Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tom Highnam prevails

It appears as though I have forgotten something. I woke up on Monday morning at 4am in a sweat trying to work out if I had run the previous Friday. I went to the little blackboard that technically displays my daily runs and nothing was showing. I dug deep into the memory banks and ran through the week that was.

Cycling cycling and more cycling on Friday morning - a full 30km worth with hills and I knew I would be stuffed for the Sat session. Then work, dropping a colleague at the airport and finally entering the house boldly announcing - NOOOOOOOOOOOOO that I would not be running as I needed a rest.

All I can say is thank god Tom & I didn't have an official bet on this year.

So there goes one of my new year's resolutions. Still got time to write a book I suppose. Probably more achievable these days than running everyday of the year. Well done Tom. Your first streak win!

Quick one today as I have nothing really to complain about besides people trying to upsell me on anything and everything I call them about. "what? You want to cancel your drama package on Foxtel? Ok so what else do you like watching because we have a special on the foreign porn channel right now." "no thanks just downgrade me." "How bout showcase?" How about I cancel the whole damn thing and keep watching Netflix which is much better value?" "ok sir no problem, I'll just go ahead and change that for you."

Then there's the whole shared data thing with Optus. We seem to be saving whilst spending oh so much more - where's the logic there. Bloody Jaden and his addiction to Netflix. Yep -  ironic considering my last point.

Ordering a pizza, getting your car washed and so it goes on.

Luckily there are some things they haven't decided to use this propensity to upsell on. A few examples such as:

"just an adult and child for the pool please" "oh ok, will you be using the 25m pool today because we have a special on the 50m pool and diving tower if you want to upgrade."

"I'd like to enter the half marathon please" "I tell you what, for an extra $10 I'll just go ahead and slot you into the 100km trail event. How's that sound? Bargain yeah?"

If only. Speaking of trails - I have entered the Knapsack 3hr solo run for Aust Day which sees us looping 5km trail laps for as many as we can over the course of 3hrs. Get to the finish at 2:59, you are allowed to head out for another lap. I have no chance of getting near Dave Byrne's record of 9 laps in 3:10 or there abouts but it should be fun with a crew of HuRTs up there competing also.

The end of last week looked like this:

Wed 11th: 13km easy (hot)
Thur 12th: 14km - 400m lap pyramid 1/2/3/4/3/2/1 lappers. Tough but averaged 75secs per lap on most.
Fri 13th: F#@K
Sat 14th: 13km Monna F. Very humid and steamy. Legs stuffed from the cycle. Rolled around as fast as I could but struggled the last 5mins to record 5.75km for the 20mins.
Sun 15th: Much better and stronger long run - 30km Striders ten bridges StAR with Timmy, Eoin, Renaud and a few others which made for a great pack. I counted at least 14-15 bridges so not sure what's going on there. Timmy fighting fatigue in the back half but managed to finish it off. Rendog and Eoin cutting short again but seemingly still happy with themselves despite this.

Total for the week - 100km on the knocker.

This week so far:

Mon 16th: 15km Manly and surrounds in the cool breeze (sort of)
Tue: 17th: 12km - 7.8km tempo including Loch Ave hill in the park (that long hill that goes up to the moonlight cinema). Hot and muggy again and having to slow / stop briefly to let the damn cyclists past. Managed an average still of just over 3:30 for this. Special mention to Enda who got his 4 x 4km mara tempo done in those conditions. Should keep him in good stead for the expected 5deg Tokyo weather ha!

Till next time:


Fun afternoon on Sunday BBQíng and tasting the delights of Wayward brewery in Camperdown with my brother Rob and his wife Myf.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Functioning runner-holic

Yes that's right, this is my first meeting, my name is Chris and I am a functioning runnerholic. Ok just indulge me with this for just a minute.

Do any of these situations ring a bell?

1) You have meetings back to back all day long with people wanting to schedule more in but you flatly refuse as you need to get your run done at lunch.

2) You have a dinner to go to straight from work but somehow manage to cram a flat chat 8km run in followed by a 20sec shower just because you won't enjoy the dinner as much if you don't.

3) You are in Bora Bora in an over water bungalow watching the sunrise and sipping tea but somehow all you can think of is "I wonder where the hell I am going to run today" instead.

4) Kids are screaming, it's pouring down outside, the day is wearing on and you are starting to sweat with anxiety because you see your small window of running opportunity getting even smaller.

