Sunday, January 25, 2015

Back posting!! Australia Day Marathon

Yes it has been a while since I have posted. To say the least I have been very up and down training since the start of the year. Some days i feel like training and I do. Other days I feel like training and I don't.

Some days I feel fine. Other days I do not feel well.

The extremes, are extremes and I am not settled. I want to be settled but for some reason or reasons I am not. Therefore I am not prepared in anyway for the marathon tomorrow. I am neither mentally or physically ready or prepared. It is about 45 minutes south of Brisbane and starts at 5.00 am to miss he heat and humidity. From my experience it does that for about the first 10 minutes and then it is a hot, uncomfortable battle to the end.

Why do it? I need to keep the marathons ticking over to get to 200 in Canberra in April.

My thoughts about a finish. Despite the conditions I have for the last 3 years managed just under or over 4 hours. That might not be the case tomorrow.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Goals for 2015

  • Stay healthy and continue health eating as much as possible
  • Stay injury free by training wisely 
  • Enter the NSW Masters Championships in February and run some track and 5k & 10
  • Enter the Australian Masters Championships in April  and run some track and 5k & 10k
  • Run 5k as close to 20 minutes was possible 
  • Run 10k as close to 42 minutes as possible
  • Run my 200th marathon in April at Canberra
  • Run at least 25 marathons during the year
  • Run at least one marathon under 3.30
  • Run Glasshouse 100 miler in September and complete my 7th and 3 in a row

A Review of 2014

As 2015 starts I have reflected on 2014 and have these thoughts.

These started off with me recovering from the removal of my prostate in November 2013 due to cancer. For about 5/6 weeks after the operation I was focusing on exercises to get back for bladder control which thankfully quickly returned to normal. It was not until that was under control that I even thought about any running and that started early in January.

I had not run at all for about six weeks and it was a bit of a struggle at first but it didn't take long to be running comfortably although the distance were short and the pace was slow. I didn't have a lot of time as I had entered the Australia Day Marathon which is held near Brisbane on of course 26 January Australia Day. Training went well and despite the heat and extreme humidity I finished in a pleasing 4.07.

Two weeks later I ran the marathon at Caboolture. I find it a very difficult marathon, as it is 84 laps around the historic village starting at 6 PM on Saturday. I always struggle physically and mentally which was reflected in a 4.30 finish.

I won't go into the detail of each marathon I ran but will select the ones that were important or significant to me.

When the year started I wasn't sure how my running would go. I had daily radiotherapy for six weeks during February and March and the concern was what would be the side effects. General fatigue is a definite. While having the therapy I ran the Orange and Dolls Point marathons with no issues. That all came to an end in the Newcastle Marathon on 6 April. The weather was pleasant for about half the race could then heavy rain and wind started and continued all morning. I was running fine until about 16k when I became extremely fatigued and just could not run. My great friend Jane came along and said she would stay with me until the finish line. It was then I walk stumble progression until we finally finished last in 5.22.

I managed to regroup both mentally and physically and the following week was relief to run the Canberra Marathon on in 3.55. Boy what difference a week can make.

In the year I completed 25 marathons the most that I have ever run in any year. The previous highest was 18 in the previous year. I had last run under 3 .30 with a 3.25 at Canberra in April 2010. At the start of 2014 I don't think I had given up the dream of ever running under 3.30 again I just had not given it any thought as being a realistic goal. At one stage during the period my one aim when starting a marathon was to not run over 4.00 hours.

After camera I seemed to have gotten over the side effects of the radiotherapy and training proceeded with no injuries or niggles. The weekly total running was usually in the range of 80 – 100k and all good quality sessions. No runs over about 20 km but none under 10 km. There were a few marathons after the Canberra marathon and before the Macleay River Marathon. In fact the week before the McVeigh River Marathon on I ran the Glow Worm Marathon on in the worst time of the year of 7.11. I just cannot run trails and that time gave no indication of what was to come the following Sunday.

