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Tuesday, July 15, 2008


6 July 2008

Craig picked me up at 0450 and we started down to Gold Coast. Contigent:
  • Full marathon: Glen, Craig and Alun Davies (GH ultra runner)
  • Half marathon: Deon, Michelle, Troy & Eliza

It was a normal cold Gold Coast race morning, but rain was threatening, as it had rained all the day before. So it was muddy. Also the race area had changed due to works at Southport. It was 1km north this time.

The goals were:
1) have fun
2) kill 4hrs
3) sneak under 3:45
4) run all the way
5) use it as training for the next Ultra in July.

I had a bottle of powerade at each 5km station, with 1 GUs and coke at 35km. Craig had the same, but with half a powerbar taped to one of his. Overall this proved satisfactory. I had quarter of a cup of water at most water stations.

I looked hard for Michelle heading off in the Half, but missed her. We saw Deon and the other Nike boys. We lined up and waited for the start. It was looking like the rain was going to hold off, so that was nice, and due to the cloud cover, it wasnt too cold. I had three layers on top, and I intended to shed one layer later, which I did just after the first bridge.

I missed most of the early km markers, which annoyed me, because I had my new Garmin Forerunner 305 and I wanted to get accurate km positions. But the GPS would do most of the work for me. I kept along in pretty good pace, at about 5:05. I thought that I would be able to hold that for 35km and then struggle home for the last 7km.

Down towards the southern most turnaround at 13km, I was still feeling good and was happy with the carb intake and the legs. I was trying to run on the crown of the road so as to not flair up my left ITB. Seemed to be working OK. I had a couple of chats, but mostly kept to myself. Heading back north I completely missed Craig which was also annoying, because for the longest time, until I realised that I had missed him, I thought that he must have been having a bad run, for him to be so far back.

I pushed it North and went through the Half Marathon in a very respectable 1:46. That was dead on 5 min/km, so it was maybe slightly too respectable. If I did that again for the second half, I would end up with 3:32, a one minute PB. I knew I could not hold the pace for another 21km, but I wondered just how long I could hold it for.

I need to stop for a leak, but I didnt want to stop twice, so I kept going until I knew I could go straight away with toilets near by. I continued past the start line, the 26km mark, and saw Michelle and waved and chat as I past by. I was sore by now, but I wanted to push on for a bit longer and make it to the North turnaround at 34km before I stopped for a strategic walk. I stopped for a stretch at about 31km (see graph below), and continued North and saw Deon at about the 32km mark. He ran along for a while, which was greatly appreciated and we chatted about the race and his HM time (1:37) and general stuff. He was waiting to see Craig go past as well. I continued North along what Craig and I have come to know as 'death alley' until the Turn around at 34km. You can see on the graph below my toilet stop at 36km. I was very happy to still be hitting 5:20s during that 3rd decade, and thought that I might be able to run all the way home and end up with a 3:3n.

I was getting very tight in the quads and hammys, and eventually I stopped to strategically walk one of the hills over the small bridges. I knew psychologically, that I would be in trouble from that walk, and would have to continue to walk every km or so.

Alun past me heading back to the beach at about 38km, and I was walking over the other small bridge connecting back up with the beach. He looked stronger than I felt, and I knew that I could join him so I wished him luck and yelled abuse that I was right and he was wrong, because he forecast 3:50 for himself, and I said he was in shape for 3:40.

I saw Craig when I was at about 38km, and he was heading north. I was slowing every km by a couple of seconds, and battling the feeling to walk. I offered him a turn at the iPod but he was fine. I had been listening to it from about 15km-35km.

The 3:45 pacer picked me up with about 2.5km to go and I was struggling. He was a really cool yank who encouraged me very well. I stuck with him, despite much pain, and VERY close to cramping quads, and beat him across the line. Troy and Eliza cheered out with 200m to go and I was stoked to see them. I was trying REAL hard to beat 3:45. I got across in 3:42, which made me very happy. It was 12 monutes faster than Brisbane marathon in April, and only 9 minutes slower than my 3:33 PB. I will have to have another crack at that soon!

I saw all the Nike crew from down South and then missed Craig coming past while I was chatting to Troy and Eliza about their race. I went to meet him and was stoked to learn that he had belted out yet another PB, of 4:40. See here for his race results.

Loved it.

Everbody dies, but not everybody lives...

Km markers:



Distance
Split time
1
5:21
2
5:04
3
4:59
4
4:50
5
4:55
6
5:03
7
4:51
8
4:57
9
4:52
10
4:51
11
4:59
12
4:49
13
4:49
14
4:54
15
4:51
16
5:03
17
4:59
18
4:58
19
4:55
20
5:00
21
4:59
22
5:07
23
5:01
24
4:58
25
4:57
26
5:14
27
4:58
28
4:59
29
5:12
30
5:12
31
5:38
32
5:18
33
5:14
34
5:20
35
5:13
36
6:20
37
5:10
38
5:32
39
5:55
40
5:47
41
5:46
42
5:29





Hey - there is still more to see, posts previous to the one above exist in the archives, available on the right hand column.