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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! 100km DONE 2018!!!), 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 2018; 4.15
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... 2017--7hrs 3min?
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)
Perth City to Surf Marathon finisher 2009,2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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 2018 4hrs 15min
2016 50km 9 hours 50min
2017 100km DNF CP4 57km
2018 100km 24hrs 33min 15
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

As of June 2018; 31 road marathons finished (Perth x12, Melbourne x9,Perth City to Surf x6 Gold Coast x2 Rottnest x2
Have also finished 19 trail ultra races; 6 inch 47km ultra finished 11 times, six foot 45km ultra 4 times, Ultra Trail Australia ultras 2 times, Truth 50km ultra once within cutoff (and once outside cutoff), Lark Hill 50km ultra once.
Also completed the Bloated Goat 31km (1500m Vertical gain) 2 times which is similiar effort to a 46km ultra.
DNFs in UTA100km, WTF50miler, WAMC40miler race, Truth 50km, Six foot and 6 inch.
The first 3 DNFs were after covering more than 42km, and with Truth one was a 25km DNF and the first one I finished the full 50km but was 19minutes outside cutoff battling an ankle injury for 36km.
In road marathons 2 DNFs one at 23km in the 2008 Melbourne Marathon due to severe ankle injury in the first 1km, and PC2S @ 30km.

Most races since October 2009; >
21/10/2018 Rottnest Half 2hr 03 min
16/09/2018 Fremantle Half 1hr 58min
04/07/2018 Truth 25km 3hrs 11min 55 (PTS)
24/06/2018 Eagle 22km 2hrxx(59min officially, but 43min on my watch as started late)
17/06/2018 Perth Marathon 4hrs 15min
19/05/2018 Ultra-Trail Australia 100km 24hrs 33min 15secs 913th of 964 finishers
218 withdrawals
03/03/2018 Lark Hill 50km
17/12/2017 6 inch 48km 7hrs
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
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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 K into the world May 2015 A.D.!

Kathryn and I welcomed our daughter J into the world June 2010 A.D.!
Kathryn and I welcomed our son J 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...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Good news and bad news

The good news is that the Doc thinks my Hammy is fine, and there is no issue with that based on the tests I did with sports doctor today.

The other good news is that I am still a 50/50 chance of running the 2008 Melbourne Marathon, and at this stage I can still work albeit a bit slower than normal.

The bad news is that Doc thinks I ***may*** (unconfirmed only an educated guess at this stage by the Doc, although the signs are that he might be correct)
have stress fractures of the femur... or something else thats been causing me pain this week...If its something else (it seems clear the hamstring is not a problem after all so my guess on that was wrong) I may still be a chance for the Melbourne Marathon, and my enforced "taper" may be a blessing in disguise.

However its looking like I may have a much more serious injury than I first thought, although I am hoping this ends up being just another episode of "drama-king Jon"...
Bone scans next week, should know in 7 days whether my 2008 Melbourne marathon dream is shattered or not...
Emotionally its already a bit hard to take, but I have accepted that if its not Gods will for me to run then I just have to deal with the emotional letdown, try and salvage something from the considerable financial outlay I have already made on this dream of a PB in Melbourne this year, and try and go again another time maybe...

Possibly soon start treatment...
If it is the femur I have to be careful as a full break of this large bone would be rather catastrophic...

So no running for at least a week, pray and think about something else whenever I can for now...see what happens. The dream is still there, but very strong possibility it will be fully shattered in 7 days time... Have to wait and see...

The saga or "case history" so far has been
1-occasional pain under the thigh in the last 3 months I assumed it was a pulled hamstring or something minor and responded to it with icepacks and rest from running for a few days which worked.
2-14th September; I did the tough Eagleview trail for 18km and then added another easy 18km afterwards, and if there was anything suspec Eagleview would have found it I reckon...but only a bit of back soreness, and left knee soreness (since 2000) after that run which I do occasionally get from my back injury I have had since 1996, so didn't think anything unusual...
3-18th Sept had severe soreness after reps on grass. Icepacked it for 30min and that seemed to fix it, assumed it was recurrence of soreness in the last few months due to overstriding in some of the reps, assumed it would clear up. It seemed to be ok the next day.
4-19th September reps on grass pretty sore again icepacked it again. worried a bit.
5-21st september Icepacked it before race (my thigh) as a precaution. Ran freo half marathon (21.1km)(12km? of concrete), it was fine for the first hour or so, got severe soreness at 18km, was tempted to stop, but instead shortened my stride, and the pain went away, and I was running well again by 19km...
On the drive home it got sore again. Started to worry about it a lot...
6-23rd September some icepacking in the last 2 days, felt a bit tender, but seemed to be coming good again, thought I'd have to scale things down if I was to run Melbourne, but still not thinking anything majorly serious...
While doing meter reading work, tried to walk fast to finish off round, experienced significant pain, which came back every time I tried to go fast again, but that was after about 5 hours of no significant pain...
7-23rd September/24th September significant persistant pain not going away, although responding a bit to icepacks and compression bandage,elevation...(RICE; rest,ice,compression,elevation)
8-24th September decided I needed to move into RICER mode (rest,ice,compression,elevation, REFERRAL), as it was starting to become a problem at work, not just for running...
Booked into sports doctor, after initially thinking I'd just try and see a Physio.
9-26th September saw sports doctor, who surprised me by saying hamstring is fine, but makes sense after the tests he did. Booked in for bone scan next week and follow up appointment with sports doctor next Friday 3rd October. Worked on meter reading, being careful not to go too fast in PM, no major problems with that...

DUH DUH and DOUBLE DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-(
But God rules and cares.

