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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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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; >
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...

Monday, October 12, 2009

4.11 Melbourne no PB but my 5th best and 10th one

I'm in internet cafe in Melbourne...here is the initial report...(**update Nov 2009; GO HERE for video, and link to photos from this race)...They had that Shannon Noll song "you gotta lift", playing as I walked around the MCG onetime this weekend, and I guess that summed up how I felt at about 24km into this one...
some more tunes;Shine ... Dont give up(Shannon Noll & Natalie Basingthwaite try to cover a classic Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush song.)...

Sunday October 11th 2009 A.D.;
Ran Melbourne Marathon in 4hrs 11minutes 33 seconds (5.57 per Km)
(16min. toilet break, 4 min. blisters break along the way) 5k 23.10 12k 58.50 14k 68.39, 21.1k 1hr 47.06 then a mess...

Very proud! of 2 year old son Jacob and wife Kathryn walking 5km onto MCG...

Nice to see Jared Tallent (he said he was trying to racewalk it in under 3hrs 10 minutes when he passed me at about 11km and official results show he racewalked it in 3.08.35) ,Jane,Rich, Matt, Phil,Ewen,Aki,Clown, & lots of Coolrunners Mega frustrated that I still! did not land the PB! :-( (especially as I felt like 3.40's or 3.50's was possible at the halfway mark) But my 10th Marathon is my best one in the last 15 months.. so still happy with a good result, although just outside my target zone...a good run...

Was good to have Jane and Richard to chase down, as it was hard to stay motivated after losing 20 minutes and seeing the PB chance slip away... when I restarted at about 23-25km mark after my very long toilet break, silly me had a massive pasta feed at about midnight (7 hours before the race), and I think that was the main mistake in the prep. Blisters not too bad, but needed to adjust socks, and wearing new socks may have been an issue...

Nice to stay ahead of the 4.15 pace group and to stay under 6minutes per K...average speed (despite the 20 minute break)...

Caught up with Big Kev before the race, and he said he did 2.56 so an awesome PB yet again from him...

Course was excellent easily my favourite course for sure!...Weather conditions perfect, slight tailwind at start...

First 5km (23min 10 @ 4min 38 per K) was right on target as I sat slightly in front of or behind the 3.10 pace group...saw Rosemary (WAMC and hills group fame) at this time going well, and also Coolrunner Bazz777 who did a 3.10 and 2 minute PB...had a bit of a chat and was feeling comfortable cruising along at a good pace on St Kilda Rd...

7km 32.59 (4.42 per k)
then legs started to feel a bit heavy...So backed off a little...Tried to stay under 5 minutes per K...(averaged 4.54's 5k to 7k)

9km 43.15 (4.48 per K)
(averaged 5.08 per k for this 2km)
Got passed by 3.20 pace group (Mick and Steve, who I spoke to at the start and had hoped to run during the first 20km), and 3.30 pace group and Matt F....
This was a bit discouraging, but since I was still well under 5 minutes per Km (3.30 pace), and legs still a little heavy, felt I should stick with what I was doing and try and reel them in later if possible...Plus I wanted to slow up a bit at my drinks station...(Went for first powerade at 9km...)

In hindsight maybe I got it wrong here, and should have put the head down and bum up, and worked hard to stay with at least the 3.30 group, maybe even the 3.20 group, or running with Matt might have been a good option too...So I think maybe I was too conservative/soft from 8km onwards...

12km 58.50 (4.54 per K)
(averaged 5.11 per k for this 3km)
Jared Tallent (Olympic Silver Medallist in the Beijing Olympics 50km walk) racewalked past me at a fast pace at 11km, asked him what his target was and he said 3.10, but he had to make up for lost time after starting behind a lot of people...(about 4000 starters in the Marathon)...
Feeling pretty good, and keen to try and pick up the pace a bit once we got beachside...Maybe should have tried to latch onto Jareds racewalking pace at this stage, as it would have got me back onto the 3.20 or 3.30 groups...

14km 68min 39 (4.54 per K)
(averaged 4.55 per K for this 2km)
Had absorbed powerade well, feeling good and well focused, lots of crowd support at about 13km as people lined the streets and cafes near Fitzroy St (after we had finished the circuit of Albert Park Lake), a slight downhill towards the beach, and found some good momentum...

