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

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

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

Sunday, February 07, 2010

1.52.50 Busso HALF is 2010 racing attack genesis

Well my Busselton Half Marathon Experience was a huge success. The 1.52.50 time (5 minutes 20 secs per Km) was a reasonably good start to 2010. Heart rate was 180 at the end, which is a bit on the low side, especially as I charged up the rocketboosters a little in the last 100m to sneak past someone at the finish...Beware if you are less than 100m ahead of me at the finish as I will more than likely try and run you down, its a racing instinct, thats very well developed in me...
I'm in 3 photos @ HERE...

James Webster won it in 1.19.11
David Kennedy was 2nd in 1.19.54 Michael Baldock 3rd in 1.21.10.
Tina Major 4th in 1.21 Kate Bevilaqua the 2nd woman in 1.29.

Results of Half, 10km, 5km, and 5km racewalk @ HERE

David Kennedy, Djefa, Nathan, Brett, and Mark, are all 6 inch finishers who all make up 20% of the top 25 in yesterdays Busselton Half Marathon...
Fast and very nice course, and very well organised, was a good mini-running holiday opportunity I thought, and I hope to be back again next year...

Now Ive got more photos online to buy woohoo...

Training this week;
I feel like I have a few of the major pieces in place that I want for the 2010 attack, but just need to tweak a few things (and a better day job wouldnt hurt!), and with Gods help maybe can keep the financial juggling act going, and the new baby goes alright, maybe I can hit a best ever level of training (at least since I started marathoning in 2004)and racing in 2010...

Sunday 7th February. NIL...
After the Saturday experience which was good at the start, but by the end of a 21 hour day, which began in Busselton at 0500, followed by Half Marathon race, junk food, 2 hour drive home, via my wifes friends place for a bit, then rush off to my night job straightaway for an 8 hour shift (still no shower after the half-marathon, was going to at the hotel, but someone forgot to tell the cleaning staff we were checking out 1 hour later), massive struggle to stay awake on the phones until 0100...then massive struggle to stay awake and get home on the roads (although cranking up Mortification Scrolls of the Megilloth (another reason to say thank God for Mortification)...at maximum volume in the car stereo on the freeway, and squirting water at your face, headbanging and growling, makes it pretty hard to micro-sleep, and would scare the heck out of any drivers nearby, unless they are a bit of a metalhead like me, and then they might give me a big tumbs up. growl a yEah/Mortification, Mortification,mortification, join in with the song, or something...hahaha..), almost running into the back of a paddy wagon that decided to park in the middle of a dark, shaded road with its lights off, while the policemen were apprehending or advising a large group of indigenous people...I guess they didnt expect much traffic at 0150, but still...
Got sweaty shoes off, which I ran the Half in, 16 hours earlier, then ate food my darling wife had left in the microwave for me as per usual, and fell asleep on the couch with plate between my knees as has happened a few times in the last 18 months...

So Sunday I slept in until 0800, took Kathryn and I's wonderful 2 year old for a walk to the shops, and let him enjoy the fun of watering the front garden, hes done it 3 times now I think, and he is fast becoming very good at helping with chores around the house, plus learning new words to say every day...Then it was breakfast, then off they went to visit my wifes mother across the other side of Perth...I spent the day going through training books, eating junk food, catching up on the Busselton Half info and photos, blogging like I am doing now, cleaning up the cats messes, and doing a load of washing...So the story for sunday has ended up being...; ...training what training...hahaha...

Tomorrow its back to the double job thing, and I have a lot of night work in the week, so maybe in a few days time I can start trying to build on the momentum again...

Saturday 6th February 2010 A.D.;
Ran for 12minutes along the path looking out onto the ocean near our hotel @ about 0530hrs, up to Norman Rd and back. No idea of the distance, and don't really care...