MELBOURNE 42k (12/10/08) ASSAULT;
WEEK 10 of 12 (22/09/08-28/09/08);

Volume; NIL + 25hrs MR work Sessions;0!
Best RHR; 45!!bpm Sleep; 44.5hrs (6.36hrs per night) *11

OD/LSD; Banned myself from running.
Races/Time trials/LFD; Banned myself from running.
Reps; Banned myself from running.

5-point strategy measures;
1-long run/ride etc done?-NO.
2-2x reps/race/timetrial sessions done?-NO
3-Abs done- NO
4-cycling done-NO
5-swim done?-NO
Comments; feels a bit stupid doing this summary when I may not even be running Melbourne Marathon now, but at this stage its still a 30/70 to 50/50 chance, and I must not concede defeat on this just yet, ;cos it aint over 'til its over... so can't rule it out just yet until I have the bone scan, and chat with the sports Doc, my wife, my Dad, pray to God again...Then I can hopefully make a good decison.

So taking a "glass half full" attitude (i.e. that there is a chance I will still be running Melbourne Marathon 42.2km 2008-aka MM08), I can say that I am slowly starting to crank up my hours a little at work and that should help my running, did better on sleep this week, getting over the 6 hours (per night on average) mark for the first time in a long while. So thats a positive especially with 2 weeks to go b4 MM08. Resting heart rate hit 45! this week, and was in that high mid 40's range on most days this week, which confirms my fitness is peaking at the right time for MM08, as those RHR readings are as good as I've had all year, and one of the few times this year I have dipped well under 49bpm.

So what can I say the main training is done, I am in excellent condition, and am ready fitness wise and endurance wise for a serious assault on my marathon PB on October 12th 2008. I'd like to have done a few solid 10k runs "tempo" style session, and maybe one 22k easy long run, plus some more reps work on the track this week, but have to rest now to give possible stress fractures a chance to heal, can't risk (a) destroying any small chance I still have of holding onto my fading MM08 dream, (b) destroying my ability to do my meter reading work, or (c) risk further serious damage which will prolong my rehab time, recovery from injury. As such I have banned myself from running and cycling. Have to buy some new goggles so I can go swimming next week.

I worked Saturday (both jobs, so about an 11hour day of work and a lot! of driving around) and Sunday this week so, was pretty tired on the weekend, and needed rest, plus emotionally drained from trying to deal with all the emotional trauma from the events of this week. So just needed to make the most of the time I had with Kathryn and Jacob, although we did manage to get to Rob O's book launch briefly, and also see James "mosher" C (moving to Japan soon) and my parents. Jacob trying out his vocal cords loudly and often this weekend, starting to add the odd new word to his currently about 5 word vocabulary...:-)

Still waiting for my $500 state election pay to come in (its been 3 weeks now!, time I started asking them "where is it?"), and get as much work as I can done so we have enough money to cover our family holiday to Melbourne and down south, although now I have medical expenses to cover also, and if I can't run Melbourne 42.2km, I am going to have to reconsider what is best for Kathryn,Jacob and I, although I am leaning towards maybe going to Melbourne no matter what, even if I am not running the marathon. So I think than plan from here will be to walk/hike and swim where I can, rest the thigh be very nice to it at work, and elsewhere, no running or cycling, do my abs, and see how the bone scan goes, try and make a good decision...So still looking good, and hopefully I will be able to go after a major goal race on 12th October, if not then build towards something else in a few months time...once I know where I am at with this injury I can work out what to do next, but I think swimming, hiking/walking and walking in water might be the way to go from here...Maybe a light weights program as well...onward and upward (I hope)...


Blogger Tesso said...

Oh no :(

Here's sending masses of good thoughts across the country to you. I so hope its not a stressie, after all the hard work it just wouldn't seem fair.

But hey, if it is don't despair too much. A couple of my good running mates have come back from stressies just as strong if not stronger due to the rehab. Both of them got in the pool and did the same sort of sessions water running as they would on land eg speed, long runs. No hill work but :) And that combined with other cross training and strengthening stuff certainly paid dividends.

Take care.

Sun Sep 28, 07:16:00 am AWST  
Blogger Sling Runner said...

Ouch !!

Certainly the news did not come at the right time. Hammy can be fixed pretty rapidly and the pain is relatively tolerable, but strees fracture is a different story.

Hope the bone scan prove everyones wrong.

Sun Sep 28, 01:01:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Ewen said...

Gee, I hope it's not a stress fracture! Good luck with the bone scan. I know that 3 weeks' rest can fix *some* low grade stress fractures, so maybe nothing between now and the race will work? All the best!

Sun Sep 28, 04:17:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Thanks heaps for your kind comments people!

Tesso thanks for the water running tips will put to use if it is a "stressie" (theres a new word for me)...good to know people do come back after a "stressie"...thanks for the encouragement!
Slingrunner; I'm hoping the bone scan come sup negative too although then the dilemma will be what the heck is it thats giving me pain?!
Ewen; Its exactly 3 weeks from Freo Half to Melbourne Marathon, so IF it is a low grade stress fracture, it just might heal just in time...I was actually thinking that too, and if the bone scan does say that I have a stress fracture I will ask the Doc about that scenario (no running until Melbourne Marathon, then risk it on the day in the hope it has healed enough).
Fairly strong possibility that is a possible scenario that might work for me.

Otherwise its back to the drawing board probably until next year, hopefully come back stronger and better prepared.
I think I am significantly better prepared than last year, but could still do a lot more prep than I have done this time in the future...
See what happens on DDay 3rd October...so until then I will continue my extended training hiatus and maintain the "no running or cycling" ban...might get in the water to swim or walk in water or something...

Sun Sep 28, 05:15:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Clown said...

TB, I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you, I hope Fri brings some good news.


Sun Sep 28, 07:51:00 pm AWST  

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