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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 2019; 4.25
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?... 2018-7hrs
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... 2019; 4hr 41min 59secs
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..45secs into it)
Perth City to Surf Marathon finisher 2009,2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019.
GOLD COAST; 2012 HALF; 1.44 2013 HALF; 1.47 2014 HALF 1.49
2015 4.11 ..., 2016 4.11..., 2019 4.25
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 956th
2017 100km DNF CP4 57km
2018 100km 24hrs 33min 15 913th
2019 100km DNF CP3 46km
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 August 2019; 34 road marathons finished (Perth x12, Melbourne x9,Perth City to Surf x7 Gold Coast x3 Rottnest x3)
Have also finished 20+ ultra races; 6 inch 47km ultra finished 12 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, 6hour track race.
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; >
01/09/2019 Rotto Biddi 3hrs.09.44
25/08/2019 City 2 Surf Marathon 4hrs 48min
17/08/2019 TW Parkrun 5km 24.29 (5th)
3/08/2019 Truth 50km DNF (at 25km in 4hrs 26min)
28/07/2019 RunMelbourne Halfmarathon 2hr 03min
21/07/2019 Champion Lakes R2R Halfmarathon 1hr 55min (32nd)
7/07/2019 Gold Coast Marathon 4hrs 25min
16/06/2019 Rottnest Marathon 4hrs 42min
18/05/2019 Ultra Trail Australia 100km DNF at 46km (CP3) 8hrs 58min
17/03/2019 Fat Lamb 20km 3hr 29min 49th of 70
02/03/2019 Lark Hill 25km 3hr 54 (Night race forgot headlamp)
24/02/2019 Swissmurdie 2hr 35
09/02/2019 Busselton Half marathon 2.13 (Late start actually 2.05)
20/01/2019 Chi Gong 1hr 58 134th of 158 finishers
16/12/2018 6 inch 47km 7hrs (12th finish)
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...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

3 hours fartlek partly on Eagle view trail

Ran/hiked for 3 hours 2min 36 secs, HR 129 at end, but much higher on some of the steep trails and steep roads. made it to the "summit" point on Eagle View Trail twice. Awesome views to the plains below.

Saw some kangaroos, aircraft going to land at perth airport, a big black cockatoo like bird, lots of ants on the dark red clay dirt trails, and thoroughly enjoyed rogaining/orienteering-ish type hikes through thick bush on steep ascents and descents to find the trail a few times, when I sort of got lost-ish a bit.

Finished on the steep hills of National Park Rd, Viveash Rd, and on the bitumen roads of Jane Brook.

Had a memorable moment running on Viveash Rd looking into the paddock of a semi-rural house, when to my amazement I spotted about 20-40 kangaroos in their front paddock probably about 20 meters from the house and about 50 metres from the road I was running on!

Excellent long run to keep the 6 inch plans ticking over. 3 weeks until 6 inch! There is an 11km run this year too so thats pretty cool. Sounds like t-shirts are available too. Endura is sponsoring it. Its also an official AURA event, and scores AURA points see

For more details check out the excellent brand new 6 inch website Rob D. has done @ http://www.6inchtrailmarathon.com/
Cool running thread shows there looks like many good runners again this year including some interstate entrants again maybe. See cool running thread Here...

Way too busy with work all week, did 55hours plus including one 10 hour day of meter reading when the mercury hit about 37 degrees. Was too tired to go 6 inch reconning on Saturday as I had planned, with callcentre the night before, about 4 hours of meter reading and about 150km of driving around, had to go to head office, to hand in gear in Balcatta, then come back south of river then go back into city for callcentre job, barely had time to eat, let alone train. Bit of a minor stomach upset saturday morning too....So from a training point of view a bit of a flop, but I achieved the main goal for this week which was a decent 3 hr long run on steep trails terrain. Should have lots more free time in the next 2 weeks, to put in some big sessions for 6 inch in between lots of work at the night job...so things looking on track, just would like to crank it up a notch in the next 2 weeks, although all thats going to do is improve my 6 inch time slightly...
Feeling positive...Knees not too bad, although very conscious of the need to manage them carefully especially the left one. Ankle seems good. no hammy issues today at all...
Onward and upwards...!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

