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Jonathon's Racing Attacks and Adventure Packs!

Amazing racing and training adventures on roads and mountainous/hilly TRAILS, freewaybikehike and triathlons. Dreams of a SIX FOOT 45km finish,(DONE 2011,2013,2014,2015!),then ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA (50km DONE 2016!), memorable Melbourne Marathon and Gold Coast racing. Over a decade dreaming of a SUB 3HR MARATHON, sub 18min 5k, sub 38min 10k, sub 90min Half marathon etc...(shattered? or still realistic?)

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Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia


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42.2km SB; 2004; 3.55 2005; 4.02 2006; 4.18 2007; 4.10 2008; 3.55
2009; 4.11 2010; 4.05 2011; 4.02 2012;3.49 2013; 4.12 ... 2014; ; 4.08 ...2015; 4.00
2016; 4.11
More ongoing GOALS;
***PB's pursuit; 5k 21.49, 10k 41.01 21.1k 1.41, ...42.2k 3.49

MM and the G!...

In recent years I have been enjoying races like;
December; 6-INCH(46km offroad)2005;--6 hrs 25 min...
2006; 7hrs 04 min 2008; 7hrs 00min...2009; 6hrs 16min
...2010:--5hrs 49min..2011:---5hrs 30min..2013---7 hrs 24min... 2014--- 7 hrs 06min 2015--6hours 43min ...2016---6hours 41min
October; Melbourne Marathon 2007; 4hr 10 . 2008 DNF at 23km..
2009 4hrs 11. 2010 4hrs 05min...2011;4hrs 02min...photos
2012; 3hrs 49min 52secs PB!... ..2013; 4.12 2014; 4.08 2015; 4.05... 2016; 4.53
Rottnest Marathon 2004; 4hr 32min ... 2013; 4hr 16min
August; City to Surf most years since 1997 see HERE for details,photos.
PERTH C2S PB's; 4K;17min 25 (2002) 12K;52min 52 (1997)
21.1K;1.54.20 (2007) 42.2K; 4.00.20 (2015) (2010 video)
June/July;
GOLD COAST; 2012 HALF; 1.44 2013 HALF; 1.47 2014 HALF 1.49
2015 4.11 ..., 2016 4.11
PERTH Marathon(42.2km)
2004; 3hrs55min
2005;--4 hrs 02 min. 2006; 4hrs 18min 2007;4hrs 33
2008; 3hrs 55 2009; 4hrs 41min 2010; 4hrs 30min
2011; 4hrs 12min 2012; 4hrs 6min 2013; 4hrs 19min 2014 4hrs 48min
May; Ultra TRAIL AUSTRALIA;
2016 50km 9 hours 50min
April;TWO DECADES of Bridges racing; 1997; 43min 43 1998; 41min 01
1999; 47min 29 2000; 46min 47 2001; (5km) 30min 01 2002; (5km) 22min 48
2003; 42min 40 2004; 48min 50 2005; 44min 40 2006; 48min 07 2007; 49min 16
2008; 50min 42 2009; 49min 54 2010; 48min 39 2011; 52min 55 2012; 47min 02 2013; 54min 45 2014; 48min 47 2015; 49min 53 2016 52min 20
March;6 Foot Track 45km;
2011; 6.53 2013; 6.54 2014; 6.47
2015; 6.14!!! 2016 DNF


