Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Set off on Parkrun and felt really good for a change. I was running solo from 200m but felt strong enough to push the pace today. 16:24 all up so not bad for me running solo. I'm usually the world's biggest pussy unless I have someone to chase.
Did another lap of the course with Richie, then an extended run home via Shelley Beach for 30km all up. No dip in the ocean or b&e rolls today so took Mags and Claude out to Splat for a slap up break instead. Nice.
Friday, December 19, 2014
But it was nice to get out and managed about 17-18km all up.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
But on to today's session. 1km reps around Rushcutters in the rain. Very low turnout with only Q, Barts, Jeet, Big Kev, TKS, JW, Renee and a couple of dudes I didn't know showing up. 6 x 1km off a rolling 5mins. Q, Barts and I took it in turns to lead out each rep. They went:
3:04, 3:03, 3:02, 3:01, 3:04, 2:56
Took my shoes off at halfway and felt magic running on the soggy wet grass in the second half. If I could run barefoot without my achilles blowing up my life would be complete. Darling Point cool down with Barts, Q and Jeet for 12km all up.
Picture of me and my new chick from one of my many recent boozy dinners:
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
5km warm down for 18km all up.
Now out for another boozy dinner.
Ooh, but check this out. Enda has designed, commissioned and purchased a T-Shirt to celebrate his sporadically successful season. Macca is not amused:
Monday, December 08, 2014
Friday, December 05, 2014
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Monday, December 01, 2014
74.9, 73.4, 74.3, 74.1, 74.1, 74.3, 74.5, 72.9, 73.8, 71.9
Felt OK. 10km all up.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Ran first km with Sam but he then started to pull ahead and I wasn't mentally ready for a hard run so ran it as a tempo in 17:07. Macca, Ben and I had a bit of a chat with the Parkrunners after, trying to extricate ourselves from a bloke running 21mins for 5km telling us we should be running in minimal heel drop On shoes. Also had a chat to the lovely Carla (Quentin's other half) who expressed surprise that Quentin should be awarded Male Performance of the Year without consulting her. She has a sense of humour that girl.
Did a few more km afterwards to bring it up to 26km for the morning in 1:56:17 (4:28's). Ended perfectly by jumping into the ocean at Queenscliff with Macca to ease the legs.
Friday, November 21, 2014
2:26, 2:26, 2:26, 2:26, 2:26, 2:26, 2:26, 2:23.
Jog there and back for 11km all up and 93km for the week.
Then it was on to the HuRT Squad Awards. Great night chatting about running and not much else. Charlie started the evening with a heartfelt speech. Elle scared us all by fainting. Mikey scared us all by buying a drink at the bar. Timmy scared us all with his shirt.
The winners were:
Male Performance of the Year: Quentin
Female Performance of the Year: Erikakaka
Ultra Performance of the Year: Tucks
Most Improved: Renee
Serg Award: Mikey
Triathlete: Pete W
Notice how the top gongs go to the Northern Beaches chapter of the HuRT Squad. Hardcore.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Intended to take it easy and that's how it started with no-one taking up the pace. Tucks and Jono Windsor were in front with me, Macca and Hoey a short distance behind. Ran past Francoise Hollande (that's one for my eldest brother) and the tricolor nr Mrs Macs Chair and we were all together again. Continued this way until the turn at 23.15 at the far edge of the 2nd bridge on the Hickson Rd bend. Pace immediately picked up with Jono and Tucks pushing it and me and Hoey behind with Macca starting to drop off. Stayed this way all the way back and around Farm Cove but on the hills on the way back we first went past Jono then passed Tucks on the hill nr the Art Gallery. Not often you can say you passed Tucks on a hill. In fact, I think it's the first time I've ever said it.
