Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Struggled in

14km run into work. Beautiful morning but really struggled on the hills following yesterday's session and not helped by carrying a backpack with my workshoes in. Felt fine on the flat and downhills, dreaming of easy races and smashing PBs. Then I'd hit a little hill.

27:53 at Spit Junction and 59:00 all up so slow second half even though felt more comfortable in that section.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pain plus some

Decided to bulk up Pain in the Domain by jogging 6km beforehand. Bumped into Ray and ran with him for most of it, chatting about races etc. Scot led Group 1 at the usual breakneck pace. Could feel the extra 6km in my legs most of the way around but was pleased to still manage 1:57 on the long rep - reeling in Durante but a good 3 seconds behind Dave.

27 minutes jog plus 24:40 for Pain plus 1km jog = 13km.

Monday, February 26, 2007


Rest. Too tired and sore throat.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Weekend summary


30km Mosman Reversed STaR. Lovely run in cool conditions. Steady all the way - about 2 hours 32 mins.


8km in about 33:30. Ran to Ken and Emmas for a party taking in a route along the Manly-Spit walk.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Friday filler

14km run to work. Started out very sore and tired after yesterday's intervals but gradually worked my way into it finishing quite quickly across the bridge.

28:10 at Spit Junction, 58:34 all up.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Hickson Road

Hot and humid with a slight breeze (which always seemed to be against us) for the reps today. The usual 5 x 1.2km with a strict 2 minute interval (often 1:45 by my watch). Only Ray Wareham, Phil Dove and Phil Woods there today. The reps went:

3:44; 3:37; 3:35; 3:39; 3:37

A little more consistent than last week with no blowout on the 4th rep.

10km all up.

Nothing much

Regulation run home. 14km, 30:25 at the Toyota Garage and 57:51 all up. Slight headwind, felt comfortable, glad to be recovering from the bug.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Strange Pain

Very different Pain as the QM2 was in town, the moonlight cinema was being taken down and the Domain was packed. As a result, we improvised with a longer course - the long rep being from the path near the Opera House gate to the glass pyramid. Felt rotten to start with, tried to sprint the rep from Lady Macquarie's chair but gradually got into it during and then after the long rep. Finished the last two reps feeling quite strong which was encouraging.

8km in total.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Woe is me

Rest. Feeling lethargic and listless, and with a strange aversion to milk. As a result, haven't had a coffee all day. Which is only adding to my problems. Cheered myself up briefly by booking accommodation in Blackheath over 6ft Track weekend, so I've fully committed myself now. How hard can it be?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Mystery bug


11km run around North Manly, Harbord, Brookvale, Curl Curl and Queenscliff - about 48 minutes. Planned not to run a long one due to JJ's party the night before. Good job, as once again, felt listless and struggled the whole way. Started to feel under the weather following the run - slight chill and dodgy stomach.

Pretty disappointing 3 days.


Manly 8km route - 31:34. Felt a struggle the whole way. Started to feel a little ill following the run.


Rest. Hangover.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Hickson Road

Reps with Ray Wareham, Tim Cradock, Phil Dove, Dicky Palmer and Sean. Usual format, although the rests are getting shorter due to staging staggered starts after the first rep. They went:

3:44; 3:36; 3:36; 3:45; 3:34

Funny session. The reason for the discrepancy is having someone to run with or chase. First rep I was on my own. 4th rep everyone took off after only about 1:20 rest. I was so tired I insisted on my (almost) 2 minute recovery and was too far back to make any headway into catching anyone. Ran the last one with Phil until half way then pushed on which is why it was so quick.

10km all up.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

So where are all my cards?

Easy 14km run into work. Very stiff and sore to begin with, so took it very easy - deliberately slowing down through Balgowlah and along Military Road. 27:45 at Spit Junction and 58:20 all up.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Pain in the Domain. 24:09 all up (it's getting ridiculous) and 1:57 for the long rep. Felt full of running again throughout. Really pushed the long rep in trying to stay with Dave (who again ran 1:55) and still felt strong. Pleasing session.