Most races since October 2009; >
06/08/2017 Truth 50km 8hrs 22min 59
16/07/2017 Jolly Jumbuck 21km 2hr 54min (94th of 129)
02/07/2017 King of the Mountain 16km 1hr 41min
20/05/2017 Ultra-Trail AUSTRALIA 100km DNF (at 58km and 10hours 38min)
26/03/2017 Bloated Goat 30km 5hr 18min
18/12/2016 6 inch 48km 6hrs 41min
16/10/2016 Melbourne Marathon 4hours 53min
25/09/2016 WTF 50 miler DNF at 55km
14/08/2016 Truth 50km DNF at 25km
3/07/2016 Gold Coast Marathon 4.11
14/05/2016 Ultra Trail Australia 50km 9 hours 50min
3/4/2016 My 20th consecutive Bridges fun run 10km 52.20 (hammy strain)
12/3/2016 Six Foot Track DNF at 30km 5 hours.
---------------------- 20/12/2015 6 inch 47km 6 hours 43min
15/11/15 Bloated Goat 30km Trails race (1600m Vert) 5hrs 43min
18/10/15 Melbourne Marathon 4.05
13/09/15 Fremantle 10km 47min 22
30/08/15 Perth City to Surf Marathon 4 hours 00min 20 secs.
05/07/15 GCM 4.11
24/05/15 R4R Half Marathon 1hr 46min 13secs
12/04/15 Bridges 10km 49min 53secs.
04/04/15 Perth Trail Series Truth & Consequences 50km ULTRA 8hours 49min
14/03/15 Six Foot Track 45km 6hrs 14min 11secs Smashing PB!!! (32min)
21/12/14 6 inch Trail 47km 7hrs 06min 30secs
12/10/14 Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 8min (8th fastest marathon in 25 finished)
14/09/14 Fremantle 10km 49min 26 (first K 3.47 5k split 23.02)
31/08/14 Perth City to Surf 42.2k 4hrs 34min
06/07/14 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1.49
15/06/14 Perth Marathon 4.48
01/06/14 Elleker Half Marathon 1.59.
21/04/14 40 miler DNF (28miles)
06/04/14 18th Bridges 10km 48min 47secs...since 1997
08/03/14 6 Foot Track 45km 6hrs 47min 02. (824th) A PB!!! :-)
09/02/14 Snakes and Ladders 15km 2.05
15/12/13 6 inch Trail Ultra 7.24
27/10/13 Rottnest Marathon 4.16.41
13/10/13 Melbourne Marathon 4.12.55
25/08/13 Perth City to Surf Marathon 4.13.28
11/08/13 Perth Half Marathon 1.54.05
28/07/13 Fremantle 10km 50.06 (very sick but first 1k in 3.55)
07/07/13 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1.47.29

16/06/13 Perth Marathon 4hrs 19min 55secs
My 10th consecutive Perth Marathon...Click to see -> how I became a SPARTAN...

19/05/13 Joondalup Half Marathon 1hr 58min 26secs 310th of 495.
07/04/13 Bridges 10km 54min 45seconds.
09/03/13 6 Foot Track 45km 6 hours 54 minutes 20 seconds. 740th of 804...blog post or ...photos! page.

24/02/13 Perth Trail Series Qi Gong 14km 1hr 37min 04 Placed 79th of 117 finishers.
09/02/13 Busselton Half Marathon 1hr 51min 58 secs 219th. full Busso results here
02/11/12 John Gilmour 10k track 47.17 ..see here
14/10/12 Melbourne Marathon 3hrs 49min 52secs ..(777.)
16/09/12 Fremantle 10km 47min 16
26/08/12 City to Surf Marathon 4hrs 42min 41 secs
15/07/12 Lake Joondalup 10km 47min 30.
01/07/12 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1hr 44min 49 secs. 1668th of 9035 finishers

17/06/12 Perth Marathon 4hrs 6min .. (post and photos here)
20/05/12 Joondalup Half Marathon 1hr 47min 01secs. (151st of 313 finishers)
15/05/12 Masters 5000m 21min 58secs
13/05/12 Bunbury Half Marathon 1hr 46min 45 secs. (76th of 240 finishers)
22/04/12 PTS Ellis Brook 21.8km trails race 3hrs 12min 28secs. 39th.
01/04/12 Bridges 10km 47min 02
25/03/12 17.3km (690m ascent) Swissmurdie trails race 2hrs 19min 17secs 54th of 60.
20/03/12 MastersWA 1500m in 5.56, 100m in 14.3, 400m in 76.4, 5000m in 23.33.
26/02/12 WAMC Swan Twilight 5km 24.32
26/02/12 Perth Trail Series Qi Gong 14km 1hr 44min 08 secs 70th of 102.
04/02/12 Busselton Half Marathon in 1hr 49min 31 secs.
18/12/11 6 inch 46km 5hrs 30min PB!
09/10/11 Melbourne Marathon in 4hours 02minutes 49secs...photos...

