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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
... ...
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...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My 6th Freo Half

Sunday 21st September; Ran 21.1km (Freo Half) in 1hr55min.08 HR 183 at end.

Enjoyed catching up with people I know online (Gunner,Coops,Nate & Kate F.) and including some hills group people, and saw about 6 or 7 cool running hats or tops and yelled out the obligatory "GO COOLRUNNER!" and briefly said hello to Pelagie,Mjail, and 20thcenturyBoy afterwards... Made the run a lot more fun...

Ho-hum another pathetic time, although ran well in patches and finished off strongly (and passed a lot of people which was a good feeling although thats not what its about), although I didn't bother to sprint finish today. Disappointed I didn't get into the low 1.40's today, but I felt like I was capable of it, just made a total mess of the race, again!...But I think its a good leadup race for Melbourne still, and my PB is most certainly strongly on the radar for Melbourne Marathon in 3 weeks time. Especially after some of the running I have done in the last week or so.

Reasons for slow time today;
REASON 1; The concrete sections on the new course were very long and this disrupted my rhythm and made my worst knee very sore, even though I ran on the grass whenever I could.

REASON 2; However the biggest problem was yet another episode of "disorganisation plus" (maybe partly due to 2 hours sleep last night and 3 hours Friday night), where
(a) I drank too much H2O before the start, and had to do a 3 minute toilet stop at Cottesloe turnaround, then
(b) realised I had forgotten to tape my nipples as the blood started to trickle, so ducked into my car at the end of the first of 2 laps on this out-and-back course, grabbed some bandaids and my gatorade (had noone to give my drink to out on the course) wasted a few more minutes and kissed goodbye any chance of going sub 1.50 today, and certainly any chance of challenging my 1.41 PB.

REASON 3; Only KM marker on the entire course was at 2km (did 9.03 for the first 2km which was good and reasonably comfortable too (could see Gunner & Coops, Nate for some of this time..., so very hard to tell how one was going anyway...way too much guesswork involved.

Not much rain, some strong winds around but either an alternating tailwind/headwind or crosswinds, and my strength from marathon training meant I knifed through the winds no problem today. Some little inclines more than expected but overall a nice flat course mostly. The bitumen cyclepath sections were good and I was able to run well on those bits...

Although I dont think it slowed me down much today, my recurring "hamstring strain"? has been bad this week, probably cos for once I have got some trackwork done. Have been icepacking it again in the last few days, probably need to start a daily intensive stretching programme, and talk to a physio about strengthening my hamstring muscle in that leg or whatever else as I clearly have something in my biomechanics which has not been right in recent months, and I don't want it to (a) stop me finishing Melbourne Marathon, (b) become an ongoing injury problem that cuases me to breakdown at training all the time, or (c) stops me from training for Melbourne in 3 weeks time (if thats possible)... Felt a twinge at about 18km, so shortened the stride and increased cadence and that seemed to help. Stretched it a lot afterwards, and will icepack tonight again...

My wife said after maybe its a good thing my PB wasn't under threat cos I might have done the hammy real bad trying to get it if I had been close, and IMO its easy to train up for a Half, whereas the Marathon takes a bit more long-term commitment and less opportunities to do them...

Friday 19th September PM;
2x500m at Dianella/Inglewood 1.55,1.50 (2minute rest) HR's 162,171.
Too rushed after long day at work, and family stuff to do that evening, so just jammed in the shortest possible track session. Hammy needed to be icepacked afterwards again for sure..pretty sore this time.

Thursday 18th September PM; (Dianella/Inglewood)
10k reps session 46.16! (4.37 per km) Highest HR 189.
Mostly high but comfortable HR's of around 180-186, so probably could have pushed a bit more on some of them. Fastest 1k 4.12, Slowest 1k 4.57.
Saw the Cattermoles there training...
Faster than the 46.41 I did in February this year see HERE...A tough session this one...

Had the Living Sacrifice & Scott Albert Project track: "Distorted" playing in my head through most of this session as it got dark, floodlights came on for soccer players for my last rep. Finished off with the cut-sick!!! tune by Final Axe; "Vengeance is mine"...(Holy and Divine...) which was playing in my head helping me to stay focused and motivated. Nice to chat briefly with Cattermoles too that was also motivating.

