Sep 21

I was hoping for 2 hours in the Blackmores Half Marathon so I’ll take this. And…no ITB soreness.

Sep 20

Just 16 hours to go and I start my first half marathon race in 2 years.

I actually ran the same race 2 years ago so it’s good race to [hopefully] start my climb back to marathon fitness.

I’ve been battling ITB soreness for a good 18 months now but the last 3 months haven’t been too bad. I’m now just about able to run 21km before the ITB gets me. Having said that, the last 3 weeks I’ve had some issues with other ITB. UGH.

My training has been good. I’ve done a long 20km+ run every weekend since mid-July, with my weekly mileage ranging from 30-40km. I’ve also been swimming and cycling - cross training for the win.

Anyway, fingers crossed for tomorrow. 

My half marathon PB is 1:43:00. Tomorrow I’m hoping for sub-2 hours which is 5:40min/km pace. I’m happy with my fitness at that pace so I plan to run 0-10km at 5:40ish and then try to pick it up to 5:35 for 10-21km. The theory is good at least!

You can see the course map here.

WISH ME LUCK!

Down a day early for the 2014 Sydney Running Festival and the portaloos are out in force.

Down a day early for the 2014 Sydney Running Festival and the portaloos are out in force.

Sep 14
Almost 60km into today’s ride and there’s a sweet sunset over the harbour. (at Sydney Harbour Bridge)

Almost 60km into today’s ride and there’s a sweet sunset over the harbour. (at Sydney Harbour Bridge)

Aug 31

Turn directions on Garmin Forerunner 910XT

I’m so glad I found this.

bewuethr:

My Garmin Forerunner 910XT does pretty much everything. It keeps track of my body fat percentage, tells me when to run fast during workouts, all I want to know about heart rate, strokes per length and vertical speed. It lets me compete against old performances of myself or somebody else…

My final long run before the Sydney Half Marathon in 3 weeks was testing on my ITB.

I ran 23km but the soreness really kicked badly just before 21km. If I can do that again on race day, I’ll be quite happy.

I was running with my mate Amy who’s doing the marathon so my splits are slower than I plan to run on race day. Still, a long run is a long run.

Aug 24

Blackmores Half Marathon

I’ve finally taken the plunge and registered for Sydney Running Festival Half Marathon.

This my first half marathon race since I ran the same race back in 2012. I ran 1:43:00 then; I won’t be running that this time! I’ll be happy if I break 2 hours.

Looks amaze. Best break from cycling food. (at Little Paw Espresso)

Looks amaze. Best break from cycling food. (at Little Paw Espresso)

Aug 23

Nice scenic run this morning! 23km with on and off ITB soreness.

Aug 21
Yes! I’m still alive and running well. I’m regularly doing 20km at the weekend and only getting intermittent ITB soreness.

But…interval training is wreaking havoc with my Achilles. I’ve been recommend to try this. Wearing it to bed is the treatment.

Anyone else used it? Apparently it’s been around for 40 years.

Yes! I’m still alive and running well. I’m regularly doing 20km at the weekend and only getting intermittent ITB soreness.

But…interval training is wreaking havoc with my Achilles. I’ve been recommend to try this. Wearing it to bed is the treatment.

Anyone else used it? Apparently it’s been around for 40 years.

Jul 25

(Finally getting round to posting this).

So I’ve been trying to build up my km’s recently, steadily increasing each week.

Last weekend I thought to myself, what the hell, I’m going to run until the pain stops me or I can’t run any further. Here’s what went down:

0-6km

As per usual, this part of the run was fine. Started off steadily, paced myself out.

6.6-7km

It’s a staple of my runs right now (and for some time) that I get borderline run-stopping soreness in my ITB at 6.5km. It’s consistent and I have no idea why. As per usual, I just ran through it.

7-11km

Each km for about 100m I felt glimpses of soreness. Again, I just ignored it and continued.

11-16km

This 5km stretch was like winding back the clock 2 years. I felt great! No soreness, no tightness, just running free. I’d love to have canned that moment.

16-21.1km

Ok so things got tight here. At one stage, I felt like I was in shuffle mode. I can thank one of my mates, who was cycling up behind me at the time, for perking me up and getting me back into it. He stayed for 1km and I just picked up the pace and pushed through to half marathon distance.

I’m surprised by this. I’m not going to try running that distance again until the Sydney Half Marathon in September (if I make it) but I’ll keep up the km’s until then.

Question is: what happened to the ITBS? Is it hiding?

And here’s the stats:

conventionalrunner: interesting read for you. How’s it all going?

Jul 14

I went to see my podiatrist on Friday as I’ve had pain in my foot - specifically the second and third toe. He said it could be a developing neuroma so took my orthotics away to put more support in the forefoot area.

He said I’d have them back tomorrow but I just got a call saying it’s going to take a week.

Annoying! But I guess the rest for my foot isn’t a bad thing. I’ll have to do more cycling instead.

Jul 13
So many cockatoos lined up along the race track for today’s Sri Chinmoy race.

Just down here supporting. My orthotics are in for repairs so I’m sitting this one out.

So many cockatoos lined up along the race track for today’s Sri Chinmoy race.

Just down here supporting. My orthotics are in for repairs so I’m sitting this one out.

Jul 12

Just got back from a great ride today.

Found some new cycle paths, took on some 100m climbs and had a great day out. Here’s the route and stats:

Jul 06

I’ve been sick this week and forgot my goggles for swim laps on Wednesday. Otherwise, very happy with my activity:

Monday: Swim class
Tuesday: 8.61km intervals run
Wednesday: Relaxing in the spa and sauna rather than swimming 1km
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 63.51km cycle
Sunday: 11.37km slow distance run

Hopefully you can see those links to Strava.

Totals: 
Running: 19.98km
Swimming: 0km
Cycling: 63.51km

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Thoughts

The highlight was the 11.37km slow distance run. No ITB soreness until right at the end - very encouraging.

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Next week

Swim class (last one until September) and laps, intervals run, cycling and a running race. I haven’t registered yet as I’m trying to decide whether to do the 5km or 10km. The route is pretty scenic! Here it is:

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