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 […]

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 […]