15km 73min 55secs
(5.16km for 14k to 15k)

17km 84min 40secs
(averaged 5.22's for this 2km section)

18km 90min 16 (5.00 per km)
(5min 36 km from 17k to 18k so lost the plot a bit here!)
Probably cos the blister on my big toe started to give me pain from about here onwards, should NOT have worn new socks...

19K 95min 50 (5.02 per K)
(5.34km from 18k to 19k so another slow split)
Beachside I was hoping to pick up the pace after I absorbed my second Powerade at 16km (which was perhaps a bit close to the 9km Powerade...was a worry in my pre-race planning as 16km seemed too far into it for a first drinks stop but 7km seems too short an interval between drink stops), but was finding it hard to stay under 5.15s by this time...toe starting to get sore and wanted a toilet break also...looking for options to sort both these problems out...
As a result of the blister/need to go to toilet issues, was mostly focused on avoiding walking, and wasn't hitting a good speed anymore...

21.1km (halfway) 1hr 47min 06 (5.04 per K)
(averaged 5.38 per k for this 2.1km)
Starting to feel minor pain in my right toe, and wanted to go to toilet, finding it hard to hold pace especially due to pain in my foot, but wanted to hang in there to get a good HALFWAY split, rather than stop at about 20k...

Pulled off the road at Halfway mark and spent 4 minutes cleaning my sock and shoe, and readjusting sock to try and make small blister less painful...New socks may have been the culprit, not sure...It seemed to work and as I pulled back onto the road just in front of the 3.50 pace group, after a few minutes I started to feel good, and alongside the beach, starting to build the momentum again, got to 23km thinking hey I am going all the way this time not like the 23km DNF last year, and if I can just pull away from this 3.50 pace group I can still do in 3.40's maybe even high 3.30's, and knocking off that 3.55 PB looking good...

Then I started to feel the need to go to the toilet bigtime, and started scanning the roadside for a good toilet option, still confident I could get that over with hopefully a quick No 1's stop (probably too much Powerade I was thinking), and then get back on task and try and catch the 3.50 pace group again...So I pulled off the road at a toilet I spotted as my wristwatch read 2hrs 7 minutes...How wrong was I!!!
Turns out it was No'2's and they just kept coming and coming and coming...

...16 minutes later and the watch reading 2hrs 23minutes I pulled back onto the course very discouraged and set about the task of passing lots of slower runners and trying to get motivated again...

27km 2hrs 38min

28km 2 hrs 44min


Got a bit of a lift when I saw Jane and Rich going the other way, and more importantly the turnaround just up ahead, and resolved to try and catch up to them as I figured they would be around 4hrs to 4.20 pace, and I might be able to at least go under 4.20...Caught them somewhere between 25k to 27k I think...Had a bit of a chat went for another Powerade at 25k and decided to not drink it for a few km...went through 27k starting to feel good and working on staying under 6 minutes a K as much as possible in the last 15km...

30km split 2hrs 56min (5min 52 per k)
Starting to feel a bit fatigued and weaving in and out of slower runners (some of them Half runners I think), still passing a few people but probably getting locked into too slow a pace at times...K markers seemd a bit wrong in a few places...starting to struggle a bit hydrationwise, feeling a bit all-over-the-place mentally...maybe lack of glycogen...too scared to try a Gu due to not wanting to reactivate my earlier toilet issue...

A bit unsure of where the course would go after St Kilda Rd...eventually we turned left and went downhill under a road...Rich went past me here, maybe I should have tried harder to go with him there...felt confident of staying under 4.15, and hoping to beat 4.13, and finish in about 4.09-4.12 from about 32km onwards...Hammy a bit sore about 33km mark so backed off a bit, as it was sore after my Tan run on Friday night as well, but it settled down...and was fine again in the last 8km...

Climbing up small hill into "The Tan" for 35km drinks stop I slowed up a bit to get my last Powerade which I was really keen to get and feeling a bit dehydrated...walked to make sure I didn't throw up and Jane went past me and asked how I was going......Once I had downed my 4th Powerade, got going and started passing a lot of people (many of them Half runners I think) but some marathoners including Jane...Got to top of hill in "The Tan", and then felt motiuvated and moving fairly well back down onto St Kilda Rd...maintained an ok pace, looked for my wife and 2 year old in the bunch of 5km walkers going in the oppisite direction, and made sure I entered the MCG at a good speed...

