Managed to get up at 5:30am despite staying up until after the bells speaking to my boyfriend and G-Dawwwg online, and then tolerating the extra-drunk locals cheering and partying into the early hours. I would be lying if I said I was bright eyed and bushy tailed. Still, I know from experience that I would have felt guilty if I didn’t power through the morning’s run, so I managed a respectable 7.41 miles (roughly 11k) for my first run of the new year. It was a bit harder than yesterday after 2 days of long (ish) runs, and also because it was freaking roasting!
Evidence of last night’s overindulgence littered the streets along with the shopping trolleys (don’t worry, no more trolley shots!). There were, however, a couple of walkers and a cyclist tearing up the streets of Albury at sunrise – good show! This guy, on the other hand, was clearly not going to be up for vigorous activity today.
The photo is a bit blurry because I was taking it on my phone, and I was vibrating by trying to stifle giggles, because I’m so mature. And in case you were wondering, he had on boxers and failed to rouse during my total lack of respect for his privacy.
After the run, it was a shower and some food before heading off to Ettamogah Wildlife Sanctuary. I can’t say I was expecting too much, but it was actually pretty good! There was a tiny penguin (can’t have been more than a foot tall), loads of kangaroos, including one with a joey in its pouch, koalas, emus, dingos, peacocks and reindeer. There was also a ‘reptile handling time’, but it basically consisted of having a small python draped over your shoulders and letting it wriggle around for a bit while people took what can only be expected to be horrible photos of you looking like a total dork.
A word of warning: if you are ever in the position to feed kangaroos, watch out for their talons! Holy crap!
After all the animal excitement, it was back home to take in the washing from earlier (clothes actually dry here in Australia in like an hour, not 2 days like Aberdeen!). I also had some time to relax and soak up some of the sun (but not too much, it was nearly 40 degrees). I even planned some strategic chair shifting outdoors to avoid getting a trucker’s tan.
Now, fed and about ready to jump into fresh pyjamas, I’m feeling good. I am also appreciating the cool evening breeze. A lot.