Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Week 3 Marathon Training OUCH

So training is going pretty well. Nothing too huge in volume just really working myself slowly into shape again. I am working on two things, the first is to ingrain my goal October marathon pace of 5.00min/km and the second thing is to work on my weaknesses (which is endurance).

Generally my week is 4 runs and 3 gym sessions. Runs 1 and 3 are long intervals, either 800m 1km, 1 mile or 2km with 2 minute recovery. Run 2 is at the moment a type of tempo so a warm up then 4-6km at 5.00pace. The idea for run 2 is to get back to running a solid 15km at 5.00 pace. Run 4 is a long run, which at the moment is 15km at 5.20 pace.

Monday - 6km at 5.00pace
Tuesday - 10 x 500s at 4.25 pace with 60 secs recovery
Thursday - 5km at 5.00 pace
Saturday - 15km at 5.20 pace

My idea this time around is not to do any "junk" running - that is for me at 6.00min/km pace. Where I am just cruising along. The main thing is that my gait is terrible at this pace and it just re-enforces bad running habits.

So my longer term goal is to be in 3.30 marathon shape by October. So plenty of longer runs at marathon pace or faster. In the past I have done shorter intervals and thought that they would transfer to good race times (for the 10km and 21km) but in knowing where my running strengths are I should be doing more longer race pace efforts. So for the marathon 15km at marathon pace mid week will be my goal, then a tempo at 1/2 marathon pace plus a speed session plus a long run.

In the past my long runs have also just been "for distance" so I am not stepping up the volume unless I am fit enough to handle it at either 5.20 pace or faster.

Everything else is going pretty well. My new Nike Pegasus arrived this week - so I feel like a marathoner again. My cupboard is full of Hammer Gels, on Saturday I have rejoined the long run group - which has been good.

On the last day of school Hayden ran his first Cross Country at school. As his birthday is the 20th of December he just made it in for the Under 9's, but he ran a sensible race and came in 6th! It was a really proud Dad moment. He ran and had fun with his friends!

I also gave in to the boys and got them a puppy! Milo is the new addition to the family!


At the end of the race!

Happy after the race

Milo and the boys - the new addition

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Coming Full Circle - Running For Fun

When I first started running I ran to lose weight - it was originally part of my get fit quick campaign before my wedding. Ironically I've been married 9 years on the 2nd of April so this post has some good timing.

I never thought I would travel to all parts of Australia to run in events, hell I didn't even know "fun runs" existed. Because of running I have run in races all across our great land, and have met some of the most genuine and down to earth people in the running community. Runners are special souls.

Because of running Jason and I started HRE and because of HRE we have been able to grow running events in Central Queensland. Runners rate our event - the CQPhysio Group Capricorn Coast Running Festival as the most professional event in CQ. I have been blessed to have found running and runners who enjoy the sport and love to share in others experiences.

During my short lived Ultra Marathon career, I became fixated on results. Somehow I went from just enjoying running to letting it well and truly consume what I was doing. I wanted you all to say how good I was. I wanted to be like the others, the winners. Wanting to be a winner meant beating others, this soon sucked the fun out everything.  

So after 18 months and a lot of self reflecting in the last 3 months, I am returning to endurance running to have fun. I miss the running crew, miss the sharing of training plans and race strategies. Miss dreaming of the world marathon majors. Miss the suffering of failures and celebration of successes. I couldn't care less if I ever finish a local race first or last. From this point forward I am simply going to enjoy my running and training.

It may seem like a back flip BUT this is in no way saying I am happy not to push my limits. So please don't get the two confused. My goals are to become a better all-round runner than I was in 2012, I know I can apply myself and I know my strengths and weaknesses better than ever. My purposeful main change is not to become fixated with results or times. I plan to run 2-3 marathons this year, by October I plan to be in great shape and to run a PB. But my PB is just that, not yours or Jason's or Ben's or anyone else's. If I don't reach my goal, I will keep chipping away at it. 

The message for myself and my sons when they eventually read this is that I want you to be the best you can be, and not to compare your effort with any other person. Your success in life is a reflection on you, not a reflection on me or anyone else. If, and when you find yourself comparing your results, or achievement with others it is time to stop and ask yourself "why am I doing this" is it for some form of external public reinforcement/recognition or is for the feeling of self accomplishment.

In looking back my focus on being "good" at something - in this case running took over and I lost the fun part of why I was doing it. You should have fun with it, it isn't my job, and my times are in no way ever going to mean anything to anyone else. Like I have said before, there is always someone better somewhere.

