AM: 8km very easy to Shelley and back. Bumped into the Cap'n and chatted to him a bit. Otherwise just a thoroughly enjoyable plod on a cold but beautiful morning.
Lunch: 45mins progressive tempo for the Squad but Tiger changed this for me to 20mins solid, 5 mins easy, 10mins hard, 5 mins easy, 5mins kamikaze. Went very well, feeling up for each fast section by the end of each easy section. Felt comfortable on the solid section (averaging 3:30's), pushed the hard session (averaging 3:20's) and then 3:30's on the final 5mins but given it's pretty much all uphill the effort was there. Turned on 22.5mins at the main entrance to Barangaroo and finished on 44:58 which was good. Had Tucks to chase on the final section after Barts and CT had gone past previously running very quickly.
12.75km total (3:31 average) followed by 4.5km warmdown with Barts and Jeet.
Very gentle 14+km run with Mikey, Timmy, Nathan and James at 5min km pace. We were even joined by Hoey fresh from his 2:33:12 at M7 yesterday which picked him up a tidy $2.5k. Although did he offer to buy us one of his fancy brunches? Did he hell.
First long run in 5 weeks (ignoring the marathon). Caught up with Jamie, Erika and Ben for the usual route. Tired after yesterday's session and just pulled myself through. Poor young Erika was struggling with recent volume too but will go well if she avoids injury. Spent the whole run bitching about our coach.
Session was 3 x (1km hard, 1 min rest, 500m hard) with 5 mins jog between each set. Marked out the 500m and 1km on the path through Nolans so flat and straight. And I could pretend I was babysitting too. Times went:
How about that for consistency! Felt great today - bouncy and full of running. First time since GCM.
Out with the HuRTS Squad at lunch for Argyle Hill reps running solidly back down so no real rest. More like a hilly tempo.
Good turnout with Tucks, Tongey, CT, Barts, Crossy, JFen, Andy, Timmy, Boydy, Jeet, Erika, Rich M, TKS and even Wildman putting in an appearance. AND JAMIE WAS THERE. Didn't know what to expect for my first Tuesday HuRTS appearance in a long time. What I was dished out with was a taste of reality.
CT and Barts quickly imposed themselves on the session with me a distant 3rd. Was aware of someone behind me and thought it was Tucks but found Tongey coming past me on the 4th rep. You can see from the times below I slowed on the 3rd, made an attempt to stick to Tongey on the 4th then gave up on the 5th and 6th. To be honest, I was a bit of a soft cock on those reps. However, I saw Tongey was not gapping me further so made an attempt to catch him on the final 2 reps. Came past him on the final downhill.
Barts was a good 50s ahead at the end and is in fine form. Here's his C2S cash.
I ended up with 35:24 for 9.86km (3:35's) but there's a lot of switchbacks so it will measure long. One positive was finishing relatively strongly.
Very easy 17km this morning back up around North Head with Justin and Erika. Plenty of chat with the conversation including everything from vomiting to testicles to how hot Sara Hall is. I think sometimes I forget Erika is a lady.
12km along the beach. Easy pace with the sinusitis still hanging around. Bumped into Justin and ran with him for a bit - interestingly he's had exactly the same symptoms as me.
6C this morning but at least the sun was shining. I'm sick of winter. I didn't travel half way across the world for this.
In other news, I watched the final of House Rules last night to discover Steve and Tiana won and had their mortgage paid off. This made me feel a little jealous. That result needs some serious auditing. First, the judges (whose scores amount to 50% of the result) award them 19 points versus Ben and Danielle's 17 points. The remaining 50% of the result is made up by the audience voting either "NSW" or "QLD" via text. So how do they calibrate that over 17 and 19 points? We are not told. We just have Johanna Griggs (whose chest seems to grow by the week) read out the winners. Secondly, my guess is that Steve in his 50's has a considerably smaller mortgage than first house buyers Ben & Danielle. My guess is that the opacity in the voting allowed Channel 7 to save themselves a couple of hundred $. This upset me with my strong lawyerly sense of fairness.
Read an article recently that Benny St did for a magazine where he said that when he doesn't feel great, he applies a 10min rule. Which means he gets out to run for 10mins then reassesses whether to carry on or give up. I did that today. Got to 10mins, felt pretty good so carried on. Did 22km in the end around the wharves.
Going to stop chasing the fitness, get myself 100% healthwise and just enjoy running in the meantime. I'll hand Barts his $100 for C2S at some stage this week. At least I'll get 25% of it back from Timmy. Caught up with the squad for a few km on my run and was chatting to LJ who ran high 38 at the Sutho to Surf yesterday. She tells me Timmy is trying to back out of the bet. Which means he's mentally shot. Which means we're 80% there...
Friday was a rest that I needed. Saturday still felt under the weather but got out in the later arvo for 10km. Felt surprisingly good when I was actually running so did some fast patches - 2 to 3km (3:20 into the wind down Manly beach), 5 to 6km (3:14 in opposite direction) and 3:15 for final km along Pittwater Rd. Ended up with 40:40 for the 10km which is quick for me.
AM: 8km (Shelley) very easy bumping into form man Lewis half way around and finishing with him. 38:16.