The Macleay River Marathon is for some reason one of my favorites. It is five hours drive north of Sydney but pleasant. The course is out and back and flat, flat and flat except for the 1k downhill at the start and of course the 1k uphill at about 40k is at the end. A 3.31 that was more than surprising and tantalizingly close to a 3.30.

Two weeks later at the Gold Coast Marathon with a vague thought at the start line that perhaps 3.30 was possible despite not having run that time for over four years. The whole marathon went perfectly finishing in a very very pleasing 3.26 with even splits on a pancake flat course.

Could there be more? Surely not!

The following weekend there was a low-key marathon at Dolls Point along the shore of Botany Bay. It is so different to the week before as in this marathon on there are not a lot of runners and for most of the time you're running alone. Surprise! Surprise! A 3.28 finish four consecutive weekends under 3.30. I couldn't make it three in a row, as the following weekend was a 3.35 on the tough Hunter Valley Winery Marathon.

But … the following weekend was the M7 Marathon at Blacktown. As usual it was a cold start with the course being the bike path next to he M7 Motorway and it is a tough course that rolling inclines most of the way. Not many flats. Nice …. 3.29.

From the Gold Coast Marathon on at the start of July to the Dubbo Marathon on at the start of September I ran 10 marathons in 11 consecutive weekends. On one weekend with no marathon and on another weekend a scent that a marathon running 4.25 and on the Sunday the Brisbane Marathon in 3.46.

The week after the double marathon I was off to the Glasshouse Mountains for 100 milers. I've had four consecutive between 2008 and 2011. I didn't run in 2012 as it clashed with the Sydney Marathon and so my streak of four ended. I was back in 2013 and in 2014 to start a streak again. I finished in 27 hours 21 minutes that was just three minutes slower than my PB.

Following weekend I lined up for the Sydney Marathon as a ‘Blue Line Legend’. Meaning I with a few others has run all of the Sydney Marathon since 2001. I finished in 3.31 despite having 100 miles in my legs from the weekend before to make it my 14th finish in a row for this marathon.

After the Sydney Marathon the marathon runs are held less frequently because of the warming weather and so I have a few weeks off before running the Western Sydney Marathon that is six laps around the International Rowing Centre at Penrith. Laps. Boring? My view is a marathon is 42.2k no matter how the course is set up it still the same distance.

I got into a good rhythm at the start and despite the weather becoming warmer I was able to hold it and finished in 3.24.49 !!!!

The following week was the Melbourne Marathon. At the start I decided I would aim for sub 325 and tried finished the year of with two consecutive marathons both under 3.25. This would be my 24th marathon on for the year and I thought I could run under 324 if I ran smart. That meant running as close to even split as I could but it is usual after 30k’s there was no guarantee that I could hold onto the pace. I went through halfway exactly on a 3.24.xx finish and knew that I had just over 100 minutes of pain and suffering if I was to achieve my goal. Most of the second half it is a blur and thankfully I finished with the best time of the year 3.24.28 and age group win in the biggest marathon held in Australia. It was one fantastic way to finish off the serious marathon running for the year.

Around one more Carcoar but it was more of a cool down than a serious run.


25 marathons started and completed

Quickest : 3.24.28 (Melbourne)

Slowest: 7.11 03 (Glow Worm)

2 under 3.25

3 between 3.25 – 3.30

5 between 3.30 – 3.45

6 between 3.45 – 4.00

9 over 4 hours

Saturday, December 06, 2014



Ran - 5/6th December 2014

Pulled from the course at 208k after just under 38 hours

Course cut to 220 finish due to the weather

 Nice long road at about 85 k

"Edge of the world"

Heavy rain for 6 hours
Wet, cold and struggling with a lean with 15k to go
Slow going and pulled by the RD for my safety and the safety of the crew

Friday, November 14, 2014

Belated; Carcoar 3.54

Somewhat late. I have not been well.

A disappointing time that was 12 minutes slower than last year. I just could not get into top gear and run quickly, freely. It was a struggle on the flats whereas last year I ran quickly on those same sections. No explanations why. I guess just the ebb and flow of the body and on this day it had ebbed out much further that I would have expected. 

