Monday, 7 April 2008

Monday Monitor

Posted by speedygeoff On Monday, April 07, 2008 | 2 comments
Speedygeese in the WGFR
11 Kathy Southgate 19:20 W50 winner
21 Emma Adams 20:21
31 Katie Forestier 21:12
38 Helen Larmour 21:58
42 Amanda Walker 22:10
44 Rachel Ellis-Brownlee 22:12
78 Kathy Sims 24:01
179 Ruth Baussmann 27:05
187 Catherine Montalto 27:15
1,191 finishers

Other times of note:
Lisa Corrigan's new course record, 16:23
Emily Brichacek, 17 year old, second in 17:17
Kerry Bremner's 20:39 on ultra ultra training
Jodie Sims's 23:16
Charlotte Dellinger's 26:36 to share the sisters prize with Emma
Annne Young's 29:18
Consie Larmour's 33:10

My training progress
last week’s target: 80k
achieved: 103k
year 2008 total to date: 1261k in 14 weeks
this week's target: n/a: just be ready for Sunday's marathon.
weight: 63kg ▲
song of the week: “Lightness”, from “Transatlanticism”, by “Death Cab for Cutie”

there's a tear in the fabric of your favourite dress
and I'm sneaking glances.
looking for the patterns in static
they start to make sense the longer I'm at it.

ivory lines lead … oo wha-ho, oo wha-ho!

your heart is a river that flows from your chest
through every organ
your brain is the dam
and I am the fish who can't reach the core.

ivory lines lead … oo wha-ho, oo wha-ho!

oh, instincts are misleading
you shouldn't think what you're feeling
they don't tell you what you know you should want.

ivory lines lead … oo wha-ho, oo wha-ho!
ivory lines lead … oo wha-ho, oo wha-ho!

oh, instincts are misleading
you shouldn't think what you're feeling
they don't tell you want you know you should want.

ivory lines lead … oo wha-ho!
ivory lines lead … oo wha-ho!

(A song with several levels of meaning! Another Head v Heart song. Love the squeaky swing noise in the background! I say the “oo wha-ho” doubles as a “woohoo” and a “whoa”! All a bit too complex to do a full analysis here, but to be “on subject”, the lines lead me to reflect on how runners need to develop both their “natural instincts”, tune in to nature, “learn by doing” how to run fast instinctively; while simultaneously needing to develop thought processes which are analytical and introspective, developing understanding of how they operate as a runner so they can plan and apply better training and racing strategies. And it is possible that one of either head or heart can overwhelm the other, to the runner’s disadvantage. In fact it is not just possible, you see it all the time.

Keep running; you can develop both instinct and understanding the longer you’re at it)

Lining up for the Fun Run on a beautiful April morning


  1. See you in your hometown on the weekend Geoff. I have to bow to your incredible marathon record, running experience and superior training and say that if I can keep you in my sights I shall be doing exceedingly well indeed. Don't tell Ewen though, it does my ego a world of good to have him express such confidence in my ability.

  2. Very funny Rob. I have a six-pack on you to win 'the race' but I won't tell you that as I don't want you to be feeling under pressure.

    I predict Spody will get caught on the back step of the 3hr bus and you'll run straight past him at 38k ;)

    Good photo Geoff - I predict #855, #15 and #1211 will run for Australia.



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