Just a wake-up run, to ease my nerves before the Busselton Half, and try and help me to get my No 2's done in the toilet, which I seem to have had a lot of trouble with before big races, in recent years...
Maybe I've got colon cancer or something, or more likely maybe I'm just a big worry merchant, but I've had some bad experiences (the most costly being the 16 minute toilet break in melbourne Marathon in 2009, which cost me a PB I reckon, although I think that that was mostly due to me having a massive meal at 1am-2am too close to race start...) with No'2s suddenly appearing from nowhere in recent years in races and training and at work
Anyhow it seemed to work this time, and I had a good incident free Busselton Half race 2 hrs later...

Wednesday 4th February 2010 A.D.;
Ran 2000m in 8min 42 secs @ 4.21 per KM...HR 180.
5 laps of 400m track at Gerry Archer in Belmont.
400m splits;
Had to deal with soccer players kicking balls across the track a little...
Plus I didnt like some of the odour I was breathing in from them every time I came down the home straight, reckon it gave me a cough for a few hours...
Last minute decision after meter reading round in Vic Park, to go find a track get a quick speed session in...Had thoughts of doing 2km reps, but figured (a) I need to get home, and (b) I didnt like the training environment there much anyhow...

Solid start, ok run, except I felt like I was struggling too much in the last 800m, was trying to get the feel of running at about 4.30's per K again, and also see if I could push towards the low 8 minute range. Seeing as I have not gone under 8 minutes for 2km for many years now, I figure it would be nice to try and break the 8 minute barrier again in 2010...Located a 7.07 2km rep time from 22/8/1997 in old training diary records, so that my be my best time for a 2km rep...Obviously given that is 13 years ago, when I was 23 years of age in my peak physical power, I may find it very hard to do that again if ever at almost 36 years of age...However there is no harm in pushing the limits and trying to do so...or at least seeing how close I can get to it again...My overweightness has been sitting around the 79-81kg this week (so not much better, but certainly no worse, pretty static), so I figure if I can drop 5-10kg this year, that might help me to go well into the sub 8 minute, (maybe, just maybe even sub 6min or at least sub 7min) realm for a 2km...anyhow a satisfactory speed drill, but not a reps session...

Tuesday 2nd February 2010 A.D.
Ran 7km in 35min 17 seconds @ 5.02 per KM...HR 183. A PB by 12 seconds on this course!
3.5km splits 17.15/18.02
700m splits; 2.53/3.19/3.40/3.40/3.43///3.39/3.45/3.43/3.34/3.20
Course is 10 laps of B. Oval
Nice to knock off my PB from last year on this course by 12 seconds, and I didn't really go for broke at the finish so I reckon I could have found another 5-10 seconds, but decided to just try and tone down the finish a bit (although I still came home strongly) to try and get a heart rate close to what I was running at for most of the way, rather than smash myself in the last 200m for a 35.10 and bump the heart rate into the 190 zone...

Went out pretty solid PRE-ish, without really putting the pedal fully to the metal, and then tried to settle quickly into something sustainable, which i think I did given that 6 of my middle 700m splits are between 3.39 and 3.45, with only the first 1400m and the last 1400m faster...This is the course that I thought was 800m last year, but after checking it on the google maps stuff on Mapmyrun the other week, I am convinced its more like 700m...

Pretty happy with a solid start to training this week.

I think a weekly, or at least fortnightly long run (2-4 hours) is the key session for me. Everything else is a lower priority, although its the quality of everything else, that will bring my times down...but if your long run/s (maybe a midweek long run too especially if I ever stop meter reading, which i think almost qualifies as a mid-week long run) base stays solid most weeks, then you have the foundation to race Halfs, Marathons, and some Ultras at the drop of a hat (as I pretty much did this weekend), and do ok. To improve my times, where I am at, requires me to sustain better lifestyle for 4-10 weeks, and get some high quality short sessions and racing going on a regular, (rather than irregular basis), and then just keep building the level...There are other ways to do it too, like for example if you do double sessions enough and well, you can almost do away with the long run, because you are doing so much every day...The way the Kenyans training program starts off in October seems to be a bit like this, and some of the faster marathoners seem to do this too, operate on 90min long runs, and do lots of high quality short stuff, maybe 10-20 sessions a week...Kelly E's New York prep for her 3.14 a few years ago is one that comes to my mind...

