Friday, December 28, 2012
Had buffalo wings starter, 200g rump steak plus half lamb ribs and half pork ribs followed by chocolate cake. I can still hardly move. Just writing about it is making me want to vom. Should ensure I won't need to use the public toilets at the festival.
103km for the week. First ton in a while.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Had a quick chat with Thamal at Shelley who has struggled with injury and saw Tony Wong at North Steyne. Otherwise pretty quiet out there.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Spent the evening watching highlights from the Olympics on my Olympic Highlights Box Set DVDs. Got a bit emotional.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
If it hadn't been so hot, I hadn't got a hangover and I hadn't nailed myself on yesterday's run, I reckon I'd have felt pretty good today. As it was, I toiled to 27.8km in 2:08 (4:40's). Saw Eamo and Angus Mc out there.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Only good thing about the session was that I felt a lot better afterwards than beforehand, especially after a good stretch. Glutes felt magic. Tiger stuck some needles in my ass yesterday - I've been a bit of a sceptic on dry needling after he tried it in my hammies previously - but yesterday my glutes started spasming and felt completely released afterwards. So much so I was walking around like John Cleese all afternoon.
Couple of beers with Macca and maybe LF Charlie and Clive this evening. Not long before I can take a break from the booze.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Then slogged over the bridges to work, bumping into the Gibson twins on the Harbour Bridge and telling them about HuRTS.
Now sat in Dolce eating a 3 egg omelette with extra sausage, orange juice and a flat white. Just what the doctor (at least the exercise physiologist) ordered after 2 hours of exercise. Beautiful morning.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
We were all cooked at this stage so did what HuRTS does best in summer with about 15 of us jumping in the harbour. 'Twas bliss. Then headed back to the office for Partners Xmas lunch of turkey, ham, prawns, all the trimmings, 2 trifles and a glass of Pinot. More bliss.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Just extended loops around Manly keeping it flat. Saw Pete W as usual and Bart looking as though he was moving. All up 27.24km in 1:55:14 (4:14's).
Elder brother Alec was over this weekend with his family and we managed a rare group shot.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Sunday was 25km on the beautiful trails of Glenworth Valley at Peat's Ridge Festival. Bumped into Russell at the Festival and tentatively arranged to meet him but he was a no-show. 2 hours so very slow but it was hot and all trails and I'd been partying it up.
Monday was 11.4km on similar trails in 52mins.
Today was the usual 14km Manly route in 62:01 - 31:00 on the way out and 31:01 on the way back. Boringly consistent.
Not sure what to make of 2012. Only one PB - being that in the marathon at Gold Coast but a few other "close-to" PB's. The biggest disappointment was not running a good 10km time - the distance I judge form on most. I was in good form in May but got sick just before the State 10km when I reckon I may have PB'ed. Top 3 races were:
1. Novice Cross Country. 3rd in a tough, close race. Ran a PB and beat some good names.
2. JPMorgan CC. Came back from hammie problems and ran my second fastest time to finish 4th. Tucks was too strong but had a great run himself.
3. SMH Half marathon. Fell apart towards the end but close to the PB on a tough course. And I reckon my PB was set on a short course in any case.
Didn't put GC Marathon in the top 3 as I missed my aim (albeit only by 1 second) but it was fairly conservative in any case. I've yet to attack a marathon, still being too scared of the distance. Having said that, I was probably fittest at that point in the year, having done some great long runs with Macca in the lead up. We'll be replicating that this year but I also want to gradually increase the base mileage. Out with him tomorrow morning for 20km with some fas bits.
Got out at 7am for the Seaforth/Spit to Manly hilly 13km route. Pushed the hills and got the heart rate going. 57:30. Will be doing this route more regularly.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Just an easy 12km with Kanser today running off the hangover. The first 2km were brutal but then started to feel like a normal person again.
Last night was a bit of a blur for me. Had my department Xmas lunch down at Wharf 2 so was drinking from 12.30pm. It's fair to say I didn't cover myself in glory. See Timmy's blog for details.
