27 December 2015

5000m racing in Japan

Wanted to give you a flavour of running in Japan at the track  on the day of 5000m races.




And here is a video of a Shinkansen going through a station at warp factor 5 !


21 December 2015

2015 Racing Review

Jan 24th I ran the Queensland Open 3000m Champs and was happy with 9;16.

Feb 26th 5000m in 15;54 at the State Open Champs - very close to my goals 15;51 and 15;49 but not quite close enough.
28th Two days later I backed up with a 15;56 at North Lakes parkrun treating it in my mind as a tempo run! 

March 5th QUEENSLAND Open 10,000m Champion 
at 53 years of age! - my 'racing' performance of the year. Run in really hot, really humid, windy conditions 33;43.

April 3rd Sydney Australian Masters Champion M50 10,000m Champion 33;03 
April 5th Sydney Australian Masters Champion M50 5000m 16;05

I noticed a drop off in my performance following Nationals as performances deteriorated and I ended up with a hip injury which I struggled on with for a few months.

24th Noosa 10km Road 4th Overall 34;03

June 14th Launceston 10km Road 33;19 - brewery tour and pub crawl with the HuRTS boys took me months to recover from.
Launie was freezing cold, white long sleeves gloves and beaney

July 5th Gold Coast Half Marathon 73;20 ran with the lead group of women for a few K's then by myself for 10km.
I'm behind John (Barts)

August 16th Gladstone Botanic to Bridge 8km 26;41 2nd overall to Jackson Elliot, $500 first M45.

I took two weeks off running to give the hip issue a chance to resolve itself - I cycled everyday in the interim. The break from running seemed to work but hated getting swooped by maggies.

I turned 54
A racing reunion that took 35 years ! 
Oct 10th QMA State athletics facility;Treesey and me 3000m Mike was the victor in 9;28 with me 9;32
Oct 24th Sandgate parkrun Treesey again victorious 16;25 to my 16;28 
Oct 31st North Lakes parkrun 16;10 a pleasing return to form but then I go and  injure myself gardening!

Nov 16th Tokyo Japan 5000m 16;21 (Mike ran 16;16) if only Andrew Green, Mike Trees and I were in shape we'd have been comfortably run sub 16 minimum (Andy close to 15;00)
Mike and I behind #36 and #35 in a field of 50 runners, with 37 heats!

Nov 23rd Otawara Marathon festival Japan 10km 34;57 6th M40.  Japan is the spiritual home or World distance running.
Another two week break from running but this time I was unable to cross train on the bike - dieting for the first time ever meant the comeback wasn't quite as tough as normal. 
Mid December and I resumed training with the back very slowly getting better.

The motivation is higher than ever for training and  racing in 2016 with some unfinished business at M50 5000 and 10,000m. 
55 years old in September and World Masters Athletics in Perth in October.

20 December 2015

Beer and rice

I took two weeks off running following Japan to try and let the back injury settle down.
My first week back was just steady 5.6km (Roo course) and the following week I managed a week of steady Roo+Lake 10.6km in the Turkish bath like conditions that are a Brisbane Summer.
The back is very gradually getting better, less painkillers required better sleeping.

Japan has been a huge motivating factor for me. M50 Goals (3/5/10/Half) that I had long written off are now back on my radar.
The innocuous injury has given me a warning that over the next 12 months I need to be careful not to make any mistakes as I build up to Perth 26th October 2016.
Perhaps one of the easiest but also the most difficult ways to improve performance is dropping weight. I'm around 63kg and think if I can get to 60kg I will be at peak. I'm worried that increased mileage over 100km a week will lead to injury as it has in my past , so I am actually going to watch my diet for perhaps the first time ever!
I'm cutting beer, soft drinks, chocolate, biscuits,  cake and I'm going to be careful with portion size.
Just as well I gave away the sack of rice and carton of beer that were my prize in the 10km!
Beer and rice ; thank-you but no thank-you

6th M40 34;59