When I helped out at the Rocky Road Runners opening race a couple of weeks ago, it really reinforced why I started running in events. It was awesome to cheer runners on, first or last place. Encouraging them to push their limits. I missed it.

So as a little motivation for everyone, this is my first full week of getting back on the horse and training for endurance. I have been struggling a little, but enjoying getting out of bed and hitting the road once more. My goal over the next few weeks is to get back to running a 10k in 50 minutes. So I am doing longer intervals at 5.00/km pace 800s, and mile repeats to ingrain that pace. It is hard, certainly hard working against what I am good at (like just sprinting 200m) but it has a special feel to it, my mind has already drifted off thinking about Gold Coast Marathon and Melbourne Marathons. Thinking of the race course, and that feeling of coming down the finish chute knowing you are a marathoner.

I am pleased I spent the time pushing my speed limits last year. It has given me a great insight into my strengths and how I can build a training plan going forward.

I know it will take a good 8 weeks before I have any endurance, I am looking forward to working hard, the grind and the struggle.

"Chase you goals Sean - go full steam ahead, but don't lose sight of having fun and enjoying the moment."

Running is who am, not what I do.



Saturday, 29 March 2014

Buying running gear

With the start of any new goal I always go about treating myself to "get in the mood" - for marathons this means, new wheels, new socks, and a few boxes of gels.

As I've said before I'm a Nike man, so new Pegasus 30's on the way as my training mules.

New socks from Injinji - yes the toe socks, I've been in them for 4 years and they are the best!! Never any blisters with Injinji socks!!

And a few boxes of gels from Hammer Nutrition  2 of which are a new flavour Peanut Butter, they have always agreed with my stomach.

Like I said before I have no fixed goals yet, Gold Coast Marathon is first - could be struggle given my current lack of endurance!!! This week I ran 2 sets of intervals and a 5.5km run at 5.00 pace I'll slowly increase the distance but keeping that pace, no slower.

Till next week!


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Returning to Marathons - Part III

Well I'm sitting in a motel in Adelaide contemplating life - thus a chance to put some thoughts on paper for 2014. Without being too hard on myself my motivation thus goals for track running in 2014 have vanished. With some changes at work I really lost all focus and direction on hitting the track.

As part of the process of letting my track goals go for the year I spent a big block of time in the gym. Generally doing Crossfit and getting stronger. My recent PBs in the gym include a 172.5kg deadlift a 115kg bench press, 135kg squat and 80kg shoulder press. I recently ran a 26.95 200m on the track.

In reading back through my blogs from 2012 I was really just burnt put from racing. I was constantly chasing personal bests and was devastated if I didn't achieve them. In running track it was something I was better at, than marathons but it really doesn't have the same "fun" aspect. I miss sharing the training prep and suffering with other marathoners.

So I'm returning to marathons - at least 2 maybe 3 this year. I'd like to run 3 and get to 10 marathons in total this year. No real fixed time goals.

I am fat and unfit BUT never been stronger or more balanced.

To give you an idea at how unfit I am - 2 years ago nearly to the day I ran my 10k PB of 43.55. On Monday I struggled through a 4k tempo in 20 minutes! 18 months ago I was running 5k in 20minutes.

So get ready for the slow and steady comeback - should be good reading as I suffer to get fit!

Stay safe


Thursday, 19 December 2013

2014 Goals

First things first – my beautiful sister has had an amazing little girl born on the 13/12/13. My little niece Natalie is perfect and we cant wait to see her in a couple of weeks on Holiday!

Second most important news is Ben is back running. With him moving back to NZ it left a hole in me, and I miss him terribly. Unfortunately with Mel having health issues, he hasn't been running - glad to hear he has his running mojo back and is thinking of some races in 2014. Can't wait to go skiing and running next year!
Third most important news, we have finally retained the Ashes. Yes I am a cricket tragic and my life revolves around the trials and tribulations that are our Cricket team. Yes I did name my first born son after Australia’s greatest opening batsman Matt Hayden. #returntheUrn has been huge this summer, let’s make it 5-0.

Following on from my year in review blog, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about my goals for 2014 and where it will lead me. What do I want to have a crack at, what is achievable and what might me a stretch goal? The stretch goal will keep me getting out of bed in winter.