Short warm down afterwards for 7km all up.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Wild Monday

14km run home from work. Full of running to start with when I couldn't help but go quickly - 29:30 at Toyota Garage. Slowed down in the second half particularly on the hills when the backpack with shoes in started to weigh me down. 56:05 all up. Great weather - cool, plenty of rain and a mostly following wind.
For any family members that have dropped in by accident, here's a photo of the birthday boy. He's lost out to his siblings in recent posts.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Usual Sunday

North Head/Balgowlah Sunday route. About 24 km in 1:38:10. Felt easy to start with and was running quite quickly - 46:40 at the Stone Arch. Slowed down in the second half but felt comfortable at the end - probably the result of longer Sunday runs over the past 2 weeks.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Mentally tough

Punished myself for missing yesterday's interval session with intervals by myself around Farm Cove; 5x900m with 2 minutes recovery. They went:

2:45; 2:50; 2:49; 2:48; 2;47

Paid the price for the first one being so quick by struggling from then on to match it. Southerly wind made the 2nd and 4th reps harder.

10km all up.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Enforced rest. Planned on the Hickson Road reps but delayed conference call put paid to those and too much work to fit a run in. Grrr. Will now have to fit intervals in tomorrow by myself.....

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


14km in about 59 minutes. First 10km with Beaky over the bridge to the Greenwood and around via Luna Park and finishing with a loop around the Opera House and Domain. Nice and easy at talking pace.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Led by Scot again and fast again - 24:55.
Felt heavy legged all the way still suffering from the weekend. 1:59 for the long rep - pleased in that I was catching Dave in the final 100m so the strength is there but still about 4 seconds behind him.
7km all up.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Recovery run

Easy 10km with Beaky at lunchtime in approximately 43 minutes. To Darling Point and back but adding avoiding the steps on the way out and adding distance in the park at Rushcutters Bay. Started a little sore from the weekend's exertions but finished feeling much better.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Dee Why Dash

30km over the Dee Why Dash. About 2:26 in total not stopping the watch for any water stops. Felt a bit more tired to start with than last week as a result of yesterday's race. Gradually got into it and was feeling very comfortable when Ray turned off at 20km. Jaap, Jonathan, Fats and myself then picked up the pace with Fats pushing on from Queenscliff. Very tired at the end as a result of the faster pace over the final 10km.

Thought I'd post a picture of Charlie to show how big he's becoming....

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Sydney Striders - Lane Cove 10km


Slightly disappointed not to dip under 34 as it was all set up for me. But pleased to be quicker than November and not too bad considering it's been a heavy week.

Set off with Tim Ashby and Fats and ran with them both for the first 3km. Then had my usual tough patch between 3 and 5km where Tim pulled ahead by about 15 seconds. Fats had dropped back, but Andrew Tuckey came past at 4km and started to close on Tim. From the hill before the turn around I had been caught by Jared Poppett who ran I ran with until about 8km - both of us taking the turn to lead in equal part. He then dropped me on the final hill and pushed on to dip under 34.

Great crowd (355 finishers). Did a warm down with Richard Mullaney who took the first 5km easy then pushed the second.

14km all up for a 89km week.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Return to Hickson Road

Another session of Hickson Road reps - 5x1.2km with 2 minute rest. Really good crowd today - Ray Wareham, Chris Graham, the 3 Richards (High, Palmer and Mullaney), Dave Le Banh and his mate Sean. My intention wasn't to push it too hard with Saturday morning's race in the back of my mind. That was the intention. Times went:

3:36; 3:34; 3:35; 3:39; 3:54.

The reason for them being so quick was Richard Mullaney's new found form. He pushed them all. I just kept in front for the first four but was tiring on the fourth so decided just to run through the final rep. Will be very interesting to see how Richard High and Richard Mullaney run on Saturday. Richard High seemed to be keeping something in reserve.