From Montana on the beautiful island state of Tasmania: Happy Australia Day 2015.
Today is a public holiday and since it’s been raining and the irrigators are currently turned off, Pauly and I went for a morning run. At Pauly’s suggestion we headed in the car just two minutes from the farm to the start of Leonard’s Road.
I’ve driven over this road many times but haven’t ever run it. In our old farm jeep, IF we go very fast down this gravel road there are several places where the tyres actually get some air AND we get that amazing rollercoaster feeling of the body being down but the stomach being up (or is that the other way around?). But since we are now both in our 50s and very sensible we wouldn’t do that!(?)! (Don’t ever go for a drive in the wet around the paddocks with Pauly – the naughty boy that likes to scare the girls comes out as the paddock becomes a skid pan, the more you scream the more he makes the jeep slide).
Back to our run. Just two weeks out from our marathon we ran 10kms in the cool bush air. Soothing sounds of different bird calls like the Whip Bird, raucous calls of Black Cockatoos, the odd thump thump thump in the undergrowth of a wallaby disturbed by our running feet, buzzing of crickets and then the rush-sh and gurgle of the river flowing over branches and stones. Even though it’s the height of summer as we set off it was just 11ºC. Refreshing and cool after so much heat and humidity.
This run reminds me of everything I love about being an Australian. The freedom to run in the bush out the back of beyond with no fear. Because it was cool even the snakes were tucked away from the road. And this place is just minutes from home. How lucky am I?
With Convicts and Wenches trail run coming up I worry that it’s not a good idea because I have no real trail running experience. No real trail running experience??? Where did you learn to run??? It dawned on me as I was running up some hills that I do have trail running experience. I learnt to run on rough farm roads. Sometimes these roads are dry and flat and even. Sometimes they are full of potholes, exposed larger stones, even the odd fallen tree (as well as signs that the cows have been around). Of course I have trail running experience!
We had a cool down walk to the three little bridges just near the start of Leonard’s Road and took in the sights and stillness of the Tasmanian Bush. A perfect way to celebrate all things lovely about being Australian with my Kiwi husband Pauly.
Happy Australia Day! Even if you are somewhere else please put your feet up, smile and think about warmth and sunshine and being free – that pretty much sums up Australia Day to me.
Happy running 🙂
PS Tonight is parma night with an Australia Day twist – there is even a vegemite and cheese parmi on the menu!