5) You have the whole day to yourself at home on the couch with absolutely nothing to do and no one to be there for. But wait - who am I going to run with, how far, what pace, is that a niggle, no it's fine I'll just start jogging, yep best get out there right now - and so it goes on.

To use star wars as an analogy, I see running as an example of THE FORCE. When the force is running strongly through me, I can hit all my weekly mileage targets, nail the sessions, eat well, drink less and generally feel great. The dark side of the force presents in the form of junk food, alcohol, holidays, Christmas functions, birthdays, weddings, work commitments, family commitments and basically everything else in life that doesn't involve running really. (well maybe except for one thing)

So as you sit here reading this and no doubt relating to some of it, spare a thought for those that are injured at the moment and can't run. You're lucky if you can physically get out there so if it dominates your daily thoughts right up until that moment you're actually out there running, I say that's a good thing - go with it.

See further down for some funny obsessed running pics.

My last week or so has been pretty good training wise. Even managed to knock 5secs off my Kamay park run record. Still a little slow for what I am after but that last km bites.

Last week finished off at 127km for the week.

Wed 4th: 16km
Thur 5th: AM: 14km with 6km of hilly tempo in Queens Park.    PM: 6km easy
Fri 6th: 13km in the park
Sat 7th: Kamay Park run - 16:26. Splits were 3.08, 6.20, 9.38, 13.02, 16.26. Gotta work on that strength to close it out from 3km. Total 13km. PM: 7km slow coast
Sun 8th: 27km with the Striders which was a good change. Timmy, Jac, Eoin, Charlie L, Rendog plus Chris Jackson and Keith Hong made for a great 6.30am group. We still got lost along the way but the pace was easy and we finished with a dip in the harbour.
127km total

This week I have been office bound so far so it has been hard to get out for the mileage needed. Yep I can hear you all laughing at me with this.

Mon 9th: AM: 10km slow  PM: 7km even slower
Tue 10th: 7km CP tempo - felt great and ran this multi loop (with 600m hill) course in 24mins (3.25 average). Total 13km
Wed 11th: AM: easy 7km (legs sore), PM: 6km (ran out of time)
Thur 12th: 14km with a pyramid on a grass 400m oval: 1 lap, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1 lap = 16 laps in total. Averaged approx. 75 - 77secs per lap for all efforts with the last 400m in 71secs. Pretty stuffed afterwards.
Only 57km so far this week and it's a heatwave so perhaps 110km will be on the cards instead of 130.

In other news, Rejoov runners is starting to sign up some big names for the 2017 ANSW season. Stay tuned for more announcements but if you are interested in switching from another club or having a go at these type of events, let me know.

Here's a few pics / grabs relating to my above stated running affliction.

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

I wonder what's behind door number 2017

As quickly as 2016 left us, 2017 arrived in style. Greta, Jaden and I were lucky enough to be invited to a house party in Vaucluse with uninterrupted views of the 9pm and midnight fireworks. Jaden was last man standing as he bounced around the couches (Tom Cruise style) in the first few minutes of the new year. I wish I had his energy (we did pay for it the next day of course).

So my first post is to talk goals, resolutions, and the blog.

Here's a little list I just whipped up whilst out running a slow 6km along the coast.

* Run every day of the year until Tom takes a day off first
* Beat Barts in every single game of Table tennis I play him at
* Find something Quentin is no good at - then beat him at it
* Balance the scales a bit by introducing Hoey to the wonderful world of beer
* Take up Yoga (carry that one over from last year)
* Write a book on anything
* Run sub 3hrs in the Bordeaux marathon whilst stopping at all 23 "drink" stops
* Get my Bronze medallion (does this involve swimming?)
* Keep up my 22yr sub 50min streak and place top 30 again in the City to Surf
* Nail another Red Centre run camp at Easter
* Not get kicked off the HuRTs what's app chat more times than Craig Wiseman

Anyway that's enough to start. Yep a few tough ones in there. Who knows if Barts is already in training to quash that one. And based on historical posts, Craig really will make it easy for me to score a point with that last one. With regards to the whole yoga thing, I think I'll You Tube an intro yoga clip and that will get me going. I actually stretched yesterday and my legs felt pretty good today. Fancy that.

I know the plan last year was to drink less so let's address this one. So far this year the drinks days and run days are on even keel 5-5. BUT in my own defence the amount is coming down (drinks not mileage). A cheeky beer here, a glass of wine there. It helps me sit and contemplate the world around me, absorb Jaden's energy levels and think about what to write in my blog each week so on that, I am looking in part, to add in a regular CT'S OBSERVATIONS & OPINIONS segment.

