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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, November 29, 2010

30k with the C team and a 38min 8k. Base is in place.

Sunday no run but helped WAMC with a little course setup and traffic controlling at the Deepwater point run. Some good chats with others there. Congratulations to Raf who lead Nathan Doig all the way I am guessng in typical frontrunning style in the 7.5km. Rafs brother Ryan had a good result too with 4th place, and congratulations to Clown 7th, Dr Epi 8th and Biscuitman 9th...So Moneghetti campers got 1st, 7th, 8th and 9th in this one...Another Moneghetti camper Rachel Smith was on the podium for Women as well I think...
Gerry Hill from the Running Centre destroyed the field in the 15km, and Stephen Stockwell was well ahead of 3rd place too...Well done to Jodie too. (good effort backing up after the 30k the day before with the C-team to race the 15k really well here)...Nice place to run...20th Century Boy wore his Cool Running top and continued his good form this year...

Saturday 27th November;
30km 3hr 42min 11 secs.

Darlington run with C-team. The huggy huggy trail, then Hills Discovery Centre, pipeline trail, Llama Loop, and back to start. felt fairly shattered afterwards. The hills on the pipeline trail and especially on Llama Loop were very solid.. Excellent long run. My first time on the Llama Loop, and I got to see a brown Llama. Unsure of course really, bit of a guess, but one of the runners with a Garmin said it was right on 30km…nice long run to finish off my long runs for 6 inch in 3 weeks time. Really glad to get that one done, and as usual the C-team are always up for a good chat, so the Km’s slipped by very quickly. Also got to meet two of the contenders for placings at 6 inch in the Womens race. A wonderful mornings running with good company. Wasn’t game for Eagle View trail and a longer faster run with some other 6 inch aspirants, plus I like to take it easy on my long runs, so am confident running with the C-team even with all the breaks along the way was the best option for me at the moment… Thoroughly enjoyed the run, and the last 40 minutes or so, put me to the test, so I know it was a very worthwhile run.

Friday planned to race 3000m at WA athletics, but just wasn't up for it, especially with money problems, and metering giving me a nice surprise by telling me Friday morning midday they had run out of work south of the river so no work to do Friday arvo, Saturday, Monday or Tuesday now = big pay drop next week...DUH!!! have plans to cope with it, including starting a new job...but the next 3 weeks is going to be very tricky financially, after that maybe a much better setup financially, and hopefully this will flow into better quality (and qauntity of) training and racing...so a bit nervous hope the gamble pays off for me and my family...a lot! riding on this but massive rewards if it works...God willing I may not need to go back to the night job at all...see how it pans out in the next few weeks...

Thursday 25th November
AM; 8km 38min 51 secs HR 183
HR 183 at end. 4k splits; 19.27/19.24
Weight before: 79.4kg Weight after: 78.6kg. (sweated out a lot of fluids I’d say)
1k splits;
First 4k; 4.28(downhill)/ 2x about 5.22 (mostly uphill )/4.14!! (dead flat)
Last 4k; 4.10!! (dead flat) 2x about 5.15 (mostly downhill)/ 4.44 (uphill)
Meant to be a tempo run, but really felt the heat in the second half of the run even though only about 24 degrees celsius, and 30% humidity. Turned into a war of attrition in the last 3k.
Hit 5k in 23.37, and probably pushed it a bit too hard from 3k to 5k (4.14 and 4.10), so was really struggling to avoid slowing to a jog from about 6.5k to 8k. Managed to hold it together with a 4.44 last 1km uphill, but didn’t have the same spark at the end, was paying the price for hammering it a bit on the nice flat section from 3k to 5k.
HR of 183 tells the story, and not really a full-blooded kick for home on this one.
That all said, its still a 75 second improvement on 2 weeks ago, and some promising signs at various points along the way, so if anything I think I’ve maybe gained a little bit of momentum.

Resting heart rate 38 and 39 the last 2 days, and weight dipped under 80kg again today, so seem to be holding onto almost the same level I had for Melbourne on 10th October. Just need to get more regular short sessions done, and get some track racing going, plus keep the long runs ticking over, and the rewards should start to come. My wife Kathryn surprised me this morning too by deciding to go for a 40minute walk too with the kids to check out the new fitness equipment at our local oval, (so hopefully that becomes a more regular occurrence) before we all settled down to watch the first day of The Ashes while having breakfast. The Poms are 2 for 71 now. Hilfenhaus got Strauss with the 3rd ball of the day.