12/09/11 Fremantle 10km in 45minutes 50 secs.
7/8/11 Perth Half Marathon in 1hr 47min 46 secs.
17/7/11 Lake Joondalup 10km in 46min 33secs.
19/6/11 Perth Marathon in 4 hours 12min 54secs (351st of 547.)
12/6/11 Lake Monger 10km in 48min 09secs
22/5/11 Bunbury Half Marathon 1hr 51min 44secs 109th of 261 finishers
10/4/11 Bridges 10km 52min 55
12/3/11 6 foot 45km in 6hrs 53min 07 secs...819th...of 877...33 DNF's...4 outside 7hr cutoffRace Report and race photosPre & post race photos,initial ELATION
Note; Completing 6 foot is a major goal achieved which I have had in mind since 2005!!!!!!!

4/3/11 3000m in 12min 40 (19th of 19 finishers)Momentum building a little,sub 13 done! :-)
18/2/11 5000m in 23min 31 (20th of 20 finishers...4 DNF's)..results
5/2/2011 21.1km Busselton Half in 1hr 51min 41 secs for 124th of 218 finishers.
19/12/10 46km 6 inch trails race in 5hr 49min (63rd of 79 finishers)
10/12/10 5000m in 22.43 18th of 18!
5/11/10 John Gilmour 10,000m in 47min 36. (23rd of 31)
10/10/10 Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 5min...2895th of 5027 finishers...
12/9/10 Fremantle 10km in 46min 53...a big SB and my best time since 2005!
29/8/10; 42.2km in 4hrs 15min for 537th of 830 finishers...my 6th best of 12 M. finishes.
19/8/10; 5000m in 22min 06.0 secs (SB by 0.6 of a second, & Stan did a SB also that night)
22/7/10; 5000m in 22min 06.6 secs. (SB and 17secs off my track PB)
20/6/10 Perth Marathon in 4.30.
13/5/10; Masters 2000m 7.55 (first sub 8min run since 2005) & 5,000m 22.42
22/4/10; Masters 800m 2.46 & 5,000m 22.29!~(2nd best ever track 5,000m, track PB is 21.49,)
3/4/10; Australian Masters 35-39yrs; 4th in 1500m 5min 34secs. see here...
28/3/10; Bridges 10km in 48min 39secs. 388th of 1646
25/3/10; 300m in 47.6, 600m in 1.57.0 100m in 14.6
18/3/10; Masters 1500m in 6.03 & 10,000m in 49min 35
28/2/10; 4th place in 6 hour Track Race at Coker Park; 45.003km
6/2/10; Busselton 21.1km in 1hr 52min 50 secs
20/12/09;6 inch 46km 6hrs 16min
15/11/09; Peninsula 5km 22min 5225th of 73.
6/11/09; John Gilmour 10km 48min 39
11/10/09; Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 11 min 33 secs
4/10/09; Freo funrun 5km in 22min 53 secs
... ...
2011; 5hrs 30min 6 inchPB!! 2012; 3hrs 49min PB(Melbourne Marathon)!!2014; 6hrs 47min PB! @ 6 foot!

The next big things racing wise maybe;


6 inch 46km
on 16th December @ 0430hrs, countdown (activated a few days before?) is;


Kathryn and I welcomed our daughter Jordan into the world June 2010 A.D.!
Kathryn and I welcomed our son Jacob into the world in late July 2007 A.D.!
Our challenge is to be good parents with the Creator Gods help!