Seinfeld nailed it. We know this. His observations are forever priceless and I could never hope to replicate but I do notice a lot with people, their behaviour and just general situations that pretty much amuse, fascinate or annoy the hell out of me.

Take for instance: Space Wars (angry emoji, frustrated emoji)

It happens on the footpath in Centennial Park, even now inside the white fence. It happens walking down the street in the CBD, the supermarket and so on. People as a collective are absolutely oblivious when it comes to their spacial surroundings. You may notice it when 2 people exit a shop or bus side by side and somehow manage to get the radius of area covered vs the speed of that slow moving mass just perfect enough to completely piss me off as I am blocked from passing. Or on an escalator when the whole stretch has moved left bar one bleep bleep bleep. Now it's probably at this point where you're saying to yourself, CT sounds like an angry man. Actually not really. Brought up on a mixture of courtesy, awareness and being polite, all I want really is for everyone to just get out of my way wherever possible. And let's not even start with driving. Another day.  

I have long noticed an assumed hierarchy of allowing space for oncoming people / obstacles in the park. It would seem that he or she that is moving the slowest does not need to give way at all. Take the local mafia brigades for example. Three to four  60+ yr old men lined up across the path walking along at 6am in the morning no doubt discussing how their fruit shop is outperforming the others. No inkling of moving over to the left unless you call them on it. My go to manoeuvre is to simply stop infront of the one farthest to my left and politely ask "so what do we do now?" This usually creates the right amount of awkwardness and they dutifully move to the left.

So the walker seems to think they have right of way to the jogger / the jogger thinks they have right of way to the speedy runner / and on the occasion the speedy runner thinks they have right of way to the cyclist and so on up to the cars / the event trucks and I suppose the rangers!

But then so enters the meandering, defecating horse. This strange creature refuses to be bound by any of the above mentioned made up rules. They will slowly cross whatever road they wish, crap anywhere Birchy or Enda have run over and simply take all the time in the world getting around in THEIR park. They do not yell out at the top of their voices "HORSES RIGHT" & "OVER" nor do they pull in for a latte after a few jumps in the equestrian field. These troopers don't change allegiances with each new season, complain about ITB issues or need $10k worth of gear to do their 4km lap of the park. They surely are the rightful owners of the Centennial Park Space Race.

So the moral of the story if you have in fact made it this far (thx Tom - knew I could count on you).

I am here to endorse but in no way enforce, a CP spacial code for all.
No matter your source, or your strong willed force,
Despite any remorse or impending divorce,
We all in due-course will give way to the horse.

Yes yes yes I know. It's a weird start to the 2017 blog campaign but what the hell. I'm on the Pinot Gris with a few days left of annual leave so having some fun.

I would be interested if I have missed the mark or you are keen to see this blog continue along these lines in the year to come.

Oh and for those actually interested in my week so far:

Mon 2nd Jan: 20km across 2 runs easy
Tue 3rd: 3 x 2km reps up in Woy Woy. Hard going myself and especially with 2 of them into the wind but as follows: 6:30 into the wind, 6:28 with the wind, 6:48 into the wind. Yep wheels on the bus fell off there. Total 11km.
Wed 4th: 16km steady in the park (hot and humid for a change)
Thur 5th: Rejoov 4pines fartlek. Yep I wish - sponsored session by a brewery but alas no - we simply ran around a loop in Queens Park that encompassed 4 pine trees. Took it a bit easier just bolting the hill each lap. Big race this Sat coming up. PM: 6km easy coast run

PS: Happy birthday Desi. Bounced back from her cancer defeat in spectacular style and looking as amazing as the first day I met her (circa 1992). Good running this morning matey.


Disclaimer: if you are at all offended by anything written above, please proceed directly to the nearest Dan Murphy's and buy whatever you can fit into one of those small trolleys they give you. Then wheel it down to the local park and use said items to take a serious look at yourself.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Sayonara 2016

And there it went. 2016 served up, thrashed out and sent packing as the bridge lit up, Jaden bolted around the house party we were at till after midnight and the traffic banked back up New South Head Rd as we inched our way home in the first hour of 2017.

I have achieved a full year of one of my 2016 New Year's resolutions - start a Blog. The other two were epic fails (less drinking and Yoga). Not one yoga class to speak of and as far as the drinking side of things - well I can only try again. I suggested to Jac and Craig at yesterday's long run that my goal was to go 2 to 1 running days to drinking days in 2017. Somewhat achievable perhaps.