To get it off my chest and out of my head, yes I have been thinking about a marathon for 2014. In doing a lot of reflection about my mental state, I think I suffered from a bit of endurance running burn out. Possibly too many races and too many goals. The back tightness I picked up at the K2D race last year which inhibited my race and derailed my race plans – was most probably a physical manifestation of my mental state at the time. I was simply burnt out.

I have thought a lot about the mental preparation regarding races and how 90% of my events are often derailed by unrealistic expectations (aiming for a crazy race PB).

That’s the problem with being goal driven. I had a boss once ask me “was I disappointed?” when I didn’t receive a pay increase I believed I had earned, I said yes, his response “lower your expectations”.

Whilst his comment was tongue in cheek is does provide an interesting observation of one of the stronger personality traits which I have. Being “Goal Driven” can sometimes be seen as greedy or pushy, or restless, never satisfied. I am very goal driven, and when I have clarity of that goal it can be often at the expense of other activities and relationships in particular. Backing off on my own personal running goals in 2013 helped me invest energy into other areas. It wasn’t the actual time invested, as I was still training 10-12 hours a week (which is plenty) just the emotional energy required to work to a solid plan and build up to the event and attempt to execute the plan then the inevitable come down after the race. There is NOTHING like the week before a marathon!!!!

This year I have learnt to run for me, run for the pure fun and enjoyment of it. Run to feel fast and powerful, just enjoy it with no real fixed goals. The track training really has helped me work through what I want from running and what I am searching for as an athlete.

My athletic goals have at times been very specific and measurable. Like a sub 4 marathon. Or sub 20min 5km. In doing this I often neglected the general fitness and health part of my body, too often just focused on the running sessions, not enough on recovery, strength and nutrition. Losing the ability to do basic stuff.

I am a middle of the pack endurance athlete, my “strength” is my power and speed I have over a very short distance. I am an average endurance athlete.  Too often people get hung up on being a marathoner or ultra-marathoner, sometimes being a bit snobbish making comments about people who aren’t a real athlete unless you are doing mega distances or mega fast times. I can tell you from personal experience that all distances are as hard as the other, only the suffering is longer.

But why a marathon. Why even bother doing another one, since I am back in the gym and getting stronger why bother trying to tear myself back down to do another marathon? Sensible question really, the only real reason is that the actual finish of a marathon and sense of accomplishment is very satisfying. I have never done an Ironman but I am assuming that the feeling of coming down the finishers chute is addictive. What I will be doing this time around is not investing a huge proportion of the year to the marathon. So not a typical Lydiard style marathon program, and definitely not a 40 week 4000km training plan like TNF.

Since I have been back in the gym, I have been doing some CrossFit workouts and really enjoy them. A lot of the gymnastics and conditioning movements I am already OK at, and add in my normal strength levels for the squat, deadlift and bench press I actually am OK at picking up some of the Olympic Movements for the more complex WODs. Oh if there are any CrossFitters on here – yes my “Fran” time is a slow 7.14, my “Cindy” is 16 rounds and my “Jackie” time is 8.55.

Side note – rant. If you haven’t done something, don’t talk shit about it. You cant criticise something from sitting at home watching it on YouTube or you met someone and they are dickhead so everyone that does their sport is a dickhead. There are too many assumptions made about people and what they are doing. If you are being active and healthy, and it doesn’t impact on me doing what I want to do, go for it. I couldn’t care less if you want to do an Ironman, Tough Mudder, CrossFit, Ultra Marathon, Road Cycle, Marathon, Ocean Swim, play touch footy, AFL, League or whatever. It’s your life, live it. Don’t talk shit about someone elses sport, it’s their life and hobby to enjoy. Also don’t have a stick up your ass about what you are doing. There is always someone better than you. Your race times are your own, and I hate the fact I have fallen into this trap of comparing myself or comparing others. Who gives a shit really, it makes no difference. We are all just age group wannabe athletes with full time jobs, careers and families. Unless you are Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan or Shane Warne you are not the greatest of all time. Be happy for others as you are happy for yourself, don’t be so critical of others, don’t be critical of yourself. Sean take note. Rant over.    

In reading Brian Mackenzie’s book – Speed Power Endurance, a lot of the themes and elements speak to me. In looking back over 4 years of running, the greatest gains I made for my endurance running (10km to marathon) were based on shorter harder running sessions, rather than the Lydiard style low intensity high volume. There is a point where MORE volume didn’t make me faster. What I am most interested in looking at is applying Mackenzie’s principals and plan to a marathon to see what the outcome would be for me, as like I said previously being a power/speed athlete rather than an endurance one, I believe I would respond better to this approach. Being a middle of the pack runner having more power and strength will help with the fatigue and fade during the last 10. I am certain if I was stronger in 2012 I would not of faded so badly in the last 10km, losing 10 minutes of time. This approach is not traditional, and may not work. But who cares, it will be interesting to write about!

