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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Schvetty long run

Ran the 11-12km into SARRC this morning then over 18km out to Northgate and back. Probably a total of 30 km which is more than I had planned, but running to SARRC is the easiest way to get there without taking the car. It was so humid this morning, I sweated buckets. Someone asked if my Camelback had burst again! After cooling down and having breakfast, I discovered that I had some nasty chafing, ouch! Went into uni and did a bit of work. Legs are pretty sore now. Should have stretched more. On the bus now (sweating more!) emailing this entry from my phone to the blog.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Oz day fun run

Finished 5th male, 6th overall. Got beaten by the same girl that has beaten me in several other shorter events (she must be getting sick of me "pacing" her by now!). Time 29:49. I was quite happy with this performance given that I still had a little bit of sinus trouble and the temperature during the race was 31-33C. The event was well organised - almost too well organised for the size of the field, ie. marshalls at almost any slight deviation in the course.

Ran the hardest I've run for quite some time. First lap was 14:20 and second was 15:27 but my average HR was 175 in the first lap and 187(!!!) in the second, so I think the heat might have been getting to me in the latter half. I definitely felt overheated by the end, and needed some ice on the noggin to cool down, but recovered fine. Feeling a little sore but not too bad today. May run home as a recovery run.

The pace for this race was a little slower than my PB from last year's Glenelg Classic 10km, so I still have a bit of work to do if I want to get that PB under 36 min (plus pray for a cooler morning for the race).

Re: Red shoes. If I had enough money, I would love to get a pair of these asics flats.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

4 things about me

This seems to be a work in progress, I keep remembering things and making changes. Sorry Blogliners.

Four Jobs You've Had in Your Life:

  1. Student
  2. Wine shop assistant
  3. Fisheries biologist
  4. Student

Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:

  1. Any of star wars episodes 4-6
  2. Happy Gilmore
  3. The Deer Hunter
  4. Forest Gump

Four Places You've Lived:

  1. Brukunga (see if you can find it)
  2. Mt Barker SA
  3. Glenunga
  4. Ascot Park

TV Shows You Love to Watch:

  1. Enough Rope
  2. Little Britain
  3. Kath and Kim
  4. We can be heroes

Four Places You've Been on Vacation:

  1. Melbourne
  2. Sydney
  3. Canberra
  4. Normanville

Four Websites You Visit Daily:

  1. Coolrunning
  2. SARRC
  3. Weatherzone
  4. Google

Four of Your Favorite Foods:

  1. Cibo Gelati
  2. Stinky cheese (stilton, blue vein, shropshire, blue brie etc)
  3. Pizza
  4. Asparagus

Places You'd Rather Be:

  1. Running in the hills
  2. Running on the beach
  3. Normanville
  4. Barossa Valley (drinking wine)

Four Albums You Can't Live Without:

  1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Best of (just for "the ship song")
  2. Daft Punk - Discovery
  3. George - Polyserena
  4. The Magnetic Fields - 69 love songs

Four Random Things About You:

  1. I have odd hair growth: Eg, hairy legs but bare chest and back; I grow a beard and all I get is a goatee, no cheek hair.
  2. I'm vegetarian.
  3. I'm a skeptic.
  4. I like red shoes.

Here are my current ones.

Monday, January 23, 2006

My Caffeinality

You Are an Espresso

At your best, you are: straight shooting, ambitious, and energetic
At your worst, you are: anxious and high strung
You drink coffee when: anytime you're not sleeping
Your caffeine addiction level: high
What Kind of Coffee Are You?

Actually, I drink double shot capuccino mostly, except when I'm out running when I usually get a double macchiato.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


42 - 33 - 41. Yesterday's max, last night's min and today's forecast max (already reached 40), combined with this lingering head-cold, has made running this weekend out of the question. Mybe the break will mean I'll be nice and fresh for the Oz day fun run.

Here's a photo I told Tesso I'd put up. This guy in my office really loves V.

Friday, January 20, 2006

I was going so well until...

I got a bit of a headcold. But I have listened to my body and haven't tried to run through it, so hopefully I'll be right in a couple of days. I don't feel too bad, but my sinuses are very blocked up and the constant moving between cold office air and hot outside air isn't helping. Anyway, I have to get myself well for the Oz day fun run on Thursday. I really need to be well for work's sake at the moment too!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

I did speedwork!

