Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Sunday

Out with Macca early doors for some flat stuff around Manly. Perfect morning being a bit cooler than recently. Time passed quickly. Macca stopped after 23km so finished it off solo. Felt Ok at end for first time in a while. 30km in 2:13:50 (4:28's).

Selfie with the kids pre-world's toughest Easter egg hunt.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Manly hilly tempo

Same as last week. Went out a bit harder but then settled into similar km splits. Started to hurt like hell through Balgowlah Heights and thought I was cactus but recovered a bit towards the end. Glutes tired though as I struggled on any sort of hill.

Total time of 50:54 and v happy with that. Splits (last week in brackets):

3:25 (3:33), 3:43 (3:46), 3:50 (3:55), 4:03 (4:04), 3:38 (3:45), 3:54 (3:50), 3:59 (3:54), 3:39 (3:42), 3:56 (3:57), 4:46 (5:07), 4:34 (4:14), 4:27 (4:25), 3:01 (3:23) [910m].

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easy does it

Few too many Asahi's with Wildman, Durante, Kanser, Fast Charlie and Patrick Hodgens last night but they were going down beautifully.

Got out this arvo for 9km easy with the eldest 3 kids on their bikes. Ran to Ben & Jerry's, bought a tub (Maple Tree Hugger for the fans) and ran home. It was the only way I could persuade Bec to come out with us.

110km for the week.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

8 x 800m

Rocked up looking forward to the session after Mikey was spruiking it to me yesterday. But it's all quiet despite me being a bit early. Hung around a bit then thought Mikey must have left early like he's prone to so I slog my ass over to Rushcutters to find it deserted. Wrong session. So I've got to run 8 x 800m solo. In the heat with no shade. Brilliant.

Did 2 reps and felt like shite. I was suffering from yesterday's hammy strength session and just felt dead flat. Battled not to give up there and then and eventually got through all 8. Times were crap but one good thing was a little fortitude of mind learned in persuading myself to do the lot. Legs finally felt better over the final 3 reps. Times (off a 2min rest) were:

2:35, 2:33, 2:34, 2:34, 2:33, 2:33, 2:30, 2:27

11km all up.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday SLR

Out with MC, Ben O'B and Andy Cross (who, it turns out, is almost a Geordie) for the usual Wednesday route but cut short after 1 lap. 15km in 70mins.

Good strength session with Carl this morning concentrating on hamstrings and core.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

HuRTS 8 x 5mins

Very warm again. Turnout getting better. Mikey back, Barts way out front again. Ran with Andy for most reps with Ben O'B and the AMP lads hovering around. Averaged between 3:30 and 3:36 for each rep. Kept them consistent without getting excited.

Lovely dip in the harbour for afters. 14km all up.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Usual Monday

Another beautiful day and still hot for this time of year.

15km with Mikey, Barts, Andy, Kanser, KiltedScot and plenty of others including a new girl who looked like she had great form.

More good news on the Berlin Marathon tour is that TB is now on-board. That makes 15 of us. Will have to organise the tour singlets shortly.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Long Manly route

Did my old 27.5km route via Burnt Bridge Creek, Campbell Pde, Queenscliff, Shelly, North Head, Little Collins and Manly to Spit coming back from Tania Park.

Tired after yesterday and ran in the heat of the day at 4pm. I'll suffer for this tomorrow. 2:03:37 (4:30's).

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hilly tempo

51:34. Better than I thought I'd go but still a minute down on 6 weeks ago. Felt good through Seaforth and the Heights but lost it in final 3km.

2km warm up and down for 17km all up. Humid.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Tired Friday

Easy 10km with John Bowe until half way.

Bumped into Enda on the way back. Strange experience. First he told me he was trialling a new running style, which I listened to with a raised eyebrow seeing as I'd only originally recognized him 100m ahead based on his old running style. Then he pulled his pants down and showed me his arse telling me he'd finished 2nd in a near naked race in the morning.

Certainly distracted me from how crap I'd been feeling plodding around 10km.

104km for the week.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

HuRTS 10 x 400m

It's all about the glutes. Gary freed them up yesterday and I felt like a different man today.

All reps were 67/68 (although I reckon we were maybe 10m short) with a final one at 65, finishing just behind Barts each time.

Did a longer jog back home with Barts for 11.5km all up.