These are a lot of words to say that I am currently thinking of having a crack at the Sunshine Coast Marathon using CrossFit Endurance program. I am not concrete on this yet, more 70/30.

The loose goals I have are track and field in March 200m, 400m (58seconds) and 800m (if travel/cash permits) then build to a sub 20 min 5km around May and then build to a 10km PB by July at Gold Coast and then towards the Sunny Coast Marathon in the last week of August. There are 8 weeks between Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Marathons.

I will think more about this and the plan going forward, I will continue to work on those shorter distances in the next month or so and see how the gym work is translating to the track, particularly my 200m and 300m times.

Stay safe and enjoy your Christmas.


Thursday, 5 December 2013

2013 Year in Review (sort of)

It’s certainly has been a weird year – something’s have progressed and improved and others certainly have either plateaued or regressed.

As a dad and husband I certainly feel like this has been my best year yet – I have invested more positive energy into the boys and they are really showing some signs of maturing into well rounded and responsible kids. In hindsight I raced too much last year, which included too many weekends away. I also travel for work sometimes, so being away from the family certainly takes its toll on the family unit and messes up everyone’s routine.  I have certainly felt a strong feeling of guilt, about spending quality family time pursuing my own selfish pursuits. This feeling shouldn’t be confused with investment to be a better athlete, which I strongly believe can occur on a reasonable daily activity level (like running in the morning and gym at lunch). What I am referring to is the long distance travel to all points of Australia to race.

This year I feel like I haven’t raced enough, but I have progressed with my strength and speed – I just don’t have a heap of participation medals to go with the training effort.

In thinking about 2014 one big difference is that Joel starts prep and will be at school with Hayden. Which means Bel will probably work a bit more. At the end of the year I traditionally plan out what events I’m most likely going to target for the year. Only 1 event is certain and that is the Gold Coast Marathon which I will run with Donald. I probably will run the 10k the day before and aim for a sub 45 min run (my PB is 43.55). That way I can push the faster training still and get a few long runs up, I don’t want to be the one complaining at 35km with 7km to go!

Apart from that – there are 2 other trips which I am desperate to do. The first is a family trip to Sydney to watch a Manly Sea Eagles home game. Manly play arch rivals Melbourne at Brookvale on the Saturday night and hopefully the stars align and I can get there for my birthday weekend which is Round 1. The other trip is a family trip to New Zealand to go skiing with Ben, Mel and the kids. In reflecting about the cash I spent racing last year, money would be better spent on a couple of decent family holidays. This is different to investing in my health, such as running gear, gym fees etc.

Which is the hard part of planning trips. When I look back at 2012 I feel very guilty about the money I spent on myself, which could have been spent on the family. It’s not like I was spending our food money on racing, but with events it certainly chews into the family travel budget. As the boys have matured (Hayden is nearly 8 and Joel is 5) – there are more adventures we can all have together on the weekends - memories for life. It was often a lonely feeling calling home after I raced to talk to the kids.

The big thing floating around with my running is should I have an all-out crack at a marathon PB after Gold Coast. Maybe aim for Sydney marathon in September or Sunshine Coast in August I have never done Sydney and it would be nice to have another “state” completed. With regards to track racing, hopefully work gets me to Brisbane for the QLD State Masters Champs in March. I’ll start to ramp up the track work soon, and hopefully with the extra gym work I have been putting in I will see an immediate improvement. I ran close to a grass 200m PB yesterday, after 4 weeks off so I know the gym work is paying dividends.  

With blogging it has been difficult to write. Less events have meant less to write about.  I have really enjoyed this year spending more time with the family and less time measuring my self-worth on race results, which I have a habit of doing. A pattern I fall into is wanting to push and test myself, then once that improvement curve ends, I lose interest and move on. Maybe I could just be happy at being a multiple marathon completer just running 4 days a week.
I think some of this is also that I am missing planning road trips, racing and travel with Ben, as he has been back in NZ for 2 months now it is starting to sink in that he isnt coming back. I miss having him here to chat with and it probably is one of the reasons that I am failing to plan anything for 2014.