This was the last marathon for the year and the 25th for the year. I have not really reflected on the year to day and the marathons ran. I may do that a kind of summary for the year to close that part off until 2015 and hopefully to do it all again. Health permitting.

At the moment I am just trying to get my head around running C2K - the 240k monster in early December. I have run it three (3) times before so I know what it is about and what is required. But it is so long that no amount of training get you prepared as so much can go wrong over the almost 2 days it takes to finish or at least that is how long I will take.

I have 2 crew and would love to have another. It is not an easy ask to be away from Sydney from Thursday to Sunday and then stay awake for 2 days and nursemaid an old bloke trying to do something that is not that easy. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Carcoar Marathon - preview

A whole 3 weeks on Sunday since my last marathon. I did finish the Melbourne with a pain/strain in a new spot on the left leg near the ankle in the muscle running down next to the shin bone. I rested until the following weekend. Ran Saturday with no issue, Sunday was fine with just 'something' near the end of the run.

Monday morning run did not last long and it was off to the physio later run the day. Not much could be done other than some rest and self massage as the spot of pain is only about 5cm in length and as wide you your little finger. So small but it has taken until the last few days for it to be almost gone. 

End result very little running in the last 3 weeks but maybe that is a good things as this could haven been the first sign of the body being pushed just a bit further that it could and should have been. Therefore I have just accepted the position and did what I could for the recovery but for a while it seemed to be not improving despite the rest and massage.

So last year at Carcoar I ran well. In fact much better than is expected or anticipated. This year I have run much better than for years but the injury has me concerned that by just moving over 42k it will come back. Not much I can do about that concern and at the moment I am not sure whether 'taking it easy' will have the possibility and not redoing the injury or was it just one of those things that happen and if fully recovered will more than likely not happen again. Who knows? Certainly me. If the marathon was a week later I would be more confident the marathon would not re injure it.

Last year 3.42 on a tough course. If I had no injury and had trained after the MM I would speculate that was at risk of being beaten. Now I don't think so. But will I have a go? I am not sure of my race plan at the moment and I may not have one even at the start. Just see how it goes and if there is the slightest twinge back off. That in fact might well be the race plan. 

Nice drive, nice weekend away. The Hydro Majestic hotel has had about 30 million dollars spent on restoration. We drive right by. Lunch on the way up and high tea on the way back.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Melbourne Marathon: 3.24.28 !!!!

It seems the more I run marathons the quicker I get BUT there is limit to most things and I think I have reached it. I am not sure I could go any quicker except maybe with a proper taper. But really I am very happy to have run this time and then 2 in 2 weeks under 3.25 is very much a bonus. AND about 20 seconds faster than last week.

I said in the race preview 3.22 but as I said I did not think that was going to happen but I was prepared to give this on a full out effort and see where I finished or more precisely the time I would run.  I was not aware there would be pacers at 10 minutes spaced times so I was surprised to be standing near a balloon with 3.20 on it at the start.

Despite the number of runners at the start it was orderly and most seemed to have placed themselves well as there were not many slow runners to weave around. Within a k and turning into the wide tree lined St Kilda road I was running at pace in space.

I was not running with anyone and so just settled into my pace that was hovering around 4.50 minute k's and that felt very comfortable reflected by easy breathing. Things just seemed to cruise along like that until about 27/28k when I felt I needed to increase the concentration and effort to maintain the pace. The Garmin then died for reasons unknown and from then on I had no idea of the pace I was running and just did it by feel.

I thought the 3.30 pacers might come by at any time but I did feel I was maintaining a good pace. I was passing runners easily but that is not guide as they could just be slowing more quickly than me. The weather was becoming warmer but I was not bothered by it. At 35k I was becoming fatigued but still felt I was maintaining good form and pace. Put me head down to suffer the next 5k to the 40k marker.

With a great deal of relief it came where I was expecting it and then just pinned the ears back and focused on a strong finish. Soon I was over the finish line and couldn't see any clock so I had no idea of my time but knew I had not been caught by the 3.30 pacers. I didn't know my time until I checked the results on line much later. 