PM; A few hours metering on some steep hills of the Darling Scarp at Mt Richon (between Armadale and Byford)...awesome views of the city and the entire coastal plain below. One street is called treecrest!. Death Adder habitat so had to be careful...lots of Kangaroos including 2 joeys...tried to take photo with the new phone I got last month, but couldn't work out how to capture image with it maybe I need an app or something...new fangled gadgets, cant work em out, still getting used to the new car too...

After that started another round and then headed for Coker Park to race the 5000m, but missed the start by 3 minutes, so went shopping with my wife instead...Saw results the next day, and the winner was Garry Vogler in about 19min (racing for VIS (victorian institute sport?))
who I am sure was a racewalker for ACT at Nationals around 1989-1992 when I was doing U/16's u/18's etc at Nationals...Good to see my old coach in the results again, still going strong in his 80's...Also see that one of the guys who used to chase me at training in the Armadale days in 1989-1992 (he was younger and I was heaps faster in those days) has just one a seat in the Victorian election, in 2004 he completed 100 miles of racewalking in under 24 hours at Coburg, and he has a 1hr 41 20km walk time to his credit, (better than my 1.46 PB...)...

So thats 4 consecutive weeks I have got the long run done.
1. 4 hours Recon on the Munda Biddi with Dave and Belinda
2. 2 hours (and 4 laps of the 3k course at about 14-17min 3k pace plus a lot of jogging around this area) Night run at Lark Hill, tried to stay with Dave K. as he got from 60k to 66k after midnight...
3. 3 hours on my local trail/roads with a lot of hills, and a very slow pace...very ODish (overdistance: heart rate 123 at end)
4. 3 hours 42min on the Darlington trail with the C team including about 5 major breaks where we just relaxed, chatted, drank sports drink, and exchanged lollies in some cases for 5-10minutes, so about 25 minutes at least of break times in that 3hr 42min, plus some walk breaks...Some fairly significant hills towards the end which will help with 6 inch a lot, plus some of the runners (especially Jodie and Liz) there were pushing the pace a bit, so I used that to throw in some faster surges by chasing them a bit, between chatting with Kate and Jane (starting to get going well again after their sub 4 hour efforts in New York!!! Marathon) and another 6 inch first-timer this year in Thomas...I think Jane was holding back a lot though...as she pulled away a lot once the messiah turned up...
Hopefully Jane and Kate will get on Strands.com soon too...but they might need a bit of help...

Done the 8k tempo runs twice in the last 3 weeks. 40.06 and 38.51.
So thats a reasonable base to launch the 6 inch PB plans from. However my shorter high intensity stuff and hill reps needs a lot of work. Plenty of time to do that in the last 3 weeks, but need to get serious in the next 2 weeks if am to make gains there. Long runs I think we have done enough, could have done longer ones, and higher intensity ones, but more important to look after the calf, which hasn't bothered me in the last 2 weeks , so hopefully its fully healed, and no need to see a physio...we shall see...need to replace socks, and 6 inch will be my last race in the Sauconys Ive had all year long...Don't want to use the Reeboks as they will get too damaged by the trails of 6 inch, want to save them for track racing and fast road running, trackwork...Which I hope to get going in the next few weeks in a big way if the new job works...

Its time to spend some quality time at the track, start racing Friday nights (and maybe Thursday nights) get used to being lapped by the big guns, hopefully settle into the new job, and hopefully smash the 6 inch 46km PB on December 19th. Also organising my 20 year school reunion for December 12th in Bedfordale so as usual a busy time at the moment...
Also need to sort out my old car with the insurance company as the signs I am getting are that noone will repair it as the repairs would be more than the car is worth...My 6 month old daughter is starting on solid foods this week, and my 3 year old son is getting to some important times in life too...