My life is way too chaotic to do that at the moment, so I need to have a good long run in place most weeks, as finding 3-10 sessions a week, is probably the best I can do at the moment, and even thats hard...When I was preparing for Melbourne last year, week 1 was good, weeks 2-3 were pathetic, and then I hit a solid, though nothing spectacular regime of 7 weeks straight where I got my long run done every week (except week 9 where I tapered and dropped the long run from the program intentionally), and did 2 or 3 high quality short sessions of 5k-12k or less, which really drive the momentum hard, in bringing my times down and my fitness up...Nic Bedeau (spelling) talked about his athletes getting into a state of "flow" (Dave K. and I, Courtney Carter and about 30 or 40 of the young guns of track running mostly...(I felt a bit out of place, like I wasn't good enough to be there or something) were at AK reserve to hear him speak there last year), when they had momentum, the PB's started falling, and the athletes in his group started beating some big names like when Mottram beat Bekele in a race I think he said...I think the principle is the same for all athletes...when you have momentum in your training and racing your progress snowballs, and suddenly you have peaks on your peaks, and you start smashing the PB's week after week when that happens...While I havent smashed any dinkum racing PB's much in recent years, (with the possible exceptions of my 6 inch PB in December 2009, and my oh so close 3hrs 55min 10 secs in the 2008 Perth Marathon, and of course Melbourne Marathon 2009), in the last 7 weeks of my buildup to the 2009 Melbourne Marathon I felt like I had momentum, my times were coming down week after week, and the climax was in weeks 9 and 10.

In week 9, my full Yasso 10x800's session with a 3.18 average, the 10k rep session in 45.00, Freo 5k race in 22.53, and then in week 10 a resting heart rate of 41 a few days before the 2009 Melbourne Marathon, which is the lowest I have ever recorded, and a TAN (3.8km) run in 19.02 2 days before, were all evidence, I had a bit of "flow", a state of continous snowballing improvement that was going places...

That is the seventh heaven of the athlete, those weeks when all the pennys are dropping and you feel like you are champion of your little world, and everything is working, to quote a legendary indigenous tune from a Yothu Yindi song, "its like the world is turning right"...Thats what I am striving for this year, to get back to that level again at some point in 2010. I had a glimpse of it in September/October 2010, and another hint, when I was able to land that 6 inch PB in December 2009. If I can get back to that level, and sustain it for a few weeks, or preferably for a few months, then some of the big goals will start to be achieved...and I will with the Masters help be able to turn up the power for His glory! hopefully...

Finding good long run options is one of my challenges;
some options I have;
-OPTION 1; Run in Darlington on a saturday morning with hills group.
PROS; Fantastic running trails, arguably the best terrain in Perth from Darlington to Mt Helena. Experienced regular, focused runners, some of the best in Perth, and a variety of ability/levels of performance..I know people there. I know the main routes well. Saturday is a good day of the week for me to get there... Good company to chat with, and help pass the time during long runs. Inspires one to train and race better. Helps one to get more involved in WAMC.
CONS; Its a long drive to get there (40-60minutes at least), which is a big time and petrol chewer for me...Sometimes they run too much hills, or too far, or some of the people there are too fast, (or they want to go faster than I want to in a long run) for me to run with...The core group are focused on Comrades, which is not my focus now due to the expense being way out of my league at the moment, and it not being a main goal for me just now (89km on hilly hard roads is not something I'm really keen on at the moment) , so I feel like I am feeding off them, and that maybe I am not welcome there for some reason...or I don't fit in/belong there...
I may get too involved with WAMC with my limited resources, which=conflicts of interest...

