Hello from crazy Melbourne - the only place I know where the weather is as unpredictable as home! I arrived to sweltering 30C plus muggy heat wearing jeans and a jumper!
I'm here for two weeks to help out my sister while my brother in law is away which means lots of time to spend with LM and LL. It also means a chance to get away from the same old running routes back home and discover some new and exciting trails. Unfortunately that also means an increased chance of getting lost which I didn't waste anytime doing.
This is despite my sister not only giving me thorough directions AND physically taking me out and showing me a nearby trail. On Monday morning I braved a hot and muggy 10km run. I enjoy the heat much more since losing weight except when it comes to running! I moaned and groaned internally through the first 5km and stopped or a big drink before turning around and heading back. All was well until the 8km mark when I took a wrong turn somehow. After running hot and frustrating loops I admitted defeat and looked to my trusty Garmin to rescue me. For those a little less navigationally challenged than me, you may never need to know but (some?) Garmin have a handy 'Back to Start' function. Select this option and the GPS will work out how to get you back to your start point. Before long I was seeing familiar houses and landmarks and was safely back at my sister's house just before she sent out a search party. In the end my 10km turned into 12 with a very confused map for the last 4km.
Since then the heat has dropped but its been replaced by storms and rain - the morning has been spent watching the rain, playing with trains and watching Kung Fu Panda. Spending time with LM and LL I'm quickly learning important things about little people. The first- even when you think they aren't listening, they are! And second, they have energy that makes me envious! I can complete a marathon but I reckon these two could do five without stopping.
Oh, and one more important thing they have taught me?
Trains are the bomb!
What important lessons have you learnt from little people?
LL also showed me yesterday that sometimes its just easier to not sweat the small stuff after a cookie disagreement with her brother.