That Number over on the Right

It’s getting smaller every day! Which makes sense as it is a countdown to the Bunbury Marathon.

The last post was about “The Long Run”. I’ve done a couple more since then and have to say early mornings are far better¬†than after work or later in the day.

Last week’s long run ended up being 29km starting at 4:52am! With a 30 min break while I waited for a race to start that would allow me to complete the last hour. It wasn’t a race for me, just an hour’s run!

As this is my longest run to date it was quite enjoyable. To put it in context when I ran my first half marathon last year in Albany, I almost fell over the line at 21.1km. I was done! And I had the thought that if I was running a marathon, I’d have to do the 21.1km all over again! The next thought I had cannot be printed here! ūüėČ

The prep for this run was so important.

I purchased a Camelbak 2l hydration unit as well as a Camelbak handheld bottle which I added Tailwind electrolyte supplement. I was a bit skeptical of the Tailwind as others had said there was no residue from the powder. There’s always residue! But, I was wrong, as I finished the bottle there was no sign of any undissolved Tailwind. Brilliant!

I also kicked off with 2 coffees and a banana! That go me, along with the Tailwind, through the first 2 hours. I had an Endura gel to prep for the last hour and probably could have had another, or another banana, sometime through the run. But overall I felt pretty good at the d of the run.

The Early Start

The 4:52am start was planned as it was forecast to be around 37C later in the day. I jumped on the parkrun facebook page to get some advice form the more experienced and the one common theme was: hydration.

So it was pretty dark when I started …

Hydration and sustenance. One cheeky bugger sent me this:

Did someone mention water?

All the red and blue markers are water stations¬†or public toilets where water can be had! But it was a godsend really. Just knowing where water and toilets are removes a level of stress you don’t need.

2 hours later and slightly brighter …

The Next Run

The next thing to look forward to is a 3hr 20min run the following week.

The Long Run

The Start – Claisebrook Cove – 3 hours to go

Previously,¬†on Bill Wallace … Online, I had a long run this weekend. Three hours! And an estimated 24 km.

Done and dusted!

Some quick stats:

  • Distance: 26.10 km
  • Time: 3:06:49
  • Avg pace: 7:10/km
  • Calories: 1,861

Pretty happy with the way the run went. Always a bit daunting knowing you have 3 hours to run. And picking a good spot was a bit of a challenge.

I ended up starting at the parkrun in Claisebrooke Cove, East Perth. And just kept going. I did pause a few times along the way to take photos but once I¬†get into a rhythm, I’m reluctant to stop – for fear I may not start again, which almost happened.

The Loop – a really scenic run around the river

It was a glorious day to run, a little warm but every now and then a small cooling breeze wafts over you to cool you down. As always in Perth you need to “slip, slop and slap” due to the sun and the high risk of burning. Something I am quite experienced in.

The run was a 5 min warm up (walk) and then 4o min run (x4). Which was relatively simple to do but the last 40 mins I think I looked like some old codger missing his Zimmer frame! Some may say I looked like that the whole way through Рquite possible!

Just before I started the 4th (and last) 40 minutes of running I found a deli and dropped in to get some Gatorade! So refreshing. I took the time to rest a bit – no point killing myself! The only trouble was … getting started again. I’d already travelled 19.39 km, just short of a half marathon and my legs must’ve thought “you beauty, we’re done!” only to realise they had to carry me another 6+ kms!

I haven’t run this path before but will definitely do it again. Not huge elevations but a few and enjoyable enough.

Not a sign you see every day: microbats

Things to do next time

Take some sustenance. I had the option of taking some gels with me but decided to take ¬†my wallet and drop in at a shop along the way. There were no shops! The gels would have been ideal at the walk stages of 5 minutes. There’s also jelly beans and other candy that can help. Some people I follow on Facebook have mentioned avocado and banana sandwiches. I’d need to learn to run with a pack or something to hold these.

Also take a bottle of water. Again, while holding something can be problematic, I can also get used to it and fill it up along the way at the various parks that have water fountains.

Things that’d stay the same

The course will definitely be a regular.

