12 February 2012

3000m 9m13.53 M50 Qld Rec

Sat 8.25pm SAF Nathan Qld Open 3000m Championship 9;13.53  22nd

Insane? Maybe! 
The heel has really been painful and NOT just in the morning. 
I have to take time out and undergo treatment to get it better.
You my Running Brothers  can imagine how disappointing that is going to be?
Up until the last few weeks I was in top shape and though the injury has started to  impact training (significantly slowing me down and preventing me from training on the track this week).
However I knew I'd still have a respectable 3000m in me, so decided to give it one 'last Hurrah' before my holiday! 
The opportunity to race against the States best in evening conditions does not present itself often and even though mentally today I was 'impaired' (I didn't think I was in top form), I wanted to put a 3000m on my Seasons Best side bar below (you never know when your last race could be!).
Conditions were;


I arrived at the track at 7.00pm, Nathan is very elevated and you can see for miles, I looked out from the car park and saw a huge storm cell flashing every second with lightning. Far enough away I thought for it not to trouble us but it did cause the wind to lift above normal night-time levels. 34 athletes were entered so like the 5000m a fortnight ago it was going to a fast start and a huge crowded field. 
I got drawn #2 outside of Gerrard Gosens and his guide Dennis Fitzpatrick. 
The first 200m was 32s and that was the easiest 32 I've run in some time! 
Runners swarmed around me as I took the inside lane option and tried to resist starting too fast.
68sec for 400m, 2m58 for 1000m, 4m10 at 1400m must have got through 1500m in under 4m30. 
Gaps were opening up and as ever I felt pretty isolated in such a big field!
Ran through 2200m in  6m44 and 2600m in 7m58 as I slowed. 
Just up ahead of me at the finish was Clay Dawson who finished in 9m09 paying me back for my cheeky 5000m ! (nice to meet you Clay!)
Others who got payback over me from the  Qld 5000m Champs were;
Grant Williams 8m54, Adam Hulme 8m55, Drew Williams 8m59 and Peter Bock 9m06.
On face value you'd think I'd be disappointed but I know I am a better 5000m runner. The speed is going with age and even though the Age and VO2 Max equivalents ( See this ) suggest I might run 9m03 to 9m10 I am not so sure!

Ronnie Peters 9m19 when set was the Queensland and Australian M50 Record before the devastation wreaked by Keith Bateman (8m59). 

Today up front Patrick Tiernan is fulfilling his young promise, State Champion at 18 in 8m20.
I was also impressed with Matt Carlsson's 3rd place in 8m29. I think that might be a breakthrough performance for him.
The results were;

Men 3000 Meter Run QLD CHAMPS Open
    Name                     Age Team                    Finals
  1   322 Tiernan, Patrick    18 UNQ                    8:20.48
  2   104 Bulmer, Daniel      22 GCV                    8:25.96
  3  1030 Carlsson, Matt      21 UNQ                    8:29.14
  4  1194 Eastwell, Luke      19 GCV                    8:32.78
  5  2222 Craig, Anthony      32 DAC                   X8:33.31
  6   538 Plummer, Adrian     21 GCV                    8:33.87
  7  1106 Yarham, Glen        20 IPS                    8:38.76
  8  1123 Hosking, Michael    27 GCV                    8:39.78
  9   395 Chambers, Charles   19 GCV                    8:40.90
 10   486 Twist, Jay          24 UNQ                    8:41.73
 11   658 Labinsky, Neil      33 MAR                    8:48.96
 12   311 MacCronan, Ben      20 UNQ                    8:51.67
 13  1102 Williams, Grant     23 UNQ                    8:54.80
 14   736 Hulme, Adam         25 USC                    8:55.16
 15   682 Thomas, Jordan      20 QE2                    8:56.45
 16  1294 Whiting, Michael    35 PAC                    8:58.39
 17   981 Williams, Drew      23 PAC                    8:59.10
 18  1051 Laverty, Jamie      22 PAC                    8:59.95
 19   989 Bock, Peter         30 MAR                    9:06.29
 20   689 Zenonos, Aristo     19 QE2                    9:07.77
 21  1188 Dawson, Clay        31 IPS                    9:09.48
 22  1164 Sweeney, David      51 UNQ                    9:13.53
 23  1303 Bourke, Matthew     35 GFR                    9:38.09
 24  1122 Hall, Jason         37 QMA                    9:42.69
 25   401 Collins, Robert     23 MAR                    9:45.12
 26   472 Simmons, Barry      44 GFR                    9:45.53
 27   950 Gosens, Gerrard     42 TWH                    9:52.26
 28   660 Litfin, Tony        49 RNB                   10:11.25
 --   261 Crew, Andrew        32 MAR                        DNF

Seeing the Consultant on Tuesday.


Anonymous said...

I agree you are insane. You should not have raced.

Looking at the training U do I'd suggest that when U return from injury:
1. Cut the number of speed reps U do by at least half & concentrate on increasing the quality of the reps. Not saying U don't already do impressive sessions but I think its way too much - U were always a train wreck waiting to happen.
2. Build in some easier miles.
3. Only do speed work on grass tracks - and avoid using spikes. U may already be doing this?
4. Over time get rid of your orthotics to strengthen your feet & prevent future injury (this may take 2 years to wean U off orthotics)- as interim measure when returning to training don't race or do speedwork in orthotics.
5. Don't underestimate the value of freshness in bringing the best out of U.
Hope I'm not telling U to suck eggs!!
Regards & Good luck - over 50s colleague who has had similar issues

Scott Lawrence said...

Sorry to hear of your PF Dave. Your recent form has been outstanding. I have continued to be amazed by your sessions and races. I can appreciate your time out will be frustrating, but sounds necessary. Better to get it right and make a complete recovery. All the best

SBx said...

Great running David. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from injury.

Easy Tiger said...

Great stuff Dave, better to be injured than content :-)

BeerMatt said...

Cracking race Dave. For the record I would have raced in the same situation!

coach dion said...

It was only 9 min of running great idea to race, you you can take the break... great time.

Tom said...

Nice one Dave and good luck on Tuesday. If he says take more than 4 weeks off, look for a second opinion!

kevin f forde said...

Considering the chronic pf issues you have this was a great race,hope you get good news from the consultant on Tuesday

David said...

Appreciate your advice you make some valid points that I can see me utilising.

David said...

Cheers thanks for that Scott, sorry to say looks like Melbourne is unlikely now. Hope your going well, sometimes difficult to seek out your results on av but still do.