Some Stats

The timing mats were at 10k & 18k and I have no idea where halfway was on the course. Best Garmin guess is 1.42.28/1.40.00 splits for an overall average pace of about 4.50. Bonus was age group win by about 25 minutes. I thought it was a soft time to win in. 

At the end of 10k I was overall in 1340th place and finished in 828th place. Significant is the strong finish by being 1186th at 30k and improved 358 places in the last 12k compared with the modest improvement just 154 places over the first 30k. 

I clearly have too much time on my hands but as it is the biggest marathon in Australia I looked at some figures. It appears for both genders there were just 76 runners over 65 or 1.18% of the field. My 828th finish put me in the top 12.89%. 

That was my 24th marathon of the year and the last flat road one. 6 have been under 3.30 and 2 under 3.25. This has been a year so far where I have run more marathons than ever before and my times in the quicker ones have been quicker than I have been in 4/5 years. 

Carcoar Marathon and beyond

Carcoar Marathon in a few weeks and last year I ran 3.42. It would be nice to finish the year off by running this one quicker than last year. I then I have about 5 weeks to do some serious training and otherwise generally get ready for the 240k monster that I Coast to Kozzi. I will need more than luck to finish this one for the second time and my guess is to be the oldest finisher. 2 crew organised and still looking for another. Both woman and both my GH buddies - how wonderful to have them with me on the epic journey that is C2K.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Preview Melbourne Marathon

Another week has rolled by and as another Sunday approaches there is once again another marathon to be run. This weekend the big daddy of them all with regard to entrants - approaching 8000 with no limit. The biggest in Australia by far. A bit different to the small but delightful country ones with 50/60. 

Melbourne marathon #12 and my second last one of the year. Only Carcoar to go. 

How did running go this week? Well good. I ran easy on Tuesday and Wednesday with some stretching in the mid of an easy Bay run. Quite relaxing and some warmish weather although it is variable at 5.30am each morning. 

I felt good on Thursday morning and thought I might just give a lap of the Bay a push. I have not done that for a few months and it was about March the last time I was under 30 but then again I have not tried during that time either. It was not comfortable for a 30.09 finish - dam I should have looked at my watch and squeezed a little bit more out of myself near the end. But no matter it was quicker than the 30.25 or so the week before and I had a quick marathon in my legs. 

Come Friday - just a slight chill in the air at 5.30am but still pleasant and ideal running weather. Slowly warmed up with the 750m run to the start of the Bay thinking should I or should I not have another lap. I couldn't resist and this time I was keeping an eye on the pace like and eagle eyeing a prey from high up in the sky. 

Pleasing to press the stop button for 29.50 and first time under 30 as a 65 year old being 4.19 pace for just a few steps under 7k. 

So where does that leave me for Sunday. A bit more speed that recently and a lot and and mean a lot of marathons run this year and lots of steady endurance running and all year injury free.

Can I go quicker than last week - yes I believe so.
Do I want to - absolutely
Do I think it is possible - yes 
Will I pacing for a 3.22 finish - yes 
Will it happen - unlikely but not through lack of effort.

The weather is predicted to be 28 by 10am and we start at 7am. I suspect the weather will result in a slow down.  If I miss will I be annoyed. No because I will have given it my best shot on the day. 

My daughter lives in Melbourne so We will spend time with her returning late Monday. As well as the marathon it is the start of the Melbourne Festival and we are fully booked with classical music, circuses and rock and roll music events during the weekend. 

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Western Sydney Marathon : 3.24.49 !!!

What can I say about the time. First time under 3.25 since April 2009 which was my 100th marathon. This one marathon # 193. So just never say never. In my preview I had said I was running well and that I just needed the weather to be kind as regards temperature and wind.

It is a 6 lap course with the last 195m tacked onto the end. There was great cloud cover for the first 3 laps and running was reasonably pleasant. Then before you knew it the cloud cover was gone and the heat intensified quickly and there was a slight breeze but it was just circulating the hot air. The run then became an effort to maintain pace and focus.

