SMH Half Marathon: Week 2

SMH Half Marathon: Week 2

Running is a mental as much as a physical pursuit, and specifically mental arithmetic. There’s plenty of time during a seven and a half circuit plod around the track in a 3km “benchmark” session to wonder why athletics tracks are 400m long and calculate and re-calculate the time you need to do the next circuit in to […]

2016 Year of Running begins – SMH Half Marathon: Week 1

2016 Year of Running begins – SMH Half Marathon: Week 1

Since the Blackmores Half Marathon in September I’ve been running most weekends, and have probably only missed about 3 weekends since then. We were happily plodding through 8-10km most times. So 4km this morning should have been easy! Last night was warm and I didn’t sleep very well. It was already 24C at 7am and 26C […]

New York New York

New York New York

Many times over the past few years I’ve announced that my running days, such as they were, are over. I did my first Half Marathon with CanToo in 2007 and finished in about 2 hours and 10 minutes, and thanks to great coaching I felt as if I could have carried on at the end of the […]

Half Marathon 2015: Done! Thanks for sponsoring me!

Half Marathon 2015: Done! Thanks for sponsoring me!

Thanks to everyone who sponsored me in the Blackmores Half Marathon yesterday. I finished in 2 hours 50 minutes, and I actually don’t feel too bad this morning. More importantly than finishing the run though, thanks to your generous donations I beat my target of $100/km and raised $2,421 which is fantastic – every dollar […]

Half Marathon 2015: Target Reached – Thanks

Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me, thanks to your generosity I’ve reached my goal of $100/km, far exceeded the minimum amount I had to raise to take part of $1,250, and have now cheekily raised my target to $2,500, which covers a week and a half’s worth of vital cancer research. Just in the […]

Half Marathon 2015: Final Week

Half Marathon 2015: Final Week

The only bad thing about the run on Saturday was learning that the hated Hickson Road/Sussex Street stretch features twice in the half marathon as the course has changed since I last did it. I’m not sure why I don’t like it as it’s quite flat, which is a good thing, but it’s quite dark […]

Half Marathon 2015: Week 12

Half Marathon 2015: Week 12

“Just”, “Only”… not words I would have used before “14km” a few weeks ago. We peaked last week and are winding down now until the race and so today all the Sydney groups came together for a “Lazy” 14km over the bridge to the botanic gardens and back. We were on home turf which was […]

Half Marathon 2015: Week 11

Half Marathon 2015: Week 11

Getting out of bed far too early on Saturday mornings to go for a run has become a habit now, alhough so has spending the rest of the day in full recovery mode either asleep or sitting around drinking coffee. It’s a good feeling though when your phone buzzes and says you’ve done 400% of […]

Half Marathon 2015: Week 10

Half Marathon 2015: Week 10

This morning was the hottest since last summer – perfect for a 16km run before breakfast. Amazing to think that was 4 times the distance of the first week only a couple of months ago, and I felt much better doing the 16km than I did doing that first 4km in week 1. Another scenic […]

Half Marathon 2015: Week 9

Half Marathon 2015: Week 9

I went for a massage during the week – the painful sort of massage where they focus their entire body weight on a very small part of your leg muscle and don’t let up for what seems like hours before moving on to another section – not the relaxing sort of massage – but it […]