-OPTION 2; Run with Robs sunday Kep group...
PROS; similiar terrain to the Darlington group. Some dinkum runners, who seem a little less la-de-dah, snobby, maybe...or maybe not...A lot of enthusiasm amongst the runners. My chances of doing Kep in next few years much more likely than my chances of doing Comrades...I know some of the people. Sometimes Sunday might be a better option for me, especially if I dont get out there on a Saturday. Good company to chat with, and help pass the time during long runs.
Inspires one to train and race better.
CONS; Again its a long drive for me to get there, probably further than Darlington group mostly. A massive chewer of my very limited time and petrol money. Point to point setups, which i dislike a lot, much prefer an out and back setup. Difficulty in recovering from my saturday night work in time to be there for these ones... Distances sometimes too far. Courses somtimes too hilly and technical. Pace might be faster than I want to go in a long run...I may not be able to, or may not want to do Kep this year, or maybe not even for a few years, and if I am not doing Kep then I will feel like I dont belong with this group...

OPTION 3; Try and run with local people in local areas.
PROS; Probably less petrol and time commitment, so easier to do, and sustain on a more regular basis. Get to know local trails and paths better, which I can also use alone. Good company to chat with, and help pass the time during long runs. Inspires one to train and race better.
CONS; Dont know a lot of running people locally, dont know lots of good trails nearby yet. Concerned they want to run in the snake-infested toxic industrial wasteland areas nearby, or too much on bitumen...Finding good times with 1or 2 people can be tricky, and I need to protect my family from people who might not be good people to hang out with. They may be too fast for me to run with, or where they want to run (might be too hilly/hard surfaces is not where I want to run...Dave and Nathan too fast or too far for me to do long runs with unless they have done 4 hours before I start...Aaron? others?

OPTION 4; Run on my own.
PROS; easier to organise. I go when I have time, when I am ready, and without pressure of fitting in with others... If I want to explore, or change route, change pace, or go home early or later, or walk, or whatever I want I can probably do it very easily, as I dont have to fit in with anyone else. I can modify what i am doing to get maximum training benefit while I am out there...Can easily reduce time and money costs, by using the inherent flexinility etc...
I'm not restricted by other peoples training and racing agendas, only my own...Can go at night, or in whatever weather..the solitude the peacefulness of being on your own, the prisitine beauty of surroundings/terrain/wildlife etc that God has made is there for me to enjoy at my leisure...
CONS; no company gets a bit lonely. Can be hard to get motivated and inspired, take things up a notch sometimes. The lack of interaction = less progress in training. Potential for negative emotions, and if something goes wrong, harder for me to get help.

So all options have their pros and cons, i guess the main thing is I keep them ticking over, maybe a mixture of all 4 options is the way to go, like a fruit salad...

Ultra thoughts, to ULTRA or not to ULTRA that is the question;
ULTRAS are not my major focus, and while I am happy to dabble with them, I am not really focused on them, running ultras to me is interesting, but right now its not something that will get me out of bed in the morning to pursue...I guess my thinking is still that running Ultras is something I might be more interested in when I've lost my speed. more. Lets face it you dont need to run 3min 50 per km or 100m in 15 seconds to be a good ULTRA runner. The fact that I can still run 100m in 15 seconds or better means I should use that speed in shorter distances I think, and save the ultras pursuit until I have more time on my hands, and I cant run 100m in 15 seconds anymore...Thats why anything over 50km or 12 hours just doesnt grab my interest that much at the moment. My other dilemma with ultras, is will it push my injuries to breaking point, or will my injuries get so bad later in life I cant do ultras then...So I am in 2 minds, about them, but at the moment I am leaning towards trying to stick with 6 inch/6 foot dreams, finishinhg the 40 miler race under kutoff, maybe a 50km maybe the Kep 75km maybe a 6 hr or 12 hour race, maybe even Comrades 89km or a 100km race, but nothing more for now, and if I dont do another ULTRA (like 6 inch or longer) ever again, I dont think I would care that much...The hassle of getting lap counters and crew is another thing that annoys me about ULTRAS...But then again it might be a good option especially if my life ever gets less busy, and if my injuries improve. I guess the Centurions 100 miles racewalking in under 24 hrs is one race, I'd like to do since my racewalking coach and a guy I trained with have done it...but not just now...I'd rather use the time and effort for other things just now...

Melbourne Marathon Missions stats;
Here is some interesting stats I discovered today while analysing some of my training stats from the 10 weeks prior to my Melbourne Marathon runs in 2007-2009.