Finished on 44:22 so a solid hit out. Then did a long warmdown with Mikey and Slapstick for 18km all up.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Then we're off. Suddenly I didn't feel too bad. Barts set a quick pace from the start. First km in 3:04, then 2nd km with me leading in 3:06. Then Quentin comes through for the tricky km on the grass and it's a still solid 3:16. I push up the hill and back around the loop for a 3:11. Then Barts comes past, before I go past him again before the bridge. Then he puts a real effort in over the bridge (600m to go) and I give up. Q comes past. I tell Q I'm gone and he should push on to catch Barts. Then Q blows up and I go past him again. So it finished Barts, me then Q in 15:46, 15:53 and 15:57. Can't be too often you get 3 under 16 at a Parkrun. Happy enough with the course PB. Barts is smiling like a Cheshire Cat. We try and tell him it was a dead rubber of a race but he's having none of it. Fair enough.
Then we all jogged over to South Curly Ocean Pool and swam a couple of lengths before jogging around the foreshore to Queensie before Justin and I head home. Great start to the day.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Arrived with about 30mins to go, did a bit of a warm-up with Hoey and Jeet, just in time to get in the annual HuRT Squad photo:
Got nervous on the start line. Then we're off. Quick start but deliberately take it relatively easy up the hill as per the plan. But round the Paddo Gates corner just behind Alex with Q, CT and Barts all around. We seem to form a little group already. I catch Alex's heels and apologise on the way up to Woollahra Gates, and notice people are working a bit on that little uphill section so am encouraged. This is the group (Alex, me, CT, Barts and Quentin) rounding the Woollahra Gates corner:
Then holey moley! To borrow from David Coleman, Alex just opens his legs and shows his class! He flies down the hill, with CT following him. I literally just can't keep up. But as we gather back on Grand Drive, CT falls back into the group leaving Alex about 10m ahead of us. As we hit 3km, I start to think that this race is really quite short, we're over half way through and unless we make an effort to catch Alex he's just going to drift ahead and it's going to be too late. So I make a real effort to bridge the gap - secretly also thinking that if I catch Alex we will work together and it will give me a chance to break from Barts, CT and Q. I catch Alex at about 3.5km and he looks quite surprised. Then something happens that decides the race for me. Anna FitzGerald is standing on the side of the road. Now I'm a big fan of Anna, so I wait for a friendly "Go on lads!" or a "Well done Alex, well done Tom!", but instead I hear; "Go on Alex, don't let him get away". Anna! What happened? I'm angry now! We go through 4km and I can see Fox Studios Gates ahead and the slight incline that goes with it. Here it is:
So the plan was always to nail myself from here, and that's what I do. Is Alex dropping? I can't tell. Maybe he is? He's bound to be quicker in a sprint, so I have to keep on piling on the pressure. Through the 5km marker. Christ, when will this gap in the fence ever appear? I can't hear him now. Through the gap in the fence. Careful not to slip on the gravel. Hit the grass then start sprinting for the line. Can't let anyone come past now. Cross the line and do 6 above the head fist pumps. Barts and I had discussed this beforehand. Whoever won between us was going to do some sort of celebration. I was thinking pistols before hand, but in the heat of the moment it was skyward fist pumps.
Then turn around to watch everyone come in. Quentin pips Barts on the line for 6th place. You'd normally back Barts in a sprint finish, but I've learned to my cost not to leave it too late against Q. CT faded in the final 2km for 9th. First woman (Lucy Starrat) comes in then guess who pops up for 2nd? LJ's secret training has paid off. Only just back from injury and she almost runs a PB for second place. Fantastic stuff. If anyone loves this event more than me it's LJ. There's PB's galore (and the inevitable questioning of distance) but having done this race so many times and knowing where they always place the start and finish lines I don't think there was any significant change. Maybe the finish line was a bit further up but it wouldn't make more than 5s difference. I think people ran fast because it was unseasonably cool.
Great to see Erika smash it in 20:23 for 4th place girl and getting a win over Greta into the bargain. Standout performances from Jeet (19:16) and Charlie D (21:26) and a good comeback run for J-Fen in 18:47. Also shouldn't forget Wildman's 16:35. That's as quick as he ran when he won it, yet his comeback this time has been much shorter. Great to see him battling it out with the likes of Marty Dent and Jeff Hunt.
