Mum and dad set off for their new life down under 2 weeks ago now and it was dad’s 70th birthday just after they arrived.
Dad’s an Apple fan at home – with a nice big shiny iMac but he’s never made the move to a tablet, preferring his little netbooks for trips away. But with his 70th on the cards an iPad was looking a nice option – so he can keep up with the technology the grandchildren are using (not that he needs an excuse). But the recommendation from me was to wait until they’d announced the new one before ordering – and even then we’d have to wait.
So the new iPad is here and it looks good. One’s definitely on the cards for me as well, to upgrade the original iPad we’ve got. What problem does it solve for me (to quote Stu)? None that I know of but I’m a fan-boy and I know I need one. And it looks great for dad’s 70th present.
What makes it even better for dad is a new app (iBGStar) that our neighbour Gray showed me a link to, that plugs into the iPhone or iPad and takes a real blood reading and then the app measures your blood sugar levels, to help keep tabs on diabetes. Very very clever – assuming it all works as good as it says on the tin.
Now just need to wait until the shipping times come down a bit for the new iPads!
And this will officially be my first non-running blog entry – a major breakthrough.
Fast – 10 miles on Tuesday just over 1 hour 15 minutes, a whole minute quicker than my previous recent best. And in the Adizero shoes again – these babies rock! Still slowed down on the turn around to come back. Advice from my dad this week is why not do a loop instead, so you don’t lose the rhythm? Good point.
Sad – my mum and dad emigrated this week (yesterday) all the way to Australia. They’re on-route now – about 3 hours away I think. Very sad goodbye – as it will be a while before we see them next. Sad for the little guys as well, particularly Sophie who’s old enough to grasp what it means a bit more. She wrote a lovely but sad card for them – with a little note saying she wanted them to stay. But very very exciting for them – off to sunnier shores, walks by the beach, chilling and enjoying life and retirement. And being close to my “little” sister and her gang.
Slow – a second 10 mile run today, not in the Adizero shoes and trying a loop (sort of). But my time was way off Tuesday’s – over 20 seconds per mile slower. Very strange. Started off ok but after about 3 miles the pace dropped off. You’ve got to get the starting pace right or else! Great sign though…
Long – and then tomorrow’s my first 20 mile run in this marathon training programme and for 3 years now. Looking forward to it. Need to pick a route still – Richmond Park looking the likely option. Slow and long again. Planning on doing it early so back for late morning and then chilling the rest of the day. No karate tonight – need to rest the legs a little bit ready for tomorrow.
And a few photos of mum and dad yesterday before they set off on their next journey. Miss you guys like mad already!