Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mosman Reversed STaR 30ks

18 degrees and 80% humidity for most of the run wasn't fun. Plenty of water stops luckily today. Actually without the Striders as it was self supported this morning. And when I arrived there was only one other guy there so off we went.

Starts at Balmoral Beach and we go through Chinamans Beach, across to Clontarf for a 2k loop and back across the Spit Bridge. Through the bush around Beauty Point, and then back on the road through Mosman and on to Primrose Park, Cremorne and Cammeray before we turn at North Sydney oval to head back.

Then it was through Neutral Bay, Cremorne Point, Mosman Bay, Sirius Cove, Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head, Clifton Gardens, Georges Heights and back down to Balmoral for the finish.

A few Striders were found who started earlier than us. Plenty of stairs in the run. Plus the hills make it an H4 run and 10ks of bush.
Total was 30.15ks in 2:45:59. Average pace of 5:30 per klm. Hard run.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Manly 10ks

Legs felt really dead after doing Quarry Rd yesterday morning so I decided to take it easy instead.
Ran along Manly ocean front up to Manly Golf Club and back.

Total was 10.2ks in 48:00. Average pace of 4:42 per klm.

Don't think I'll be going that hard at Six Foot Ewen. Maybe 4 hrs 30.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Quarry Rd 25ks

17 degrees and 82% humidity at the start with a good 20k southerly blowing as well.

Up to Hornsby this morning to do Horrie's Quarry Rd Christmas Bash.  About 30 of us out from both ends of the track. The trail was nice and soft with the almost 2 inches of rain we had in the last 2 days.

Don't do much trail running other than any Striders STaR that has bush in it. It is only a road after all and not a rocky trail.

Laps were 69:36, which is a PB for a lap for me. But 72:21 for the 2nd as the legs were shot on the uphill from the bridge which is 1.8ks. Ran with Tucks for about 1k on the 2nd lap before he was gone off in the distance.

Total was 25.42ks in 2:21:57. Average pace of 5:35 per klm. PB for the 2 laps was 2:20 in 2006, so just missed it.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day around the Bay Run 7ks

Small crowd this morning at 5:30AM in our Santa hats of only, Bernie G, Mick, Action, Lorna, Linda and Rach. Plus super dog Zimmy the border collie running with Bernie.
Lap of the bay at the usual pace to prepare for the christmas lunch later on.

6.85ks in 39:14.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rocks Push STaR 30ks

Start was 21 degrees and 91% humidity. Finish was 27 degrees and 65% humidity. So a pretty tough run.
Only 3 of us this morning including Tim A and Jo Cowan. We started under the south pylon of the bridge and ran along Hickson Rd pretending we were the HURT squad for awhile. Then through Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, Ultimo, Central Station, Hyde Park, Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and down to Rushcutters Bay.

Then up through Elizabeth Bay, Potts Point, Mrs Macqauries Chair where Jo dropped off leaving Tim and I to go on. Then it was around Farm Cove, the Opera House, Circular Quay(with a big cruise ship in), passed the Passenger terminal and up across the bridge.

Then it was out to Kurraba Point and back through Kirribilli and across the bridge to the finish under the bridge.
Total was 29.7ks in 2:36:05. Average pace 5:15 per klm. Bit slow for the 1st 15ks running with Jo and the stairs and hills.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Long Hill Reps 5 x 1.3k

21 degrees, 65% humidity, 50k wind gusts. And I choose to run into the wind up a hill. Hmmmm.

Reps were 6:33, 6:40, 6:41, 6:40, 6:45. All done with about the same time recovery back down the hill.
Used Parriwi Rd in Mosman for these. Running from the Spit up to Spit Rd via Parriwi Rd. At least one side has a full footpath.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MLR 20ks

24 degrees. 76% humidity. 35k wind gusts.
Wasn't fun tonight. Just felt absolutely buggered in the legs from the start. Ran from work up to Kensington where I ran past Kanser the other way on Anzac Pde.
From there I ran around Centennial Park, Moore Park, Fox Studios, SCG and SFS and back to work.

All up 20 ks in 1:33:00. Average pace of 4:39 per klm.

Looking like 35 degrees tomorrow before a late Southerly comes through.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Centennial Park 7x1k Reps

23 degrees and 73% humidity. Couldn't manage 8. Just not as tough as young Timmy at present.

Did a 2k warmup and a 2k cool down afterwards.

Reps were 3:42, 3:34, 3:32, 3:41, 3:37, 3:33, 3:34. All done with a 90 sec walk recovery.

