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Over training is over rated, rest better so that you can train even more" - Nick Yster Bester


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits

Thank you all for the wonderful comments and wishes for my dad’s 81st Birthday. He read them all and was totally overwhelmed. We had a nice family party for him this weekend and it would be just wrong if I don’t share a pic of the cake we got him.



That is dad in the 1985 Comrades Marathon. He loved the cake but then didn’t want to cut it. Eventually he gave in and did the honors.



If you might wonder about the name “Pille” on the cake...that is a nickname that he has had for as long as he knows. “pille” is the Afrikaans (our home language) for pills. So he’s been Pille (Pills) since he said at school he is going to study medicine.


Other news is that work is very busy with me moving to a new project at a different customer next week. Handover and finishing off some tasks are keeping me busy, but I’m excited about the change and looking forward to a new challenge.


Running is going well and my training for Comrades is still on track. I’m running a marathon this Sunday and this will be my first road marathon in a long time. I’m treating this as my long run for the week so the marathon will be a LSD run at the end of my normal 6 day training week. I’m getting used to the long runs on the road but I miss the trails already. I’m running the Pick ‘n Pay Marathon. This was my 1st marathon in 1985 so I always enjoy going back to run it.


Have a wonderful day and rest of the week everyone!

24 comments:

The Green Girl said...

That cake is awesome! I wouldn't want to cut into it either.

Ewa said...

I would hate to cut that cake also but at the same time I would not mind having a piece. :)

Every time I hit city paved hilly trails I miss the real ground under my feet. Are you able to incorporate some trail running into your training to keep your ankles stronger?

DRog said...

what a cake!!!!

Jennifer said...

What a super cake. I love cake but rarely ever get any. Thanks for your great comments on my blog, you are so encouraging. Sounds like your Comrades training is going well, but don't completely leave the trails behind, they will be a great relief for your brain! Cheers!

Heather said...

What a great idea for the cake! I can see why he didn't want to cut it at first. Glad to hear that your training is going well.

Christi said...

Have a great race this weekend!

Marlene said...

That's such a sweet nickname, and I love the cake! I wouldn't ave wanted to cut it either. Glad he had a good day!!

tahoegirl said...

What a wonderful cake.

Your long run this week = 26.2 miles.

My long run this week = 8 miles.

You are inspiring.

Andrew Opala said...

It's a good thing he didn't want to study Proctology!

I'd hate to think what is nickname would be then.

Good luck on Sunday!!

Kate said...

Cool cake!

I'm still just amazed by the distances you cover. I'm training and training for my marathon, and yours is a training run. :)

I haven't been running long enough to "come home to" a race, but when I do that'll be cool. I know what you mean about missing the trails. Our snow has been a pain, but at least it keeps the trails runnable. I know I'll be sad when the spring weather I've been pining for turns my trails to mud.

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel said...

That cake is amazing! My dad turns 60 this year and I may steal your idea of a photo cake with an old picture.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

mmmmmmmmm Cakeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

The Runner said...

Cool cake!! Good luck on your "training marathon".
...Mike

Amy said...

I would have been reluctant to cut such a nice cake too! Gelukkige verjaar(s)dag Pille!

HappyTrails said...

Awesome cake you had made - I bet that put a smile on your dad's face! Have a great race this weekend Johann!

Jill said...

That cake is so cool; I can see why your dad wanted to not eat it!

Have fun this weekend on your race!! :)

Giorgio said...

Glad you had a nice weekend with your dad and your family!
Good luck on your Pick‘n Pay Marathon! I think that you are running it as training for Comrades. Enjoy!

Char said...

Cant's blame your Dad for not wanting to demolish the cake. It looked almost good enough to hang on the wall.

Vera said...

The cake is fantastic!! Have a great time at the marathon this weekend!

Her Name Is Rio said...

What a wonderful cake! Sounds like a great weekend with the family. :) Good luck!

Amanda@runninghood said...

I wouldn't want to cut that cake! No way. Awesome. Thanks for the great comment you left on my blog...glad you enjoyed it. Glad you had a good celebration for your dad!

Thomas Bussiere said...

Congrats to your dad. Enjoy everyday you have him. Not a day goes by that I don't miss my dad.

Comrades - On my bucket list of things to do.

ajh said...

Enjoy your race! Thanks for sharing the picture of the cake and the bits about your dad! How nice that you are sharing his memories with him.

Anne said...

Love the cake! :) Happy running!