45min trails run and family soccer

Overall I'd give this week a D grade , i.e. not a pass mark. Failed for second week in a row to do long run. Too preoccupied trying to juggle my two jobs, and get as much done as possible before my metering goes on an unpaid holiday in December. Trying to get more night work to make up for it and clear some of our mounting bills. Some good steep hills in Martin, and Byford (both on the edge of the Darling Scarp, Byford near Wungong dam) for my metering work, and also the steep 45minute trail run was a decent mid-week run. Next week have to focus on work big-time again, but hopefully by the weekend, I can start going after training again with 6 inch only a few weeks away now, I seriously need a couple of 30Km+ long runs, preferably a 40km, so running out of time to get some decent prep in. Left knee in particular is dodgy, but holding up ok so far. minor sprain of my bad ankle in the first 5 minutes of the trail run, but I walked it out, and it seems to be fine. Hammy surprisingly good, although I am still alert to it. Hopefully next week will come good towards the end of it, as my day job comes to an end, and my night job picks up big time.

Sunday 30 minutes of medium intensity soccer with my sister and wife Kathryn. Made a rule that we could only walk when playing against Kathryn as she is about 2 months pregnant now, so didn't want her to run too hard, or risk falling over. Some good short sprints and slow running when I was playing against my sister though. Fun crosstraining option.

Wednesday 45minute trail run HR 156 on steep! trails near Cohuna wildlife park.
After 5 hours of slog on an A grade (the hardest possible grade) round (metering work) in at times persistent heavy rain. Semi-rural area steep hills up and down the Darling Scarp in Martin (between Kelmscott and Gosnells). The rain had finally stopped and I saw this awesome looking trails, so I changed out of my metering gear, and ran to pretty close to the summit of the Darling Scarp. Started on Connell Ave ended up almost on Mills Rd East. Trail bikes spot. Lots of kangaroos, some rabbits, awesome views to the plain below. Some tough steep climbs on the gravel trails. On the way back to my car some deep muddy clay...Got back to car just before nightfall. Very solid run. Very worhwhile with 6 inch just over 4 weeks away.

Tuesday Ran 400m 1min 24 after work at N reserve. lanes hard to see cos some idiots have been doing doughnuts on the oval. Short on time not very motivated, slow spongy oval.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

22min 51 another SB in the Pen 5km

Training details from this week at bottom of this post...

This weeks race the WAMC Peninsula 5km;
I enjoyed the Peninsula 5km lots today...
another 2 second seasons best (SB) for me with a 22.51...2.5km? splits of 10.52/11.59...

so I averaged 4min 34 per KM for the 5km (45min 42 10k pace), but my splits suggest I averaged 4.20 per K for the first half (faster than that early on maybe and 43min 20sec 10k pace) and 4.48 per KM in the second half (probably more like 4.50, as I kicked home in the last 400m)...thanks to the people who were there to be kicked past....

lovely still conditions, getting a bit warm to wards the end, reckon it must have been hard work towards the end for the 10k people especially those over 45 min......

when i got home from work last night at 1am i was thinking I shouldn't run as i would be pathetic...but glad i showed up...and had a go... nice to chat with various people...thankyou to N, then R, and Hughdaman for being people to chase...I led very early but held back a little for the first 500m, got to the Windan bridge in 5.34...then just hung in there as best as I could...

saw a few other coolrunners like MJail, Turtlerunner and Pelagie out there.

ultra legends Nate and mighty Mick Francis (on the way back after injury while representing Australia ? in a 24hr race in England a few months back, did the 10km despite some tough hilly 40km 6 inch type training yesterday...I managed to just get to the Bridge before Nate...(had to surge hard for that "sprint stage" hahaha)

DJC another sensational 36min? 10k...

Im happy....hopefully in 12 months time I can run 10.52/10.51 splits...

