Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 with 2 comments
I was a bit surprised how few joined us for training this week.
Thursday at Dickson under lights: Dave, Kathy, Roger, Susan, Theaand Tory attended, running 4 x 3 minutes on the track, plus a shuttle relay.
Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park: just me, running 13k and enjoying feeling recovered from a seven week cold.
Monday at Parliament House: I ran early; then Susan, Jen, Isaac and I warmed up and ran 100m intervals; I did 12 and the others did 8. We were well sheltered from the cold wind and rain. Note to others: Monday training is never cancelled. I can understand people not wanting to drive in that weather. However the roads were fairly empty, just the usual handful of lunatics in a hurry to get home.
OK; on the worst of days I have done extra gym sessions, and pushed harder. Hoping you are the same.
Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 with No comments
Saturday 15 August 5k Cooks River Parkrun #28
8 Peter Thomson 21:04 M50
Tuesday 18 August AMRA Black Mountain Run-Up 2.6k
Friday 21 August Customs 5k Peter Thomson 24:50 Caroline Campbell 31:23
Saturday 22 August 5k Ginninderra Parkrun #173
51 Bron Sparkes 25:05 W35
69 Thea Zimpel 26:41 W30
Saturday 22 August 5k Tuggeranong Parkrun #130
12 David Clarke 19:46 M55
30 Peter Thomson 21:47 M50
33 Geoff Moore 22:00 M65 New PB!
38 Julia Anderson 22:49 W45
47 Bronwyn Calver 23:59 W45
80 Marie Fischetti 27:15 W55
Saturday 22 August 5k Gungahlin Parkrun #96
38 Janene Kingston 23:15 W50
46 Gary Bowen 23:59 M55
101 Margaret McSpadden 31:12 W65
Sunday 23 August ACTVAC Half Marathon
M55 Dave Clarke 1:34:54 *silver*
M50 Peter Thomson 1:38:19
M45 Craig Davis 1:42:59
W60 Maria O'Reilly 1:45:20 *gold*
W55 Helen Larmour 1:47:30 *gold*
M60 Dave Webster 1:49:08
W50 Gabe Brown 1:53:02 *silver*
W55 Tori Hennig 2:04:31 *silver*
M65 Bill Arthur 2:07:59
W40 Susan Sturgeon 2:12:04
W70 Caroline Campbell 2:17:06 *gold*
Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, August 22, 2015 with No comments
Yippee spring arrived in Canberra today (however temporarily). Nicely timed to coincide with our 45th wedding anniversary.
I was pleased to discover that my Tuggeranong parkrun time this morning was a "New PB!" by 6 seconds. It should still be possible for me to take another minute or two off that in the next few weeks, and achieve my goal times before competing in the Masters Games in early October.
Despite seven weeks with a cough/cold, little running, lots of gym work, I seem to be OK.
It's the gym work that has kept me strong.
I am not even thinking about what I might train for after the Games.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 with No comments
Thursday at Dickson under lights: I ran early; the main session at 5:30pm saw Dave, Helen W (new), Julia, Julia McD (new), Kathy, Maria, Susan, Thea & Tori run for 40 minutes on the track intervals of 1, 1½, and 2 laps.
Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park: it was warm enough to run without track suits! Dave, Andrew, Lucia and I ran laps, some did 100m run-throughs to finish off. Kangaroos and their Joeys were out in force too.
Monday at Parliament House:Marie, Julia and I jogged around early, then for the main session the group ran 15 minutes of a short three person relay followed by drills on a short hill. It was cold in the breeze. Participating were Andrew, Cathy, Christopher, me, Julia, Lorena, Marie, Thommo, Susan & Warrick.
Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, August 15, 2015 with No comments
Minnamurra rainforest is a great place to walk. It's on the way to Jamberoo where a whole lot of my grandchildren live; it's on the way to Kiama where Miranda likes to live away from Canberra; and it's on the way to the Shellharbour parkrun at Shell Cove where we must go as a group sometime as soon as my two-month-so-far-winter-cold has cleared up. The last time I stayed in Kiama with the intention of running Shellharbor, the parkrun was cancelled due to a deluge washing part of the course away. The course is now repaired and the parkrun is up and running again. I had run Shellharbour parkrun once before and it is a great course for a training run.
Miranda at the Minnamurra rainforest with Suzie who now lives in Darwin.
Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, August 14, 2015 with 1 comment
There have been no speedygeese competing in this year's World Masters, but quite a few Canberrans. The one I have been looking out for is 86 year old Gwen Gleeson. and here she is! Gwen is an inspiration to us all, can we keep running to and past that age? There is no finish line!