PM: HuRTs 4 x 2km. I think we turned early in the first rep so more consistent than it looks. Barts was flying upfront running his final rep in 6:03. I've got a lot of work to do until I smash him at C2S. I ran with (variously) J-Fen (in good form off this showing), Andy, Colin and Tongey. Times were:
4.25km warm down with Barts and Timmy for 13.5km all up.
Got back to the office shaking due to low blood sugar, ate some lunch then promptly fell asleep at my desk.
AM: Very easy 8km to Shelley Beach and back in 38:15.
PM: Jogged to ES Marks (6km). Then 3 x 1200m off a rolling 6:30 followed by 6 x 400m off a rolling 2:30. Wasn't expecting much post marathon but held on better than I thought.
1200's went 3:40, 3:38 and 3:38 (71, 75 then 74/72 for each).
400's went 71, 69, 70, 68, 68, 68.
Chasing Alex on all reps with Benny St shouting the lap times. Alex running freakishly well - 4s ahead on some of the 400m reps running in lane 4 on the last. Davina would keep me company for the first lap of the 1200's and the first half of the 400's, which was pleasant. Good to see Anna back out running well.
New blog linked with Big Sam posting thoughts from London. Worth a read if only for the anti-Stoke humour!
Easy 11.2km around Manly feeling almost back to normal. Still a bit of a shuffle but a faster shuffle now. Averaged 4:16's this morning (47:59). Still glad I wasn't racing this morning and bet Barts was too, suffering after last week's Half. Lewis fared a bit better but neither can expect to back up after big Half PB's on an unrelenting course the week before.
30mins very easy in the morning from the AirBnB place we stayed in at Scott's Head. Great spot - log house built by the owner and fully sustainable with views of the ocean. Felt better than yesterday and a few hills thrown in today.
Enjoyed an easy start to the morning. Craig and I found out way to the elite athlete area. This was a very nice set up with grandstand views of the finish line and we just saw 70 minutes tick over before Eloise came through (wow, what a run) before Barts, Alex and Lewis then came through in quick succession.
Then off to the start line. Few hellos to Andy, Hoey et al and we were off. Settled into the first km with Craig trying not to go too quick. Rowan Wker comes past with a big group but let them drift ahead. Another group including the first female being paced by Jackson Elliott comes past at about 5km so I ask what pace they're aiming for - he says 3:28's so again I let them go. Craig drops off somewhere around 7km and I'm now running with the second female but the 3:30's still feel very comfortable.
Just concentrating on reaching the 15km turn at this stage. At dinner the night before, Tom Buckley said something about knowing how well the race will go at 15km. Well, I turned at 15km, saw Hoey was fairly close behind but Craig appeared to be having a bad day. And then suddenly trying to run 3:30's became a whole lot harder. I managed to just about hold them to half way but I realised then that it was going to be a massive struggle to get home. The splits show that:
Hoey comes past at 23km bouncing along and I wave him on telling him he's looking great. I'm now running 3:35's and it's hurting. Gary appears on his bike, asks how I'm feeling and I tell him I feel like crap. I can tell he thinks I look like crap too. He's a great fella Gary, but not very good at hiding his true feelings.
Huge shouts from Clyde at Surfers and then LJ, Jeet (who had a fab sub80 run in the Half) and crew at Main Beach and then Angus on the Broadwater side of Main Beach. Here's a photo from Angus at 28km:
At this point, Hoey (who's still only about 30m in front) takes a wrong turn due to some dopey traffic warden looking the wrong way, but quickly gets back on track. Heading back into the crowds at the start finish area and I'm now really hurting and trying to hold 3:45's. Barts offers some coke but I wave him away, being very ungrateful. Can't concentrate on anything other than getting to the finish line. The final 7km is just a world of hurt, trying different running positions to get a bit more pace into the legs and just keep the turnover going. A Japanese fella overtakes me at 40km (I'd overtaken him earlier while he was running 4:30's!) but I don't care. Turn back onto the main road and can see the final turn but it's so far away. Eventually get there, turn the final corner, see the clock ticking over in the 2:32's but don't even bother to try to get under 2:33, I just want to stop. And then, finally I can.
Have a chat to Dean and Julia then wait to see Craig come in on 2:36 having had an off day. Then Andy and Matt Gibson race in on 2:37 with Andy having had a great run and negative split. Next is Macca on 2:43 having also had an off day. Maybe Hogs Breath Cafe the night before wasn't the great idea we thought it was at the time.
But run of the day goes to Hoey. A low 2:30 in those conditions was sensational and the way he ran the race was perfect.
Then for some trash talk and beers in the beautiful surrounds of the Southport SLSC hearing about Barts eventually hauling in Lewis, how much of the work Neil did, how CT did exactly what we predicted and how LJ "jogged" around for 82mins. Wasn't she supposed to "jog" with Clyde, who himself managed to beat Enda? The latter needs to retire after yet another underperformance.
And now back at the ranch for a bit of R&R.
Would I have rather run the Half with such a good pack? Maybe. But there's something very satisfying about doing the marathon even if you don't quite do what you wanted. Anyone who finished that yesterday is deserving of huge respect - Birchy, Sonya, Jacquie, TKS - all suffered but got through.
8km along the beachfront and including 4 x 100m hills next to MacKellar. Didn't feel like running faster than 4:30's but bouncing along fine. Saw Mrs Bromley and Lewis running the other way, the latter doing his 3:50's as usual.