As you can hear, a lot of stuff is up in the air. I know the effort it takes to pull on a marathon PB and a part of me wants that, but I also am aware of the bitter taste of a marathon struggle, where you don’t perform as expected. It can be a soul searching exercise.  The other issue is I have invested 12 months to get faster – and I have seen some real progress, but as I mentioned before the lure of a marathon finish line is like nothing else. Of my 7 marathons, only 1 (Canberra) did I not feel like a rock star when I finished. That’s a lot of good memories and positive emotions bottled up in running 42.2km!

In talking about racing, Gav Bendall is about to run Australia’s longest and arguably toughest Ultra the Coast to Kozi a 240km race from the Pacific Ocean to the top of Mt Kosciusko! Another friend Mat Grills is also doing the race, and I wish them all the best and safe journeys whilst taking on this epic adventure.

If you are wondering what the event date is for the Spring Classic next year, it is the 5th of October, so book it in! It is a week before Melbourne Marathon and a month before Noosa Triathlon.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Race Review and Spring Classic

Welcome to my late race report. I thought I would bundle all of these words together to form some sort of blog/make sense of what I am doing with my life. I can honestly say that last weekend when the CQPhysio Group Spring Classic was on, was the busiest I have ever been in my life. It’s also in the top 5 most stressful moments of all time.

I will talk about the Spring Classic from my perspective later (as an event) but if you are skimming this and not going to read the whole thing – I want to quickly say that we at HRE have taken your feedback on-board and will make a number of improvements for next year. Some of these items were due to budget constraints, others simply growing pains. We want you, as an athlete, to have the best experience so aim to improve every time we bring you a HRE event.

The couple items for next year that will be improved;

  • Earlier start time for all events, 6.15am start for the main race
  • Longer course, course will go all the way to the roundabout for the 10k and half marathoners – thus reducing the laps and congestion at the turn around points
  • Army of aid station volunteers – and larger aid stations
  • Better race precinct, a half marathoners finishers area, bottle of water for every finisher, more kids entertainment, more food options, better viewing area of finish line,
  • Pre-race pick up all day in Yeppoon on Saturday, all day in Rockhampton Friday
  • Communicating our sell out points earlier (sorry if you missed out we only have insurance for a certain number, will raise this to 1500 next year)
  • Singlets will be for sale, so if you want a cool singlet you simply order it before the cut off date – if you want one you can get one
  • Early bird entry fees – discounts for people who like to sign up early
  • Participants hand book, so you have all the details in one easy to reference book prior to the race

Thanks to everyone who raced, we loved bringing you the big city race experience here in CQ – bigger and better next year!

Before I get onto my experience as a race organiser/spectator I will go back 3 weeks to my racing in Townsville.

We had a family trip to Townsville – a chance to get out of town, and for me to test out my winter training. I had nominated for the Masters division but in a conversation with ANQ they placed me in the open division. This didn’t seem to be a bad thing, I wasn’t looking to win any events, just use the faster runners to “pull” me through for a PB.

When I was lining up one of the kids said I was a huge 800m runner! Huge as in muscular. I am no whippet like the other middle distance kings.

My one little gripe was the timings of the event. The races didn’t start on time, so by the time I warmed up etc. We had to wait – up to 45 minutes till the start of our races. The first race was the 800m and I was looking to run under 2.20. The race included the opens and under 18 mens, the pace was insanely quick and I went out way too hard going through the first 400m in 62 seconds, down the back straight I completely blew up and was passed by just about everyone. Finishing in 2.21 I was spent. I should of ran the first lap in 1.05-1.06 and wasn’t “listening to my body” – by the time I got to the car I was dizzy, the 5minute drive to the motel was hell. When I parked the truck, I stepped out and vomited everywhere! I made it upstairs, laid in the cold shower and tried to recover.

Bel thought I was going to die, and kept asking “is this more fun than marathons?” in her really concerned caring way. I love her so much, she was really worried about me. At that point I was glad she wasn’t at TNF to see me near death! 20 minutes later I was back, feeling better! Weird.

The 400m was my showdown event. I really wanted to bury myself and run under 60 seconds.

The same again, the race was moved and I had to run later in the day. They again combined a number of races. Kids were talking about running 55s – so I knew I was going to be close to last again. I settled into my blocks and tried to push out hard, and go balls out. Coming down the home straight I was pushing and knew I was close to a minute, it felt quick. Maybe because of the heat or wind, but it felt faster than the 61 seconds I was awarded with. The elusive sub 60 minute 400 still eludes me. I’m not far off it.