Hopefully onwards and upwards this time for real...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

new car Gregson and 3 hour long run

23.75km (approx.) in 3hrs 00min 10 secs. HR 126 at end.
10.87km splits 1.17/1.27. + about 16min going up and down my 1km hill reps course.
Started with temperature of about 27 degrees and 49% humidity, by the end the temperature had dropped to 22 degrees but the humidity had steadily risen to 84%!= a lot of sweating and fluid loss. Was a bit low on fluids by the end, but a good solid OD style session.
Keeps my 6 inch plans ticking along, although need to work on my shorter runs in the next few weeks. I think 2 more long runs should see me well prepared for 6 inch in the long run department.
Saw 4 rabbits and a tortoise! on my run tonight. Thunder and lightning kicking in by the end of it. Fairly hilly run with a mix of bitumen, a little bit of grass, but predominately limestone/sand trail…

Its been a tough week. work has been flat out, and in some ways that offered some benefits and I think slogging it out in Salter Point in the 36 degree heat on Thursday, and again on Friday in 39 degree heat, were pretty good crosstraining, and I lost 1kg to dip back down to 79.0kg just from the metering on Thursday and Friday. I was also sick with the flu all week (but couldnt afford to take time off work) , combined with settling on the new car, meant I had many good reasons not to run. 1. Too busy with work. 2. too sick with the flu. 3. Too busy getting new car sale finalised. The weekend was very busy with family oriented stuff and I knew I was in no condition to race the Pen run. However by Sunday I was determined to try and get my long run done to consolidate the strength gains I made in the last 2 weeks with the 2 hours at Lark Hill last weekend and the 4 hours on the Munda Biddi 2 weekends ago.

This week I bought a new car, its a 2006 model with only about 34,000km on the odometer. My old 1994 model has about 346,000km on the odometer and I've had it for 10 years. It recently suffered someone running into the back of it, and I'm worried it won't be up for the new job I plan on exploring in an attempt to hold onto the lifestyle advantages I had during my Melbourne preparations, and also which hopefully would raise our family income significantly. Its a big risk, but you have to take risks to make progress in life, and I have not burnt my bridges at my other jobs just yet. December is the ideal time to explore what may be a better option.

left too late for the Ryan Gregson breakfast put on by the Running Centre on the Friday, and the traffic was horrendous, I was about to turn off at Canning Hwy and head off to work, but couldn't get to the left lane so decided what the heck I'll just drive right in and see how late I am. Sure enough I was about 35 minutes late and only caught the tailend of Ryan answering questions from Raf. But it was cool all the same and once again as I have for Mottram and Bideau talks in the last 2 years I took some notes. Was nice to see Ryan and Dave there. Different sort of group, mostly schoolkids this time, which is fair enough given Ryan is only 20 himself, but still a bit surprised not to see more older runners. Good to get a feel for where Ryan was coming from, and he was saying 160km weeks was his staple when he ran the Australian Record 1500m in 3.31. It was also obvious too how much the incredible running culture in Sydney and Melbourne is what we miss here in Perth. Falls creek of course got a mention as usual...Glad I got there, although it didn't have the same buzz as Mottram being there, you still felt like here is a bloke who could medal at Olympics or something like that if he gets it right in future years. His training is not that incredible, its just obvious he has 1. a driving desire/single-minded focus over many years to be the best he can be, and he is consitent about getting the good sessions done again and again. Runs 130-160km a week, but only races 800m-1500m with a few 5,000m and 10,000m races occasionally. Hasnt run a marathon yet. Clearly closely directed by Bideau. says he always wanted to be a professional athlete from a young age. I'm reminded of Sarah Jamieson talk a few years ago. Its maybe too late for me now, but its been obvious for me since about 1990 that if you want to compete for Australia you need to either move to Sydney/Melbourne etc or travel there a lot each year, or we need to construct a similiar racing/training culture here in Perth. The Monaghetti camp this year was a step in that direction, and the Running Centre and the BT Running Club, 6 inch race, Comrades training groups in Darlington all have potential too, as does the runners in Perth that Blog or use Strands, you need that running community, driving each other on to greater heights if we are to have sustained success. Once again this talk highlighted that again.