Then we at some burgers and drank lots of beer and talked crap. Here's some photos of us doing that:
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
So turned up after a 2km warmup and we did what Caroline called "1km pickups". The route was the path around Passmore Reserve, so 1km is 1.5 laps. You get into teams of 3. First guy runs half a lap and is joined by the second guy. They both run half a lap together and you're then joined by the third guy. All three run half a lap together where the first guy drops out, etc. Effectively it means you're doing 1km reps with the rest between being the time it takes one of the guys to run a full lap. In practice, as you're picking up and dropping your teammates as you go, the pace is kept pretty constant.
I was with the 2 fastest juniors - Luke and Kieran. My first couple of reps were pretty manic (2:57 pace) as Luke and Kieran were showing the bravado (and speed) of youth. As the reps went on, their enthusiasm and pace waned a bit and it felt increasingly easier. My pace times went 2:57, 2:57, 3:03, 3:03, 3:09, 3:03. Then we did some relays (3 x 250m) and some run-throughs.
Was good fun and had a good chat with some of the kids later on. About 9km all up.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
So, Jamie, Quentin, Macca, Amy, Erika and I met at Nolans for 6 x 1km reps on the grass off a 2min rest. Marked out a rough track (which was closer to 1.1km) and straight into it. The way each rep would go would be Q would go off fast, I would catch him at about the half way point then take the lead, then he would come back at me in the final 100m. Times for each 1km mark were:
3:16 (bit of a heart-starter)
Had woken up by then. Finished with a 5km warmdown and was home by 6:40am. But still managed to be late for work.
Monday, November 03, 2014
So did the long run this morning. Basically did a loop to Shelly Beach and back then ran to Erskineville to pick up the bike a ride back to work. 28km all up in 2:03 something. Averaged 4:26's. Actually felt great after a day's rest. But hard work coming through the City with all the stop starts which slowed things down. Caught John Bowe at the top of Spit Hill and ran with him for a bit. Passed Hugh Williams going the other way on the Harbour Bridge. Then Timmy laid on a cup of tea and a warm spicy chicken roll to top the morning off.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Barts, Neil, Erika, Macca, Elle, Timmy, Enda, Paulie Hanley, Me, Brendan and Birchy.
Friday, October 31, 2014
So battle resumes tomorrow at the Lane Cove 10km with Barts and Neil, with Quentin being thrown in for good measure. Looks like Hoey is out though. Tactics will be very different to Wednesday night. Hang on and hope basically.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Turned up just to jog the 2 x 20mins in prep for time trial tonight. All up about 12km including 2km warm down, chatting all the way.
So CT is out of tonight's 5000m TT. So far, just Barts, Jason, Rich Mullaney and TKS are confirmed but we'll see who turns up. I'm guessing Barts will employ very similar tactics to our State 10,000m race back in March. So how do you beat a guy:
(a) who is in good form;
(b) who has a better sprint finish; and
(c) who is likely to stick to your back the entire race?
Monday, October 27, 2014
So I wandered over to Rushcutters solo. Marked out a rough loop, which was probably about 2s longer than last Thursday's. Then threw myself into it. Plan was not to kill myself on the reps today because:
(a) running solo, I couldn't be arsed; and
(b) wanted to feel in control and concentrate on form.
Reps were mostly 78s (i'm guessing 70/71 for the 400m) with one 77 and a couple of 79s. All of a rolling 2 mins. Felt pretty good at the end.
11km all up. Right knee a touch sore but I see the Tiger tomorrow am.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Then beers in my favourite pub (The Tilbury) with the boys and overall female winner Sonya before heading home. Great night.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Felt a bit long and GMap has it at 425m: Reg Bartley Track
Reps went: 72.4, 73.1, 72.9, 73.3, 73.2, 72.4, 73.6, 72.4, 72.4, 71.5
So that's averaging 68's which is about what I expected first up. Will be easier when I can run with people.
