Sunday, January 31, 2010

"It's not about.... pleasures."

I don't know what happened today, struggled throughout. What was that about? I suppose I was just not on it today.

Bloody miserable conditions cold and drizzling and even though the course was fast and flat I couldn't do better than I did. My hamstrings were hurting especially the left one maybe that was one of the problems.

With 2K to go I thought I might be able to get under my PB but couldn't convince the pins to go any faster. I came home in 35:42,(1st 5K 17'28 2nd 18'13) four seconds shy of my PB and 9th in my age group. After finding out I'd missed my PB and just missed out on a trophy, they gave one each to the first eight in my age group, I let out a few quiet expletives like ones in the following clip.

Anyway, after that I felt fine so don't worry about me I know I can and how to do much better in the future. Thanks for all your last comments. And Rick breathe easy old fella ;) And Ewen I think I was 2nd "woman" in my age group today!

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Got a 10K race tomorrow. I could discuss it at length but "I'll let my race do the talking!" No, actually I will talk about it I just always wanted to use that lame line ;)

My foot is getting better now only sore if I press on it directly, so I wont press it ;) It shouldn't hamper a PB attempt. There may be a problem with the weather, rain is predicted, but if it's not too heavy it shouldn't be a big problem either.

I'll be running in the 32 to 50 years age group, I don't know why they made such a group, so I don't expect to get on the podium but on the bright side the younger fellas just might help to pull me along to a PB :)

Anyway, I'll do my best and it will be good practice running at speed getting my legs use to it. The plan for the next six months is to do regular 5KTT at sub 2:30 marathon pace and hopefully get to the stage where they are coming with relative ease. By the time of the Townsville marathon I hope to be ready to even give David Crinti a run for the win, or anyone else, who shows.

"The best laid schemes of mice and men.." It could well turn out nasty and end up like the comic below but I'll give it a go ;)

Sunday, January 24, 2010



I'm happy with today's result as I went into this race a little lame, foot injury,(went to clinic yesterday and Doc said I had an overuse injury to one of the tendons running down the side/bottom of my left foot). I can run on it, have been for the last 3 weeks but it's sore, so I was happy to be able to pull out a PB and get a trophy just scraping into 6th in my age group.

Now it's time to get serious with my training otherwise I fear there won't be many more PBs. But for now I'll get back to killing myself with beer and fatty food ;)

Above, some photos from today.

I hope you're all well.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Just wanted to share with you my favorite commercial at the momment as it's fun and I like the girl, Shiori Kutsuna, dancing in it. It also pretty much expresses the mood I'm in now. Pumped and looking forward to the year/races ahead.

Hope you're all well.

Saturday, January 09, 2010


Happy New Year!

I trust everyone is fine, how are you Aussies handling the heat? I'm sure it's preferable than the cold those in Europe and America are facing at the moment. It started as a fairly warm winter here but getting colder day by day. I always battle with colds this time of year and looking at my running logs of the past few years I noticed that I had caught a cold in the previous two years in early January. My heart rates been up all week and I feel like I'm battling some type of lurgy, still I haven't succumb to anything yet, fingers crossed.

Talking about hopes, you may of noticed, or not, that I've put my new running goal up under my blogs photo and set it as wanting to run a sub 2:30:00 marathon. Yes, it is ambitious I know but as the saying goes:

“Big results require big ambitions.”

I don't know if I can do it this year or the next but it's going to remain the goal. It may very well be out of my reach and seem a bit unrealistic but, I believe, no more unrealistic than me after my first marathon at 4:10 thinking I could go sub3. I couldn't even run 5K at a sub 3 marathon pace when I decided on that goal so taking 15 minutes off my present marathon time can't be that hard ;)

While I'm basically a realist in the way I approach life I think that realism will only take you so far in this sport and it's going to take something more to get me this new goal. This "something more", is a real plan backed up with the view that it is not only possible but inevitable.

I got this tube video by following a link on "Effin J's" blog. Billy Mills run was truly inspired and inspiring and exactly the kind of thing that wouldn't of happened had he not thought it could.

An infrequently mentioned fact is both Clarke and Mills ran the marathon at the 1964 Olympics after the 10,000 m. Clarke finished in 9th place, Mills finished in 14th, in a respectable 2:22:55.4, approximately two-and-a-half minutes behind Clarke.