Anyway, full results were as follows:
Nominees included Sonya, John Binfield, Brendan Krone, Timmy and Clyde.
3rd place: Enda
2nd place: Fast Charlie
Winner: Pete Walker
Ultra runner of the Year
Nominees included Andy and Terrence.
3rd place: Fats
2nd place: Jonathan Worswick
The HuRTS Spirit Award
Nominees included Timmy, Richie H, Mike Race, Bill Batt, Macca, Anna, J-Fen, Andy, Kanser and Enda.
3rd place: Ray
2nd pace: Me
The Serg Award (Underachiever of the Year)
Nominees included Clyde, Kanser and Richie H.
3rd place: Mike
2nd place: Timmy
Winner: Fast Charlie
Nominees included Michael Ho, Macca, Angus, Emma, J-Fen, Anna, Andy and Fats.
3rd place: Rob C
2nd place: Mike Race
Winner: Indrajeet Aich
Female Performance of the Year
3rd place: Emma
2nd place: Anna
Male Performance of the Year
Nominees included Mike Race, me, Terrence and MC(!)
3rd place: Tucks
2nd place: Ray
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Will be seeing Carl weekly in a ploy to remain injury free.
Big Awards night tomorrow. Timmy has the odds but don't believe a jot of it.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Felt comfy in the way out, Andy pushed the pace on the way back before stopping half way around Farm Cove. This left me and Barts to finish it off up the hills and I pushed myself too hard getting back in 44:50 for 12.9km (3:29's). Have felt average since. Silly as I promised myself recently not to do this.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Had a following wind most of the way so felt good. 13.7km in 61mins (4:29's). Was quicker until the hills started.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Office Christmas Party in the evening. Very good night. Even danced (to Living on a Prayer). Got home at 3am then alarm went off at 5.30am and dragged my wretched body to Passmore Reserve where I watched and pitifully part participated in Bart and Frik's sub40 10km time trial. Fantastic result by them both running 39:40'ish. If Bart did more HuRTS he'd be up for Improver of the Year in Thursday's awards night - a bloke who claimed he couldn't run a km in under 5minutes 18 months ago is now smashing out sub4's and looking cruisy while doing so.
95kms last week. 91kms the week before.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Ran from the front but to be honest felt pretty average with the legs just dead. MC and Enda ran very well and were just behind on each rep. But it was a beautiful day and a pleasure just to be out there.
Did 4.5km with Billy (Charlie and Mags on their bikes) this morning and at this stage of the season I'll count those extra kms so 16km all up.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Sunday I nearly stood on a snake. Today I nearly stood on an Eastern Water Dragon. Was just about to come over Spit Bridge when this big boy jumps out of the bushes almost under my feet. For the next 5m I ran, splay legged, trying to avoid him as he ran in front of me. In fact, it probably looked as though I was mimicking his running style.
Anyway, the run hurt like hell. But ended up with 50:21 so a pretty good time. Would have been nice to get under 50.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
Pulled out of the Manly Dam 10km as I was being a pussy and was worried about turning an ankle trying to run that course fast. Ended up heading over to Willoughby after persuading Barts to run his local Striders long run. Well, it was 30km of bush and hills and my legs were shot by the end. In fact, got home and, not having eaten enough, completely zonked out on the sofa. 1:24 or so. Started with Flake, John Bowe, Mark F, Snaitch and Barts but by the end it was just Bart's and I with John a few minutes behind.
highlight of the run was running along a road in Castlecragwhen Bart's casually says "snake" while pointing to the ground. I'm wondering quizzically what he's on about before I notice I'm about to step on one, dodging it at the last moment.
Chores for rest of the day and now I'm the worlds tiredest man. But did manage to watch "City of God" tonight which I reckon rates 5 popcorns on the Timmy chart.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Massive congrats to Fats who came 2nd in the Kepler Challenge this morning and broke 5 hours for the first time. Tucks also did well on his first outing over there finishing 5th in 5:15. Had a text from Tucks this morning saying little more than "Fats is a beast!". I should challenge them both to a 1500m prior to HuRT Squad Awards night - hopefully they'll be a little buggered for a while.