I am convinced intervals are the quickest way to drop your time, because as DJC said they take your body and mind to places you wouldnt go to otherwise, which means quick improvement and better mental and physiological pain tolerance...and rapid physiological changes for the better...
for various reasons some runners respond better to intervals than others...
The example I gave earlier while trying to play devils advocate a bit, was one I heard Nic Bideau give (so hope I didnt quote it out of context too much, probably did), but it seems clear that many runners improve lots from just doing lots of k's every week, but seems to me that improvement is slower, and tends to plateau a bit, whereas intervals seems to me to have the potential for more dramatic improvement...

another factor is where you are in your running life...if you have been racing on and off for 20 years, it gets harder to improve, and when you lose conditioning it can take a long time to get back to PB threatening level, the bigger they are the harder they fall idea, or the taller you are the further you have to fall...if its your first year or even your first three years of racing, you can often seem to hit PB's every few months, if you keep the upward momentum going...eventually you reach a point where it gets harder to get a PB, and you have to reconsider what you are doing think of ways to improve more...

e.g. some people on coolrunning get another PB every couple of weeks...or at least every few months...i think the last time I had a solid PB was 2005...(1.41 Half)...although I missed my marathon PB by 8 seconds in 2008, and I should have got it in Melbourne this year...I could do what one blogger I know has done and have Mens 35 PB';s for myself and ignore what I did in my 20's and early 30's, but I figure for now i need to get back to chasing my 21min 5k, 41min 10k type times again somehow, maybe when i get to 40 or 50 I will start a new PB setup but not just yet...

so in summary intervals do work very well for many, although they are not the only way to improve.

there are many different types of runners out there, all coming from a myriad of different situations...for example there are ultra-type runners, who come down to race marathons, halfs, and 10k races...and see 10k races as a bit of speedwork. e.g. Nate. Then there are track runners who step up to 10k races, and Half Marathons for something longer and a new challenge, (courtney ? sarah J are two examples...even Paul Tergat (who I think had the world record for the Marathon at one stage, I think was a 10,000m runner (in the medals at olympics) who moved up to the marathon later in life, as his speed started to decline)...
Plenty of people in between. Triathletes, people just trying to get fit, there are heaps of things that motivate people, so the same approach wont work for everyone, it all depends on your situation, your goals, etc etc...

I might try and experiment with running more even when I get old and slower, or maybe when I can sustain 4min 06secs per k all the way for a 10k, if that ever happens again...like it did when I was 24,maybe I am expecting too much now at 35, but thats what I have to do to beat my 41min 10k PB...

seriously though I am glad I just managed to hit my main goal for today [could see the clock at the finish counting up towards 22.53 (which i did in Freo fun run 4th october this year), and had to hold onto strong finish through the line to nail it,] which was to set another seasons best (best 5k time in 2009 for me) in the 5k, and i am pretty sure my intervals work has helped a lot this year, although as always I want to do a lot more...however my target for the year was to go under 21min, and I failed to hit that or any of my other target times this year, so thats frustrating...but I guess I lost too much ground early in the year with the injuries and I should be thankful I am at least in striking range of my sub 21min 5k target now...maybe in 2010 I will get there...My PB is 21.04 from 2003? although I splitted 19.32 for the first 5k of the 1998 Bridges 10km when i did my 10k PB of 41.01...and I may have run faster than 19min at school in the mid to late 1980's...

but then again PB's SB's are just ways to push yourself to be all that you can be, and encourage others to do make the most of their life too, they are just tools, not the be-all/end-all...
so thats just a window into where I am coming from ....icepacked bad knee beforehand as a precaution on the drive into the race, and it wasnt sore after so far, so thats a very encouraging sign...no hammy problems today at ll..another big Thanks God!

now i just have 6 inch 45km to deal with (oh why did I sign up for that!??? again...), and i can have a nice slack summer or try and do some track racing (Masters or Athletics WA)...or maybe some triathlons...if I can afford it...

Saturday 13th November AM;
2x2000m at N Reserve.
8min 46 HR 177 and 9min 04 HR 186.
8min rest. Total time for 4km 17min 51.
My PB for this session is 16.05, so a long way to go.