After a while in the conditions you just want it over and pacing etc becomes less of a focus and just getting to the finish line becomes the objective and priority. At the time I felt the struggle to stay focused and on pace became much more difficult and in fact I didn't look at my watch much over the last 2/3 laps I just run.

At the time I thought I might just hold on for a sun 3.30 and then over the last 2/3k's I had a peek at my watch on elapsed time and tried to do some sums and thought maybe I would get under 3.30 but I was not sure by how much.

The 7k splits were interesting (in round figures) : 32/33/34/34/34/34.

So despite feeling the difficulty rising as the laps went by I was somehow able to hold my pace. I am almost as pleased with that compared to the time. Smile is still on my face.

I was out this morning just to get everything moving again to prepare for the Melbourne marathon on Sunday. No thoughts about time at the moment but might give the Bay a hot lap on Friday to try and give a sub 30.25 a push. Then I might speculate.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Thoughts Western Sydney Marathon

As is often the situation just before I marathon I give thought to what running I have done since my last marathon, and therefore and assessment of my fitness and recovery from my last marathon. Leading to a loosely conceived race plan for the day.  

No marathon last weekend so I am on the way to recovery from it and the 100 miler the week before. The first week after the marathon I did not run until the Thursday and then easy for a few days. I felt good and so ran my just under 14k loop as a TT on Tuesday. I have not run it seriously for 3 months or so as when I was running weekly marathons I run it but it was never pushed.

When I was not running weekly marathons in March to May I hovered around 66 minutes or just on 5 minute pace. The I banged out a 64.48 in early May and have not been within 4 minutes of that since. Tuesday 63.53 - the quickest ever. The Wednesday before meeting up with some friends I did a Bay run in 30.24 - not the sub 30 I ran in March but okay.

Conclusion: I am running as good as I have in training all year. 

Last year at this even with something just over 4 hours as I ran with a friend to the end. And the year before at 3.48 is no guide as that year I was not running the times that I am this year. Sydney 3.31 just 2 weeks ago. 

So .... decisions decisions ... not really. The course is flat flat flat so the only thought from the start will be pacing at a 3.29 or better finish. All that can happen is that the temperature or wind will work against that and it will happen. In this one I will not finish wondering if I could have gone quicker - that will happen out on the course. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sydney Marathon : 3.31.44 yeah !!

I have run 16 Sydney Marathons and completed my 14th as Blue Line Legend (that is having run all of the Sydney marathons since the event has been run by Fairfax). And it completed my 22nd marathon for the year with just three (3) more to go to complete 25 for the year. 

I am not sure where that time came from considering the 100 miles in my legs from the weekend before. I started off with the 3.30 pacers but let them move slowly ahead at about 10k and from the on I kept my own pace and as it turned out I was not that far behind them at the end.

I ran the whole race in my own space and was happy with that. After halfway my Garmin decided to close down and so I was very much running on feel but I also had the belief I was falling further and further behind the 3.30 pace group after I lost sight of them. After 30k I had visions of the 3.45 pace group overtaking me. Clearly that did not happen . I was just too far behind the 3.30 group to catch sight along Hickson Road and give chase. If there was anything in the tank to do that. Probably not. 

Almost even paced with 1.44/1.47. Crossed the start line in 724th position and finished in 490th by steadily moving through the field. The 5k splits were a bit varied with between 24/26 minutes up to 35k and then the last 27.22 and that is where I lost the sun 3.30. 

In my preview in my last post I speculated in getting to 30k in 2.26 - 2.28 - I was there in 2.27.24. Perfect but at the time i was just running without any thought to pre set times. 

Best time since 2005 when it was 3.28. Since then except the 3.36 last year they were all run in the 3.50's because I had run the 100 miler either the week before or 2 weeks before. 

What more can I say. Run much quicker than I could have reasonably expected, almost even paced and despite having at the moment a very marathon unfriendly eating plan in place it does not seem to have been an issue and I though it would be a major issue in the ability to maintain a pace of the second half of the marathon.