Also, starting earlier rather than later. I started at 7:30 am but that could be even earlier if need be, especially if the day is going to be warm to hot.

Keep a steady pace. My pace was 7:10 min/km and I’m content with that. Race pace is always a bit quicker so if I can do anything like 6:45 to 7:00 for the marathon I’m going to be finishing in 4:45 – 4:54, so under 5 hours¬†will be a fair target. Any quicker than that and I’ll be happy. It also sets the bar for the Perth Marathon on 18 June.

Tranby House, Maylands (well, not the house obviously!)

After the run I felt okay. The calves were letting me know they were still attached. And I did nothing¬†Monday and Tuesday running-wise. Monday was officially a rest day and yesterday was meant to be an easy 5 km. So I’m doing that tonight. Which will probably turn into 8 km or so.

Also, off to the the film, Tri – The Movie, tonight. I’m sure that is going to be inspiring and motivating – though not the swimming part! I swim like a brick!

 

That Number on the Right

The countdown to the¬†HBF 3 Waters Marathon¬†is well and truly on. I’d say I’m … on track … sort of!

Each month I improve the number of km I run. But each month there is always one week when my running drops off. So my kms on the other weeks need to be higher – it’s simple maths.

Saturdays are always good because of parkrun – that’s an easy 5 km to start the weekend. If I feel up to it I can do another slow 5 km later the same day. Sunday is then the “Long Run” according to my training plan.

This week’s long run is 4 x 40 minutes at 111 to 129 bpm. Not fast, just steady. It’ll take 3 hours so this is going to need some planning. It’ll end up around 24 km!

But here’s the key thought – ¬†the day I run the Marathon (April 9 for those following at home) I’ll have thoughts of “if only I had kept to the plan” and “Shit! I don’t feel ready for this!” and when I’m done, depending on the time, “I could easily have taken x minutes off that!”

So, follow the plan. Spend the 3 hours on the road. Fuel up. Drink water.

The only other thing to think of is where to run the 24 km. I’ve done Lake Monger which is pretty flat and a 3.5 km circuit. That can be awkward as you keep waving at the same people – some wave back!

Then there is West Coast Highway. 12 km out and 12 km back. Quite scenic. Some elevation which is a good idea but I wouldn’t call it “hilly”.

As you can see both are terrible places to run! ūüėČ

There is also a run around the Swan River in central Perth. This is a 10 km run so a couple of laps then some. There are plenty of ways to detour and get 24 km in.

Anyway, 24 km is 24 km. Weather for Sunday is forecast to be 30C and mostly sunny. Winds southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending easterly 25 to 30 km/h during the evening.

Life is hell! ūüėČ

A Good/Bad Weekend

The weekend started off well health & fitness wise. A good parkrun and no alcohol the night before. It kinda headed downhill after that. Not off a cliff but not ideal.

I needed to do some gutter cleaning Saturday afternoon in 38C weather before a storm¬†hit – which didn’t! We watched the Scorchers with the Big Bash League here in Western Australia. That was good.

A red wine (just one) Saturday night.

The run on Sunday (target 14km) ended up being just over 7km. I blame the muggy weather from the (non)storm. I was heading out on my third lap of Lake Monger when I just didn’t¬†think it was going to be a good run and the best thing to do was pack up and go home.

So I packed up and went home!

Now, to be fair, I usually push through these feelings but yesterday felt like stopping was the right thing to do.

I did the first lap in my Hoka One One Stinson 3‘s which are a very high cushioning running shoe. I had used the previous version while I had my shin splint¬†issues and they did address that to some degree. But since getting some great physio and the accompanying exercises, I’ve been running in flatter shoes, the UA Speedform Gemini 2, and they’ve been great.

Fortunately I brought them with me and changed over after the first lap. The second lap was a lot better in terms of run, feel and muscle soreness.

Then home, watched some TV, the mugginess go worse so grabbed a Stout (just one). That kind of made me feel better. I then cooked dinner with a couple of glasses of red.

So, a good couple of runs some falling off the wagon AFD wise but nothing too outrageous.

The total km for January is looking good with a slow 3-5 km run tonight and another 5 km tomorrow.