Sunday was a mess. The kids had a swim at the water park and by 11am Bel was feeling sick, we went back to the motel and she had a migraine (from the heat I think) and was down for the count. So I went and ran the 200 by myself. I have run a 27.00 self-timed on the track and a 27.89 on the grass self-timed and was really hoping I could execute a sub 27 200. As I was in my blocks the gun went and I launched out as hard as possible, again it felt really quick, the adrenaline was pumping and I put in a huge dip at the line. I waited around for my time and disappointingly ran a 27.39 – there isn’t much in it I guess between a good race and a great one.

A learning from the event, is not to warm up so early. The other factor was being prepared to wait. Just waiting killed my energy and buzz.

So the next 12 weeks will be about building a base again and after Christmas concentrating on the Queensland Masters Athletics Games again. I need to be stronger out of the start and build a better tolerance towards the end. A few improvements should see more running PBs.

Donald has been hounding me about the blog, and to be honest I really miss the finish line of a marathon. I have committed to running at least 2 next year. Maybe I could run 3 and get my marathon total to 10. I don’t have a burning desire to run a PB just do it for the experience. Track is where my energy is still going.  

Speaking of Donald he ran his first half marathon on Sunday. As we spoke on Monday for the debrief I can hear in his voice that a lot has changed, his focus on becoming a better athlete is 110% - there is nothing that will stand in his way of GC 2014. I said to Bel last night, that it is motivating to hear how he is changing his life. He will become a better man by running. If you are willing to listen, you learn so much about yourself.

So last week arrived, I had been given the honour of Master of Ceremonies at my Cousin’s wedding. Owen was marrying his fiancĂ© Cedar in Byfield. She is absolutely the perfect life partner for him, so caring and compassionate, but also will take charge when required. They are so much in love, and it just warms my heart to see them both so happy together.

The MC duties however provided a logistical challenge with setting up the CQPhysio Group Spring Classic and being in 3 places at once, of course the wedding reception was in the rainforest so no mobile reception!!! Painful!

With regards to the event – Jason and I started HRE in January 2011 with the dream of bringing a big city race to CQ. Sunday actually felt like we had achieved that goal, with 900 runners tackling the beach front it was a sight no one had ever experienced.

A lot of work goes into events, and it included us working 38 hours straight over Saturday and Sunday to pull it off. For those of you that have already provided feedback (good and bad) we are listening and will make course changes, start early, improve aid stations, have more organised finishers precinct, and do a full 2 day race pack pick up. There are a few other details which we want to get right to ensure all runners have the best possible race day experience. If you have any feedback let us know at humanraceevents@hotmail.com

Whilst on the thank-you list, I must thank all of the Aid-Station Volunteers and Luke Fallon for working over time getting aid to people. Like I have said earlier, aid stations will be better stocked and resourced next year – one of the growing pains this year.

The race itself was run and won with the favourites in the 5km and 10km men’s getting the money, Paul and Miles both ran great races. Drew came in from Emerald late in the week and wanted to run his first half marathon, a new course record of 1.16 it was insane to watch him carve his way through the field. Rodney ran really well also, setting himself up for another big block of ironman training leading up to Port Mac. Raelene and Gav get prepared to run the Coast to Kosciusko Ultra – Rails wins the 10k event! Loved seeing our Cooee Bay Pharmacy pace runners bringing people home on their goal times!


For my little family, Joel and Hayden loved the kids dash again! The kids ran the same course as the adults Mile Bolt – I loved it. I loved seeing Hayden and Joel race hard and push themselves. Hayden really surprised me in the 5km – he ran 26 minutes, which is another 2 minutes off his 5km PB. I bet you all think we train and I pressure him, but it’s the opposite. We do no training, just ride our bikes and kick the footy. I am ever conscious of not making them both do too much whilst they are young. I want them to have fun and enjoy it.

For me the greatest moments are when people are suffering yet still have the courage to push through to finish. Nicole was aiming for 2hrs and fell off the pace, and finished with 2.07. I know she is capable of running under 2hrs – but it just wasn’t her day – next year for sure.

Also a big shout out to Aaron and Leah Benson who were married the day before. Leah was adamant that she was going to pace run no matter what and made it quite clear she would “protest” if she was left out! We had her bib made with “Just Married” on it. It was so cool. Aaron decided his form of protest would be to take our cash and ran 3rd in the 5km! Awesome to have both of them there running and sharing their experience with everyone.

That about covers it for the last few weeks, I am back in the gym and doing some track sessions and general running at the moment.

Be safe