Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ewen and the Real Susan

I've been memed by Susan! "Who's Susan?" I hear my millions of readers asking. Well, she's an all-real skateboard punk rocker from the second largest state in the union — Texas!

On my next visit up-over, I'd like to go for a run with Susan. Then I'd be able to call her my running mate (a description Barack will never use for Hillary). I'd also have a beer with Susan (whilst she sipped Aussie wine), and sing this song (in the key of Scott Brown) — adding a verse for Susan, meaning I'd need a word that rhymes with "Suze". I'm supposed to spread the meme by tagging five friends. Susan, I was always hopelessly slow at playing tag — and I haven't got five friends! These days the only runner I can catch is Strewth, so I'll tag her. If you're a reader who thinks I can catch you, consider yourself tagged. Now for the Q and A section:

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
I was running less, but I was faster. Sad, but true. In 1998 I ran 40k per week, but youth was (lingering) on my side. I ran a 10k fun run with one of the girls from Calwell in 41:09. I was lucky enough to run in Oregon — what a spectacularly beautiful part of the world! I also dabbled in triathlons. I was a useless triathlete due to my brick-like swimming.

2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?
The best was in 1991 — breaking 11 minutes for the 3000m Steeplechase (10:51.3), when seven years earlier I honestly thought a time that fast was impossible. Oh, and not falling over, like poor Harry. The worst would be clobbering my knee against a steeplechase hurdle and hitting the deck, which put me out of action for three weeks.

3. Why do you run?
It's fun! Oh, and the friendships one makes (that includes you)! One friend (and rival) is Jim. That's him in the photo below — running with childlike abandon, racing a girl whose older sister has run for Australia. He always races "all-out", so a victory against Jim is well earned.

4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?
The best was: "Find a good coach, race short distances and train on a grass track".

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
I'm very unsurprising. Sorry, that's something you all know. Very well — I placed 2nd in the Moth Class in the 1972-73 Riverina Sailing Championships.

Jim sprints with childlike abandonJim sprints with childlike abandon to the finish of a cross country race


Blogger Superflake said...

In the old days they had water in the riverina. Now they race on skateboards attached to windsurfing sails.

5:44 pm  
Blogger Tesso said...

Suze ...

Tom Cruise

I could go on. So many, you might need 2 verses for her.

9:27 pm  
Blogger Sling Runner said...

Nice. Also, congrats on your 1500m M50 PB last week.

11:06 pm  
Blogger Runner Susan said...

Ewen, that is like the sweetest post ever. I didn't even know I had a skateboard. I went the dentist this week and am still on some pain killers but I can still tell that Tesso knows how to rhyme . . . . I always lost at tag too Ewen, don't worry we can be slow together.

back for more when the hydrocodone wears off.

10:12 am  
Blogger iliketoast said...

love to have a beer with suzie,
love to have beer with suze,
when she talks about ..... it never fails to amuze

oh, you fill the blanks yourself!

8:28 pm  
Blogger Thomas said...

Did you actually put any of those "best advices" into practice?

10:42 pm  
Blogger Rob said...

I may try to convince my friends that we should change our itinerary to include Texas. Were you planning on heading to Texas before November Ewen?

8:16 am  
Blogger Scott Brown said...

"I placed 2nd in the Moth Class in the 1972-73 Riverina Sailing Championships."

That did surprise me Ewen! But I should have known that the colourful language you use and that crusty dial of yours were forged on the high seas.

You might be able to answer this question then.

"Who left the halibut on the poop deck?"

1:41 pm  
Blogger Dusty said...

No friends, I seriously doubt that. I also am quite confident you could catch many of us! Well, as long as you promise to have a beer with me as well while you are in Texas, then I'll do the questions too! I'm also impressed that you knew Texas was only the second largest state... so many Texas actually think it is the largest... haha! Guess that doesn't say much for the education system here, but I'm from Massachusetts, raised in Arizona. :)

12:51 am  
Blogger Ewen said...

I have no idea about the halibut Scott - Moths didn't have poop decks, and the seas in the Riverina were anything but high. Feel free to enlighten me.

Not this year Rob. Perhaps this decade.

All of them Thomas - I found a good coach in 1990 - Geoff. We ran intervals on a beautiful grass track near the AIS (no longer there). With Geoff's help I ran quite a few PBs. These days I still run with Geoff, but I'm self-coached as I like to experiment with different training methods.

Dusty, consider yourself tagged! I only knew Texas was #2 because Michelle Shocked told me in a song - "Anchorage".

3:49 pm  
Blogger jojo said...

well im having to train with 12 and under kids at the moment cos im too slow...kinda says it all doesnt it

11:38 pm  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks for the watch advice!!!

9:30 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

You'd most definitely be able to catch me too! Glad to see PBs are still happening, even if they are age group ones.

3:07 pm  
Blogger Phil said...

You continue to suprise me ... great write-up.

3:38 pm  
Blogger bill carter said...

Hi Ewen

Interesting to hear more about your running. I can't imagine what it would be like to do a steeplechase course.. probably really tough and a little scary at the same time.

Best of luck with the training.

4:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, i'm with tesso. the first word that came to mind was "booze". hello, it's suze. der.

i'd love to have a beer with susan.
i'd love to have a beer with suze.
we'd avoid all moderation
we'd chugga chugga chugga until she spews.
we'd drink in either country
and act mighty aloof.
i'd love to have a beer with susan,
cos susan's a goof.

i'd love to have a beer with ewen.
i'd love to have a beer with ewe.
we'd avoid all moderation
we'd drink until he fills the loo.
we'd drink in either country
and discuss what's in a gallon.
i'd love to have a beer with ewan,
cos ewan's a stallion.

4:11 pm  
Blogger Runner Susan said...

Katy, you have a gift. I'm impressed, but Master Rowdy feels a little neglected.

10:48 pm  

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