... 2004 ...2005 ...2006 ...2007... >...2008...2009...2010 ...2011... 2012.

but for the most important thing in life;
there is only 2 ways to live!...Bible Gateway...

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Blisters disaster results in PW (4hrs 33min) in my 4th Perth Marathon

Sunday 8th July; Ran Perth Marathon (42.2km) in 4 hrs 33min. Heart rate 162 at end.
Half marathon Splits; 2hrs.14.45/2hrs.19.13 (according to my new $10 stopwatch from Kmart).

Full results of Perth Marathon HERE...
I was 266th of 321 and 32nd in Mens 30-34 age group...
Database of all who have done Perth or Rottnest Marathons since 1979 @
HERE

Robert DeCastella was one of the most famous and successful marathon runners in Australia and in the entire world in the 80's. One of his quotes is certainly true for me today for me, despite the massive disappointment, and minor pains I feel very keenly right now. His quote was;

"If you want to experience life run a marathon"....

Today I experienced a wide range of emotions, many very positive, but some not so.
I was angry that due to blisters, my opportunity for a PB (which I think I worked hard enough for, and was fit enough for today), was taken from me mainly by the blisters on my feet and nothing else...Instead I ended up with a personal worst, i.e. the slowest Marathon race I have done. I think a 3.45 (maybe a few minutes slower or faster) was a very real possibility the way I was feeling today. Unfortunately I was unable to prove it today, and I'm beginning to wonder if I ever will....

I guess my resources in general are just not sufficient for me to race with a lot of success at the moment. If I had had the sense to tape my feet beforehand I may have got there, but I am not a podiatrist, physio or a doctor, and didn't anticipate the need, thinking I had recovered from the blisters in the Freo Half, as I have run a 16K timetrial, 10k reps and a 22k since that race without being aware of any major pain...But today I ended up in an ambulance 17km into the race getting large bandaids and stuff being put over massive blisters on both feet about the size of half a $5 note!!! I ran in the same heavy but well cushioned insert I ran my last 3 major training sessions in so what changed? Maybe it was the harder surface that reopened obviously not fully healed feet, I really don't know for sure. Maybe if I had bought new shoes I would have avoided 'em, or if I had used lighter inserts, but I suspect only bandaging my feet beforehand would have got me through the race without major incident. Feel better now I have expressed the angst, and the thoughts of frustration that have been swirling around in my head today.

So back to the race report (or should I say survival report). Loaded up on stacks of pasta and kidney beans last night plus some cheese and corn bread, and a lot of cereal and toast yesterday morning. Watched wimbledon tennis on TV, and despite going to bed at midnight and getting up at 0530, felt ok today, guess I am kinda used to that routine this year. Had to spend a very long time on toilet today, and as a result did not leave home until about 7am. Arrived at Burswood about 0723hrs.
Grabbed everything and for once it seemed I had all I needed and was well organised.
put bandaids on nipples and ran slowly about 1.5km to clubrooms (not much parking left by then), found my Dad gave him my carkeys and instructions on how he could provide support today, plus where my cellphone was. Then it was straight over to the start with about 1 minute to spare. Didn't like the starting point (they moved it this year!) very much, but got a good pozzie, and said hello to a few runners I knew...

Got away pretty well and as I had planned set off at a pretty quick pace at the rear of the second front bunch. Could see the leaders, and had plenty of room to run. Heard some "trailblazer" shouts from a bloke who shared a few comments for the rest of the time I ran any where near him. Don't know who he was, not sure I really want to. My 1km split was 4min.19 which was right where I wanted to be although maybe a touch slow. On the eastern side of the Windan bridge I had backed off a bit going through 2km in 9min.02 (4.43 split). I missed the 3km marker but was enjoying the early morning views of the east perth cove area as we saw dolphins frolicking in the cove about 10 metres away.

