Monday, 12 March 2007


Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, March 12, 2007 with 4 comments
quote of the week: "It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad." - C. S. Lewis

My training progress
last week's target: 85k
achieved: 83k
year total to date: 1,046k in 10 weeks
this week’s target: 100k
weight: 62kg

song of the week: Run by Snow Patrol (again)

I'll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go

Is it a birthday? Is it an ultra? Is it the average runner's IQ? Whatever it is, 50 is an important number.

I thought Tesso might be a good person to run with in the Canberra marathon, but she has entered the 50k ultra.

Griffin might be a good person to advise to run with me. He will be 50 by then, and if older equates to wiser, he won't want to start so fast this year.

You know, it is amazing that it is always the same runners you see coming backwards fast in every race you run. When you experience life; make sure you are learning from it as well!

The great majority of the speedygeese are now excellent at judging pace. Sure, every now and then pick a race where you intentionally start out "too fast". Sometimes it works! Most times it is a learning opportunity; you experience the monkey jumping on your back, and discover that even pace works better.

But a 50k run? I don't know how you people handle that. Whether or not you set off too fast, exhaustion will happen anyway.

Ultra talk
Supporter to runner: “Are you tired?”
Runner: “Yes”
Supporter: “Do you want to stop?”
Runner: “Yes”
Supporter: “Are you going to?”
Runner: “No”

"Maybe this will help with your morning run."

Footnote: Griffin will be 50 on 14 March.


  1. So by entering the 50 I am missing out on a chance to run with you. Rats!

    To be honest I think I'll find it easier than a marathon ... I can run slower :-) And no matter what it will be a 50k road PB as its my first. I've done the distance on the track a few times, and did an inaccurate 50k road race once (it turned out to be just 48k).

    Its not too late to change your mind and give it a go!

  2. speedygeoff,

    I am going to take your advice and will start the Canberra marathon much slower this year - my goal is pretty simple 'to just run for the pleasure of being able to run'.

    If I am able to, I will try and run with you this year; however, you are in such sparkling form, that I will probably be guilty of starting too fast again - just trying to keep up with you.

    So, I will try and stay on the 'speedygeoff bus' for as long as I can - and who knows maybe a sub 3 hours 25 minutes may be on the cards.

    See you on Thursday night at track.

    Yours in Running Writing


    P.s. thanks for the birthday call

  3. It will be tempting to race and see if I can run around three hours. It will be tempting to run with Tesso. It will be tempting to run with Griffin. It will be tempting to run with Helen and Maria and Charlie in their first marathons. It will be tempting to sit on the sidelines and eat chocolate and cheer. Everything is so tempting! It will be tempting to run the 50k! Last year my 3:58 jog was so comfortable I knew I could have run the extra 7.805k easily, and I jogged a few km cooldown with Lucky Legs instead, so it is tempting to enter the 50k this year and do it. I don't know! What I do know is, I will have a definite plan by the time marathon day arrives.

  4. oh and Tesso at this rate I will be aiming for 86 minutes or better at Doomben this year, you can run with me then.