"It's a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do." - Allan Sillitoe

Monday, November 29, 2010

WAMC Deepwater Point 7.5km race

Felt good on the warm up run (3.8km) and despite the windy conditions, was looking forward to a good race. Got out well, perhaps a bit quick but eased back after about 300m and felt very comfortable.

I had gone out with Epi who went out very fast but as I eased back, Clown came up onto my shoulder and we ran together until about 2.5km during which time we went past Epi.

Clown was running strongly but as we ran across the Mt Henry Bridge, I started to drop off. I’m annoyed with myself for taking the soft option and not digging deep to stick with him. The break slowly extended as we ran alongside the Freeway and I think I had my slowest km at the end of that stretch as Epi and another runner passed me just as we got to Canning Bridge.

Epi put a bit of a break on me and again I didn’t go really hard/surge to stay with him, just maintained my pace. I managed to keep the break at about 40-50m though over the last 1.5km.

Finished 9th in 28:15.  Thought I was in shape to run under 28 mins so fell short again.

After my run at the PWC Coolnight Classic where I took the hard options, I didn't do the same this time for some reason. Maybe if I had tried to go with Clown or with Epi I would have blown up, but I’ll never know as I didn’t take the chance. I feel like I am running as hard as I can but there must be more in the tank somewhere, I just have to find it.

Well done to Clown (7th) and Epi (8th) who both had good runs today. Clown was flying and ran a really strong even race and Epi showed again how quickly he can get into decent shape.

I was disappointed with my run with an average pace equal to my 8km tempo run time (although I have clearly been running those faster than tempo pace).

Still a couple of 8km races this year with the next one being City Beach on the 19th.  In the meantime, i am going to get the volume back up over 100km a week and keep going with the intervals as well as some fartlek and a couple of tempo runs.

 At about the 1km mark with Clown (Epi in the background)

Roadblazer took some photos at the race - he is obviously a very good photographer as he made me look half decent.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Strands Blog widgets

Excellent!!  I have been waiting for this - a widget that uploads your workouts from Strands straight into your blog (see in the right hand side bar).

I have felt a bit guilty that my blog no longer reflects my training on a daily/weekly basis but this widget will now upload my last workout to my blog more quickly and reliably than I could.

To add the blog widget to your blog or website, visit the http://www.strands.com/downloads/widgets page on Strands and copy the code of the badge you would like to use.

If you use Blogger, you can add a blog widget with two mouse-clicks. Just click the ‘Add to Blogger’ button on the http://www.strands.com/downloads/widgets, and ‘Add Widget’ from your Blogger account.

Of course you have to be on Strands to take advantage of this but why wouldn't you be on Strands?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Interesting article and video on Dathan Ritzenhein from New Yorker magazine

Here is a link to the article with the video below. Very good article which is as much about Salazar as it is about Ritzenhein. I was most interested in the mention of DMSO use by Salazar. I got hold of some DMSO when I was struggling with my knee but have never used it. Now considering it as an option for my foot but the whole smell aspect puts me off a bit.