41km split 4.05.

Half-sprinted the last 200m on the MCG, soaked up the atmosphere, no PB, but still felt like a pretty Triumphant MCG Finish to me...So pretty happy...happy days...
Thanks God for the wonderful blessings on this day!!!

Friday October 9th 2009 A.D.;
Ran "The Tan" (3.825km) in a P.B. of 19min 02secs (HR 174) (4min 58 per Km)...
A tuneup race pace type run 2 days before the Marathon...
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WEEK 10 (of 10) (05/10/09-11/10/09);
Volume;271min. Sessions; 2 Best RHR; 41! (alltime best)
Sleep;41.25 (5.89 hrs per night) *00 MR-19hrs

Races;
Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 11 min 33 secs (main goal race for 2009)
OD/LSD sessions;NIL
Short/Medium runs;
-3.8km run around "The Tan" 19min 02 (4.58 per K) (friday)
Reps sessions;
NIL

Thoughts;
No PB. Failed to hit targets again! Encouraging first Half. If I can somewhere hold onto this momentum surely some PB's at all distances ahead...

Its going to be hard to get motivated again after this one, always is after Marathons...
The quicker I refocus on new goals the better I will do at holding onto the momentum and vice-versa...Have a stack of bills, and other stuff, various family issues, looming to be dealt with in the coming weeks, (partly cos I put a lot of things in the too-hard-basket to focus strongly on Melbourne Marathon, so now I can't put them off any longer) so its a good time to back off on the running a bit for awhile, although be good if I can go hard after some shorter running maybe even do some Track this summer, and then there is the lure of trying to improve my 6 inch time again in December, if I actually saddle up for this run again, which I might not this year... The great Australian Run 15km on November 29th, (Albert Park Lake in Melbourne) sounds interesting too, although my money situation makes it unlikely. If I am to do 6 inch I will need to keep the long runs ticking over...There is the Peninsula Run 10km and 5km on 15th November too, might be worth one last shot at a PB if I am going well...Seriously though I think I am going to have to focus on ramping up my hours at work in the next few weeks, and unfortunately my thoughts of running Rottnest 10km are over I think...So plenty to work with (going on my very comfortable 1.47 first Half (could have gone a fair bit faster than that I reckon...) in Melbourne) but a lot of competing priorities, have to wait and see, but the sooner I get back to some running the better!

Disappointed that my failure to eat earlier the night before probably cost me the PB...especially after 10 weeks of trying so hard to get the right sessions done, improve my lifestyle, and dropping out of lots of callcentre shifts in my night job, and spending most of my tax refund on this trip...but still a wonderful memorable weekend, for my wife, my son and I so I guess it was worth it...hopefully can still go one step better, but have to say I feel a lot happier after a good 10th Marathon...

4 Comments:

Blogger Sling Runner said...

Well done for completing your 10th marathon. Definitely you would run 3:50-ish without the bathroom and blister breaks.

Hopefully you can capitalize on the good endurance base for 6 inch.

Mon. Oct. 12, 07:01:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Epi said...

Thanks for the race report TB

10 marathons is pretty impressive - a testament to your durability.

The key now is to harness that momentum and carry it forward to a big Six Inch PB in December :)

Mon. Oct. 12, 07:30:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Ewen said...

It was great to catch up with you on race arvo Jonathon.

I reckon you can be proud of that effort, but yes, a bit of a shame the late meal did the major damage. I go by the "12 hours before rule" for the last big meal.

One thing I was going to mention on Sunday about nutrition is that you can train yourself to get by with little or none during a race that's only lasting 3 to 3 3/4 hours. I remember Emma Murray at 6' who took no gels or anything for the whole race.

Anyway, hope the recovery goes well and I know "you gunna lift" with heaps of PBs soon!

Tue. Oct. 13, 02:15:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Biscuitman said...

Well done Jon - you were on track for your PB until the stomach issues (16 minutes is a major download!)
Hope you can consolidate and build on this for your next one - its a lot easier if you can maintian something moderate and consistent rather than trying to start from a lower base every time.

Tue. Oct. 13, 03:20:00 pm AWST  

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