Next weekend will be only the second weekend since the first week of July and Gold Coast I have not run a race. It might be nice to be home for 2 days on the weekend. But then 2 in 2 weekends with the second being the Melbourne Marathon that I have not run for a couple of years. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Preview: Sydney Marathon

Since GH run on Thursday & Friday. It was easy and felt okay. I have no niggles or blisters. Despite this I know I have not recovered. My muscles are still damaged and a few days rest and 2 easy days is not enough.

What would I like to run on Sunday. No slower than 3.59.59 as I have not run a Sydney marathon over 4. Having said that I should have a race pace plan before I start. I will assume that 3.30 is not a remote possibility because of the miler last weekend. It might have been possible if that had not been run.

Do I think I could run a 3.3x time. Best case result. I could go on I think  it will be 3.55 after a last 12k slow down as I will start off at 3.3x pace and see how long I can hold it. That should see me at 30k in about 2.26 - 2.28. If I reach 30k in that time ALL I have to do is hold on for another 12.2k at the same pace. Very much easier to say than to do on the day.

Not really fingers crossed. What happens is not luck. It is having a realistic race plan and staying with it as long as you can and if you you can't ease of and have another race pace. I think the secret is not to hang on as long as you can if it is clear you will slow down - make the decision to slow down early instead of the body do that. I believe if that happens the overall pace will be slower than making the decision to slow down early and try and maintain that slower pace for the rest of the race.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I was reminded of this photo recently

Great North Walk 2005

I had withdrawn. Blue Dog was still in and had just left the last CP heading for Patonga. His crew thought  he might take while and so there was no hurry to leave.

Middle: Paul Arther (City to Surf winner)
Uncle Dave (Dave Criniti)

Just for the memories: My 2007 GH Report (First go at 100 miles at GH)

For what it is worth here is the report of a very disappointing result.

My preparation was as good as it could have been and I really never had an option in my mind of a DNF. Maybe foolish or maybe just wise to be positive :D

I and some others had a pleasant Friday being driven around the area by UCB and Suzanna. Thanks for that.

Powerlines now that was interesting but it was all over in about 40 minutes.

I was fine up to checkpoit 8 at about 45k although I had a slight lean and some intermitent back pain caused by the lean. Managed the two loops and only got lost one one which was my first navigtional isse for the day. The weather was warming up and the lean and pain were getting no better. The next easy section of about 20k was very difficult - the lean was more pronounced and the pain increased and did little running and was slow. From 85 to 100 I was able to run steady but with quite a bit of discomfort.

Second navigational issue was going off course in the 4k along Hamburger Hill and taking almost 1 hour instead of 30 minutes. Arrived in 14 and half hours which was much slower than expected. A quick in and out and the last 60 was started. 

Again lost direction down Hamberger Hill and again took and hour. The discomfort was increasing and it was impossible to run. So a revised finish time was set and I gritted my teeth for a loooooooooooog walk. Thoughts of Horrie last year came to my mind. I got to Checkpoint 9 managing about 5k and hour and so it was just going to be a matter of keeping going. The discomfort was manageable walking but not so running.

Blue Dog was at 9 to 'run' with me out to 10 and back. He had other things to do early in the morning and a quick calculation meant at my pace he might notget back to do them so we agreed I would continue alone. His parting last words were 'don't get lost' !!!

Steadt walking got me to 10 still with pleanty of time to finsih under 30 hours. Left 10 about 2.00am and then about 5/6k into the loop lost the course and could not find it. It was a beautiful sstary night and some pain killers I tool at 10 kicked in and I was able to run and I must have got into a trance and I thought it was said atthe race briefing there would be a chalk line across the path and I was looking for that not the white tape course markers on the trees.

A sixth sense told me I had run too far. I went back the track split and I could not rememeer the split and I had to make a choice. I did and it was the wrong one as I went up that track and could not find any makers and when comeng back I was again presented with a divided track. I thought it was were I had been before so I went left but still could not find any markers. By now I was hopelessly disorintated and lost. I just kept moving hoping to see a course maker but didn't.

