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Gees mate, wish I'd known, I was crewing for my wife in the miler. Liz was one of those who didn't make it, pulled the pin at the Pines at 85k. She was about an hour up on schedule but the thought of another 78k's got into her head. I got into trouble for letting her quit!!! Can't win. I did hear that the last finishers in the miler didn't get in until 4 p.m. Sunday arvo, that's a long time to be out.

 

I did cover plenty of the course and I've never seen it so green, lush and beautiful down there.

 

We're going back next year. Liz to beat the miler and me to put a team together for the relay. Might be a chance to podium if there is only one team again! Are you interested in joininmg a relay team?

 

Bugger, yeah I didn't decide to put an entry in until late on the Wednesday night just before they closed. It would have been good to catch up and say g'day.

 

No shame in pulling out on that course, especially if she was trying to 'race' it. I think the 22km that we did was their first out and back section. I had two great runners in front of me that I wasn't going to catch, and a comfortable lead on the guys behind me, so took the last 6 or 7 Km's fairly easy and I still ended up fairly sore from it. Haven't been able to do any training for the past 3 days, not even gentle runs.

 

It's a tough gig being a support crew, especially if you're married to the runner! It was probably a smart move for her to pull out if she wasn't feeling good about it although she might not think so now. Yes, two friends of mine were the last two to finish at around 4.00pm... It was her first miler, but he's done a fair bit of longish stuff. She ended up in hospital for the night but apart from some soreness is all good now.

 

Also had another friend who's qualified for Kona numerous times previously who did the 100km and also struggled with it. They were definitely some tough events. I think we might be heading back up there this weekend to remove all the course marking... Looking forward to it!

 

It's far too early for me to commit to anything for next year but tentatively yeah the relay team sounds good. I'd like to see some events (trail running events and triathlons) that you have to do as part of a team - no solo entries. I reckon it would be a great social event.

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Saw last night that dates for Wonderland 2017 are set for last weekend in August. I'm planning to be in it for the longer distance next year.

 

Entering the Roller Coaster Run when entries open this weekend too, great run through the Dandenongs on a very honest course

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I think we might be heading back up there this weekend to remove all the course marking... Looking forward to it!

 

Well, we did go back up there last last weekend to remove all the ribbon and reflective tape from the trees marking the course along the track. A mate and myself said we'd run the 32km section between 'The Pines' and the 'Henry Angel Trackhead'. Things were going well with the two of us leap frogging each other and stopping to untie the next ribbon. Then after me missing a couple of ribbons because I was concentrating looking out for rock, logs, and holes etc on the track, I started spending a bit more time with my eyes up looking for the next ribbon when my left foot caught a tree branch running along the track. The branch caught in my shoe lace and sort of pole vaulted my feet into the air and I slammed down badly on my chest... once again damaging my ribs (different spot though). That was last Saturday, and I've tried to run a couple of times since it's hurt like buggery so I've definitely done some damage.

 

It's a fricken nuisance as I was meant to be doing the 4 Peaks Trail Run this weekend at Bright and I've had to pull out. It's even more annoying when I gave up what I was going to do last weekend to help the Hume & Hovell organisers because they were short on helpers.

 

I'm also meant to be doing the Cross Tri World Champs at Crackenback in three weeks time... Without being able to train it's going to be an interesting and very painful few weeks I think!

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Ooooh ouch!

 

Yep, you can say that again! It even hurts just rolling over in bed.

I actually got through a very gentle short run on Wednesday night but it just aggravated it and I haven't been able to run since. Can't swim properly either as I can't breath deeply enough, but hopefully I'll be able to do a couple of short gentle MTB rides on a smooth flat track if I'm feeling up to it.

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Maybe the indoor trainer in front of the telly?

 

Yeah that's probably a good thought, but I'm just not a big fan of the indoor trainer. I'm a bit spoilt and I really need to be in the right mood to do an indoor trainer session. I think my goals for the World Champs have now gone out the window anyway and I'll just be aiming for another finish.

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Should I be worried? Accomodation booked for wonderland next year on the weekend after consulting with the wife - we made the choice to go a cabin this time and leave the caravan at home, going to spend an extra day up there this time (probably need it if I do the longer course)

 

Overnight while working her night shift, my wife sends me through listings of other trail runs she researched in some quiet time

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Should I be worried? Â Accomodation booked for wonderland next year on the weekend after consulting with the wife - we made the choice to go a cabin this time and leave the caravan at home, going to spend an extra day up there this time (probably need it if I do the longer course)

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Overnight while working her night shift, my wife sends me through listings of other trail runs she researched in some quiet time

You should be very very worried. She must want something you don't know about yet?
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I am running the 25km at the Freedom Trail run in Nightcap National Park next weekend. I know very little about the course and have run a total of 10km since the Melbourne Marathon. Family camping weekend with the family.

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Bad luck GE. It sounds like a rib cartilage. They are a nightmare. I suffered for 12 months a while ago. Just when you thought it would be healed, I'd wake up in agony in the middle of the night.

 

Breathing hurts.

 

I hope you get better soon.

 

FM

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Bad luck GE. It sounds like a rib cartilage. They are a nightmare. I suffered for 12 months a while ago. Just when you thought it would be healed, I'd wake up in agony in the middle of the night.

