Saturday’s Six Foot Track Result:
one member of the speedygeese ran this year.
227th Kerrie Tanner, 6th female, 1st W50 by 25 seconds
843 official finishers.
Kerrie ran 5:10.40, which was 30 minutes faster than her time last year. Congratulations!
Sunday's Weston Creek Half Marathon
I achieved my goal, breaking 95 minutes, but the star was Kym who finished second female and won her age group.
Speedygeese gold went to both Kym and Caroline
By way of a report, I found it harder than I had hoped, but managed to stay on 4:30 pace right to the end, with some effort of willpower. It was warm and I was never comfortable. But it was great to achieve my goal, and it was great to complete the race with no niggles, blisters etc.
My Garmin 405 experience was interesting. I had set it to beep every 5km, but that proved to be a mistake. While I could see my time at 1, 2, 3 and 4k, I could not read the display after it signalled at 5k even though it stayed on the dial for a brief time. The lap split display was far to small for my eyes to make out. So I won't be setting lap splits in future.
The other thing about the Garmin was, after one hour the display changed from minutes/seconds to hours/minutes. There may have been seconds on there but again, if there were, the display was far too small for me to see. That means after one hour I did not know exactly how far ahead of schedule I was. From 5k on it had always been about 15-20 seconds up, and I had an idea that I had maintained that, but I didn't really know. Is there a setting for keeping minutes/seconds after one hour? I haven't checked yet. [edit: trial & error -> if I display two data fields, not three, seconds become the same size as hours/minutes].
Shoes? Perfectly happy with the Saucony Kirvana, the best shoes I have ever worn. I would wear them in a marathon. If I were to run a marathon, which I am not.
The Weston Creek Half Marathon is an excellent race for trying out the gear you plan to use later in the year in bigger races. Not to mention seeing what your form is like before the winter season gets underway. Therefore I declare the event a resounding success.