Off I go again!

Yup, the holidays for 2017 have begun….! And there are plenty of them in store this year, so best you keep a close eye on this blog for all the upcoming stories as the year progresses πŸ™‚

The first one takes me all the way over to the African continent – we’re off to Tanzania & Zanzibar for yet another girlie holiday (the only way to travel, I’m convinced of it!)

My “Something New” entries for the next 2 weeks (weeks 7 & 8) will be on hold as this holiday will be my new things for those weeks… so, hang tight. I’ll be back soon enough with photos and experiences galore to share with you.

But until then… cheers!

RAK 2017 in the bag

Another RAK half marathon isΒ done and dusted… but this time I was not able to get a PB on the run. I’m a little upset at myself for not getting it, but I know that I have not put in the proper training and amount of mileage needed in order to get that PB, so considering that I at least managed to finish faster than my half in November, I’m satisfied with the outcome.

As always, I spent Thursday night in RAK (this time with Nat) and got a good night’s sleep in a comfy hotel bed before the big day!

We were up bright and early, eating our oats for breakfast and then met up with friends who were running in their first half marathon! Exciting!!!

Our hotel was only 1.1 km’s from the start / finish line so we walked across, and headed straight for our start chute, and waited for the gun to go off and set us all on our way.

My plan was to aim for 5:30 – 5:40 km pace, for as much as possible, knowing that at that pace I was certain to get a sub-2 hour finish time. And my first 10 km’s were bang on!

But once I was just past 10 km’s I felt uneasy in my breathing and had to take a short walk break. I picked it up again after only a few meters, but by the time I got to 12 km’s, based on how I’d slowed down in that time, I knew I was not likely to get under 2 hours…. but if I could just stick to under 6 minutes per km, I was sure that I would still be in line for a PB.

I kept at it, but once again somewhere after 13 km’s I had to stop and walk again. I grew frustrated at myself here but knew that I had a very long way to go, and I was not going to let this race get the better of me. All I had to do was make sure I slowed down and kept to a steady pace… slow and steady.

With the new layout of the course, the 15 km mark is on the opposite side of the road to the start / finish line, so as I was coming up to that mark there were tons of spectators around, giving off such a fantastic vibe (even though it was mostly for the runners on the other side of the road who were crossing the finish line), but I then heard my name and turned to see a friend standing there, cheering for me πŸ™‚ What a way to give a girl her second wind! I immediately felt strength surge through my legs and lungs and off I went.

I got to about 17 km’s and felt the wheels loosen a bit again… another small walk break was needed. And then I was off again, turning the corner, only 3 km’s to go. You’ve got this!

Er, no you don’t. Only a few hundred meters along and yet another walk break was needed 😦

This was just before 19 km’s and I then told myself that it’s just 2 km’s to go – you can run the rest of the way! Go girl!

But once again a tiny walk break was needed while I still could not see the finish line, but then, not far ahead of me I could see the 20 km mark – I was not going to be walking when I reached that, and there was no way that I would walk within this last km!

I shoved out all bad thoughts and put one foot in front of the other, gave the 20 km mark a high five as I ran past – once again hearing my friend cheer me on from the side line πŸ™‚ – and pushed my way over that finish line, managing a strong (almost) sprint for the last hundred meters or so, and finished in a time of 2:05:15 πŸ™‚

About to cross the finish line

About to cross the finish line

Done and dusted!

Done and dusted!

Week 6 – Find my iPhone

A bit of a random something new for this week, but it’s definitely high up on the ‘of value’ and ‘need to know’ lists… so if you own an iPhone and have ever worried about losing it, or having it stolen, then read on!

Unfortunately this is not the first time that I’ve either lost my phone or had it stolen, but it is the first time that I have used the wondrous app called “Find my iPhone”.

I was out with friends over the weekend and I had my phone in my back pocket. We hopped in a taxi and headed home. Not long after we got home, I realised that my phone is no longer in my back pocket. Ah well, not much I could do now so I went to bed.

The next morning I woke up and had my house mates try call the phone – it rang – but I knew that it was on silent (doh!) so didn’t hold out much hope for a) the taxi driver hearing it, or b) it actually being seen / found in the taxi.

And that’s when JPEG says – you should try tracking it using Find my iPhone on the cloud. Now, I’ve never backed any of my information up to the cloud so am not familiar with how it all works, and wasn’t entirely sure anything would happen because of not having my information backed up, but I thought that I may as well try it. There’s an option to ‘play sound’ which sends a ping to the phone and it makes a noise, even if the phone is on silent!

So, I opened up the cloud on my laptop, logged in using my Apple username and password, and what do you know, next thing I see my phone pinging away, miles away from me! I immediately phone the taxi service (while simultaneously sending ping noises to my phone) and tell them to check their tracking systems and get hold of the taxi(s) in that area and ask them to check their car for a missing phone. They tell me that as the call centre they cannot track the taxis, or get hold of the drivers, but they will log my missing item complaint as high priority and will get back to me if they are able to assist any further. I was not feeling very hopeful at this stage, so I locked my phone using the “lost phone” app on the website and sat back and waited.

A couple of hours later, the taxi company calls on JPEG’s phone to report that they have located the taxi and are getting hold of the driver to check his car carefully for my phone – there had been a shift change so it wasn’t the same driver who had taken us home, but it was the same car. Next thing we know, we’re getting another call from them to say that the phone has been FOUND! We contact the driver directly and he comes all the way out to us to drop my phone off!

Happy Hazy!