Average minutes trained per week (over 10 weeks):
123min (2007) 149min (2008) 223min (2009)

Average best resting heart rates (over 10 weeks);
49.8 bpm(2007) 48.4 bpm(2008) 43.4 bpm(2009)

Average hours slept per night (over 10 weeks);
5.90 hrs (2007) 5.72hrs (2008) 6.15hrs (2009)

Average weekly no of training sessions (for 10 weeks);
0.9 (2007) 1.9 (2008) 3.00 (2009)

Here are my racing splits for the first 30km of the 2007,2008 (only made it to 23km), and 2009 Melbourne Marathons;

2007 .....2008........2009

5km; 25.15?.....23.50.......23.10

7km; 35.15?.....33.40.......32.59

10km 50.00......48.58.......48.25?

12km; 61.30?.....63.45.......58.50

14km; --- ---- 68.39

15km; --- 79.40.......73.55

21.1km;1hr 56min....1hr56min....1hr 47min

28km 2hrs 46min?...---........2hrs 44min

30km 2hrs 58min? --- 2hrs 56min

2010 Busselton Half Marathon thoughts, race report and results;
Doing the Busselton Half has totally renewed my enthusiasm for the year, and hopefully will help me stay motivated in the next few weeks...
some splits;
1km splits; 4.07/4.43/4.45/4.50/5.00= 23.25 for first 5km...
(so 2km in 8.50, 3km in 13.35, and 4km in 18.25)

10.55km splits; 52.18/60.32= 1.52.50 for 21.1km. (so sub 5 minutes per K (1.44 pace) for the first 10.55km)
5.27km splits; 24.41/27.37/approx. 33 minutes/approx. 26 minutes

The course had 1km markers for the first 5km the rest of the race had no markers, but it was 2 laps of an out and back course so I had a pretty good idea (by using the first 5km of markers) of what I was doing, and I was hitting around 5.10-5.30 per K with some 5.50 per K bits for the last 14km or so...I wasted about 3 minutes at the halfway point (about 10.6km) grabbing the two drinks I had stashed there, and walking for awhile drinking one of them...I carried the other one with me for the next 5km and sipped it, as the temperature started to warm up a little after 9am...so thats part of the reason my 3rd 5.27km split is so slow (33minutes)...
But its also lack of good training in the last 2 months, plus I found it hard to hit a good rhythm once I let the sub 5 minutes per Km runners go...Once I finished my second drink I was able to start getting things going again, and passed a few people in the last 4km...

Was nice to see lots of people I know before and afterwards. Kilee and Trevor were there doing triathlon training, they just happened to be driving in front of us as we drove into the carpark, and I said to my wife, looks like there are some serious triathletes here today also...with the bikes they had on the back of their car, with drinks all ready to be used...

Mighty Mick Francis decided to do a 30km training run to the startpoint.
Anne (who I remember from my Hiking Camp days, and Uni days) raced the 5km, I think in a PB.
Dave got 2nd, Nathan made the top 20, Kate had I think her first race back since she had her baby, and I chatted with Mark from 6 inch 2009 before the race...

Nice to see Don & Christine and Gary and Geraldine out there too...Don passed me some time in the 2nd 5.27km section, and I managed to hold off Christine until the halfway mark (10.55km)...
Brings back good memories of good long runs in the Darlington Hills...

My heavily pregnant wife and 2 year old were there at the start but they wanted breakfast, so they walked about 20-30minutes to McDonalds, and then another 20-30 minutes back just in time to see me finishing. Was awesome that they could be there...so I think the $90 for the room, and the hassle on Friday and Saturday with my work commitments was worth it... Hope to be back again next year with a much faster time...

Here is my Cool Running post about the Busselton Half;

Nice to see 6 inch legends Dave, Nate, Djefa, Brett and Mark all in the top 25...

So 6 inch finishers did well, which suggests 6 inch is good for you? when 20% of the top 25 are 6 inch finishers...

The race was won by James Webster from Bunbury Runners in 1.19.17.