Final Axe etc is on my Retroactive Records sampler CD ("Lightning strikes twice again"), which has been on my car stereo on way to and from work all week, also has cool tracks like Fearful Symmetry, Royal Anguish (black metal combined with classical music ala Believer : Dimensions trilogy), Circle of Dust, and Jimmy Browns (frontman for speedmetal legend Deliverance, still enjoying their live version of "The Call" on the intense live series...) alter ego side band Jupiter VI "Back from Mars"..."I'm back, I'm back from Marrrrrs..." "I Cant rember this, I do remember that"....

Oh yeah I icepacked hammy after this session.

Wednesday 17th September AM;
60min on exercise bike. 35.86km according to dodgy speedo.
250 ab crunches.

Monday 15th September PM;
Ran 6km in 29 min49 (4.58 per km)
HR 183 2km splits 9.04/10.10/10.35
Night run 3 laps of Hull park course.
Leg weary from 36km run the day before...

MELBOURNE 42k (12/10/08) ASSAULT;
WEEK 9 (15/09/08-21/09/08);

Volume; 299min + 23hrs MR work Sessions;5
Best RHR; 46!!bpm Sleep; 36.25hrs (5.17hrs per night) *0!

OD/LSD; Well yeah sorta 60min ride.
Races/Time trials/LFD; Yes Freo Half 1hr 55.

5-point strategy measures;
1-long run/ride etc done?-Yes kinda 60min ride.
2-2x reps/race/timetrial sessions done?-Yes! finally I have a week where I do that. Yay!
3-Abs done- Yes. 250. good.
4-cycling done-Yes.
5-swim done?-Nope...
Comments; PB in Melbourne looking likely, IF I can keep Hamstring under control.
A few more good runs would be nice too but need to be careful not to flare up the hammy too much. At the moment I think a 3.40-3.50 marathon might be possible, to do better than that I may need to get in a few more good runs in the next 21 days...
Also need to make sure my raceday organisation is much better than most of my races this year or I will struggle to go sub 4 hours, and the 3.25-3.30 will only be possible if I get things right on the day...Getting nervous now... Very happy with what I have been able to do in the last 7 days, while nothing stunning, I have the key sessions in place now.


Blogger Clown said...

TB, no point pushing too hard in a long run. esp seeing the hammy has been causing grief. One little tip, slow down your first few km's as I think you push it a bit hard from the start.

All the best with your taper

Sun Sep 21, 03:57:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Epi said...

Hi TB,

I'd definitely recommend steering clear of fast and hilly runs until your hammy calms down. It should probably cope with slower and flat running so you dont lose fitness in the final 3 weeks.

Good luck

Sun Sep 21, 04:06:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Ewen said...

Look after the hammy in the next few weeks Jonathon. Maybe go easy on the speedwork.

I'm thinking your early pace may have been too ambitious (95min half) - I mean, there's a fine line, and early 'too quick' speed always comes back to bite. This happened to me in the 10k last week... 4:11s turned into 4:5Xs.

The 10k session looked a bit of a strain too, unless the 4:57 was the first and the 4:12 the last rep!

Sun Sep 21, 06:10:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Thanks for the comments Ewen,Clown,Epi appreciated, even if I feel at odds with some parts of the comments, but I want to hear advice,constructive crit. (which you all do) cos always something to learn from other points of view, and who knows I might even change my mind sometimes.

My thoughts; I start races strongly. Thats my style and I'm unlikely to change that, dont agree with the idea that a fast 1-3k wrecks the rest of your race, although it might take a K or two to bounce back. same applies with the 10k rep.

I do agree with the general idea of "working yourself into a race, rather than working yourself out of it", but there are other variables to consider.

The dilemma I have is do I;
1. play it safe by avoiding speedwork, hills,and faster running and concentrate on getting hammy right for Oct 12th as you seem to be suggesting, and rely on what I have already done, going straight into taper mode for the next 21 days... OR

2. do I try to make some more fitness gains doing more faster running and try to manage/aggressively use treatment on hammy (assuming of course that my guesswork diagnosis is correct) at the same time, and hope it doesnt blow up on me, monitor it.. and taper for 3-14 days...

