2016 Melbourne Marathon

Sunday 16/10/16 Race Report – Melbourne Marathon 2016

#marathon21 done and dusted.

5 marathons in 3 months, 4 of which were in 2 months and the last one before today was 2 weeks ago. The point is, this was a major challenge for me and quite frankly I’m surprised I pulled it off. And to add to the surprise is the fact that the last 3, including today, were all sub 4 and all run without stopping which in itself is a feat.

Running “back” to “back” marathons with a couple of weeks between them, doesn’t give you anytime to train and taper – it’s just marathon, rest, marathon.

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2016 Sydney Marathon

Sunday 18/09/16 Race Report – Sydney Marathon 2016
#marathon19 done and dusted.
4 weeks ago I ran the Mudgee Marathon in not too shabby a time of 4:11:02. 3 weeks before that I ran the M7 Marathon in 4:28:48. (In April I ran the Canberra marathon in 4:18:18 and in February I ran the Orange marathon in 4:26:17).
Today I ran the Sydney Marathon in the official time of 3:57:36. Just 1 minute 32 seconds shy of my PB. What a difference 7 weeks and 3 marathons can make. Highly recommended. ?
It was a classic morning for a romp through the Sydney streets. Overcast with a hint of ☔️ and a promised faster and flatter course. And by all accounts it was just that.

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2016 Mudgee Marathon

Sunday 21/08/16

Race Report – Mudgee Marathon 2016
‪#‎marathon18‬ done and dusted.
3 weeks ago I finished the M7 marathon pretty much shattered, with hips and hip flexors in terrible condition and a finishing time of 4:28:49. My preparation for Mudgee 3 weeks later consisted of 1 week recovery from the M7; 1 week of running 2 x 10km and 1 x 21.2km runs; 1 week of taper and then race day today. The official time was 4:11:02. Now that’s a good time compared to the M7 and the course had some considerable steep climbs with rolling hills. It just wasn’t as relentless as the M7 cycle path.
Ok so the morning started off at 0 degrees. It was bitterly cold. There was ice on the car windscreen so I had the heater and bum warmer on full blast to keep me warm before getting to the race precinct.

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2016 M7 Marathon

Sunday 31/07/16.

Race Report – M7 Marathon 2016

#marathon17 done and dusted.

I survived yet again to face another marathon. The plan before I got sick earlier in the week was to run with the 4:15 pacer. I’m just not in top racing condition at the moment with hamstring niggles and HR way too high for any long distance running at speed. So I figured that 4:15 was realistic. Then of course, I was hit with a head cold Monday afternoon that had me bedridden all day Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. So much for any low k runs in my taper week. In fact I was peeved that I got sick – it seems to happen just before race day. Maybe I should take a week off work as part of my taper as there’s always someone sniffing and coughing leading up to race day. Then yesterday I did my first run since getting sick and my Garmin stats were off the charts. My recovery time for the 5 k’s I ran was 36 hours which meant that I should be running again sometime this evening – not encouraging stuff. Needless to say I considered a downgrade of my race time to 4:30 but still figured starting with the 4:15 pacer was reasonable and who knows what can happen on race day.

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2016 Canberra Marathon

Sunday 10th April 2016.

Canberra marathon done and dusted – official time 4:18:18. Fell off the 4 hour bus at 26km and disintegrated at 30km but still managed to finish – worse for wear of course. So that makes 16 official marathons. On this occasion I made the mistake of running with the 4 hour pacer. I recognised early on that the pace was way too fast for me this time round. But unfortunately I struggled on and paid the price for it later. 26km was the turning point where I found that I couldn’t keep the 5:40 pace going and dropped off. Then by 30km I had burnt up all my glycogen stores in the first half by running well above my aerobic threshold – my aerobic base was way too low. Needless to say the formidable “wall” hit me like a ton of bricks and I “bonked” at 30km. From then on it was survival mode only using a run/walk strategy.

There are two things that I need to focus on in order to run sub 4 and run without “bonking”.

  1. Build my aerobic base to a level where I can comfortably run aerobically at 6:00 min/km pace – preferably at my MAF HR.
  2. Train myself so that I use fat for fuel for as long as possible or at least for the first two hours of the race, and change my fuelling so that when I’m running anaerobically I’ve got sufficient glycogen stores to fuel me for the remainder of the race.

Once I’ve achieved that, then I believe I’ll be able to run sub 4 comfortably without hitting the wall.