Think Christmas day around the bay run is on at 5:30AM again. Nice leisurely run before the arguments start at Christmas lunch.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas STaR and Brunch 20ks

21 degrees and 63% humidity this morning and up to 25 degrees by the finish. Felt hotter at the finish as the sun was out.
Started at Lilyfield this year and ran along the bay run and over the new Iron Cove Bridge to Drummoyne, then through to Russell Lea, Chiswick, Abbotsford and out to Canada Bay before going back through Five Dock and Rodd Point to the finish.
Small group. Only Fats, Action, Shaun, Frank Z, EJ and one other.

Fats and Action dropped us at Abbotsford as they took off doing 4 min ks to the finish.

Total was 20.1ks in 1:33:43. Average pace of 4:39 per klm.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Manly 8ks

24 Degrees. 68% humidity and a few spots of rain which didn't seem to wet the ground.
Ran along Manly ocean front up past Queenscliff Lagoon and back.

Total was 8ks in 34:30. Average pace of 4:18 per klm.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Centennial Park 7x1k Reps

23 Degrees. 60% Humidity and 35k wind gusts. Felt hotter than that.
Legs didn't feel too good from the start. Think I smashed them too hard last night.

Reps were 3:45, 3:35, 3:37, 3:42, 3:39, 3:32, 3:35. All done with a 90 sec walk recovery.

Did a 2k warmup and a 2k cool down.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MLR 20ks

23 degrees. 60% humidity and 25k wind gusts. Felt hotter than 23 tonight as the sun was still up when I started.

Ran from work through Kensington shops and around the SFS, SCG, Fox Studios, Moore Park and Centennial Park and back to work.
Legs didn't feel so good but they went ok.

Total was 20.1ks in 1:30:49. Average pace of 4:31 per klm.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

11ks @ MP

19 Degrees. 80% humidity and 35k wind gusts wasn't fun.
Tried to get the trees in Centennial Park to give me some protection but they wer not budging.

Did 3 laps of the running circuit. So 11ks in 43:50. Marathon Pace for Rotterdam. I'm hoping to get that up to 25ks but will have to see how I go. It is a start with not much endurance behind me yet.

Probably looking at the Half Marathon in Orange in mid February to see how my form is.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Clovelly Canter STaR 26ks

Not a nice start to the run this morning 21 degrees and 86% humidity made all the hills in the first 15k feel worse.
Small group including Shaun A, Tim A, Alan and the other 3 I don't know.

Started at Queens Park and we did half a lap of Centennial Park including the only hill of course. Then out and past the start at Queens Park to go up a nice hill to Bronte, then it was a tour of the glamour beaches. Including Tamarama, Clovelly, Gordons Bay, Coogee and Maroubra before Shaun and I decided we had enough of the rotten stairs. Must be about 400 up and down in this run.

From there we ran across to east gardens, and back through Pagewood, Daceyville and Kensington to the finish at Queens Park. Shaun was moving a bit slow after doing two laps of Quarry Rd yesterday. But I was just slow.

After we finished with the temp by now 27 degrees the southerly comes through about 9:15. Bloody typical. Total was 25.9ks in 2:12:00. Average pace of 5:05 per klm. Should be faster next week with the pretty short and flat Christmas STaR at Lilyfield.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

MLR 19ks

19 degrees and only 50% humidity tonight. A bit windy though but at least no humidity.
Ran from work up to Anzac Pde and around Moore Park, Centennial Park, SCG, SFS and Fox Studios and back to work again.

Total was 18.8ks in 1:25:07. Average pace of 4:31 per klm.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Centennial Park 6x1k Reps

A bit windy in Centennial Park tonight. With one of the reps on each lap straight into the wind.

Reps were 3:46, 3:29, 3:28, 3:40, 3:32, 3:32. All done with a 90 sec walk recovery.

Did a 2k warmup and 2k cool down.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Willoughby Winder STaR 22ks

20 degrees start and 80% humidity with a few drops of rain as well. Only a small group including Shaun, Tom, Mark F, EJ, John Bo and apparently Bartles who is a local?

We started in North Willoughby and ran through Castle Cove, Middle Cove, Sugarloaf Point and Northbridge before Mark and I decided our legs had done too many hills and headed for home.

I did the first 10k in 57 mins which shows how slow I was. The group waited a couple of times for me.The run had 5ks of bush and plenty of hills in the first 10. H4 on the Striders scale.

Total was 22.2k in 2:00:00. Ran around the oval at the end to make up the time. Average pace of 5:24 per klm. I guess it does help some how.