Hit 4km in about 18min 52 alongside the Swan river, and recognised Gary Carlton and Phil Webb cruising past. I was comfortably hitting about 4.50's so was about where I wanted to be. Tried to stay with Gary and Phil cos I know they are very experienced runners who are a good judge of the right pace needed to run about 3.20's...(or better) Finding it a bit tough to stay with them, and then Rob and Epi (blogger) came past soon after. Was hoping I could at least keep them in sight for awhile which I was able to do for the next 2km or so...
Hit 5km in 23min.39 (4min.47 1km split), which I was quite happy with, and was still feeling pretty good. Was hitting just under 5min per km consistently, and comfortably, which was maybe a touch slow but I figured if I could maintain that for another 10-15km and throw in a few 4.30's I'd be well on track for a P.B. somewhere in the 3.30-3.40's range, and maybe even the sub 3.30...
So looking ok at this stage. My splits from 6km to 9km I dont remember very well, but I think they were about 28min,33min, maybe 38min 35 for the 8km, maybe 43min 55 for 9km. About this time I started to feel a little minor discomfort on the ball of my right foot, and decided I must have a small gravel stone in my shoe, so i would stop after 10km split to get it out. In hindsight I probably should have acted quicker! Also I slowed down a little while preoccupied mentally with sorting out this annoying little slight pain...Split from 9km to 10km was about 5.38 which was about 30-50 seconds slower than I wanted. About this time Trent came past, didn't recognise him until he had gone past. My 10km split was 49min 33 which was a bit slower than I wanted but figured the PB was still in reach if I could ride the tailwind alongside the Kwinana Freeway to some consistent 4.40's....Physically feeling good, although keen to get to my first powerade which I thought was at 12.5km at Como Beach.

About this time I started to notice that the km markers were appearing well before I expected them too, so either they were put in the wrong spot or the course changes this year meant we were getting to them earlier. Pretty sure its the latter.
Anyway it messed up my drinks strategy a bit because I thought the Como drinks table was at 12.5km but it turned out to be at about 14.5km, plus I spent 3 minutes trying to remove gravel stone and anything else that was irritating my foot. Stopwatch said 54minutes and I was still confident I could put the hassles of the last few km behind me and go hard for hopefully a half marathon (21.1km) split of well under 2 hours, and keep my PB (3.55) chances for today alive...11km was about 58min 10, and 12km was 63min 29 (5.19 split), as I tried to reestablish my rhythm and get down to 5min flat splits again...Then I started to notice that my foot pain was coming back again...I knew I had cleaned everything out that could cause problems so I must be getting a @#$%^&* blister again...deja vu Fremantle half 2007 scenario all over again.....Felt angry as Tim from hills group went past...Tried to stay with a small group of runners there, but the foot pain was just becoming too much...

Figured I would regroup at Como Jetty ask my Dad to get me some bandaids, get some powerade and a GU into me and although the PB (3.55) was looking unlikely now, I could hopefully still go after a 4.10 or something like that, at least try and beat the 4.18 from last years mediocre effort. Considered ripping the bandaids off my nipples and putting them on my foot, but figured that probably wouldnt work, and would just give me bleeding nipples plus the bandaids may lose their adhesiveness....It seemd to take ages to get to Como Jetty, and I also had my GU too early having to run another 1km before I had some fluids to wash it down. By the time I got to Como I was extremely angry and thinking of maybe a DNF...but not too keen on that idea...Told my Dad, and started to find it harder and harder to run, it was Freo Half 2007 scenario all over again for sure now...Went through 15km in 1hr 21, 16km in 1hr 29 (8min per km! for this split), and it was now a frustrating painful shuffle,hobble, walk combination, and nothing seemd to be painfree....
As I went up Canning Hwy Bridge near the Raffles my left hamstring started to tighten up and feel slightly sore. So I stopped again at spent a few minutes doing some hammy and quads stretches, which seemed to do the trick and then I was able to start shuffling again. Was hoping Dad would show up with bandaids soon as I couldn't continue on like this to the finish, still had more than 25km to go....