Long warm-up and warm-down for 14.5km all up.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Continuing the theme of Melbourne Marathon stories, I received an email forwarded this morning which shows correspondence between Beaches Ben and Striders President Joe. I'm guessing Joe was reaching out to Ben to thank him for helping one of the older Striders runners to the finish at Melbourne. It's a great read and shows the true camaraderie of the Marathon:
"I blew up at 24km aiming for a 2.52. A training partner ran past at around 27km and tried to encourage me to stick with her [Ed: this is Erika]. I told her that I was done; my rubber band was stretched. Thankfully she went on, ran her PB and to her race goal of 2:58. My plan B was sub 3hrs and that went at around 29km; my rubber band had snapped. I was in a world of hurt along St Kilda Road and thought about jumping in front of a tram to end it a couple of times. I may have even been delusional as I swear I spoke to Craig Mottram as he ran passed me pacing a buddy of his. I walked through one of the last aid stations along there and was given some support by another fellow runner with a friendly tap on the shoulder keep at it. Plan C came into effect which was to finish what I had started, just finish and I told myself that time did not matter. It was around 37km just before the rise of the Tan that I then decided to take with me anyone else who I could convince that the clock did not matter anymore. So if I saw someone walking or standing I went up to them and told them that they were coming with us and that I'd be there by their side and we would finish this together. I would tell the group that "time didn't matter, concentrate on form and let's keep going together". I think I picked up about 4 or 5 people and Graham would have been one of these. I ended in 3:14:48 my second slowest marathon from 9 attempts, only slower than my debut in 2005. Funnily I ran 17 seconds faster in Canberra in March this year pacing 3:15. I'm ecstatic to hear that Graham achieved a Boston qualifier with a small amount of encouragement from me when I was broken, well and truly broken.
Please pass on my contact details to Graham and congratulate him on his stellar debut Melbourne marathon and Boston qualifier."
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
"Hey mate, after I saw you guys last Tues I went and did a Bikram class in the evening to get a good stretch on the old hips and legs and just didn’t feel that great. Next day I was just knackered and had a splitting headache but went for a recover run just to loosen the legs. Felt like crap so pulled the pin and went home. Took 2 days off work and lay on the couch as just felt lethargic. Should’ve known as Anna and the kids had been under the weather the week prior.
Started feeling bit better on Sat after a good rest and chest was Ok so flew down and put the feet up on the couch most of the afternoon. Still felt a bit flakey but not as bad.
Sun morning made sure I had a Redbull and Panadol early and then straight off to the start. Prior to the race I made the commitment to run at 3.40’s and if I fell apart well at least I gave it a shot. I was just praying I didn’t get the migraines I’d been having latter half of the week.
First 5k I was fine and started catching a few packs in front. Got to 10km bang on 36:39 so perfect pacing so far then everyone around me dropped. The next pack was around 400m ahead so no chance of bridging that gap. I just put the head down and after dropping a few gels basically ran the reminder of the race solo with the next pack behind consisting of Justin, Heydo and nice little group about 90sec back.
I got to halfway in 1:17:39 so again bang on track but running along a very long flat road with no one in sight was hard and after a few more km’s I found myself slipping to 3:45’s then 3:48’s. At the far end turn Heydo had bridged the gap and now only about 50sec behind so either I was slipping or he was running smart in a good pack. It was a long slog back up to St Kilda rd on my own trying not to slip any further. At 32km I started to struggle and was a bit dizzy but only a Striders 10k race to go so just concentrated on form and had my caffeine gels. The km splits were now 3:50’s and I couldn’t let them slip any further so really had to dig. It’s a long grind along St Kilda Rd and quite a lonely stretch with only a smattering of people clapping as you go by.
Around 34k got caught by one of the Syd Strider Twins and he went ahead. Couldn’t stay with him but at least a bit of company albeit for 30sec or so. Into the Bot gardens and 37km could see a struggling Q and ran past him giving each other some encouragement. Next thing Heydo comes screaming past then another bloke at 38k when I had nothing. Tried my hardest to stay close but the wheels were falling off big time.