James E went very well, leading us out on 2 or 3. Good to see plenty of girls in attendance too, with HuRTS #2 showing HuRTS #1 a clean pair of heels over the sprints.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday getting better

Usual Wednesday route (showing 18.48km on current Garmin - old one used to say 18.75km - I know Durante appreciates the accuracy) in a fairly sprightly 82:10 with Jonathan, Anna and AMP chap, the latter two cutting short. Must have been sprightly as JW was dropping at the end and he usually pushes the Wed runs.

Anna looks to be running very well - she was the one pushing the 4:10's around Centennial looking very easy.

Then a good massage from the Tiger concentrating on the still dodgy hammie with more needles in the ass.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

HuRTS 45mins tempo

Strength with Carl this morning (first in a long time - need to get back into this and massage regularly).

Small crowd for HuRTS today. Not sure where everyone has gone. Barts ran off waaaay into the distance leaving me running temporarily with Enda and then all alone. Didn't push too hard. Tried to keep the average under 3:40's but just failed. Pleased to get back in under 45mins though. 12.24km in 44:49 (10:40 for the final gate to gate) for a 3:40 average. Turned about 100m down Hickson Road after the bridges (but before the first speed hump).

Achilles slightly swollen after whacking it while going down Mach 5 at Wet 'n Wild on Sunday, which then gave me a nasty blister. Hammie still not quite right but working on the exercises and need some dry needling with the Tiger tomorrow.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Run home

Did just that. Untimed, but it wasn't too shabby. Not the same eye candy as Main Beach, Queensland.

Was following through a link on Fats' blog and saw the website for the Blaydon Race. Tis is a big road race on the North East calendar which always attracts a good field. The current race record holder is none other than Patrick Makau. Anyway, check out who won the Vets race (a big thing in the North East - referred to as "Gadgies" in this race that celebrates all things Geordie) - back in 1984:

Blaydon Race Results

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Longish at Surfers

Out at 7am but it was still warm then. Just ran down the coast to the end of Broadbeach park then back. Stopped at 20km as I'd got into quite a quick rhythm and was getting tired. 20km in 1:24:53 (4:15's). Dead flat the whole way and just a gentle Northerly. Then did a 4.5km warm down up to the end of the spit and back. Sweated buckets but I need to as I've piled on the pounds in the past 4 weeks.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Main Beach Park Run - 1st in 17:12

Woke. Jogged from Sea World resort to Southport SLSC. Ran the parkrun with out 150 others, but was all alone. Felt pretty average to be honest. Then jogged back. Then jumped in pool. Perfect morning and a great place to run.

Friday, March 15, 2013


..around Centennial from the Sheraton. Hungover. No up in Gold Coast. May do Parkrun tomorrow.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

HuRTS Hickson Rd

Headed down for my first session in donks to meet a small crowd of Barts, Jeet, LF Charlie (hooray!), Andy, LJ and a few others. Barts disappeared off into the distance and I largely ran with Andy. Did 3:44, 3:37, 3:43, 3:41 and 3:49.

Hurt like hell but these sessions always do after a break. Lungs still not fully right but coming good.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Begin again

Finally resurfaced for air after one of the busiest 2 week periods of work for me in a long time.

Out for 13km around Centennial with Jeet, Jonathan and Ben D'Cruz y'all. Nice and easy. Chest still tight, hammie needs strengthening but back on track.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Pre-teen Steps

10 point something km averaging just over 4:30's on a different around Manly going via Little Collins beach up to North Head. I'll slowly build up but lacking confidence at the moment.

Fantastic result by Fats to win Six Foot. He demolished what had been hyped as one of the strongest fields in years. No one better on the hills and no one you would rely on more.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Toddler steps

Ran to work but pulled stumps at Neutral Bay for 9km. Have had this chronic fatigue for 2 weeks now but today was the first day I've felt vaguely normal.

Good luck to all the boys and girls at Six Foot tomorrow. Very envious I'm not there. It's an event like no other.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Baby steps

Been hammered on a deal recently and haven't seen the light of day for a week, which made me more ill, so no running.

Deal closed today and was spurred back into running action by meeting Holt Hardy in a meeting on a new deal this morning. Holt is a former 1:47/3:38 guy and a great bloke and asked how my running was going. So I wandered out for 10km this evening in beautiful conditions and it was great just to be out there.

Friday, March 01, 2013

More of the same Thursday

Run to work again feeling marginally better but only just - 59:24. Sick to death of this illness. Have canned the idea of racing Sat night given how I feel plus will be working all weekend. Have also canned Six Foot based on my hammie post Equaliser. All in all not happy at the moment. So busy at work today I eventually changed out of my running kit after running in at 4:15pm.