NYC Marathon Weeks 6-8

NYC Marathon Weeks 6-8

Mo Farah has just won the gold medal in the Olympic 10,000m race. Unlike the swimming when I can just scrape in at under double the time of the olympians, or to put it another way I can cover just over half the distance in the same amount of time, I can’t even meet that modest […]

NYC Weeks 3-5

NYC Weeks 3-5

100 days to go and the first stage of training is over, the serious bit starts tomorrow. 90 mins, 105 mins, and back to a “recovery” 75 mins last week. More of the same at the track on Wednesdays although the less said about the week before last the better when the track was closed in the […]

NYC Week 2

NYC Week 2

Week 2 and so far so good. A routine is beginning to come together built around Wednesday nights at the track and Saturday morning long runs. The track session this week was 4 lots of 400m followed by a couple of minutes’ rest and then repeat. The idea was to keep the same pace throughout, and […]

NYC Week 1

NYC Week 1

And so the second half of the year of running begins. After a few weeks mostly off we started again on Wednesday. There are over 60 people in the inaugural Can Too training program for New York, split between North Sydney and the Eastern Suburbs. Hopefully there will be at least a couple in the […]

SMH Half Marathon: Final Month – Plantar Fasciitis

SMH Half Marathon: Final Month – Plantar Fasciitis

The first long run after Japan felt great. Running is similar to swimming in that some days it just works and feels smooth and effortless, and some days for no apparent reason everything is hard work. This was one of those rare days when it felt particularly good to run – it happens much more […]

SMH Half Marathon Weeks 8-9: I took my running shoes on holiday and actually got them out of my suitcase – Part 2

SMH Half Marathon Weeks 8-9: I took my running shoes on holiday and actually got them out of my suitcase – Part 2

Japan was amazing and I’d be on the first plane back tomorrow if I could. The food, the people, the politeness, the order, the quirkiness, the technology, the tradition; I loved it all. Five days in Tokyo, one in Osaka, one in Hiroshima, and two in Kyoto. Running however wasn’t that successful. I gave it a […]

SMH Half Marathon Weeks 6-7: I took my running shoes on holiday and actually got them out of my suitcase – Part 1

SMH Half Marathon Weeks 6-7: I took my running shoes on holiday and actually got them out of my suitcase – Part 1

I’ve been away for a few weeks, spending Easter in the States, a week or so in Japan, and what must have added up to almost a whole day in total in Auckland Airport, passing through four times in the space of three and a bit weeks. The Bay Area has a great climate, generally sunny […]

SMH Half Marathon: Week 5

This morning’s long run was a lot better than I was expecting considering a) I hadn’t had breakfast, b) it was disgustingly humid, and c) it was even more disgustingly humid yesterday so instead of hydrating before the long run I spent the day dehydrating into a puddle of sweat. At least New York won’t […]

SMH Half Marathon: Week 4

SMH Half Marathon: Week 4

One good thing about New York is that it won’t be in the high twenties and humid in November. Running at this time of year in Sydney is hard work, even when it’s what is improbably termed a “recovery” week. Wednesday at the track felt pretty good despite the heat, but then I got home […]

SMH Half Marathon: Week 3

SMH Half Marathon: Week 3

We’ve now been split into coaching groups, and as predicted I’m in the elite back of the pack group, though slightly further up the field than last time around. Keeping the running thing ticking over since the September half marathon has helped a lot, and these first few weeks feel much easier than last time […]