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Monday, August 27, 2007

Sub 3...just!

So it's been a long time between posts and there have been plenty of things going on since my last post including a holiday to Sydney, training, some Corporate Cup runs and plenty of work stuff. But, the big news as of this weekend is that I have finally run a marathon under 3 hours. The new PB is 2:59:40 (unofficial as yet).

I'm not going to go into infinite detail, but I will say that the race followed my typical approach to running. That is, I went out way too hard, struggled for much of the second half and then brought it home over the last couple of km.

I was pretty happy to get under 3 hours, although I had hoped to be closer to 2:55 based on my Pichi Richi time. I guess the gap between the two events was a bit too close. I had a pretty large negative split - 1:25 at halfway - but that as I say is pretty typical of the way I run.

The event was great. The new course was interesting with the highlight being the start and finish in SANTOS stadium. The amosphere in the stadium was great. I had my kids cheering me on at the finish which was great. Special thanks to one of the girls who gave me a massage after the race, I don't know whether I would have been able to move for the rest of the day without that massage. Also, thanks to my mate Bay for popping up all around the course to cheer me on and take a few "happy" snaps (may not be looking too happy though).

Now, I just need to work out how I'm going to run in the corporate cup this week.

Next goal is to make the top 50 in this year's city to bay. This means a time of around 44 minutes for the 12 km event.

4 comments:

Aki said...

Bloody brilliant! Huge congratulations!

Tesso said...

Woohoo!!!! Huuuuuge congrats Dave. Wow, sub 3 hours - you are a member of a very exclusive club :-)

Must've been pretty special having the fam there to see you cross the line. Can't wait to see some pics.

Enjoy your recovery. Don't go busting a gut on Thursday and breaking something.

Bay said...

Hey Dave, I just got the photos - you're smiling up until the 6 km to go mark, where you get just plain scary (I've never seen you grimace before!).

I reckon your time might be 2:59:39 - I have a photo of you 2 steps past the line and the clock says 2:59:40.

Ewen said...

Congratulations Dave. 2-something is all you need (unless it's sub 2:30).

I remember that way of running. I was about 93 at the half when I ran 3:11.

Good luck for the sub-44.