2016 on the running front was on one hand - if comparing it to past times, performances and the other guys around me (Tom, Barts etc) then it wasn't that memorable. On the other hand I have aged a year, I am still running reasonably competitively and obviously still enjoying the bug - so notch that down as a win. The banter, friendly rivalry, running trips added to the growth of Rejoov Runners has kept the motivation alive.

Rejoov Runners has now affiliated with ANSW so that we can try and form teams for the summer and winter seasons. It will take a while to get to a stage where we are competing strongly but even now, we are starting to see a few faster guys joining the fun group we have built. The overwhelming feedback and observation everyone identifies with Rejoov is the camaraderie, the spirit and friendly banter void of ego and the personalised approach Greta displays to every single member. So if I am to be proud of any running achievement of 2016 - it's Greta's determination to provide a running group for everyone.

Personally, 2016 consisted of the following races amongst many other smaller ones.

* 6ft track - failed on Black range again and struggled to finish it off on a hot day, fading to 10th.
* State road 10km - 32:46 which was my fastest 10km of the year.
* Canberra Half - leading for 15km before slowing too much but scraped into 3rd place overall
* Phuket Half - probably my most fun and rewarding race this year. 2nd overall and some great prizes
* Gold Coast Half - not a bad performance 71:25. Just against Bart's time it seemed slow that's all
* City to Surf - After spending 8 weeks battling head colds and infections, a good result - 28th place
* Melbourne Marathon - Horrible horrible conditions and my legs buckled. Faded badly 2:47hr
* JP Morgan - Could actually be one of my better races this year. I ran it smarter, was in the mix for a lot of it and still finished strong (not strong enough for a fast finishing Toby H)

My last two weeks of 2016 looked like this:

Mon 19th Dec: AM: 9km easy PM: 7km (16km)
Tue 20th: 14km HuRTs session 3 x 10mins in the heat. managed 3km just each time.
Wed 21st: 19km very slow (2 clients)
Thur 22nd: 13km Monna Fartlek. Robin turned up and kept me honest. It's a session I feel very confident with having run it countless times. We took off with Tom taking it easy early on and keeping Enda company. Robin and I traded places several times as the energy and speed ebbed and flowed for us both. Running through 5km in 16:15 it was going to be a solid session in this heat again. Good to run a whole sesh with Robin who I have been coaching for a while now. Finished with 6.11km for the 20mins.
Fri: 23rd: 7km easy
Sat 24th: 21km long run with Hurts and Rejoov in the park
Sun 25th: No run. Santa was too giving today and the champagne flowed early.

90km total. Not bad considering it was Christmas week.

Mon 26th: 10km with a 19min 5km thrown in just to get it done quickly before a BBQ
Tue 27th: 13km Rejoov Session - 6km fartlek on grass around Willow Pond in CP. It's a 850m square loop and we alternated sides to surge. Ran quite strongly for a 3:19 / sub 20min result.
Wed 28th: No run - camping at Coolendel (Shoalhaven river) and it was too hot and too easy to sit around and do nothing. Swam 500m in the river though - can I count that?
Thur 29th: 10km slow after returning from camping.  Bit stiff and sore from the bed/tent setup.
Fri 30th: 12.5km - tried to run 5 x 1km in under 3:05's and managed just two. Well one really. 3:02 and 3:05. In the 3rd one, my legs immediately blew up and I ended up doing 2 x 500m and even then they were slower. Good to know exactly where I am at with regards to the raw speed aspect of my fitness. Or more to the point, where I am not.
Sat 31st: Last day of the year and my last run was with the Hurts/Rejoov guys and girls in the park. Nice and leisurely 20km.
Sun 1st Jan: 8km recovery run.

73.5km total which with the 500m swim I'll just go ahead and call 74km.

Not sure how many kms for the year in total but with the start of 2017 upon us, it's good to know I have run everyday this year so far. Tom - are we on again this year?

Here's some pics of what's been happening away from running lately. Happy new Year everyone. Thanks for reading. In 2017 I plan to up the quality of content on this blog. Not sure with what right at this minute. I'm sure it'll come to me on my next run.

See you out there.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Silly season

It's been a tiring couple of weeks as we descend upon Christmas and my first decent break that doesn't involve a running camp. 2 weeks off work will be just the ticket I need to launch into a 2017 running campaign and hopefully some solid performances.

