Safety First

Short and Sweet today, this post is very random for me! But I felt that I should write it. Today’s life lesson is about Safety, the Letter T and the number 4.

I awoke to a grey skied day with rain, rain, and a little more rain for good measure. I had a bunch of errands today and out into the grey I headed. I was a little distracted on the road, water flying everywhere, my head a jungle of thoughts, ideas and concerns. On the way up Nepean Hwy towards the City I had to brake hard, “thanks truck for swerving into my lane, very helpful!” . The tyres didn’t quite react as well as I hoped, there was a little aqua plane action, but I pulled up just in time. On Freeway home from the beautician in the afternoon, this time a “P” plate driver came into my lane unannounced and uninvited; again with the brakes, and I felt that (despite the rain) that either the brakes or the tyres weren’t just reacting like usual. I decided that I should get the tyres checked, I thought that I was possibly due to replace 2 of them. So stopping at the Highway Tyre store near home I found out that 2 were overdue, the other two were very close to the margin for replacement. My particular tyres are quite specialised in size and profile, so aren’t cheap (typical). But safety is cheaper than an accident or possible life time health complications from one. So I opted to change all 4 Tyres, straight up, just do it!

Why do I write this, I suppose with the change of seasons (and so many near misses in one day on the roads) I wanted to remind my friends and readers to remember to check the thing that keeps you on the road, and often the thing we forget or overlook.

I ended up getting a great deal from my local Tyre Centre, saving around $80 per tyre, and despite the savings, there is no price that I can place on my safety or the safety of those I share the road with.

So Lesson on Safety – Check

Number 4 (tyres) – Check

T – for Tyres and Timeliness – Check

Safe Driving out there,

Till next time – Lin. xox

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Crazy…No just committed

Love this Quote

I got called “Crazy” tonight. Just because I wanted to go home after shift and run, and that it was likely to be still raining,. Many of you know that I have a habit, a pattern of coming home after shift and doing my running then. I have blogged about it, I have talked about it, I like it. Running in the wee hours of the morning works for me. I can unwind from work, push it all out and leave it on the pavement.

It was wet again tonight. I am not a fan of working in the rain. I work outside and wear 5 – 6 layers of clothing which consists of wool thermal tops, singlets, hoodies, t-shirts, and wind/water proof jackets. Whilst I don’t like spending hours walking around the city in the rain, I make every effort to stay as dry as possible, no one wants to be wet for hours, then drive home wet and cold.

But running – that is different. It is a time framed thing. I did 5.5km this morning. When I got home it wasnt raining, by the time I changed and walked outside it was the slow steady drizzle rain that soaks you through. I ran anyway, I said earlier I would run, even if it was raining. I did. I like it when it drizzles like this. I feel that my body stays cool, it is not crazy – it is committed. Plus when you get back home and you can deal with the wet then…

Crazy is sitting on the couch making excuses.

Crazy is the way i used to live, – if you could call it living, looking back i can’t, it was more of a sad existence. I was sick, tired, obese, stuck and making excuses… That was what was crazy, that Lin was lost – She was crazy and all her systems were unhealthy.

SO – if i tell you about my training, it is not crazy, it is committed. If I tell you about my events coming up and trying to squeeze them all in, it is not crazy it is taking life with both hands and living it with vigour.

I am not crazy – I am committed – committed to living a full and healthy life, having fun – and realise that to have a healthy mind and emotional life I first must live a physically healthy life. Running in the rain – that is just the tip of the iceberg. Being stronger and healthier is my goal… weight loss is the natural by-product of living a committed healthy lifestyle.

My goals at the moment are to work towards getting back to running a 10km before the 15th of May, strengthening my core, and improving on my shoulder and upper body strength after surgery. I am still having a little discomfort and pain with the arms and tummy… Not all the time – but strength is the key and working with the physio is helping.

So dear readers, find your commitment, call it crazy if you like… In fact I think I will embrace the word crazy now – Yep call me crazy; crazy about being healthy, fit and strong enough to live the life I want.

BTW the run was awesome! the key when running in the rain is getting home, stripping off the wet gear straight away and jumping into a warm shower. Now for sleep…

Till next time, Crazy Lin xox