Sunday, June 03, 2007

Queensland Half Marathon

When you dress like this you don't need to introduce yourself.

I was pleased to meet
so many of my friends out there and really appreciated the chance to talk to the likes of Robert Song and Speedy Geoff. These guys are always able to help me understand more about running. Do you know what was puzzling me?. Well .... what I learnt today was, that I am supposed to do longer slower runs in training. Thanks for the tip guys and good luck with your aspirations in the coming year.

The graph tells the story today, too fast at the start, strong finish coming home with a PB of 1:30:58.



Just after 5K I really felt the faster start and had to work on settling down and stop slowing up so badly. What I concentrated on was relaxing and remaining loose above the waist. This soon had me running more comfortably and by 9K was able to stretch out and push the pace along. I looked at my watch on 18K and realised that I was 13 minutes off a 1:31 finish (previous best was 1:32:56). Picking up speed was not as hard as it has been for me in the past ..... actually in the past I would be just hanging on for the end.

P.S. Thanks to 21stCenturyMom for watching me, hoping someone else might guess my game ....

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21 Comments:

Anonymous IHateToast said...

i think you draw power from your barrettes.

9:20 pm  
Blogger Black Knight said...

Congratulation for your PB, now you are ready to break the 90 minutes wall! Better I don't comment your "clothes".

2:26 am  
Blogger 21stCenturyMom said...

My pleasure - now if you ever get tired of that outfit you know where to send it...

congratulations on your PB!

2:34 am  
Blogger E-Speed said...

Love the outfit, congrats on the PR! That's just fantastic!

6:55 am  
Blogger Clairie said...

Frighten me like that again in the middle of a race and I'll be having the baby in the middle of the street!!!!!

Great to see you run a good time, you have it in you to go faster but I think the best thing you got out of this is you were strong at the end and able to push it - thats a big reward for all your training.

So at long last you accept the tip to run slower in your long runs.....haven't you ever wondered how Tara does it? and all the other 100's of runners who don't train as much or as fast as you seem to be up there running with you or even going past? It's because they don't over stress their bodies EVERY session they do.

Long run = long SLOW run. It's okay to do a tempo or finish fast but you should still be doing the majority of the long run slow.

The wed run I used as my tempo / fast long run and the weekend one was a slow run - with a strong finish.

CAn't wait to see you at Gold Coast.

8:34 am  
Blogger Tesso said...

You were on fire yesterday! The outfit was very fitting ... in more ways than one but I'm trying not to think about that. But hey, when you wear gear like that its probably not a good idea to get too loose :-)

Huuuuuuge congrats on the huuuuuuge PB. I know you don't run a lot of halfs but gees, you've gotta have a crack at a sub 90.

Gold Coast - bring it on!

12:51 pm  
Blogger Robert Song said...

You may be a man of wealth and taste but you'll get no sympathy from me with that outfit.

1:46 pm  
Blogger Peterhorse said...

when you're as fast as that, you can wear what you like. will we be seeing a flash gordon outfit for GCM? congrats on a great PB!

1:49 pm  
Blogger robtherunner said...

It must have been the outfit that got you the PB. Congratulations!

1:11 pm  
Blogger Eddie said...

Congratulations Toasty! It was inspirational having you out on the course. You seemed to be everywhere.

Just cruise to the GC now you have done all the hard work. If you relax a bit now. Your body will respond on the day. Don't you worry about that.

9:59 pm  
Blogger Laurie said...

I definitely agree that the flames set you over the edge for a new PR. Congrats!

You are a brave man to wear such an outfit!

12:54 am  
Blogger Runner Susan said...

I'm with Katy - it's gotta be the barrettes. You'll have to wear them at every race from here on out!

10:09 am  
Blogger strewth said...

Congrats on the great PB - 'interesting' outfit indeed - the trick was to scare all your competitors I assume!

8:42 pm  
Blogger Ewen said...

You would have run 89:59 if you weren't so firey. Good PB Toasty!

Speedygeoff is not exaggerating. Most of his running is slow (even I can keep up) - 5:30 - 6:00/km pace, yet he runs 89 for the half (should have run 87 at Doomben). He rarely runs faster, except for races.

8:43 pm  
Blogger strewth said...

Congrats on a fantastic PB - keep on wearing that outfit so you can scare off all your competitors at the GC!

9:52 pm  
Blogger psbowe said...

Nice going there, barrettes and all.

3:42 am  
Blogger Bolder said...

i skipped the pic.

congrats on the PB.

love seeing just sub 5s all over that chart!!!

7:55 am  
Anonymous Sammy and Lynn said...

Very fitting outfit, Toasty! Congratulations on a race well run.

5:54 am  
Blogger Bruce said...

Congrats on the PB, looks like you had plenty in reserve over the final few Ks to make sure of that PB!

8:50 pm  
Blogger speedygeoff said...

Ewen is also slow, except when a training partner hides behind a bush, sees Ewen coming, and jumps out saying "boo".

8:16 pm  
Blogger Ewen said...

I did a standing high jump PB that day.

Yes, I only run fast enough so the moss doesn't grow on the bottom of my Frees.

10:36 am  

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