I do need to get back up to and hopefully over the top of Barts, Quentin and Tom who all joined me yesterday for our end of year drinks. A lot of backslapping and talk of holding back the age barrier for another few years started to motivate me once again after what has been a flat couple of months since Melbourne. Throw in the likes of Hoey (who mainly races marathons), Neil, Nick Roberts & Scotty O, it will be a great competitive year spurred along by them all.

Now that Rejoov Runners is officially affiliated with ANSW as an athletic club, I will wind it up again and line up for the State 5000m in mid Feb with hopefully the State 10 000m a month later (haven't checked dates yet). Very exciting for Rejoov to grow this side of the club and introduce our runners to the wonderful world of ANSW (and last minute starting time schedule changes).

The week starting Dec 5th was mostly in Melbourne under warm skies at first then miserable cold rain. 4 seasons in one day Melb at its best.

Mon 5th Dec: Still in Sydney: 2 runs totalling 22km which was a good start to the week.
Tue 6th: Met up with good mate Baz Proctor to run the TAN Track in Melb. 6 x 5mins along the base of the loop on slightly slippery surface but managed a tick over 1500m for the first rep and matched it for the remaining 5 efforts. Total 15km
Wed 7th: 13km around Albert Park, Southbank and the Tan. Perfect night for a run
Thur 8th: AM: 6km loop of the lake PM: 7km incl 8 x 200m reps barefoot in nearby Fawlkner Park. Christmas party at Left bank alongside the Casino with Dave Warner and the NZ cricket team strolling past (in opposite directions)
Fri 9th: No run. Morning after.
Sat 10th: KAMAY park run. This is a new park run at
La Perouse. They have called it Kamay after the local indigenous clan but I'm just not sure people will recognise this. Most are called after their location so people know exactly where to go. This new course is undulating as it snakes around the coast for 1.3km, back again only then to repeat. At no stage are you running on the flat but I wouldn't call it slow as there are some nice down sections. In typical fashion I took off with no idea how fast I was running. Maybe it was Mikey L being there and having beaten me more than I would have like of recent or maybe it was the allure of grabbing my first park run record. Probably a bit of both.
3.03 first Km, through 3km in 9:35 only to fade for a 6:56 2km and 16.31 result which was ok. I think I can break 16mins in full flight on this course which would out me at around 15:30-35 on the track.
Total 12km
Sun 11th: 25km with the CP guys - 4:25 average by the end.
Total 100km on the knocker which was quite pleasing. Some good sessions in there and the long run was very comfortable.

Sammy Johnson's 40th bash at the local bowls club

Mon 12th: 8km with Jeff at 6min pace
Tue 13th: 15km - very hot day (36deg). HuRTs session - 45min continuous starting with 7x2mins off 1min down to the turnaround (5.7km). Felt pretty good to this point. 5min slow jog (still feeling good) then a tempo all the way back to the start. Managed 10mins at 3:40pace before blowing up and jogging it in. Still solid in the heat.
Cold Play concert mid week. Was actually really good. I found out I knew more songs than I realised.

Wed 14th: 17km in CP first up with Birchy, Elle and Sonya at just under 5min pace which was great. Then with client Mitch who was struggling a bit in the heat but holding on well.
Thur 15th: No run - wet, cold, unmotivated after having missed the HuRTs session.
Fri 16th: 5km jog along the coast after work xmas dinner last night.


Annual lads luncheon at Manly celebrating another year of paying for Tom's lunch.

Sat 17th: No run. Rest day (again)
Sun 18th: I'll stick my head out and say 30km as I type the night before.
(managed 34km actually feeling quite good) 79km for the week

Next week being Christmas week I am hoping for 100km as I don't have any dinners / late nights so all good. Time to get serious again and if I wait for Jan 1st I'll diminish my chances at the state 5000m.

Stay tuned.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Summer is here already

And boy is it warming up. The HuRTs sets are hot but I am trying to turn up as much as possible. Good for the motivation slump to at least put in for the hard sessions. My mileage is still hovering around 80km so another thing I am now finding I have to watch is my weight. All the eating and drinking I can do on 130km per week starts to show on just 80km. Hoping to increase the mileage soon.

I missed out on the Berlin marathon lottery so will try for the first charity spots this Wednesday. Failing that, it's over to using a travel company or just not doing it. But seeing Neil having just run 2:28 yesterday has provided hope that I can still run low 2:30's if not under.

Short post this week. Not a lot to report.