Nice to get some stuff around the 4min 30 per km pace mark on the board, hopefully I can do about that in the 5km race on Sunday. (update*** which I did, averaged 4.34 per km) Important intervals session this one even though it was only 2 reps.

Was getting a bit warm,(started about 9am so that Kathryn and Jacob could go to shops play in park, and we could make the most of limited time together before my evening work shift, instead of me disappearing for a run) and I really struggled into a tough North westerly headwind/crosswind, which was taking a lot out of me. Its a spongy grass track as well, which also is hard work. Don't think I will ever run any good times on this track, but it is a nice well grassed surface, and its close to home, but its a footy oval not really designed for running fast on.

Thursday 12th November
Ran 2x400m at Belmont track on the way home from work.
75secs (1min15), & 83secs(1min 23) Heart rates 168 and 177.
4 minute rest. Thought about doing 3 more reps, but decided that was enough for a speed drills workout. Was keen to head for home as I had food in the car to take home, and soccer people were setting up. Second rep a struggle, couldn't see much point in doing a couple more 85-95 second type efforts...Very pleased with the 75 seconds 400m as it shaves another 2 seconds off what I did at the start of the 10km race last week. Its my quickest 400m for a long time...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

2009 Melbourne Marathon video and Season Bests

-My 2009 Melbourne Marathon Video at the bottom of this page...

-My 2009 Melbourne Marathon photos are HERE...

-My 2009 Melbourne Marathon race report is HERE....

I have had a lot of season bests in the last month or so here they are;
400m 75secs (12th November.)
1k 3.44 (first 1k of John Gilmour last week...6th November))
2k 8.24 (27th October.)
22.51 Peninsula WAMC run 15th November.
22.53 (freo fun run, October 4th won my age category as all the good people were doing the 10k...hahaha)
10k 48.39 (John Gilmour 6th November)
Half (21.1km) 1.47 (first half of Melbourne Marathon 11th October) and
Marathon (42.195km) 4.11 (Melbourne Marathon 11th October, should have been in 3.50's at least I reckon, but I had a big meal too close (1am) to the race start (7am) which resulted in a 16minute toilet break at 24km mark...,),
So despite no PB's, some big SB's for me in the last month or so...

so although I am still pretty disappointed with what I did in October/November (especially the John Gilmour 10k track and to a lesser extent the Melbourne Marathon), I'm pleased with some good progress in the last few weeks, just hoping i can hold onto some of the momentum over the summer, and have a better year in 2010 maybe...

This video above gives a good idea of some of the sights at the Melbourne Marathon, and shows my finish in the distance...nice to have some video of my finish. Be better if it was a bit closer up footage, but its still pretty special to have this.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

best 1km (3.44) for 3 years & 48.38 JG 10k explosion

Have bought 7 more photos from Melbourne Marathon. At least 3 to go (of Kathryn and Jacob), maybe some video too of my finish.

They (the photos) will be HERE....

Official results from John Gilmour 10k track 2009 A race and B race are online HERE...

Saturday 7th November
2 hours 2 min slow long run/walk mix on some tough hills...

Got to Munda Biddi cnr North Spur and Scarp too late (720hrs), to start with Dave and others, so just went for my own short Recon run of the 6inch course on the Oakley dam section, and later on the long hill near the conveyer belt...

Friday 6th November 1800hrs;
John Gilmour 10k track B race...;
48min 38 secs, HR 180 (80% sprint finish at end.)
1km splits; 3.44/4.43/4.47/5.19/4.48 = 23.21
1km splits; 5.13/5.11/5.33/4.52/4.28 = 25.17
5km splits; 23.21/25.17
2km splits; 8.27/10.06/10.01/10.44/9.20
first 1k-3.44 ...last 1k 4.28.

400m splits;
1.17/1.33/1.47/1.55/1.55 = 8min 27 for first 2km.

1.55/1.56/1.53/2.13/2.09 = 10.06
1.55/1.55/2.04/2.03/2.04 = 10.01

2.11/1.56/2.09/2.15/2.13 = 10.44

2.07/1.51/1.49/1.49/1.44 = 9.20

Hit 800m in 2min 50, 1km 3min 44 (shaves 4 seconds off what i did on the slower grass track the previous day, (easily my quickest since I did a 3.40 on March 2nd 2006 see here), plus I had a few seconds in the tank so could have gone sub 3.40 I reckon...) 1 mile 6min 32.

