Saturday, July 19, 2008


Ok, the race post is still coming. I was finishing the warm down last Tuesday when a sharp bolt of pain struck me in the middle of my back (see red dot). Today is Saturday, and my first without prescription pain killers. It now hurts on my left side (see green dot), which reinforces the sports doctors view that it is likely to be the ligaments and tendons around the lower disc and not the aggravated disc as my physio felt was likely.

July will now be a month free from running.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Where to from here?

A bit of Gold Coast history .....

2004 - 3:33:03 (first marathon)
2005 - 3:25:59 (went on to run Columbus, Ohio 3:16:05)
2006 - 3:59:43 (Pacer 4hr group)
2007 - 3:26:51 (Pacer 3:15 originally)
2008 - 3:23:51

So that ruins the end of the story, right?

No .... let's step back.

So much of a marathon comes before the start .... the most important of things is the pre-race potty. Ok, you know this isn't going to be pretty. Unlike previous years the plan was to wake early and drive over an hour to make the start. Pre-packed and all organized meant we could leap out of bed and into the car, within the shortest time possible. No time to wake the body gentle and let "things" happen.

I love electric windows ... don't you? I remember being a kid and being told "don't play with the windows". I guess the Croutons are no different, but I have that magic button that locks every thing and stops the fiddling. Now that I think about it, perhaps they weren't playing with the windows, because I had that nervous stomach one might have prior to "delivery"..... Yep, that was it .... I was a little nervous and produced the occasional waft of "nerve gas". Oh, bugger, now I feel guilty for pushing the window lock button.

So moving along, let me tell you ..... "I delivered" ..... bring on the marathon. I'm ready to rock ..... *roar*

We all assembled at the start of the half marathon to watch Katy take off .... perhaps I hadn't quite dealt with all my "nervousness" and had to quickly seek out a stink room (because, let's face it, they all stink by race time). I ran past the queues 10 deep whilst doing the sums with 10 minutes to go and figured I would miss the start. And then I notice no queues at the scene of my previous crimes, Radar was fanning a door open and shut a few times before he disappeared into a cubicle. I managed to get the next door open and all was good again. By the way, am I the only one who finds warm toilet seats creepy? I know you are meant to feel relaxed pre-start and I do. I drink so much water that everything relaxes ... but not in a good way.

Standing at the start line, I caught up with the usual suspects Glenno, Rob and others and prepared to execute my brilliant plan of running about 4:40's for as long as possible.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Marathon Eve

This time tomorrow I will be somewhere out on the Gold Coast marathon course. I'm not sure I'm ready. I certainly don't feel ready. 2 weeks ago I did my only long run in the month.

Hey check this out .... look for number 1609 ...

* For the first time for any Australian ‘open’ marathon, 5km split times for every participant in the full marathon will be displayed live on the official event website at

Better go drink another glass of water .....