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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...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Melbourne, Mottram, and roads to Recovery from my Calf Injury

Will be adding a new page to Melbourne Marathon Missions central soon...Go HERE for 101010 race report...video, photos, my 17 reasons for going to Melbourne on 10/10/10, plus post re Mottram, Ironman Hawaii, and current status of my calf strain below;

following the 3hr pacer at the start...
Did 4.37 and 4.09 =8.46 for first 2k following the 3hr pacer. First 1k was uphill weaving through masses of slower runners. Then backed off a little decided that pace was too fast, went through 5k in 22.40 feeling very relaxed, and then probably a bit too slow for next 9k (10k 48.00, 14k 68.08...)

Got to 20k in 1.40.50, and was looking to try and speed up a bit and try and get to halfway in 1.45's but then the calf suddenly gave a stab of pain that has persisted with every step of running since, and had no option but to slow up and came through halfway in 1.46.35 as a result, even though I felt ready to attack hard at this stage...

At about 20.5km, tried stretches, walk breaks, stride changes, style changes, and here racewalking, all to no avail. Icepack for 3 minutes at 23km aid station seemed to work best.
Caught between; 1. not wanting to lose precious time at crucial point in the race, and 2. being able to finish at a reasonable pace to get a reasonable time.

Flinders St Station and Federation Square just behind me, about 40km completed (20km of it in extra pain due to the calf) overtaking lots of people in the last 2km or so...ignoring the calf pain, and just trying to hit about 5min per K or so on the very welcome downhill to the finish...

AIRTIME!!!!!!!! aka low-level flying on the MCG...

-I have 24 Melbourne Marathon 2010 photos on facebook now, and also some video. Here is the video;

-Went Craig Mottram talk/Breakfast put on by Radars The Running Centre on Friday.
Was cool, to hear in person from the Big Muzungu, about his perspective on Bideau/,wardlaw, Beijing Olympics, New Delhi Commonwealth Games, and the story about the group of African runners at a major world meet, who didn't know how many laps there was in the race, but their mentor/coach/manager made it clear to them that when they hear the bell for the last lap, "its time to sprint for the finish"...Good example of the culture clash, and how absurdly obsessed we can get with Garmins, watches, and all our western trappings of success etc, technology. Pretty sure God has something to say on this subject in the Bible, maybe in the beatitudes in the book of Matthew.
Anyhow Mottram was saying its important to run on feel, and not get too busy watching the garmin or the stopwatch. I also got this advice from my racewalking coach at masters a few months ago, he told me to stop looking at my watch, and focus on the running... Good advice, which I need to take note of even though I don't have a Garmin. Good chatting with Andrew and ken who I met at the Breakfast about running in general. Felt honoured and a bit nervous being there, awesome morning, which I decided to make the most of by going to The Running Centre afterwards, where I got talked into buying some calf guards (Compress sports same as BBC and Radar use...two people I respect a lot as athletes and people)...the first time I have ever bought anything like this. never used skins 2xu or anything like that before. Had good chats with Wombat Ray (2.13 marathoner, and the only one of those residing in WA I'm pretty sure), and Bean Baugh (starting to hit about 35min for the 10k and was in my Phys Ed class at school) at the Running Centre, and bought the stick, and topped off an awesome morning with Craig Buster Mottrams autograph. One of the runners I totally admire bigtime!!! Probably still Australias best chance in middle distance to medal at Olympics, and holds most of the Australian records around the 3000m to 5000m mark.

tested out my dodgy calf on Thursday at the local park with;
2.1km 10.16 HR 135.
1400m 6min 27 (HR 162)
In the 1400m I did the first 700m in 2.59 which is 4.17 per K pace.
My calf was a minor twinge in the 2.1km, sore but more of a background pain , but when I stepped up the pace from 5min per K to about 4min per K, I got very sore stabs of severe pain in the calf, and it took a bit of mental intensity to push through the injury pain, for my last 700m even though I slowed back to 5min per K type stuff in the last 700m, although it did lessen a bit once I dropped the pace. So my conclusion from that is that the injury is just as bad as it was on Sunday in the marathon, same issue, it won't allow me to go faster than 5-5.30 per K without significant pain with every step. On the one hand I may not need to go under 5 minutes per K at 6 inch to run well, but not sure if I would last the distance anyhow. Either way intervals and 10k races are a big no-no right now, I'm guessing, maybe with a shorter stride, although that didnt seem to work in the melbourne marathon. Maybe with my calf guards, or maybe just be patient until injuey is gone... After that experience I banned myself from running for 3 days for the second time this week. Im guessing its going to be a few weeks before I can race or train again with confidence. best case scenario is it sorts it self out in a few days time, but most likely scenario is I need to rest it for a few weeks, worst case scenario is I have to pull the pin and give 6 inch a miss, and basically write-off the rest of 2010 runningwise. Either way I am not that fussed, although I am keen for 6 inch, but main priority is getting the calf right and keeping income coming in for my family, have to focus more on those things for the rest of this year.
Anyhow hoping the stick (roller thing that Clown recommended), and the calf guards, and some physiotime soon, might do the trick at beating this injury...