My race plan was to go out strong and hard, in true PRE style, get the lead, and make sure no other runner got in front of me in the first 400m or so. Took no notice of where others were, just concentrated on hitting the fastest rhythm I thought was sustainable for 1km or so...Talking to family and friends after it appears I may have been as much as 30m in front, more than I expected. I know my first 400m was 3 seconds faster than what the A race people did in their first 400m, although they obviously started conservatively for them, as the winner Aaron Patterson did a 76 second 400m towards the end.

I was hoping I would have enough to get through 1k in under 3.50 (which I did quite easily in a comfortable 3.44 with a few seconds to spare), then hold onto about 1.30 and try and get well under 8 minute barrier for the 2km. I felt if I could do that, it might be enough for me to keep in front, and then settle into some 1.38-1.45-1.50's (hopefully nail about 9min 2k splits or better... and hopefully get well under 43minutes by the end, and maybe even give my 41.01 PB from 1998 a shake...was not interested in the soft option of trundling around at 46 minute pace...wanted better...Wasn't confident of my ability to sustain it, but knew I could hit the sub 3.50 first 1km at least, and hoped no others could also do so...

Was a bit surprised to split the first 400m in 77secs, as I was expecting about 80-84secs, and decided it must be just due to the adrenalin/excitement of the night, and a faster track, which both make sense. Throttled back a touch to 93 secs in the 2nd 400m, to go through 800m in 2.50. Still happy with that. Could hear another guy close behind me, and heard Evan Kolbe say my name as the leader on the P.A. which was nice (these fleeting moments of fame hahaha), he passed me about this time which was surprising and discouraging to me. I think I was passed in the back straight, but I still hit the 1km in 3.44 so was very happy still, and although it felt hard, hoped to keep it going, and get under 8 minutes for the first 2km.

However I soon was passed by several people, which again was discouraging and disconcerting.
I lost focus ( I guess I have got so used to training against myself and the watch, I didn't deal with other people being on the track well maybe, or perhaps it was just the lactic acid buildup from a fast start, or the lack of volume in my reps, or the lack of long runs, medium runs, starting to kick in, all closely related my inferior conditioning which has slipped a bit in the 3km+ area since Melbourne..reflected in higher resting heart rates of 45-51 in the last few weeks, compared to 41-44 just before Melbourne Marathon), or maybe I was just too SOFT mentally, whatever it was by 1200m I knew I was fading, and was finding it increasingly hard to get something going and fightback against fatigue, and the processions of bunches of 2-3 runners going past me every 100m, which doesnt help rhythm or mental positivity/focus...Whatever it was I slipped out to 1.47, and then 1.55's...a few weeks ago i would have been happy with an 8min 27secs 2km split (4.13 per k) but tonight I was very disappointed, about 30+ seconds adrift of what I wanted, my delusions of grandeur of a PB attempt were shattered, I was feeling the pain physically, but most of all mentally. Just wanted to drop out and go home. I knew I didn't want to do that, especially with family and friends watching, Dave kindly doing my counting etc etc...and besides, I dont do DNF's that easily, and a host of other reasons. Tried to refocus on 3km and 5k splits, but without much conviction...
Managed to do so in a half-hearted manner until 3km (13.14 or 4.24 per k) then just started to lose the plot mentally and go through the motions totally...Picked it up again from 4k to 5k a little, to go through 5km in the half respectable time of 23min 21 (4.40 per k), although slower than my first 5k in the Melbourne Marathon!

From there on I was struggling to find reasons to keep going. The music was cool, dave was doing an excellent job with the counting, and i even managed to latch onto a few groups of runners going past, surge a little here and there, but just wasn't really fighting, just couldn't find the mental drive/motivation to push through the pain barriers, just wasn't interested. So I strolled/jogged around a stack of 2.03-2.15 rubbish, almost a minute slower than my first lap for the race. Concentrated on enjoying the fun atmosphere, and counting down my laps...