I'm also reading John Gilmours Lasting the Distance book at the moment, and its interesting that this one bloke was a major driving force in 1. WA Marathon Club getting started, 2. Canning Districts Athletics Club with its rich running history getting started. 3. Masters Athletics WA, 4. Coker park where the annual John Gilmour 10k is run. This bloke was either a state champs medallist or a world Masters medallist (mostly the winner in both cases) over distances from 800m to the Marathon for 67 years, not many people can eveen claim to have run for 67 years, let alone run under 40 minutes for a 10k for about 60-67 years...Utterly amazing bloke. He is 1. a non-drinker, 2. almost a vegetarian (eats chicken and fish) but other than that eats whatever he wants, 3. avoids illegal drugs, 4. doesnt smoke. Its not hard to see why he was so good for so long, and it confirms something Ive thought for a long time which is that the main reasons people dont play sport as they get older is because they get too busy, too lazy, and too slack with their lifestyle choices. You are as old as you want to be, and the single most important thing people can do is not retire until they get to 85 or older.
It truly is a run for your life situation. My old coach is about 82 now and he still is competing still has Australian Masters records, and he ran in the 1948 London Olympics, and although he is about 9 years younger than John Gilmour, there are a lot of similarities.
I'm also reminded of the Book of DANIEL in the Bible where Gods chosen ones chose to not drink alcohol and be vegetarian in obedience to what God commanded them to do, and they were stronger and healthier than those who did the opposite much to the Kings surprise.
So some lessons and inspiration there for us all, to keep trying to head in the right directions as much as we can. The rewards are great.

I only ran once this week, but I hit the main key session target well which was a 3 hour long run, which keeps my 6 inch plans well and truly intact. In many ways I lost a bit of momentum again this week, but still a lot to work with, if I can get things ticking over again. I think thats about 15 weeks with a resting heart rate of 40 or better, although the latter part of the week I was slipping out to 43, 48 or even higher with being sick and busy.
I think the next 2 weeks are my best chances to get long runs done for 6 inch 46km race, but I have a bit more confidence now I have the 3hr and 4hr ones on the board from the last 3 weeks, plus the 2 hours at Lark Hill last week. Need to get after the short stuff again like crazy, and maybe this week, it will happen...No point in racing 5k or 3k or 1500m on track until I get my short stuff happening again.

2009 Season Bests; 5k-22.52 10k-48.39 Half-1.47 Marathon-4.11 6 inch 46km-6.16 (PB)
2010 Season Bests; 5k-22.06 10k-46.53 Half-1.46 (calf injury) Marathon 4.05 (calf injury)
Ive done slightly better in 4 out of 5 of the above distances so far this year. No PB's yet but if I can PB in the 6 inch, it will have been a better year in all 5 of my main distances this year.

In addition Ive raced an 800m in 2.46 a 1500m in 5.34 and a 2k in 7.55 this year, so while I have not been able to land the big breakthrough yet, the signs are its not far away if I can maintain the momentum. In particular Melbourne was immensely disappointing in that regard, as I think the calf injury scuttled a likely big PB.

So hopefully I can get something happening in the next few weeks for a big 6 inch, and now the difficult task of getting a new car has been negotiated, thanks God!! and my Dad!, there is a very good chance we may be able to put in place big plans that hopefully will net some big PB's in 2011. Keeping injuries at bay, and some higher level track racing and training will be important, but also doing lots more high quality runs more often too. I guess an attempt to pursue the higher mileage is something I've been wanting to do for awhile. Maybe in 2011 things will go better in that regard, or maybe I'll get busy with something else...we shall see...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Page 21 Aust Masters Handbook (2010-2011)

Looks like I am (im)famous again, following on from my page 3 photo in the Melbourne Marathon info booklet this year, this time somehow a photo of the start of the 10,000m from the Australian Masters championships this year made it into the Australian Masters 2010-2011 Handbook I got in the mail today. Its in the first 30m where I am trailblazing looking to see where Paul Mitchell is, as in deference to a far better runner, I am looking toavoid blocking his run on the inside. Paul and I cruised the first 400m in 72 secs, before I retreated back to my rightful place and let him and the legendary Bruce get on with the real business. a forgettable race that one for me apart from the first 400m really, but I'll take it a cool photo of an exciting start. They combined my age-group (35-40, with the 40-45 I think. I can see CR Tiger Boy there too.

In all seriousness though if I am to race these championships again (which I'd like to but 6 foot is more important), it will be tough to find the $ to go to Brisbane in April, but most of all I hope my old coach Stan gets there. He still has a couple of Australian Masters records from recent years, and I think I spotted him in one of the other photos in the book. Kim Thomas my nemesis in most age-group events also makes the photos in the steeplechase.

