Sunday, March 26, 2006

Sri Chinmoy 5k - Yarra Boulevard

Yesterday I ran the Sri Chinmoy 5k Yarra Boulevard along the banks of the Yarra River in Burnley. There were three race distances available; 5, 10 and 15k. I chose the 5k option as I already have 6.75k and 10k times. My mate Steve and I had set a goal of under 25 minutes; I ran 22:44 and Steve finished about 10 seconds after me. One of the highlights of these runs is the free pancake breakfast but even better was the free massage. Luxury! The photo on the right was taken at the 1km turnaround point and although it looks like I have a highly idiosyncratic running style it's really just because it caught me just after giving the camera a big wave. And here I am heading away from the turnaround a couple of seconds later.

Yesterday was also the last day of the Commonwealth Games which saw Australia take gold in the Womens (Natalie Bates) and Mens (Matthew Hayman, where did he come from!!) cycling road races. We went up to watch the start of the mens race in the gardens but as with any road race it's almost impossible to get an idea of how the entire game is being played out from trackside. After a couple of hours we headed home to catch the end of the race on TV between gaps in the Netball coverage (NZ won). We watched most of the closing ceremony on TV and then Domi and I went up to Green Point in Brighton to watch the fireworks exploding off the tops of the city skyscrapers and at the MCG. We obviously weren't the only ones with that idea as the car park was half full when we got there.

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