About 4.15am I phone Blue Dog to tell him I was okay but lost so that there would be no panic about whether I was injured.  I just kept moving and was waiting for the sun to come up so that I could get my directions. As it turned out I had run back to the start but on the otherside of Steve Irwin Drive.

I was bitterly disappointed  :wub:  but I leanrt a lot from what occured and will not make the same mistakes again. First stay alert at all tiimes and concentrate on the course would be important but I am very new at this and so I guess you have to accept that through inexperince errors will be made. I have no idea how I managed getting lost when other runners seeing the course for the first time didn't. But thats the way it happens and just reminds me that you must stay alert all of the time.

Some positives - wet and muddy shoes for 140k do not cause blisters, what I ate and drank was fine as I had no problems in that regard, running at night alone on a course you have never seen before presnents no mental barrier and for some reason the early morning tirdness did not come. 

Geart course, great aid stations, great organisation, great bunch of fellow competitors and I expect to be back next year to smash the 100miler.  :) 

And thank you to my wonderful travelling companions Blue Dog and Bernie G. Despite saying don't come out on the course they were and doing anything they could. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

GH 100 miler : Race Report

What a great weekend on the Sunshine Coast in south eastern Queensland. The weather was just perfect maybe a touch warn for a few hours in the middle of Saturday but if you were in an exposed position a light breeze but there are not many exposed positions on the course where I was at that time. However it could have been and has been much hotter in the past.

The night was perfect. Cool but not cold and an almost full moon. In some parts that meant I could and did turn of my lights and run by moonlight. Ad then being able to seethe wonderful sky full of stars. But enough of the BOM report.

My 7th start in 8 years (missed 2012when it clashed with the Sydney marathon) The first year I was lost all night in the eastern section and got a 100k finish. Since then 6 miler finishes with this one at 27.21 just 3 minutes slower that my 2011 PB.

Before starting the race I was concerned about whether I could finish. That just shows a healthy respect for the distance and what can go wrong in 28 hours or so and also taking into account my illness that in itself is not directly impacting on my running but what might occur in the future in never far out of my thoughts. However I try to ignore them if they come along as thinking about possibilities in the future is useless. If something happens the I will deal with it then.

What I eat has changed significantly over the last few months and it is not that useful in being fueled for a marathon let alone 100 miles. That concerned me more than anything else but I did try to eat normal on Friday and was selective what I ate at the aid stations. 

I ran with a friend until 92K when her issues caused her to withdraw. I continued on alone but was very comfortable with that. Anyway I never was close to any other runner at anytime to run together. I just kept moving and watching that I was never beyond being very comfortable and easily maintainable. That really how he race went for the next 70k. Food hydration ad feet were never an issue. Same shorts and socks for the whole race, to changed on dark for something dry and warmer and they stayed until the last CP when a short sleeved top s put on for the rising temperature soon after sunrise.

Changed my shoes at 110k because they were in my drop bag. I did not need to. They were my NB road marathon shoe and were perhaps more suited to the eastern section that is very flat.The Salomon trail shoes are bit stiff to me but on the trails that are fine for me. The NB's were perfect.

I was 38th of 40 finishers. With 67 starters there was a 40% DNF that is slightly higher than the overall race's history of 35%. Perhaps arising from the high numbers of first time 100 mile starters. What was please for me was the 9.41 time for the eastern section. That placed me 25th in the field. Nice to finish strong with the medial issues I have had and the strict eating plan. That made it difficult to properly carbo load and eat during the event but it appears what I did was okay. 

I did at the time feel like I was .. well not getting stronger as the race progressed but that I was not getting slower. The last section of 12.5k was run in 1.51 at an average pace of just under 9k an hour. Not fast compared to a marathon but to me good  for the last 12k of 162k.

My race is made possible by the RD and the many people who work behind the scenes, the vollies on the day and in particular those on the CP aid stations. Thank you to each and everyone of you. Ian the RD special thank you. I hope to be at the start next year.           

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Glasshouse 100 miler : 27.21

Just sitting at the airport back to Sydney. More later.