Thought I saw Kate, or someone I knew coming up to lap me with about 2km to go, so that gave me a bit of a much needed kick up the backside, to try and fight a little, get going again, resolved to get going, and make sure she didt lap me. This resulted in some 1.49-1.51's being churned out for 3 laps, which felt a whole lot better, and succeeded, in putting a decent gap between me and her so she couldn't lap me...but more importantly gave me a reason to try a bit again...One that goal was achieved i got the bell for the last lap and I could see a lady up ahead in a bright pink top, who I figured I had gained on a lot, and decided I should be able to beat her, if I was within 20m with 150m to go...So set about doing that, and had to sprint at 80%, so hard, but not flat out, to achieve that in the last 100m. That felt good, gave me a 1.44 last lap, and dipped me under the 48.55 I did in 2007, but not the 48.16 I did in 2008.
No where near the 44-46min zone I think i am currently capable of if fine-tuned enough...

Big thanks to Dave for lap counting.
Also lovely to have my Dad, Aunty Marlene, and most of all my wife Kathryn, and a very excited!!! happy 2 year old Jacob all in the stands watching, that meant a lot to me.
Lovely to share a sensational fun! evening with them...

Even though I was bitterly disappointed with my time, and more importantly the way I fell apart mentally and to a lesser extent physically in this race, I was very happy that we were able to share this night together, and i got to enjoy the fun of racing again, and go really well for the first 1k. So then we settled into watch the exciting A race unfold!!! It didn't disappoint, with some of the memorable moments being the moving around in the front bunch, Todd Ingrahams reeling in and then reloading sprint finish to "photofinish" himself on the line into 3rd spot I think...Nice to see Shaphan Cox the defending champion having a run too. Congratulations to all who helped make this such a special night again. Fantastic state of the art track and venue...a night i will remember for a long time fondly for many reasons even though a little bittersweet due to my disintegration from 2km to 8km...

I know everyone will keep on saying I need to run more even, and to an extent they are correct, but I also know from the past that running even and slow will not extend my limits, or get me PB's. To get PB's now, I have to attack...some days it will work, other days it wont, this was one of those days I went overboard on the PRE-ish ness, and just wasn't ready, my mind was way ahead of my body..., and it didn't work.

So back to the drawing board, back to square maybe try again form PB's in the Pen run and 6 inch or maybe I should just quit racing for a few weeks/ months...comeback later when I have trained up enough, or I have refreshed mentally/physically...not sure right now...
My left knee pain has been bad this weekend, and if it doesnt settle I might be forced to stop running in a few weks, and concentrate on getting it right. A difficult time for me again...Then again a few icepacks might do the trick for a few more weeks,months...
Keen to try and press on somehow and reload for 2010, but we shall see, hopefully not a Hiatus situation, but just take it 1 day at a time...

Thursday 5th November late AM;
1km time trial 3min 48secs.72
HR 186 At S. Park.

One of those mornings when I didn't get out the door before 6am, and got tied up with icing knee, and various domestic stuff...when I did this rep it was too hot really to do much more and I needed to get on with work so ended up only getting the 1 rep done, but ran hard,with ferocious tenacity (a phrase Nic Bideau used in his talk at AK reserve a few weeks ago), and hit the times I targeted mostly, with 200m splits on this nice grass track of;
Very pleased with this time as I think its my quickest 1km rep since at least March 2006, maybe 2004, so fastest 1km for at least 3 years! Was hoping to go even faster, but satisfied with that, did what i targeted, and thats always a nice feeling...Yay!
Had 4x1km or 6x1km planned for today, but I consoled myself, with the thought that at least I would be fresher for Friday night...