Yesterday I did 10x "400m" with one minute rest between intevals. I ran between 1:17 and 1:20 for each interaval. I'm not sure if the distance was exactly 400m because when I paced it, I got 440 paces while on Gmap I measured just over 400m. I went pretty hard, so I'm happy that I wasn't too sore today for my long run. Today I ran into SARRC 11km then did the 15km run with them, although I was 15 minutes late, so I was catching up the whole time. Feeling pretty tired now especially considering that I did 71km this week up from 60km last week.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Hidden 20 km

Found out today from the Gmap Pedometer that my run from home to uni is really 10.5 km rather than the 10 km that I thought. I've run this route approximately 40 times since we moved, so that equals 20 extra kilometers that I have run in the last year. I ran a 5km tempo run this morning from home to half way in (21:36) and then a slow run the rest of the way (25:38). Discovered that my "halfway" point is really 5.3 km so my tempo run was nearly at 4 min/km.

Hopefully tomorrow morning I can do some 400m repeats.

I'm working on a 4 things about me list that I hope to publish in the next few days.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Vegetarians produce less gas

This article very effectively explains one of my major reasons for being vegetarian. Check it out.

2P's guide to running a track ultramrathon

2P has just written a most excellent guide/report on how to plan and run in a track ultra. I reckon if you're even thinking about doing one, then have a read of his guide.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Sunday Sunburn and Great Quote

Ran into uni on Sunday and then a further 12 km to total 22km for my long run, but I forgot to put sunscreen on and I got a bit burnt on my shoulders. Ran home last night too. It's pretty hot in Adelaide for the last week or so and I've certainly been sweating it out during most of my runs. Haven't really got any speed sessions in yet other than putting in some faster efforts during my 10 km runs to or from work.

Got an email newsletter about the 2006 Southern Charity Challenge which is the event that I went in last year with RunCarly. I think this year we might go separately in the half marathon instead of walking the 60 km together. We just won't have time to get out on any long walks this year. Anyway, at the bottom of the newsletter was this quote which I thought was quite inspirational.

"No one in the world can change truth. What we can and should do is seek truth and serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is within. Beyond the armies of occupation and of the extermination camps, two irreconcilable armies lie in the depth of every soul. And of what use are the victories of the battlefield if we are defeated in our innermost selves?"Maximilian Kolbe, The Real Conflict

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Glenelg Goal and Great Post

I've set myself a goal of running sub-36 minute 10km at the Glenelg classic in February. I suppose I should start doing some speedwork huh.

Lady Jove recently blogged this thought provoking entry so I thought I'd link to it.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Slow start to 2006

Since I did my long run on Saturday, I thought I'd have a rest on New Year's day. Well I ended up having a rest on Monday and Tuesday as well. I did go for a couple of long walks on Sunday and Monday with RunCarly, Addi and the kids. So This morning was my first run for the year: 10 km into uni which I ran in a pretty good time (46:12) although I have just had three days rest.

I ended up reaching 2116 km for the year with my Saturday long run of 20-ish km pushing me over the 2100. Regarding the long run. I bought a new pair of Spalding running shorts last week from Target and made the huge mistake of testing them out on my long run. I'm not sure if it was the shorts or the extremely hot weather, but I ended up with very bad chafing. It made me walk bowlegged for the next 24 hours - quite appropriate given that we went to a cowboy themed new years eve party. I'll have to see if they are any better at shorter distances or better weather conditions

RunCarly has started back with WW after missing a month or so. Her loss hasn't been much yet, but she is putting in some good miles walking and running and I have to say that she is starting to look a lot fitter (and hotter!!). Must be the increased muscle tone replacing the loss in bodyfat.

I have a question from any of the runners out there. RunCarly wears out her shoes almost exclusively on the ball of her foot. She currently has Brooks Radius, which she finds quite comfortable, but she has almost worn through to the sockliner while the heal is still pristine! Does anyone know of a neutral running shoe that has a very durable forefoot? My mizuno mustangs have a reasonably durable forefoot, but I was thinking maybe something like the Brooks Adrenalin ASRs (actually stability trail running shoes) because of their more solid soles. Any ideas?