So a nice surprise that one...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

8k tempo a Nocturnal Lark and metering

One secondary definition for the word LARK is "a carefree spirited adventure". The Lark hill run was certainly that. However the Lark Hill sports super mega-plex is named after birds maybe. The skylark is only listed as being found in eastern australia, so perhaps the area was named after the mudlark, but perhaps it is the skylark or meadowlark, since it is a coastal area of unique wildlife and plants, pretty close to some very big salt lakes, and would be an ideal area perhaps to introduce the bird. I did a quick recon of the area a few weeks back, and think I may have seen a brown/white bird singing as it flew with great acrobatics, so maybe someone has introduced some skylarks to this area, not sure...

Did my biggest metering week for the year so far and worked 6 days, so between that and trying to get my car dramas sorted its been an extremely busy week. Still managed a resting heart rate of 38 at the beginning of the week, so holding onto some fitness, but things are certainly slipping a bit, so need to get car dramas settled and start finding some training time again as I feel I lost momentum this week a little.

The 8km tempo run on Thursday was a very good run, but I had a diabolical day at work on Friday with nearly 8 hours of walking around dealing with very hard to get meters, a pitbull and a lot of electric fences part of the days challenges. By the end, I had a significant gluteal strain or some sort of hopefully minor injury that seemed to disappear after an hour or so, but was very painful at the time, but most of all I was just too worn out to race the 5000m on track on the Friday night that I had planned to. Besides I feel I need to train up to a higher level before I go down to AthsWA to get thrashed. But I have registered, and when the body is ready I will head down there for some white-hot intensity racing (will still get thrashed/lapped a lot, but at least I will hopefully be ready to start working on attacking my PB's in earnest. In particular the soft 21.49 5000m and soft 43.49 10,000m. The 11.11 3000m, 4.52 1500m, and 2.16 800m will take a lot of work to get even close to...

Saturday 2320-0120 Sunday;
Got there too late to really put in much time at Lark Hill, and the Nocturnal running in prime Tiger Snake territory, was mentally a bit hard to get psyched into, but I prayed a lot, and put in 4 laps to give Dave K a bit of company on the last 6km as he almost clocked up 70km for the night!
So 12km on the course, and probably another 3-5km of jogging around the general area= about 17km with a few stops along the way in 2hrs 4 min so that almost qualifies as a long run sorta/kinda...Habitat of the Western Ringtail Possum....predator is the red fox....A good nights running, excellent course setup from Dave K, and nice to see about half a dozen intrepid souls came out and supported Daves ultra quest, with a few hours on this awesome piece of trail. AP probably the best, and made Dave earn the win for at least 3-4 hours. Suzys effort to knock off 33k, along with Nathan, BBC, Talia, Bel, and Brett all deserve a mention. So all in all at least 9 of us had a run on the course. Rob D. was there too.

8km in 40min 06 secs (4k splits; 20.33/19.33) HR 171 at end. 5.00min per K.
1k splits;
First 4k; 4.33 (downhill)/ 2 x approximately 5.37 (big uphill climb taking it easy and unsure of 2k point)/4.46 (on flat rd)
Last 4k; 4.36 (on flat rd)/ 2 x approximately 5.12 (mostly downhill, trying to step it up a bit)/ 4.33 (uphill, working hard)
Whats going on, I negative splitted, it must be a full moon, I don’t do negative splits do I????! Guess it must be a tempo run then…hahaha.
Seriously a good solid run to try and keep the momentum ticking over and try and get me heading in the right direction to do some serious racing this summer, instead of the try and survive until next season sort of lethargy that I have settled for in the last 2 years…Also a good de-stress after some stressful, but exciting opportunities in the last week or so that I have explored especially after the damage to my car the other week… About 80% humidity = a lot of sweating going on...

Overall a reasonable maintenance week with the 2 sessions done, in a week I concentrated on work a lot, but hope to step things up a notch in the next 2-3 weeks, as I pursue twin goals of 1. getting ready for some track racing, and 2. putting in place a possible assault on my 6 inch PB of 6hrs 16min if the body is up for it.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

47.35 John Gilmour and 4 hours on the Munda Biddi

Well the sub 40 resting heart rates are still hanging in there on my good days, and the 46km (weekend warrior effort) on Friday/Saturday including the 4 hours on the Munda Biddi keeps my 6 inch plans well and truly on track, but the 47.35 10k time was about 2 minutes slower than what I was hoping for.
Official results of John Gilmour 10k including Roberto Busis new event record...I was 23rd of 31 in the B race...