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 with No comments
It's been a long cold winter, and a few hardy souls keep braving the elements in their determination to stay fit. The good news is: days are getting longer. Have you started your spring training yet?
On Thursday at Dickson under lights: not that cold after all; Susan, Roger, Dave, Jen and I trained: the main session was 5 x 800m with ~250m jog between each.
On Monday at Parliament House, I ran an early 10k, then supervised Andy, Colin, Jen, Lorena, Susan, and a late Christopher, running 10 x 100m of drills and sprints, followed by some 200m runs on grass under lights. Only three of us sharing birthday champagne afterwards! All the more for us.
Monday wasn't that cold. Not many there but some may have decided not to back up after the City to Surf. Don't leave it too long!
Sunday 9 August Sydney City to Surf speedygeese and friends
82 Scott Imhoff 48:53
251 Stuart Doyle 52:12
267 Simon Claringbold 52:31
679 Jeff Grey 56:09
1,653 Dave Clarke 1:00.09
1,665 Michelle Wells 1:00.11
2,155 Louise Sharp 1:01.33
4,052 Craig Davis 1:05.11
4,139 Elle Knight 1:05.19
4,166 Maria O'Reilly 1:05.20 **3rd W60**
4,267 David Webster 1:05.30
4,330 Peter Thomson 1:05.36
6,271 David Baussmann 1:08.12
6,506 Kathy Sims 1:08.29
6,755 Adam Robinson 1:08.49
6,888 Mick Horan 1:09.00
7,458 Gabrielle Brown 1:09.40
7,900 Ewen Thompson 1:10.17
10,490 Warrick Howieson 1:13.28
12,809 Bronwyn Calver 1:15.58
12,976 Pieta Smith 1:16.07
14,424 Paul Wylks 1:17.42
15,427 Sam Wright 1:18.43
15,471 Kerrie Tanner 1:18.45
16,417 Cathy Montalto 1:19.46
17,185 Katherine Sheppard 1:20.34
18,448 Isaac Muscat 1:21.53
18,474 Jen Bright 1:21.55
24,974 Julia Anderson 1:28.22
25,021 Marie Fischetti 1:28.25
26,919 Ruth Baussmann 1:30.32
28,606 Shevaun Ey 1:32.31
31,087 Peter Hogan 1:35.47
Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, August 10, 2015 with 3 comments
If you ran the City to Surf, I should be able to dig out your time, to publish here tomorrow, so you can compare what you did with other members of the speedygeese, and any friends I can locate the times of. If I miss you, throw a comment towards this blog and tell me "I ran".
Segue: Song of the week: I Ran – A Flock of Seagulls
You have trained for the longer distance being compared
You set off at an even pace when you race
When your time in one column improves, your other times will correspondingly improve.
But of course there will be individual differences which mean that your current potential may not be straight across one row of the table.
If that is you, see if the step between columns for your times is consistent. If not, you can identify where your current potential pbs are.
Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, August 07, 2015 with 1 comment
Good luck to those competing on Sunday in the City to Surf. Many of the speedygeese will be competing, I shall look up your results.
Some criticise the cost. Where does the money go? To Fairfax. But investing in Fairfax has to be way preferable to investing in the alternative, the awful Newscorp. Keep up the good work.
My City to Surf History:
11/08/1974 91st 51.26
7/08/1975 49th 50.42
Note - the distance was 15k back then, not the 14k it is now. Same course, but started 1k further back. Also, no timing chips, so that's gun time.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 with 2 comments
Running Dickson training last Thursday: Ruth and I ran early, then for the main session we ran 4 x 4 minutes hard with 4 minutes recovery on the track. Participating were Colin, Dave, Jen, Julia, Kayla, Maria, Susan & Tori.
Monday at Parliament House: Bron, Marie, Julia and I ran early. For the main session Andy, Bron, Isaac, Jen, Julia, Pieta, Ruth Susan, Warrick & I ran 10 hills on 80 seconds varying tempo, spring & speed, then 12 minutes of 200m repeats on the small oval. Afterwards a few of us were at dinner: Andy, Bron, Caroline, Rae, Ruth, Vanessa, Warrick & I. Those dinners are good; you should come along to the next one, in six weeks, give or take.
I go to the Energy Fitness Centre in Kippax to do circuit-type training Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Centre is promoting its small group classes and have interviewed a few attendees, including me.