In the last 7 days:
|activity|| # ||time||miles||km||+m|
| ||running||3|| 3:08:00|| 6.34|| 10.2|
| ||orienteering||2|| 2:00:33|| 4.85|| 7.8|
| ||Total||4|| 5:08:33|| 11.18|| 18.0|
running long (Brown Hill) 1:33:00 
shoes: Asics Nimbus 23
Absolutely dead after 6 hours on my feet @schools' champs but it was too nice an afternoon not to go for a run, especially as I've basically spent the last couple of weeks sitting on my bottom doing event stuff. Knew that my legs wouldn't want to go up the hill but made them do it anyway because I wanted to check out a track I'd never been on before, at the far/upper end of Waite; the 'Sheoak Loop' contours around amongst quarries high above the freeway gulch and then comes back down the ridge over Brown Hill. Going up required lots of stretching/breath-catching stops but the views over other, now green, hills from the ridgeline was definitely worth it. As was all the effort which Tyson and I put into schools' champs - we're a bit disappointed that our controller wasn't particularly proactive, but oh well. It's possible though that Tyson went above & beyond the call of duty by getting the kids to sing Happy Birthday to me at the presentations!
orienteering (Tower Hill) 1:26:33  7.8 km (11:06 / km)
shoes: Inov8 OROC 270 blue/orange
Spent too long on election-watching with G last night so needed to get up at 6 to bag schools' champs maps (heat-sealering reminding me of preparations for Aust Champs 2010 when we had to do many many hundreds of map bags) and then headed to Bridget's training. It was a beautiful sunny day up in Mt Crawford forest and I enjoyed the open hilltop where I could sometimes actually see other people around me when they were running uncertain of the rock detail because some things are a bit weird up there at times. Took a couple of experimental route choices through the green (NB: do not do that again) on the longer legs and then he second part was in pine forest which had been the final controls for the 2018 Aust Long, although not quite so runnable now due to some thinning and by the end my foot was hurting from the rough stuff, but this was the longest orienteering course which I've done since last July, and should mean I'm ok to get around a similar distance at Twigham next month.
Headed straight from there to Belair to put out all 54 schools' champs controls, didn't get the last ones out until well & truly after dark (what's with 5.17 sunset, a month before the shortest day already?) but at least I'm pretty sure that the two police cars cruising around the interior of the old decommissioned golf course weren't looking for me. Bagged the remainder of the maps after dinner, and that was my birthday done.
I'm tentatively prepared to say that a change of government was a good birthday present, although the proof's going to be in the pudding, as the saying goes, and the victors would do well to remember how little of the primary vote they actually got, and how much they owe to the two-party-preferred voting system and to those candidates from whose preferences they benefited. (Anyway, certainly I'm glad to see the back of the coal-fondler! As for good ol' Clive, I do wonder whether he now considers his $70 million in advertising to have been well spent...)
running (Belair) 1:15:00  10.2 km (7:21 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 23
Since I had to go up the hill to collect controls/flags/units, not to mention map bags & heat sealer (that's going to make for a scintillating evening), I joined Fern for an enjoyable conversational run in the park on a lovely sunny afternoon with a tinge of green finally showing through on the grass. I'd venture to suggest that the hills haven't gone away over summer, although my legs' reticence to run up them could have been partly due to this morning's Killer Massage.
orienteering (Adelaide Universities) 34:00 
shoes: Asics Kayano 27
Since I had to leave work early anyway to pick up maps from the printer's, figured it could be fun to go to sprint training, which was advertised as "meet 4.45 for warmup so we can do this in daylight" but of course that's not quite how it panned out; although running was fine, reading the map detail was not so easy and with small group mass starts on short course sections, it was occasionally the-blind-leading-the-blind although at least we all know the uni campuses fairly well and are aware of some of the traps. Ben asked me afterwards whether I'd noticed my eyesight having worsened since COVID, because he reckoned he's finding it harder to focus, and I had to admit that things do seem a bit blurrier for me also but I'd thought that's just due to too much screen time. Anyway, partway through the sequence of 4 short sprints we picked up Zara who'd come later, and at the end I ran with her around the two courses which she hadn't done yet and tested out some different route choices from those which I'd taken earlier.
running warm up/down 20:00 
shoes: Asics Kayano 27
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