Just after 17km I think I was flagged down by Dad and into an ambulance, where they
put some large bandaid/dressing/bandages (don't know the correct terms, just know they were white and they worked)on both feet, strapped them up and away I went...
Was able to run 6-7min per km for most of the way back from there...with a few faster and slower parts, despite the concrete section which I hate around applecross, and the headwind from canning Hwy to Narrows. Enjoyed the tailwinds near south Perth and at the finish. Some rain starting to get going in the last few km, but finished before it could affect me too much...enjoyed the majority of run...Heard a few spectators near the finish. Some more splits; 34k-3.43 35k-3hrs 50, , 36k; 3.56, 37k; 4hr02, 38k; 4.08, 39k; 4.14, 40k; 4hr 20 41k; 4.27 42k; 4.33... So as you can see consistently hitting 6 minutes per km for the last 8km..., and passed a few runners during this time...

So where to now...I think its a case of get my feet healed, buy some shoes, take a few weeks off running maybe, get ready for the new baby, and reload again when the time is right which could be weeks,months, or years away. Hopefully only a few weeks away, but the word I am hearing is that this baby caper is very demanding timewise and in other ways and it is a much higher priority, so it may be time for my running to take a back seat a lot at least for awhile...Its disappointing the result I am stuck with today, but what can I do...Feels like "the one that got away", cos I think the training I did in the last few months should have resulted in a PB today, but not to be... Not keen on racing again until, I am much better ready,trainingwise, financiallywise, so need to improve a lot of things before I race again.....no sure when that will be. Don't want to run another 6-7 hour or longer six inch 45km, or any more C to D grade quality times like I have mostly this year, so not keen on racing again until I am confident I am ready to go sub 5min per km or at least 5.15 territory with longer races, and sub 4.30 in the 5k and 10k races... Six Inch 45km in December and hopefully some short half marathon,10k,5k etc would be the next races I would target, but for now other things are going to be my main focus....

So my next blog post will probably be a boring weekend warrior 20-50km ride on the mountainbike or something which will be the norm for a few weeks I think...
Maybe I should get a really cool bike (the Red Baron I got from Ed is not bad but I need to fix the puncture on it) and do duathlons like Raf; http://www.rafaelbaugh.com/
doubt I'll ever be good enough or have the money, but its really cool to read about...


Photos from my 4th Perth Marathon experience will also be online eventually....
from my Dad and also Fuse Photography see Fuse Marathon photos and dial in 318 which was my race number when they come online which they have not as yet.

Update 10th July Tuesday; More than 48 hours later bandage has come off my right foot, so I took a few photos of the blisters on my right foot, the worst by far I have ever had, a lot of dried blood on both lateral and medial side of big toe.. Can see some sort of cut near medial side of big toe, a lot worse than i expected.
Also a lot of dead skin and a big hole in foot on ball of right foot...

4 Comments:

Blogger Epi said...

Hey Jon,

Sorry to hear about the outcome, thought you looked strong when we passed you early.

Good luck with the challenges ahead, I'm sure the baby will put things into perspective.

See you out there soon,

Craig

Sun. Jul. 08, 05:19:00 pm AWST  
Blogger plu said...

Hi,

Good report. I too had a little stone in my shoe just before the start and madly got it out. Did you get a photos of the blister - always interested in those sort of things?

Congrats on the baby .

Plu

Sun. Jul. 08, 05:41:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Rich said...

Sorry to hear about those nasty blisters. But much kudos for not giving up.
You had some great splits their and it's a shame that the blisters decided to choose this run to rear their ugly head.

To me the distance you had to go, and the time you did it in are really inspirational for someone like me with so much more training to even attempt a half. Congrats tb, hopefully it won't be too long before you get out there again.

Sun. Jul. 08, 06:26:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Celeste said...

I'm with Rich - I think you did a marvellous time, battling through such pain. I can't say I am inspired to run a marathon though - more like in awe that anyone would actually want to!!!

Truly amazing.

Mon. Jul. 09, 09:40:00 am AWST  

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