Wednesday 4th November early AM;
Ran 4x 2,000m reps at N. reserve.
times; 8.43/9.03/9.18/9.32
Heart rates 171/183/177/189

10min rests. Had to be alert due to dog walkers letting lots of dogs off the lead, which made it hard to concentrate on the task. A footy oval with a 400m track hurriedly marked on it for the school sports/little athletics i think, so not the fastest surface, a bit spongy, but well grassed, and no injury issues from it. Started to get pretty warm, and it was a tough session after a late night shift the night before at work, so had the shirt off by the 3rd rep, i was just pouring with sweat...Tough to stay motivated, and I was absolutely spent by the end of the 4th rep, nothing left, out of energy, so abandoned plans to maybe do a 5th rep. Slowish times, but a good solid useful session on a demanding course. This is the type of session I have been missing in the last few weeks, had enough volume in it, to start encouraging some worthwhile progress. I had the unlimited time because it was morning and despite working the previous night and only getting 4 hrs sleep, I was still a lot fresher than i would have been if I had tried to do it in the evening...Satisfied with this one, although disappointed with the slow times, it gave me a little more confidence for Fridays 10k race...

Sunday, November 01, 2009

melbourne MARA on TV 1100 sunday pathetic reps attempts

Sunday 1st November 2009 AD;
2 x 400m 90 second rest.
90/83...hrs 156/162
under moonlight at 2000hrs, hard to see track, but just felt like putting in a couple of quick laps at N reserve on the way back from trip to shops nearby...
Mentally rehearsed a race plan for the 10k race this Friday night.

Enjoyed watching Melbourne Marathon special on TV. No sign of me, but I saw my 2 year old Jacob in the camera for a brief moment! so that was cool. Very fragmented and all over the place coverage, but at least we got a good reminder of this special day! Plus I got my dad to watch it. Nice to see the fottage of Sarah Jamieson (on state teams with me when she was representing Western Australia in the late 80's early 90's) who won the 10km, and to watch the decisive move by Lisa Flint to pull away from the japanese woman. One thing I was reminded of, was poor quality mens field for an event that is the Australian championship! I mean seriously is 2.24 the best an Australian male can do? I don't think so...The other thing that struck me once again is its such an inspiring atmosphere, deek was awesome, moneghettis commentary was excellent as usual, and the course is so good, why aren't the best Australians embracing this event yet, surely its only a matter of time. Nice to watch Lauren Shelley getting on the podium in the Half.

Saturday 31st October 2009 AD
at N. Reserve;
2k 9.03 HR 186
4.26/4.37 1k splits
strong almost gale force headwinds, felt pathetic...jammed in a quick run before going off to the night job...
spur of the moment decision to run after eating a couple of chocolate bars, not the best mix...glad i did run though...
nice to discover a new track at a school oval/community oval to add to my collection and very close to my house too cool...

Friday 30th October at W. oval/park;
1k 3.57 HR 186
200m splits;

after tough day at work in cruddy suburb of Calista ( I reckon maybe the second poorest suburb in Perth, certainly in the bottom 10... and the way things are going i could be living there if things dont pickup soon...avoided a pitbull dog by the grace of God at work and dug one meter out of a stream of water about 10cm deep, reckon burst pipes under it,) left heel sore! after...

Hard work, but successfully took out some of my frustrations on this one, and pretty happy with (a) the way I attacked pretty much throughout, (b) going under 4 min per K a half-decent effort, would like to head a whole lot more in this direction...

Tuesday 27th October
at W. oval/park;
2k 8.24 HR 174
5min rest then
1k-4.01 HR 189

89/107/104/105/99 400m splits = 8.24 2km rep. 1k splits 4.04/4.20

200m splits 43/48//54/54/42 = 4.01 1km rep.

Would have liked to have done a whole lot more reps, buts thats all I had time for. Good session...Pleased with that, but need to improve heaps if John Gilmour 10k race is going to be all I'd like it to be...

Be nice to get the 2k under 8 minutes as its been a long time (many years) since I did that, but I know i was running in he low 7's in 1998 when I did my 10k PB...

a week of surviving on next to no money and finding it very hard to be motivated about anything. Hopefully not too many more weeks like this one ahead. I'm using windows 98! (which is very laborious) to blog as our good computer has a virus I think...had minor niggles in BOTH knees most days this week, so feeling like everythings coming apart, but I ignore this and push on, for as long as God allows me to...hopefully its just a HELL-oween thing or something...