"It's a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do." - Allan Sillitoe

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Warm one this morning (and again tomorrow)

Stuck to my plan and went around the bridges this morning. Ran the tempo part of my run after a 10 minue or so warm up and then between the small boat ramp near the outdoor exercise equipment at McCallum Park, along the city side of the River, over the new Narrows Bridge to the drinking fountain just after you cross Mill Point Road. 25 minutes and 3 seconds. Glad it was a drinking fountain as definitely needed the drink. Easy run home from ther for just over 12 kilometres all up.

21 kilometres tomorrow morning so think I will go along South Perth side over the Narrows, out to UWA, back along the city side, voer the Causeway, out to the Marathon Club then back home.

Ran past the Perth Eye or whatever they are calling it down near Barrack Street this morning - that thing has flop written all over it. Don't know what they are going to charge but when it is dwarfed by the poxy Belltower and you get a much better view for free from Kings Park, I can't see them getting much business.

Sent an email into the Run 4 Your Life magazine this afternnon and got a nice reply. Will copy both below. I'm not normally a write to the editor type person but made an exception in this case.

Dear R4YL

I am just writing in to say that I was more than a bit disappointed with Kevin Cassidy's character assassination of Dean Karnazes in the December-January edition. I don't know enough about ultra running or Dean Karnazes to know whether or not what Kevin wrote is true but I suspect that most if not all of it was. What was disappointing was the overwhelmingly negative tone of the article and what I thought was its unnecessarily personal nature. There would have been nothing wrong with saying, "There is a lot of hype about Dean Karnazes, but who are our own ultra stars who deserve equal if not more recognition?" without a personal attack which would have been more appropriate for an online forum or a blog rather than a credible running magazine.

Having said that, thanks for the otherwise great magazine once again. I am sure (hope) that this was a one off aberration and that R4YL will continue to champion all runners regardless of where they finish or how much publicity they attract.


Hi Simon,

Thanks very much for your response. Unfortunately, we have already finalized and designed the soapbox for our coming release and will not be able to publish your response.

However, its seems as the greater public agrees with your view as we have had many similar replies in regards to the Kevin Cassidy article. We thoroughly appreciate your feedback and will be taking it on board with our future athlete features.

I hope that you and your family made it through safely. All the best for the New Year.


Lennon Wicks
Editorial Content Manager
Run For Your Life

What a shocker in the cricket today. Am just finishing off the "War and Peace" of cricket biographies ie Steve Waugh's "Out of my comfort zone" and just reinforces how much we need someone like him at the moment. Ricky Ponting is a great batsman but his captaincy is unimaginative and he lets the game meander along too much. Waugh was always looking to either keep or get back the initiative something Ponting seems incapable of without McGrath and Warne.

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