Mon 28th Nov: 12km easy Cent Park.
Tue 29th: Hurts 3/2/1 fartlek session. 45mins continuous of 3min(1min), 2min(1min), 1min(1min) cycles. Managed to go through 10km in almost a minute quicker than the race 2 days ago. So obviously I was not in great condition Sunday morning. 12.7km for the 45mins with Darren Moyle and Nick Roberts most of the way. Tota; 16km
Wed 30th: 13km across 2 runs (both slow with clients)
Thur Dec 1st: Hurts 3 x 2km set at Barangaroo. Warmed up well, stretched and even did strides to pump myself up for this. I wanted 3 reps at 6:20 or better if possible. Off the mark I bolted a little too fast - going through 1km in 3:05 before settling down a bit and running 6:16. 2mins recovery and off again. This time with Darren and Kevin Batt with me. Kev is a sub 14min 5000m runner so any pace any of us could muster up would still be a tempo for him so I just put him to good use and he blocked the wind for me. 6:21 back to the overseas passenger terminal. Feeling it now already. 3rd rep, Barts decided to switch on and with Darren, myself and new guy Darion, we went through in around 3:10 before my legs started fatiguing. I surged and got back on once but Kev was also finishing it off strongly. I faded but still managed 6:26 which wasn't a disaster. Total 13km.
Fri 2nd: 8km marking out the Sat rejoov cross country loop session.
Sat 3rd: 4km just marking out the session etc. I had Jaden so I couldn't run which felt surprisingly okay. This onset of apathy needs to be addressed I feel. Greta on the other hand raced well at the Curl Curl 3 points race coming 2nd in her age and 7th overall. She also be Adrian McGarvar (sorry Mac, couldn't help myself there)
Sun 4th: 20km with the Eastside Hurts guys before rushing off to drop Jaden & Greta to the airport for their week in the Alice.
Total for the week. 86km

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Nov 14th - 27th update

Another 2 weeks (and a bit) have flown by and a kick up the arse today by Tom to update my blog. Post JP Morgan, not much has happened really. Some HuRTs sessions, a lot of downtime from running (less mileage), the HuRTs awards night and our running camp at the Entrance.

Mon 14th: 10km in 37deg temps along Scarborough Beach Perth - 4min pace. Felt ok but felt a lot better jumping in the ocean afterwards.
Tue 15th: 14km across 2 runs again beachside in Perth. 2nd run involved a 5km tempo (17mins)
Wed 16th: 20km around Kings Park, Swan river foreshore. 90mins
Thur 17th: 6km early morning run before flight home. Straight to the HuRTs awards night and took out the first man standing award. Certainly wasn't going to win last man standing. Fun night with a big cheerio send off when it was time to pull up stumps.

Fri 18th: 7km easy CPark
Sat 19th: 11km incl 7km tempo (with hill) in CP.
Sun 20th: 28km with the Manly Hardcore. Barts, Tom, Erika, Darren, Justin, Toby and even Jerome joined the darkside. Fantastic again to jump in the ocean afterwards then tuck into an Emporio B&E roll.
Total for the week: 96km

Mon 21st: 12km easy Cpark
Tue 22nd: 12km HuRTs session - 1 x 20mins (10/10 progressive), 1 x 10mins. Guts feeling crook so had to pull up short. Finding it hard to get a full session out right now.
Wed 23rd: 15km very easy Cpark
Thur 24th: 11km with 6 x 400m reps on McKay Oval, half of which has bindies. cut my feet up a bit for a few days. Managed 70secs for most of the 6 reps.
Fri 25th: 8km at The Entrance with Beck Munro. Everyone else stuck in traffic so just the 2 of us for the first session of our camp.
Sat 26th: No run - 30km cycle around The Enrance / Mingara. Legs felt ok on the bike. Actually quite enjoyed this session. Followed by a beach swim session including some pretty big waves.
Sun 27th: Central coast 10km (half marathon festival). Woke up feeling pretty groggy after a big bbq dinner, drinks and celebrity Head tournament. Didn't really want to race but went through the motions of coffee, toilet, slow warm up, run throughs and then I was off. Tried to be competitive for as long as possible but just faded at the 2km mark. Didn't have any fight in me. Legs obviously stuffed from the ride, head stuffed from the drinks, stomach heavy and with the stress of camp organisation it only got worse. One by one they cruised past me including Mike L relegating me to 7th overall in high 35mins. Not a great run for me. Couldn't even run back. Thanks to Craig Wiseman for the lift after he also struggled around the half course (won't go into details with his time).
Total for the week: 73km