OR 3.
book into a sportsdoc->physio spend lots of $$$ to be told to do maybe the same things as I intend doing...??? and maybe get some more specific more detailed advice from professionals in that field. I am no physiotherapist although I do understand some of the basic principles of sports medicine.

I also have a good sports injuries book from my Uni days which gives me some ideas for treatment...i.e. copious daily stretching of hamstring, icepacks
for 2 days, then hot packs
then try to go back to speedwork in about 4 days or longer...

Guess I could post on coolrunning...but thats a bit hit and miss too...

4. Maybe just play it by ear, might end up being too busy with work and forced into a 21 day taper anyway...

What to do, what to do...
Option 1 (play it safe) might be the way to go...cos i really want to get that PB...I dont really care if its by 30 seconds or 30 minutes just as long as I get it this time! But I so would like to get under 3.30 too...

I finding it hard to believe I am actually talking about doing a significant taper for once...

Sun Sep 21, 08:47:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Epi said...

Option one does sound like the best advice. The sports physio type option would be a useful longer term stategy if you are getting recurrent hamstring problems to look at the cause - more likely to be a biomechanical issue. They probably wont help a great deal in the short term beyond what you do yourself.

There is a chance that pushing yourself through would work, but the extra gains would be minor and the potential losses great - to have gone to the effort and expense to get there it would be terrible not to be able to finish at all.

Good luck!

Sun Sep 21, 09:47:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Thanks Epi.
For sure it would be terrible to not finish with what is a *large* (in my setup) expense for me,Kathryn and Jacob to be there. Plus a big emotional letdown to waste what has been my mental focus for months.

I think my strategy then will be;
A- No more *steep* hills for me in the coming weeks.
B-Maybe 1-3 more speedwork sessions, plus be careful not to overstride, as thats where it may have been getting worse, and icepack/stretch heaps afterwards.
C-Aggressively treat with the ideas I have, hope that helps.
D-Do a few "Tempo" type runs on flattish courses, again being careful to not overstride, and icepack/stretch lots after.
E-Maybe one more longish run but no steep hills.
F-shorten stride a bit, try to be gradual in acceleration and deacceleration.
G-look at getting an MRI after Melbourne, and consider a possible scaling down of my running at least for a few weeks.
Result (hopefully)= PB in Melbourne, although a sub 3.30 might be hard to get to, but may still be possible.

Mon Sep 22, 07:31:00 am AWST  
Blogger Ewen said...

Hi Jonathon, I wouldn't do ANY stretching until the pain is gone. Just do GENTLE strengthening exercises. Start all runs with a crawl pace and gradually build up. Same if you try tempo pace - don't go for maximum speed.

Re the marathon goal. Just my assessment of your training for Melbourne - I don't think 3:25-30 is a realistic goal. I think that sort of pace (esp if you start at your usual 4:40-45s) could see you blowing up and running 4 hours.

I think you'd do better aiming at 3:45 from the start (5:20/km) - that gives you ten minutes if the last 10k is harder than expected.

Mon Sep 22, 01:50:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Ewen; re my marathon goals, might just have to try and prove you wrong then hey...but its a lot easier to say than to do...we shall see how it all goes.. 20 days is a long time, I might be forced to go out at 3.40 pace or something...or I might go out a lot quicker than that (my preferred option) but a lot of variables in play now!

I may have already torn the thing too badly and end up like that chinese 110m hurdler in Beijing Olympics be unable to get much beyond the start line, but I will be in Melbourne for sure. My flights are paid for and not refundable, so will be there to run it or watch it either way...

I'll certainly be easing into any runs I do from here, and for sure I wont be stretching "through the pain", thanks for the reminder on that...

Mon Sep 22, 07:49:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Tesso said...

Ah, Ewen is so wise. I am fast becoming a hammy expert, having done something to both in the last year or so.

The first time it wasn't until I stopped stretching that I could feel improvement! This time I didn't even start stretching.

If you want to know some strengthening exercises to do (probably best to start post mara) I can give you a squillion :)

Wed Sep 24, 07:50:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Thanks a million Tesso!!!
for sure email any advice, exercises you know to
I'll listen to anything right now...
I'm going to see sports doc this friday...see where things are at and what I can do in the last 2 weeks, and after that if its that serious, judging on the last 7 days or so looks like I may officially have an ongoing issue now...

Wed Sep 24, 07:57:00 pm AWST  

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