By Friday morning my weight had ballooned to 81kg on the back of a few more non-running days, and this probably contributed to my slowish John Gilmour 10k run. By Saturday I was back to 79kg, for the first time since before Melbourne Marathon (10th oOctober 2010)I think...
46km in just over 24hours on Friday and Saturday = a very hard 29 hours or so of running, which makes up this weeks episode of weekend warrior running sessions, yes I failed to get anything happening early in the week again. Maybe next week. Although I'm still metering and that to me is low intensity sub standard "mileage", but I want better than that...

So the Long run is a massive massive plus, and the 10k race was a good hitout, and so-far so good for the calf, thanks God!. Momentum building more like a freight train this week, just need to do a lot more of it, and get something going in the first 4 days of the week maybe...
feeling positive, although disappointed with the 10k result.

Saturday AM;
Ran for 4hours 03 minutes and 53 seconds (HR 126 at the end) with Dave and Bel on the Munda Biddi trail following part of the 6 inch trail race course. was absolutely shattered at the end, but very satisfied that this run will give me the required strength to finish 6 inch on December 19th, although I do plan to do a bit more than just that in the next few weeks...I will be a bit sore in the next few days I think.

Calf scare mini-drama..resolved by the Creator Triune healing...
I forgot to put my calf guards on for this run, and about 30-40min into it, I felt a few stabs of pain in the calf, nothing severe just pretty minor pain, but pain all the same, and I was worried it was going to end my run very early on, but dave prayed for me, and God chose to heal me on this occasion, and withing 10-20min I was totally pain-free, and have not had any trouble since either in the next 3hrs of running or afterwards.
My calf seems to have pulled up ok out of it, which is a very big blessing Thanks God!!!!
However, I think I will try to remember my calf guards for future runs...although maybe I should just pray more and trust God more, but, God helps those who help themselves..i.e. God has given us a brain and expects us to use it, plus although he can always heal, He doesnt always choose to and we can't demand healing. That said, it was very nice of Dave to do that, and lesson for me is probably I need to trust God more and worry less.

Friday PM;
Ran 10k in 47.35 HR 183 at end 4.45 per K average pace...weighed 81kg that morning.
1k splits; 3.53/4.37/4.47/4.47/4.48=22.52 and 4.59/5.00/5.00/5.08/4.36=24.43

47.35 for me in the B race first up, my best John Gilmour 10k time (so a personal "meet record" for me if you like after 3 efforts in the 48min zone in the last 3 years) so far, and it was a solid run with 5k splits of 22.52/24.43, so not much slower than the 46.53 I did at the Freo funrun in September, but all that said, I am a little disappointed with the time, was hoping for significantly better than that. Was probably expecting a bit too much with recovery from calf injury still in progress (no issue at all on the night but it has cost me training time and without the calf guards from The Running Centre I would not have been racing at all), and only one good session since Melbourne (the 5x1400m the other week), so the 43.49 Track PB and 41.01 Road PB are still there for me to chase, and hopefully its not too late.
The westerley winds were a problem throughout my race, and the high humidity (perhaps 72%) may also have been a factor...

Racing on the track is my world and has been for several decades, and I feel very at home churning out lap after lap, you could say its one of my natural habitats, its where Trailblazer defaults to Trackblazer instead of Roadblazer. hahaha I like the way you can monitor your progress so closely each 400m, and I always know how many laps I've done and how many to go, and I am working out 1k and 2k splits as I go, but concentrating more closely on 200m and 400m splits (so in a 10,000m the pace calculater in my brain gets a solid mental workout as well as my body) Ive never had a Garmin, only have a wristwatch, but I wrote down my 1k splits a couple of hours after the race, as i am used to remembering race splits from my races over the last 20 years+, and its just normal modus operandis for me, in this case it was 3.53/4.37/4.47/4.47/4.48=22.52 and 4.59/5.00/5.00/5.08/4.36=24.43 (if I have remembered correctly)...
I'm mentioning this partly to show how different runners come from very different racing perspectives, and this affects the way various people race...