Dave was leading for much of the way, but got overhauled towards the end to finish in 1.19.54, and just held off Michael Baldock (who some of you might remember as the winner of the 40 miler last year
see 40 miler results 2009. Michael also took a turn at leading a lot of the way, but faded to 3rd in 1.21.10.

One of the best female runners in WA in recent years in Tina Major (arguably our next best Marathoner after Australian 2006 Commonwealth Games representative Lauren Shelley if I remember rightly) was 4th in 1.21.33, which is a fantastic run! which should send alarm bells to all the best female runners in WA...
The 2nd Woman was Kate Bevilaqua in 1.29.58.

I also took a turn at leading (couldn't miss the chance to please my fans) for a minute or 2...,as did Nathan in the first 500m...
One of the front bunch runners kindly advised everyone "that the rule is you cant pass Trailblazer in the first 1km", which i was very much happy with, except I decided to opt out and let them get on with it about 500m-700m in...as 1km leading them at about 3.45-3.50 per K, would have really stuffed me up for the next few km, but I would have done it if there had been TV cameras...speaking of which there was lots of normal cameras on the course so reckon I might have got a pic out there...
***UPDATE***Have spotted myself out there in at least 3 of them...

I finished 90th in 1.52.50,
which was a little on the disappointing side as I was hoping to squeak under 1.50, but probably one of my best starts to racing for many years...Was pleased with my first 10.5km in 52.18, and my 1km split of 4.07, 2km split of 8.50, 3km split of 13.35, and 5km split of 23.25 were all pretty much right what I wanted in this one, just need to work on extending that sort of speed for much longer...Given that I only really decided to race this one about 1 week beforehand, I couldnt have expected much more, although it would have been nice to get under 1.50.

Good to see "the abusive marshal from hell" out there too, and he gave me some extra motivation in the 2nd lap, by claiming he was going to reel me in... which probably helped me to avoid slipping out over 1.55...

A few hills group legends people out there like Don & Christine, Gary & Geraldine for example...

Grahak Cunningham also made the top 20 with a 1.29, who many of you might remember from that 3100? mile race he did in USA...and I think he was one of the speakers at the Ultra running seminar the other weekend. Mick Francis and some triathletes that TurtleRunner knows well, were there also checking out the race, but they had important training to do instead...but it was very nice to see lots of familiar faces out there...

Timing system was those bands on your ankles, timing mats just like the triathletes use...and overall a very relaxed atmosphere, but extremely well organised I thought. 1k markers for the first 5k did the job...Half Marathon was on an out and back 5.25km course, and we did 2 laps. Course was pretty much dead flat, and I saw some ironman symbols painted on the cyclepath, plus some of the chalk messages still there leftover from Ironman WA in December.
Along with Perth Half, and Freo Half, right up there with the fastest HALF course I have run on, and I reckon there is a very strong chance I will try and be back again next year.

A few other people I know did the 5km run which i didnt see at all as I was out doing my second lap. 5km won by Glenn Martinovich in 17.49, with a well known name from the WA masters scene in Bjorn Dybdahl 3rd in 18.24. http://results.racetectiming.com/Results.a...=2015&EId=3

There was a 10km run also which was won by Clemens Schmitt in 37.31.

They also had a 5km racewalk which was won by Garry Hastie (from Bunbury?) in 25.09.
I remember racing against him in the 1990's or late 80's so good to see he is still going strong...

Took my wife and 2 year old down, they enjoyed watching a bit I think, and did about a 40min morning walk themselves, so was a good family mini-holiday although a bit rushed due to my work commitments on Friday and Saturday) for us I think, maybe... The new highway means its only about a 2 hour drive there now, maybe a bit closer to 3 hours if you come from the northern suburbs....

so really enjoyed having a solid hitout to kick off my racing for the year, and catching up with various people there...

