Monday, May 21, 2012

Fun Before the Run

Yesterday (Sunday), Zack and I ran the Great Ocean Road half marathon with some friends. I'll write more about the actual race in the next post, but we spent the weekend in a rental home in Skenes Creek. Fellow American expat couples Adam/Emily and Todd/Alena, along with Aussie Kristy/English Nigel rounded out our crew.

Saturday morning started with a delicious French toast breakfast cooked by Adam and Emily.

Kristy enjoying the view.
Adam and Emily cooking.

Then we drove to Apollo Bay and hiked part of the Great Ocean Walk. We had sunny weather at the start, but that turned into a little bit of rain near the end. It was a still a beautiful walk with gorgeous views. We also saw a little bit of the 14km race that was taking place in town on Saturday afternoon.

Nigel with the dogs and the rainbow.

Kristy and Nigel brought along their little dogs named Ralph and Flossie. They were funny and cute, and they got plenty of attention from all the dog lovers in the house! On the drive back to our place after the walk, there was a little rainbow over the ocean.

When we got back to the house, there were cockatoos on our balcony! We fed them some birdseed and enjoyed the view of the ocean in the background.

Saturday night's dinner was a pasta feast to help us carbo load for our run the next morning. Todd and Zack cooked up the deliciousness, and we all pigged out. For dessert, Alena tried her first Tim Tam slam, and Emily made some amazing chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

Alena's Tim Tam slam!

Todd and Zack hard at work.

No, there are no pictures of me today. That's what happens when you're the photographer! Anyway, we had a fun weekend of enjoying the Great Ocean Road, playing games, laughing together, and running the race. But more about that in the next blog post!


  1. Aubree, Thank you for all the awesome posts. My husband and I currently live in the US but are moving to Melbourne in July due to a job transfer. I love reading your blog on what to expect on our move.

    1. Glad the blog is helpful! Let me know if you have any questions about things not covered here; I know I had so many things I wanted to know while getting ready for the move. Where do you live now?

  2. We live in Nashville, Tennessee now. So excited about the move and sooo many questions. I love your blog because it helps me so much with so many questions I do have. And I love that you run. I'm a runner as well. My husband just recently started biking. Can't wait to get over and see Australia.