Up at Sparrow's Fart to wake Maggie and announce to her she was doing a speed session with 3 of the Beaches finest female runners in Erika, Amy and Emma. They were doing 10 x 500m on Nolan's so I figured Maggie could do 250m reps. Bit on confusion on which way they were running but she managed a few and loved it trying to keep up with her older fellow runners.
I ran about a bit, then did a cool down with Erika before heading on to Shelley where I joined in with Lewis for a bit (boy he goes hard every day) before retreating home.
15km slow but plenty of time in feet and a top morning with some top people.
First up was final stroke correction class at 6.30am. Still lots to work on, particularly relaxing my arm on entry and pushing the shoulder down. But getting there. I can now swim a much slower stroke so will join the Vladswim squad and hammer out the km for the time being. Leaves me totally shagged (hence today's feeling at lunchtime) but so be it.
Out at lunch feeling knackered but down for the 8 x 1km reps (2min rest) at Barangaroo which is a pretty social session. Massive turnout for a popular set which I may amend to put on more regularly. First rep was a heart starter in 3:23 struggling along but then felt good for the next 5 running with Fats and Lachie in the 3:17 - 3:18 range. After 6 the heat, humidity and morning swim got to me so eased up over the final two running 3:40's.
Another session done. A bit of progression each time. Cool down with Macca, JFen, Barts and Geordie for 13km all up.
1. I slept in having had the best night sleep in ages; and
2. Was going to go out in the afternoon but ended up taking the boys and 2 of Charlie's mates to "Thor: Ragnarok", which I thought would be 2 hours of kip after buying an Asahi with my popcorn but which turned out to be one of the funniest films I've seen in ages. 4 out of 5 popcorns on the Timmy scale for that one.
Anyway, got out at lunchtime today and had a great run with the squad, chatting to Gleeso, Biggsy, Jerome, Brendan and Heydo - finishing the whole 22.5km with the latter. Felt nice and bouncy today. A day's rest helps. The new Wave Rider 21's no doubt assisted.
Turned up today intent on staying with Darren and Ben for as long as possible. Ben was a no-show and Darren had had a few beers the night before so wasn't sure how he'd go. But on the start line Jody Wall showed up and he ran a 16:4x a couple of weeks back so knew he'd keep it honest.
From the start Darren goes off like a shot and has gapped me and Jody by 20m. Stays that way gradually reeling him in by 2km. Then on the miserable pathway from the netball courts Jody pulls ahead as I'm feeling glum. 3:17, 3:23 then 3:30. Then the hill and Darren drops off and Jody pulls ahead by to about 50m. The gap stays that way. I was 15:00 at the bridge so a pretty poor effort coming home for 17:12 (last 2 kms 3:31 and 3:30).
But all in all a good hit out and the times are starting to come down. 3km warm up and a 3km jog home for 11km all up.
Out solo although Jerome caught me at the end and we briefly ran together. Tried to keep the heart rate low but still 135bpm for 10km in 4:45's. Some people swear by this heart rate thing (Darrell credits his marathon PB at Sydney this year on it despite less volume) whereas others (Tiger in particular) think it's bollocks.
My guess is that it has a place for building endurance for marathons, Ironman and above but no use for anything less.
Biggsy had his drone so Renee demanded a change to Rushcutters. Mona Fartlek was the scheduled session so I changed to 8x800m off a rolling 4:30 (front group) and 5:00 (second group).
Great turnout, ground in mint condition and achilles still feeling good. So I put some effort in for the first time in 10months. Scotty was way out front; Andy, Jerome, Jack and Mikey L were in a group next with Fats, Enda, Macca and me behind. Kept them consistent around 2:30 (it was short) with the last 2 a bit quicker. Great to be able to push myself hard again so hopefully the improvements will come.
Great crowd as I said and nice to see LJ out having avoided the injury she feared and with Renee, Jac, Enda and another chick we had a decent female contingent for a change.
Down for a meeting and managed to get out along the Yarra Trail for 12km (turning at St Kevin's boat shed). Bloody hot (32C) and as a result required more effort than would otherwise have been the case. 4:27's, picking up the pace gradually the whole way.
So each Sunday I'm adding 2km in order to build gradually. After an unexpected big night on Saturday (ended in the Boatshed at 1am with Mrs H and showing some good moves on the pool table) I got out in the afternoon and had the pleasure of Birchy's company. Even better, we ran into Erika along the way.
Stayed local and finished with a couple of laps of Nolan's. Very easy pace (5:00+) for the 20km and the Achilles was a bit sore as a result so took Voltaren.
Dropped Charlie at Kogarah and met Timmy for a coffee which turned into 2. So only 30mins odd for a ride which I did pushing around Centennial. Did 2 faster laps (5:51 and 5:56) amongst the 20km. First ride since Nepean and the legs were a bit rusty.
Got out in the late arvo for a run. Decided to put a place marker down on the 5km double loop of Manly Golf Course. Did 17:41 which I was pretty happy with. Laps of 8:50 and 8:51 so managed not to fall apart. 11km all up.
45 continuous for my first Tuesday HurTS session in a year. Feeling more and more confident with the achilles following the added glute exercises so set off with the intention of sticking to Macca for as long as I could.
Session is 7 x 2mins on, 1 off, 5min jog followed by 20mins tempo. Stuck to Macca until the turn, catching Enda just as we started the 5 min jog. Very impressed to see Cathy Liu only 100m back, got into the tempo return and stuck to Enda before pushing ahead from Mrs Macs back home.
Really happy with that averaging 3:49's for the whole 45mins. 3km cool down with Scotty and Q.
Ran 12km with the Monday HuRTs crew chatting mostly to Enda, Brendon F and Hoey. Best run I've had since injury. Felt like I was finally flowing and achilles better than ever at the end. Have done some new glute medius exercises (my "Stephen Bradbury" exercises) so perhaps they are setting everything up properly.
6 hours of driving to kids activities with a hangover and then got out at 5.30pm. Couple of tempo sections - one Nolan's/Passmore loop and then another 2.2km around the golf course to keep the average pace for the 10km respectable (4:12's).
Got out at lunchtime on Friday for an easy 10km around the wharves with Gidon, Jeet, Jerome and Mark.
Then it was the Beer Mile. Arrived and was very nervous. Watched the B Race and was even more nervous, especially seeing JC and Jac both hurling big style.
Plan was the same as always, multiple swigs but just keep them going, 100m of burping while jogging then 300m hard. Had a ding dong battle with Birchy and Brendan early on with Craig Mc just ahead. Pulled ahead of them towards the last lap but had Nick Roberts come flying by me with 100m to go and I had nothing. Happy to finish and with exactly the same time as last year (8:31).
Well, longest run in a long while. Did the North Head loop (16.6km) in 1:12:24 (4:22's). Bouncing along nicely with a much higher cadence than recently. Maybe that Parkrun yesterday was just the ticket.
Nice to do a different loop if a very familiar one. Achilles good, right knee a bit sore.