Spent the weekend down south with my wife and kids on holiday, explored a tourist cave (trying to look after the calf walking up and down steps) and tried out the new video camera we bought with my wife Kathryn taping Jacob and I feeding horse and kangaroo. Some of the sights in the cave too. The calf guards I have been wearing all weekend, and they are maybe helping the healing process a bit, I don't know...anyhow hopefully onwards and upwards. Well done to Macca and Mirindi (womens winner) for flying the Australian flag for the wins in the Hawaii Ironman triathlon on 10/10/10...See MACCA1...Railert catches Macca...postrace

No regrets about going to Melbourne and I may return for Melbourne Marathon attempt no V (fifth attempt in a row) in 2011, although Hobart, 6 foot, Gold Coast and Alice Springs are all on my agenda too as possible options. I'm pretty keen to get 6 foot done in March, so have booked flights to there already, although its going to feel pretty silly if I am too injured to go, but plenty of time to get ready before March 2011.

I had at least 17 reasons for racing in Melbourne here they are again;
what keeps me going back to melbourne is heaps of different reasons, but I guess the lure of a PB is a big part of my 4th attempt in a row at this race. some reasons in no particular order; -R1. fast mostly flat course.
-R2. minimal concrete, minimal hills = less injury issues for me with my collection of injuries, and lots of opportunity for me to run fast, and at my best, instead of walking up hills looking after my injuries for large parts of my race, or trying to avoid long stretches of concrete to avoid flaring up my injuries
-R3. pace groups, make it easy to to try and stay on pace. there is one for every 10 minutes, so if 3.30 isn't working you can drop back to or try and stay ahead of the 3.40 group or the 3.50 group and so on, and still know you are on a target.
-R4. personal drinks makes it easier to run a fast time.
-R5. inspiring atmosphere (hard to explain this one, but I have Nationals race history going back 20 years in melbourne to 1990. I've raced in melbourne more than 7 times, and every one of them has been memorable races, and only 1 was a total dud (the 2008 ankle explosion), although missing the PB in 2009 was disappointing. Heaps of special memories there, that inspire me, including commonwealth Games , and old training mates from my state record, and state rep days...also crowd support during the race
-R6. the marathon experience from the pre-race expo to the startbetween the Yarra and the Rod laver Arena, running past Fed square and flinders st station, Albert Park, the ocean for much of the race, and The Tan dirt trail section, and finally the nice downhill finish into the MCG, with a lap of this special special place, the only experience that compares to the same feeling, is when I entered the Sydney Olympics stadium in the Olympic trials 20km walk.
-R7. the chance to improve my Tan time,
-R8. one of the few marathons I have a chance of beating my 2004 PB in, which I am desperate to do for a heap of reasons.
-R9. the many friends I know who run it also
-R10. the special family memories I have there with my wife and toddler,
-R11. the chance to be part of the biggest marathon ever staged in Australia in the history of road marathons.
-R12. because I need a major goal race where I can achieve something special and aim for each year
-R13. because it gets me away from the petty politics of WA and
-R14. because Its something I know I will thoroughly enjoy doing and get a great sense of achievement from and hopefully honour God with what I do there.
-R15. it encourages me to have a better lifestyle and aim for better health for me and my family
-R16. i learn from other very experienced runners, and it gives me the ability to contribute better to running in WA as a result,
-17th reason; it is a major thing in keeping alive some now extremely slim but not yet dead hopes of international racing some time in the next 10 years or so....

My goals are 1. enjoy the fantastic experience no matter what happens. 2. try and get to the finish on the MCG again, 3. finally smash that 3.55.02 PB that has been hanging around since 2004!...
4. catch up with some other runners who share similiar dreams/goals, and share their aspirations, encourage them in that. 5. honour/worship God in some way in how I run, relate to others in some ways...

I think I achieved 4 out of 5 goals, just that PB went begging... again......Didn't run the Tan while I was there so some more unfinished business, and my little daughter Jordan hasn't been onto the MCG yet either, so maybe something to do there in a few years time.
Hard to deal with emotionally the failure to nail goal number 3, but the injury totally surprised me, and just couldn't beat it on the day, even though I was fit enough, and mentally ready enough to do it... but must kick on now and try and turn the negatives into positives God willing...


Blogger Ewen said...

Good photos Jonathon. I like the official one showing all the 'G'. Only problem is you need the time to be 3:05 instead of 4:05 ;) Fix that next year!

Also like the walking style - almost as good as the Tallents. Be careful with the recovery before the 6" ramp-up.

Wed Oct 20, 01:45:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Sling Runner said...

The Magnificent 17 !! Good reflection on why we are all hooked on doing marathons again and again!

Wed Oct 20, 01:53:00 pm AWST  

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