Sunday, January 27, 2013

Osaka Half Marathon 2013

OK so that is done! Found today taxing, cold and blustery at times. I really had to push to get what will probably be just over 1:21:00 (official times just in made the top 100).
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That is a good workout out for my marathon in 3 weeks but frustrated that my ankle is still causing me problems. The last 5K I started to feel it and just couldn't get up on my toes. Because of this I started to bleed seconds and the last 5K was harder than the first 15 and much slower by comparison.

I'll put the splits up when I get them but by my watch I was 18:10 for the first 5K, 37:12 for the 10K and that's were I stopped checking. For sure the second 10K was slower but one positive out of this, compared to my 10K race 2 weeks ago I'm much faster and feel I'm starting to peak.

I'm going to keep taping my peroneal tendonitis ( bad ankle) and if I can finally fix it before the Senshu Marathon I'll give my PB a shake!

Actually a little shell shocked today as my half marathons usually come easier than that but I know I did my best and can't be held responsible for a dodgy body! ;)

More determined than ever to make a break-through, a little more intelligence on the problem and time and all things will come good, sure of it.

Some photos from the day below. Me at the finish, a photo of one of the women finishing off her marathon (These elite women are awesome) a photo of the bar/restaurant I went to after the race.

Like to give a shout out to the organizers, well done! The Japanese put on the best races, it's seriously a runners paradise over here. Come and join me for a race here before I hang up my shoes! I'll be running for only about about 10 years more so don't leave it too long ;)

Just got the official time re splits, they are 5K 18:11, 10K 19:01, 15K 19:30, 20K 20:09 and 4:26 for the last 1 and a bit. Not a terrible fade but a fade nonetheless. I think with no headwind and no foot injury I  probably could of just PBed but thinking about that, I think that still isn't good enough. I need to, when this foot gets better, go to the track and work on my basic speed. I'll try to do it from now until  before the next racing season here, Oct to March. Need to get my 3K and 5K times on the track right down. I think that is the only way I'm going to get any break-throughs at the half and full marathon distances. Been trying to avoid track speed-work as I don't like it & it hurts a lot but really seems the only option for me now is to put the hurt on and speed up!


  1. Not bad.... Hey, it was a marathon training run!

  2. still a nice time for a half. Hope the peroneal tendonitis gets better soon. I had the same problem early last year and I ended up having to stop running for a month before it cleared up. Luckily cycling did not aggravate it so was able to retain some fitness. As to running in Japan I have a couple of times and would love to again. I am considering the Osaka marathon this year. Cheers Richard

  3. Good to hear that your running's going well despite some physical injuries. I hope your ankle heals quickly - it'd be great for you to have a crack at your PB.

  4. Maybe a fraction excited in that first 5k? That's 76:40 pace. 79:00 pace may have worked better, kicking home the last 5 for a PB.

    Anyway, agree that track work and improving your basic speed is the key to faster times. Doesn't have to be on the track though if you're injury prone. Troopy tweeted that his first track session in ages nearly crippled him. Emily Bricacek was always injured from track sessions and now does them on the grass at Stromlo. Do you have a smooth grass field somewhere or a dirt road?

  5. By the way, hope you're still running by the time I get to Japan!