over 21 km event.

I have done the preparation runs and feel confident I have put in the work for this one.  Then along comes a head cold, that has been with me for 3 weeks now, but I am hopeful it peaked last Friday with it dropping to my chest. (I have had respiratory type stuff all my life, so this is usually a sign I am on the mend, fingers crossed.) All that is left now is making of the all important playlist, and as soon as I can prise a holidaying Tegan away from our mac that has all our music, I will get to it.


Mickey conjuring some magic for my race, and reminding me of fun times at Disneyland

Hopefully I will have good news that I finished, and just maybe, cracked the 2 hour mark.  Wish me luck!  My family doesn’t seem that keen on joining me, with a 3:00 get up and head off at 4:00 this Sunday.

I still don’t enjoy running, but I love the feeling I get when I stop!  Thanks Eloise from the DR crew for that quote!

Song of the day is one the will definitely be on the the playlist: Jelly legs by Children collide, besides being a rockin’ good song, it is apt given how the legs will probably be feeling…


Thursday November 8, 201

Well it has been a busy October and my musings here have suffered.  It was a gentle prod from the one of the three people I know that read the blog, Bruce, that reminded me to check one of the posts I want to do off the to-do list and onto the interwebs.  Thanks for the poke Bruce, you reminded me how fast time flies…

So my least favourite exercise would have to be running.  Well even below least favourite, as I am so bad at it…  My brother is tall, lean and was a gun runner through his youth.  I look like a pint of Guinness, and run with less ability than said pint.  So I have always had a nagging thought in my mind, why am I so bad at this, why can’t I learn to run a bit and do some fun runs, though I have done a couple including one I posted about a little over a year ago.

Well, one Friday evening as I was scanning through my email, I saw a note in our local councillors newsletter referencing Park Run, and it sounded like a great concept, and only a 15 min walk around the corner.

Ready for the start

The idea behind parkrun (read the link for the accurate description), is that it is a worldwide, weekly, timed, 5km run, free and run by volunteers.  You register online, and get a bar code, which you scan at the end of the race, and your time is uploaded to their website.

Listening to the briefing session (Don’t know this person, though may have met on my 2nd?? run) 

So fast forward 2 or so months, and I have 6 runs under my belt, and I have a lesser hate for running.  Still a hate though…  I started out wanted to be able to run 6 min k’s, and have been able to achieve that.  I am a little competitive, so it is a great way for me to try and push to better my time, on the same circuit – something that I haven’t consistently achieved, which may have something to do with it being stage at 7 AM Saturday morning…

The organisers, Alan and Roisin have done such a superb job in bringing together the organisation required to run the event.  Whilst I have only spoke with them a few times, they are very warm and welcoming people, and a tip of the hat to you both!

So much enthusiasm at the start

As the event for me is just around the corner, it has given me a chance to meet others who live on the area, in in one case, a couple of doors up, (Hey Paul if you ever find this).  It does have a real communal feel about it, and I like it!  I managed to get team Kelly to one event during school holidays, so the 4 of us register and set out on the day, though mother hen was more interested in walking the (not quite complete) course. As a side note, on this day I kept an eye out for the 3 of them, but couldn’t see Ryan at the turn around point, and I would later realise, that he was right on my shoulder.

Since starting, our friends,  Team Gill, have been heading down with ever more frequency!  It’s great to catch up with a chat prior, and make red faced, hand gestures after the run.

Josh coming in to the finish line, fresh as a daisy

Before my run last week, I commented to Sue that I have not done a run yet, that I whilst running,  haven’t thought any / all of these:

  • I reckon I could stop about now;
  • why am I doing this; or
  • just walk for a bit…

She was a little surprised, but it is a fact, and one that (maybe) one day won’t be in my mind.  I have heard about the “runner’s high” that some people experience, and if I am honest, I do feel particularly good walking down, prior to the start, 3 minutes into the run, 3 minutes after the run…

Nick left nothing out there!

Happy to say that I have run start to finish, every one, including the misinformed weet-bix before race incident, and the only thing getting me there was my playlist list dragging me along.  I have a ritual to pick the songs, and the order of them being played, to get me through the euphoria of the start.

When I realise I don’t have to run any more

A note that all pics for this post are from the Wynnum Park Run Facebook page

Whilst I will attend all the runs I can, this month is a particularly crazy one, but if the public transport gods align, I will attend the Melbourne run next weekend.  This month has our gang (in no particular order), and only what comes to mind as I hastily write this:

  • Ryan’s award for academic excellence
  • Day on the green
  • Break up at school (3 people)
  • Nana (my mum) out of hospital
  • 1st day of 1st Cricket test at the gabba
  • 2 Radiohead concerts
  • Potted Potter play

Today’s song of the day is the first song from my current park run play list, Pnau – Embrace. This song gets me in the mood to think I can run 1 minute without stopping… I love Lady Hawke’s voice, and it is a great matchup with the Pnau boys! This is a definitely a cross over song for Sue and I. Not many are…

Bridge to Brisbane playlist

The tunes that will hopefully carry me to the finish line tomorrow.  Looks like it will be a very cold morning…

Sleepwalking    Ammonia
song 2    blur
Midlife Crisis    Faith No More
Destroy Everything You Touch    Ladytron
Thump    Bertie Blackman
Still Life    The Horrors
Lazy Eye    Silversun Pickups
L.E.S. Artistes    Santogold
I’m Stranded    The Saints
Rock & Roll Queen    The Subways
Jellylegs    Children Collide
Know Your Product    The Saints
Gouge Away    Pixies
Steamworks    The Presets
The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret    Queens of the Stone Age
Street Spirit [Fade Out]    Radiohead
An Honest Mistake    The Bravery
Take Me Out    Franz Ferdinand
Eternally Yours    Laughing Clowns
The Bitter End    Placebo 
Hieronymus    Clouds
Unreal World    The Godfathers
Angry Youngish Man    Big Heavy Stuff
My Eagle    Children Collide
Shadow of the Season    Screaming Trees
Hey Boy Hey Girl    The Chemical Brothers
Phantom Limb    The Shins
She Sells Sanctuary    The Cult

Hopefully I will be finished around “The bitter End” at 1 hr 16 min, but I have some other songs in reserve…