Race website

Bunbury Runners Club
which organises the Bunbury Marathon, (50km and HALF on same day), which is on 16th May this year see Bunbury Runners

The Busselton Swim which was a big event today has a website @

So just to summarise the main points;

James Webster won it in 1.19.11
David Kennedy was 2nd in 1.19.54 Michael Baldock 3rd in 1.21.10.
Tina Major 4th in 1.21 Kate Bevilaqua the 2nd woman in 1.29.

Results of Half, 10km, 5km, and 5km racewalk @ HERE

David Kennedy, Djefa, Nathan, Brett, and Mark, are all 6 inch finishers who all make up 20% of the top 25 in yesterdays Busselton Half Marathon...
Fast and very nice course, and very well organised, was a good mini-running holiday opportunity I thought, and I hope to be back again next year...

Now Ive got more photos online to buy...woohoo


Blogger Sling Runner said...

Jon - thanks for the field report on the Busso 1/2.

I can see a positive correlation between the number of training hours and resting HR versus your Melbourne marathon splits. Theoretically, if you can improve these stats significantly (number of sessions, training hours, sleep etc) this year, I can see a better outcome for Melbourne 2010 !

Mon. Feb. 08, 10:18:00 am AWST  
Blogger Clown said...

Good work TB, glad to hear that you led again for the first bit. Great resting heart rate.

Thanks for the post on my blog.Prob did my blog when I was most frustrated :).

Glad to see you're doing Melb again, I'm looking forward to finishing on the G.

Interesting to see that Pav reckons Morabito is better than he was at the same age. Seen a few Peel games and reckon Morabito will be very good.

Mon. Feb. 08, 01:19:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Thanks for the comments...
my pleasure re Busso report...was wonderful experience...
Agree re the correlation on Melbourne...just wish my final result in 2009 was able to reflect that, so while Ive erased the disappointment of the 2008 DNF, I still feel there is a PB and major unfinished business this year, and I think the correlations really show that, and thats one of the reasons I analysed that data to prove to myself and identify better what I should be doing and aiming for in 2010...So pretty important exercise I think...my splits for the first 21.1km in 2009 were clearly superior to the previous 2 years, and that is predicted by the increased training quantity and quality, and lower heart rates in the 10 weeks prior...

thats cool about the Peel Games youve seen...I think the Worsts headline as per usual took Pav's comments totally out of context to get a cheap headline...

he wasnt really saying Morabito is better than him (although he may well be one day), he was saying Morabito doesnt need as much gym time or pre-season work, and is more AFL game time ready/role ready than Pav was in his first year...
Morabito has more bulk, weight , muscle to throw around and should survive the physical pressure better than a lot of skinny rookies do, including Pav when he was a rookie...he was also saying that Morabito is athletic in ways he isnt, has abilities that are different to the PAVs playing strengths...so in a sense Morabito is better than Pav in some areas, but there are other parts of his game where Pav is greatly superior...at this stage its too early to say Morabito is better than Pav, but he may well be so one day although his strengths look to be in different areas to Pavs a bit..., and he clearly is more game ready than most rookies...

Its a bit like saying Nick Nanitaui is better than Dean Cox...in the area of vertical leap Nick is superior to almost anyone, but that doesnt mean he is better than Cox yet...

Glad you brought it up cos its interesting topic...

see you in Melbourne, and hope you can enjoy that special moment on the G this year!

Tue. Feb. 09, 01:57:00 am AWST  
Blogger Ewen said...

Nice start to the year Jonathan, and a happy mini-holiday for the family.

Yes, speed is good, just have to extend that speed. A 'simple' matter of more hours, more reps in speedwork etc. If you can do that, nothing stopping you from running in the 1:30-1:35 range on what sounds like a cracker of a course.

Plenty to take with you for the build-up to Melbourne later in the year :)

Tue. Feb. 09, 12:38:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Astute, wise, insightful encouragement as always from Ewen. Appreciate your excellent analysis and extraordinary communications...certainly was a sensational course, and if I could build towards some 90-95minute or better action by the end of the year that would be the outstanding stuff I am dreaming of...There is significant progression and advancement in my Melbourne attacks in the last 3 years, despite the final times not really showing it much...

Wed. Feb. 10, 04:41:00 am AWST  

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