Came back and was sick for a couple of weeks before starting up again obviously with a really solid base. Ran a windy Striders at North Head in June and was beaten by The Vonk but knew things were coming together well and Gary's speed work was paying dividends (shown via a good run at the City Mile Dash). Then ran the Gold Coast 10km and was stoked with a big PB.
Went on holiday to Florida, where didn't do much but I think the stinking hot weather helped keep the fitness up. Can back in great form in training and it came
together well for a big PB at City to Surf. Won the Striders 10km just ahead of Scotty in September but by then I sensed I was on a bit of a downhill and losing my mojo after a long season. Dragged myself through the Melbourne Half in crappy conditions and with a cold but by then it was just a case of holding on for the JPMorgan. That went OK, frustrating not to get the win in the easiest year ever but you've gotta take your chances and I missed mine.
Top 3 races:
1. Gold Coast 10km: 31s PB.
2. City to Surf: 43s PB.
3. Sun Run.
Top 3 HuRTS Nights Out:
1. City to Surf
2. Awards Night
3. 4 Pines Curry Night.
Worse 3 races:
1. Melbourne Half
2. Striders North Head June
3. Every single Parkrun
Looking back on this, have realised I raced pretty sparingly. Would like to do more next year.
Things I learned:
1. Cumulative impact of an uninjured training block is priceless.
2. I respond well to high mileage and long tempos. If I can do three consecutive 20km sessions/runs feeling OK it has great effect.
3. Sessions in Perth and Melbourne work quite well. Not so much Brisbane.
So on to 2017. Berlin Marathon in September is the main aim. Would like to run X-C if I can fit it in with kids sport commitments. Race more.