#Janathon Grinding towards diamonds


Annual “ute” run -Australia Day, Darwin, Northern Territory.

Today is Australia Day and in the Northern Territory a major event features the cultural icon of the “ute” through the annual ute run. I can’t help but think the pink wheel hubs clash with the red a bit. While seeming “bogan” ( accompanied by a compulsive need by many to attach flags on the family car for weeks on end more than a little over the top), the positive side is that the event raises funds for disadvantaged children.

However I began the day with the Australia Day Fun Run which is family oriented, and foremost a participation event.  It really is fun and a good opportunity to get the nationalistic fervor out of the way early. The Australian flag on hats, shorts, t-shirts temporary tatoos and even full body suits in evidence as is green and gold face paint. Dad, Mums and kids run or walk together and everyone seems to have a good time.


Good humour is a feature of the run


The Australian flag in its many forms















I had a good run over the 4.5k course and this ended a week which reminded me how tough it can be to stick to your training schedule. When you have a goal and a deadline it is difficult to weasel out of a training session. I think we all know every excuse there is and many of us have used most of them at one time or another. However now I am mindful that a very imperfect preparation will make the experience of my goal race so much more painful and definitely less pleasant than it could be. Therefore this week was a week of grinding out the ks towards a possible diamond run come May.

About labcswmn

I am a Senior School English and Media teacher and an ASCTA Silver Licence swim coach. I have two children and four grandchildren, all of whom are wonderful and my life purpose is to rage, rage, against the dying of vitality.
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