I think the 6k I did in the morning might have made me a bit leg weary in the last 5k and I have had a pretty tough week with a minor traffic accident last week. As usual I found myself at the front straightaway (I think I'd have to run backwards almost to avoid it), so thought I'd make sure I stayed there for at least the first 400m. Cruised through 400m in 77secs a bit slower than the 72secs running with Paul Mitchell at the Auistrailian Masters 10,000m in April, and then tried to settle into something even.
1k was 3.53 which felt easy, and then legs got heavy and my 2k split was 8.30 and I knew it was going to be a tough night as I needed to be at 8-8.20 or better and I found it heavy going for the last 3-4k, with 4.45-5min per K all I could find in tired legs. So clearly I still have some work to do to transfer the 4.30's I can average for 5-7k to the whole 10k, and then try and get even faster....Was finding that I was handling the fresh westerly wind in the home straight a lot better than others, and I'd pass people into the wind, and then theyd catch me again on the tailwind in the backstraight.
Could hear some crowd support from BK and others which was nice, and I was blessed with an excellent lapscorer...Big thanks to C for that...
Finished off with the obligatory last 200m in 40 secs or so, but just couldn't find what I needed to attack in the last 5k. Was hoping to hit about 1.40-1.45's (400m splits) but ended up struggling to get 1.50-1.55's-2.00's on my better laps as usual in the last 5k...No injury issues, calf guards did their job, and not really sure, maybe its the lack of training since Melbourne, partly due to my calf issues, that brought me undone, I guess realistically with the calf injury, I was always going to struggle to get up for this one, and I should be happy just to be able to enjoy racing, and time improvements will come later...

I had a fantastic night watching the A race from the grass banks and yelling abuse I mean cheering on various runners as always seems to be the case at Western Australias version of Zatopek the John Gilmour 10,000m!!! It was my 4th John Gilmour 10k, and I come from a track background going back to little athletics in 1984, and in fact the year I first won a state medal in little athletics (1987) I was competing for Southern Districts little athletics which is based at Coker Park, and my first Senior athletics club (before I went to UWA athletics) in 1989 was Canning Districts which is based at Coker Park, so Coker park is a very special place for me, especially now that Perry Lakes track is gone.

Roberto Busi won in 30.22, (which other than ray Boyd, there cant have been a lot of WA people that have beaten that time although I think that English bloke visiting WA who won John Gilmour 10k a few years back (Angus?) did a similiar time ) and is now destined to mix it with the best in Australia soon. We wish him well, and look forward to watching him mix it with the best hopefully on TV...
Fantastic Effort from Cody to get second in 32.46! Stephen Courtney and Gerry Hill were in the top 5 and David Kennedy PBed in 34.16? with spikes and an AURA top on. Excellent running from Jockster, and Kevin also, and congratulations to Epi on getting into the 37's well overdue. Nice to see Rochelle Thorpe back to win again in 40.04?. Good to see Paul Mitchell having a go especially early on again, he is a past stalwart who not that long ago was pushing Roberto.
In the B race, some of the usual suspects were back again, and Coops and Shaun (8min PB!!!!) had good races !

I even won some honey in the draw prizes afterwards! Big Kev and Jockster you just missed out on your prizes they called you out about 5-10min after you left.
Wonderful night, and one of my favourite races for sure...

Friday AM;
Ran 6km in 31min 13 HR 162 at end. 5min 12 per K on hilly road course.
Tempo style run HR 162 at end. 3km splits 16.01/15.12, so a big negative split, as I pushed the pace a bit on the way back…Just needed something to get me going for the weekend. Best of all no injury issues wore the calf guards as usual as has been my standard thing now for the last 2 weeks. Pretty sure without them I would not be running. Hoping that most of the healing is done, and I don’t get recurrence of the calf strain, but if I do, I just will work through it again…Took it very easy for the first 3km…nice run to kick off this weeks edition of weekend warrior…
Bit of a get back into the groove run, which in hindsight was probably too close to the 10k race that evening.

So after the dust from my 4 hours on the Munda Biddi has settled, and as I recover from the shattering experiences, I am much stronger than I have been for many months now. The calf seems to be holding together, and nursing my way to a possible 6 inch PB looks a very distinct possibility. I get one more chance to get it right in a 10k at the Peninsular run, and hoping to do a lot of track racing on Thursdays and Fridays over the summer. If I can get some good track sessions done, keep the long runs coming, keep the injuries uinder control, keep the domestic chaos of work and financial issues sussed, then God willing, some good racing ahead. Maybe even the Lark Hill 6 hour race next weekend...Its not easy, and a lot of improvements to be done, but possibly a good finish to my 2010 struggles, and maybe, just maybe a fantastic 2011 awaits, with a 6 foot finish being one of the first big challenges I'd like to nail in 2011.