Sunday, August 19, 2007

Been busy

CJ, the rain bringer, came up to Noosa bearing gifts for absent friends.

This weekend was the Noosa Half Mary, my duties included pacing the 1:40 crew. Katy remained back in Brizzy to work on her Uni assignments, guide our puppies astray and whatever she does when I'm not around.

But let me take a step back here ...

Wednesday we made our annual trip to the Ekka, think Royal Show, think State Fair ... the big discovery was finding out how they make those bulls so big ... IT'S ALL AIR ... we caught one getting pumped up and here is the photo to prove it.

and while we were there, we concentrated on working out what camper van we would get when we win the lottery.

Also during the week, with the inspiration of Matt and his setting up of our google group we have been able to keep our little group of more than 60 runners together. This was something Tesso was doing before she defected to Sydney (Come back Tesso, we need you).

so getting back to the half mary today .....

The first KM marker was a little further back, making our time about 30 seconds slow. This meant we were off pace early on, so I pushed through and passed a number of runners ahead running something in the 4:30s. Staying at this pace, we got ahead and landed the first half about 1 minute ahead of time. I really enjoyed yelling out and encouraging Mat, Salli, Celeste, Angie, Doug, Robbie, Eddie err Rob, Glenno, Liz, Dan, Chris, Jamesy, Keith, Craig, Carrie, Reg, John, ... and as many as I could remember as we passed on the turns. I was also doing my best to calculate my splits... 4:44 by 5 km is 5 times 4 seconds for 20 seconds add the 3 forties to get two minutes plus the 2 carry over for one twenty with the other twenty for forty and then the 4 minutes by five is twenty for twenty-two and one and forty equal to twenty three plus twenty seconds or is that forty, no it is twenty plus the one twenty so it must be forty and adds up to twenty three forty which we did around 30 seconds under, so phew that's ok, oops, we are now up to six K which is about another 4:44 so ... ummm ... "hey, Brad how are we doing?" ...

... I spend a lot of my runs doing maths.

and at the half way turn, I enjoyed being joined by a guy running right on my shoulder (not sure where he came from)... he wanted to do exactly what I was doing. I talked to him about breathing, releasing tension and monitoring his every move ..... we synched stride for stride to about the 18k mark and the I let him go ... I slowed the last 2 km, looking for whomever else I could get under the 1:40 ... my nameless buddy landed with a 1:39:30 and I congratulated him on his run. That, for me, is what pacing is all about. he was rapt and we shook hands. His appreciation made me proud for helping him.

Shortly after the run, I headed out for another solo hour to achieve my long run 2 hours 40 minutes, holding 5 min/km as the temperature dropped. I encouraged the end of the field dude from South Africa as he went about his business. It struck me how happy he was to be out there; his smile was as big as anyone on the day. While a few may have missed the expectations of improved times and felt discouraged by this, it's that big smile I like to remember


Anonymous IHateToast said...

i stayed at home to work on two assignments: creating a style guide entry and reviewing a style guide.

ho hum.

everyone socialised. everyone played. everyone got to see the jaunty pocahonti.

the chocky nom noms made it better. i'm going to make mark take us to canberra on the way to melbourne at chrissy time. i hate missing out on fun.

9:56 pm  
Blogger 21stCenturyMom said...

You need a Garmin - really. It might take away some of your distraction but then you could replace it with bum watching or something like that.

Good job on the pacing.

1:50 am  
Blogger Laurie said...

Nice job on the pacing and pushing other people to something they didn't think they could do on their own.

I'm glad I calculate mile splits rather than kilometer splits, there are much fewer and less mental math!

2:30 am  
Blogger E-Speed said...

for Nike San Fran they are having us use the Nike + and IPOD system for pacing. I feel like all I have to do is show up, look cute, and listen to the damn IPOD tell me what pace to run. I like your way better feels like you are really working to help those runners when you have to do the math yourself!

8:30 am  
Blogger Peterhorse said...

geez, if that's the math required to pace, i'll stick to being a follower not a leader. well done once again for your efforts as a pacer.

8:48 am  
Blogger psbowe said...

Doing math will pacing, that takes fumbled a little at first but eventually you got the hang of it. Good job!

8:55 am  
Blogger Tesso said...

Gee, and they reckon guys are incapable of doing more than one thing at once. Then again, knowing you I reckon you could run in your sleep.

Wish I was there at Noosa, I would have been in that pack with you for sure.

Nice finish to your post. Reminds us of what its all about :-)

2:44 pm  
Blogger Ewen said...

What's going on? CJ didn't give me a chocolate!

That's why (in the old days) I used to just run 4 minute ks - much easier on the brain.

8:34 pm  
Blogger Tomawac said...

Well done on the pacing Marko.

You formed a plan post-GC and its working. And to go out and do another hour is great. But how can you race without a crazy lady on the footpath with obscure signs? Just doesn't seem right somehow.

8:55 pm  
Blogger Rob said...

Great pacing Toasty. You are right, the smile does it every time.

9:57 pm  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Well done on the pacing duties. I wonder if math is easier in k's or miles.

11:56 am  
Blogger Black Knight said...

Are you a professional pacer now? You are becoming a too very nice person forgetting that you are a clever executioner!

7:47 pm  

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