 

It's getting better but comes back to bite you if let your guard down. Rolling over in bed is a bugger.

 

Breathing hurts.

 

And sneezing's a bitch!

 

Cheers FM, I'm getting better.

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I am running the 25km at the Freedom Trail run in Nightcap National Park next weekend. I know very little about the course and have run a total of 10km since the Melbourne Marathon. Family camping weekend with the family.

Very low key event with no frills. We camped the night before and it was a nice laid back vibe happening. The 25k appeared to have a lot of downhill, my Garmin said exactly the same up as down. I think the downs were just longer stretches. Nice location, plenty of areas for improvement in the event, but that would probably drive the price up and make it something it's not.

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Very low key event with no frills. We camped the night before and it was a nice laid back vibe happening. The 25k appeared to have a lot of downhill, my Garmin said exactly the same up as down. I think the downs were just longer stretches. Nice location, plenty of areas for improvement in the event, but that would probably drive the price up and make it something it's not.

 

I think I like the low key events just as much (if not more) than the bells and whistles stuff. It's the people, places and memories that matter more to me. And if it's good for the family too then that's even better.

 

Thanks for the feedback on the event ptt.

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Entering the Roller Coaster Run when entries open this weekend too, great run through the Dandenongs on a very honest course

 

Have scratched the Roller Coaster Run, so open to hearing any events sort of Feb through to April that might be on around Vic. Not quite up to the Oscars Hut to Hut so anything up to 30 - 40km at this stage.

 

Quite disappointed in the RCR organisers, they put out a call for volunteers last year, supposed to get free entry if you did it. Went along and hiked into a spot as requested to ensure everyone took the right path, had the sweepers come past and tell me right to go, heard nothing else. Contacted the organisers through various channels asking them for a code to enter, not even a response after 2 months of trying. Not concerned about not getting a freebie, however reading other comments of people not being looked after as competitors or volunteers decided to give this one a wide berth until they sort themselves out - think this race changed hands prior to this year so sounds like they have some teething issues to sort out, hope they do it as the course is a beauty

 

Anyone else in for Two Bays, only 3.5 weeks to go

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Have scratched the Roller Coaster Run, so open to hearing any events sort of Feb through to April that might be on around Vic. Not quite up to the Oscars Hut to Hut so anything up to 30 - 40km at this stage.

 

I'm thinking about having a crack at the Mt Bogong Conquesthlon. It's a 20km event with a bit of a climb on 13th March 2017.

 

https://www.runningcalendar.com.au/event/mt-bogong-conquestathon/

Mount Beauty is a very nice part of the world.

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There's also the Glow Worm Tunnel on the 17th June in NSW (near Lithgow).

 

http://www.glowwormtrail.com/

(Link to last years event)

 

It's got a Mountain Dash, Half & Full Trail Marathons plus a 6km kids event.

 

It's a great weekend away camping with family & friends in a really nice spot.

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I'm thinking about having a crack at the Mt Bogong Conquesthlon. It's a 20km event with a bit of a climb on 13th March 2017.

 

https://www.runningcalendar.com.au/event/mt-bogong-conquestathon/

Mount Beauty is a very nice part of the world.

Looks nice, my wife has some soft plans for that weekend which might fall through, if it does will try to swing a long weekend in Bright. Thanks for the website, looks like I'll find some good runs on it

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Anyone else in for Two Bays, only 3.5 weeks to go

 

RCR changed hands last year.

 

I'll be at Two Bays again this year - Rosebud aid station - See you there!

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Have scratched the Roller Coaster Run, so open to hearing any events sort of Feb through to April that might be on around Vic. Not quite up to the Oscars Hut to Hut so anything up to 30 - 40km at this stage.

 

How'd you go, did you find anything? I'm in the same boat now and am also looking for some nice trail runs to aim for throughout the year. Two Bays 56km next weekend would have been good but I'm just not up to it at the moment. Plus getting last minute accommodation at Dromana would be too difficult.

 

I think I'll just do some shorter, low key events in nice locations. Low cost, minimum hassles and good memories. NSW or Vic preferred but not essential, either coastal or mountains... variation is the spice of life they reckon!

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Looking at a few other runs, not really trail runs at the moment, but more regional ones to look at. Kilcunda has a coastal run which I might look at in Feb, seems to be a few more gippsland way up to Easter as well. Truth is training has really derailed the last month so need to get some miles back under the belt before going for any more entries

 

Got a spare bed at my place, so if accomodation is the only thing stopping your welcome to crash here if you can snag an entry (around half hour drive to the start line so not too bad). Two bays sold out, but understand that as people drop out they will re-open the entries

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Got a spare bed at my place, so if accomodation is the only thing stopping your welcome to crash here if you can snag an entry (around half hour drive to the start line so not too bad). Two bays sold out, but understand that as people drop out they will re-open the entries

 

Cheers mate that's an amazing offer. I don't think I'll be able to take you up on it though, don't think I'm up to doing the 56k option and chances of getting a 28k start are slim at best. It's a great event though, I'd probably do it again if I lived there. (But then again I've only done our own local Trail Run event once as I'm usually helping out - Plus I get to run on our own local tracks most weekends anyway).

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Just over 48 hours to Wonderland entries opening for 2017. Was keen to go the 36 this year, but reality is telling me to do the 20 for another year. Can always upgrade the entry if required

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