Sunday, September 14, 2014

Centennial Park 14ks

Somehow by the Tuesday after my last long run on August 17th my back on the right decided it didn't want to ben properly. So the last 4 weeks as been 'spent' having physio 2 days a week along with all the exercises they make you do. Couldn't run at all due to the pain being low down near my hip and the spasms I was getting through to my legs. Not fun.

Think I've put on 5kgs of lard. Today was an afternoon in Centennial Park. Saw easy tiger as well during the run.

Total was 14ks in 69:23. Average pace of 4:57. Think I lost some fitness.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Manly 30ks

Had some work to do early morning so didn't head out till later. Kept the run local and flat.
Going around Manly, Queenscliff, Nth Manly, Brookvale and up to Dee Why. There was the hill to get up to Dee Why and back but apart from that pretty flat.

Nice day for a run mid winter. Total was 30.2ks in 2:25:58. Average pace of 4:50 per klm.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Moore Park 3 x 2.2ks

A circuit going from Lang Rd at the hordern pavilion up past the SCG, SFS, along Moore Park Rd and down the path along Anzac Pde.

Reps were 8:31(3:52/k), 8:14(3:44/k), 8:20(3:47/k). All down with a 4 min walk recovery in between.

Slower than I thought they would be. Couldn't have been warmed up enough for that first one.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Moore Park 14ks

12 Degrees. Warm night. No wind which was good.

Did a couple of laps around Moore Park, SCG, SFS and part of Centennial Park.

Total was 14.26ks in 1:05:24. Average pace of 4:35 per klm.

Felt much easier than recent runs.

Monday, August 11, 2014

City 2 Surf times

My Dirty dozen of races this year. Only missed in 2005 with a stress fracture. Doesn't make for good reading as I appear to be in a 5 year rut.

2002 - 93:54(No training)
2003 - 77:43
2004 - 62:52(Started running May)
2005 - DNS stress fracture
2006 - 58:05
2007 - 57:59(Very disappointed with this as I thought I was running well that year)
2008 - 75:40(Hadn't run since April due to PF)
2009 - 56:25
2010 - 55:05(With a net of 54:53 getting me my only preferred start for 2011)
2011 - 55:04(Net of 54:55. But Fairfax made preferred 52 for males in 2012 so back in the red)
2012 - 57:13
2013 - 59:21(Had a pain under my ribs hit me going up William St which didn't go away till HBH)
2014 - 61:33(Achilles and no training)

Plenty of excuses since 2011. Hopefully I can turn it around next year.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

City 2 Surf 61:33

Wasn't expecting much from the race this considering how my training has been. Was still at the Red start at 6:15AM but the time went quickly anyway. We now start at 7:55AM instead of 8am? Stupid change by Fairfax.

William St was great leading Steve Jackson who I somehow passed even though he had preferred start. Lead him until he tugged on my singlet just before the road split for the tunnel. So maybe 700m I was in front. Had to make a pit stop at Rushcutters after waiting for 2 hrs at the front of the red group. Bit hard to sneak out and be let back in.

I was really bad on any little hill and felt the whole field go past me up to Edgecliff. Caught a few back on the downhill into Double Bay but was then passed again up the hill to Cranbrook. Started sweating a lot as I was on the edge of my fatness through Rose Bay. Turns out it was only 50% humidity and it was just me. Bugger.

Got to the 5k flag in 22 mins. Forgot to change the garmin which was beeping like Timmy at Mile markers. More people went past me on the flat to the bottom of heart break. The hill was a struggle with all the extra weight I had on me. Apparently according to Fairfax I was in 2648th spot at the bottom and 2834th at the top. Didn't think that many passed me but based on chips they can start at anytime and are not actually running with me.

As I turned at the dead heart of Dover Heights I was feeling better with to downhills coming and motored past a few. Got taken back by a few later on up to the 10k which I reached in 45 flat. Could be the Striders 45 min pacer next race. Hmm!

The downhills were coming and so was my speed cranking the pace up to 3:35/k at one point. Screamed to a halt trying to negotiate the crowds and small hill on Campbell Parade. Through to the finish where I managed a kick to finish in 61:33 and 2307th spot.
No paper this year from Fairfax the tight arses? Striders didn't have a tent so we all stood around getting photos and chats with Deek, Monners, Mottram and Pat Farmer.

Times off my watch that I usually take:
5k 22:00
6.2k 25:57(c2s time)
7.2k 32:34(HBH clock)
7.8k 34:26(c2s time)
10k 45:00
Finish 61:33(32:34/28:59) One of my best splits here of 3:35. Now if I can just get to the clock faster. I'm a gun after the Heart break hill clock. 2834th position at 7.8ks and finished in 2307. Passed 500.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Centennial Park 10ks

16 degrees at 7pm and 60% humidity. Felt worse.

Just an easy 10ks around Centennial Park, Moore Park, SCG, and SFS.

Total was 10ks in 44:21.

Hopefully not my pace for Sunday.