40km couldn’t have come soon enough and it was just mental from there on. Got a stabbing pain in my gut (think it must have been from all the nurofen I’d be loading up on since Wed) so just praying it didn’t stop me. There was no 41km marker and next thing I know I’m in a daze with 200m to go. I had a quick look at my watch and after seeing 2:38:01 went all out up the hill to get close to 2:38:30 and try and prevent Enda from Irish bragging rights. Wasn’t to be but just happy to finish to be honest.
Reflecting on the race I am pretty happy. I ran the pace I wanted to until halfway. I pretty much ran a time trial for 28km and came 2nd in the 45-49 AG, beaten only by Dave Tonge. I could have sat back in a slower pack but who knows, may have ended up with a slower time. The legs held out most of the race and didn’t cramp and I was strong enough throughout the race.
I may or may not have gone faster if wasn’t sick leading up to the race but not going to ponder on that considering 4 out of my last 5 marathons I’ve been sick in the week prior.
It’s good to say I can break 2:40 as a 45 year old so all in all I am stoked as it’s my 2nd fastest ever marathon.
Some good runs out there but a good few also disappointed including Q no doubt and Justin just giving up at 29k. He’ll be the most upset I’d imagine.
Looking forward to the curry night and a few beers on Sat as wasn’t feeling great on Sunday to celebrate. You still coming?"
Monday, October 13, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Monday, October 06, 2014
Sunday, October 05, 2014
While there's been a lot of talk about Irish Marathon performance of the year, everyone seems to have overlooked that the English performance of the year is up for grabs. With Dicky Green's 2:52 in Rotterdam the only marker, it's a relief that Heydo is running next week or, God forbid, Timmy would have a chance at that particular title. And we'd never hear the end of it.
30km all up in 2:12 something (4:24's).
Current favourite song: Timmy Trumpet
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Friday, October 03, 2014
100km for the week. Showdown with Wildman at Homebush tomorrow. He's giving me a 30s headstart. He should be giving me 60s based on my post illness form. But I'll front up and try to gain a bit of respect by limiting the gap from a total blowout. More interesting is how I'll fare against Hoey, Enda and anyone else who cares to show.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
*Erika demanded I print this correction. She said nothing of the sort. It was just Quentin, Dicky, Justin and me who made this prediction. Slack typing on my part. I apologise for any confusion caused. She, of course, still claims only to be aiming for a Sub3
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
104km for the week.
But I was starting to come down with a sore throat. Felt rotten by the evening. Saturday was a write-off. Took some of Kirsten's heavy duty pain killers which worked a treat. Sunday felt sorry for myself checking out everyone's times at the Sydney Running Festival. Good to see Barts back on top and Neil running a PB. CT and Timmy should be ashamed of themselves.
So not sure where to go from here. A promising season has been wiped apart by a foiled trip to Melbourne Marathon and sickness for the big Half. Will have to use the ever reliable JPMorgan CC to motivate me again.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Timmy combo of 20mins continuous hills plus 5km tempo. Seem to go alright on the continuous hills, albeit make up most of my time on the downs rather than the ups. Crossy and Barts were a bit behind, but Crossy was closing in from halfway onwards.
Then on to the tempo. Legs tired to start with as usual (and as the session intends) but got into a rythmn and finished with Barts in 16:04 (10s quicker than last month).
5km cool down for 15km all up. Tough session.
Birthday drinks on Thursday night. Everyone kept buying me rounds. So on Friday I was hungover. Nowt.
31km. First 10km easyish with Macca, Ben, Justin, Craig and Barts. Then Erika joined us for 20km at her marathon pace (4:15's). Ended up doing 4:10's I think and she was chatting the whole way. I can only grunt when I do 20km at marathon pace. She will smash 3hours in Melbourne and will go sub 2:55 I think.
Had to run in the Adios Boost with no orthotics as I left my usual trainers at work. Short choppy stride with high cadence as a result. It's tough on the calves but actually feel less fatigued overall.