Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, January 28, 2016 with 2 comments
For the record, I am 67 years old, and I ran my first marathon at the age of 25, and apparently I have run 14 Canberra marathons. I must have blocked some from my memory.
And I recommend ten years of training before attempting to complete a marathon!
More publicity to come on Drive, 2CC 5:40pm-ish today, and Sunday Roast, 11:30am Sunday. These are live so wish me luck.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 with 1 comment
On Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park Isaac, Jen, Dave, Andrew, Pieta & Iran long.
Then on Monday at the Yarralumla Dog Park, Thommo & Iran early, joined later by Ruth; then for the main session at a hill in Weston Park, Andrew, Dave B (new), Dave C, Diana, Ewen, Garry, me, Isaac, Jen, Thommo, Pieta, Ruth & Warrick attempted 20 sprints, from the beach.
Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, January 22, 2016 with 4 comments
My Marathon Times over the years, if anyone is interested
01 NSW Titles - Richmond NSW 13th 2:43.45 30.06.1973
02 NSW Titles - Richmond NSW 26th 2:50.35 28.06.1975
03 Vic Country - Benalla VIC 14th 2:44.25 15.08.1976
04 Canberra Marathon - East Basin 9th 2:50.54 20.11.1976
05 NSW Titles - Richmond NSW 8th 2:35.01 25.06.1977
06 Australian Championships - Cressy TAS 39th 2:41.06 06.08.1977
07 ACT Championships - Telopea Park 1st 2:30.24 15.04.1978
08 Commonwealth Games Trial - Point Cook VIC 9th 2:29.03 13.05.1978
09 Australian Championships - Caboolture QLD 7th 2:30.05 06.08.1978
10 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 1st 2:26.58 05.11.1978
11 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 6th 2:29.50 01.04.1979
12 Griffith - Hanwood NSW 1st 2:47.25 29.07.1979
13 Australian Championships - Perth WA 22nd 2:30.26 12.08.1979
14 Hamilton NZ 17th 2:27.42 20.10.1979
15 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 7th 2:28.00 13.04.1980
16 Australian Championships - West Lakes SA 27th 2:34.12 27.07.1980
17 Vic Country - Benalla VIC 4th 2:36.47 10.08.1980
18 Traralgon VIC 2nd 2:35.44 13.09.1980
19 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 18th 2:28.30 12.04.1981
20 Australian Championships - Werriby South VIC 30th 2:39.42 25.07.1981
21 Festival City - Adelaide SA 18th 2:46.38 29.08.1982
22 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 36th 2:36.25 10.04.1983
23 Festival City - Adelaide SA 29th 2:38.08 26.08.1984
24 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 17th 2:35.53 13.04.1985
25 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 25th 2:41.30 13.04.1986
26 Festival City - Adelaide SA 16th 2:38.42 31.08.1986
27 Australian Championships - Gold Coast QLD 29th 2:33.41 23.07.1989
28 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 5th 2:32.50 08.04.1990
29 Australian Championships - Gold Coast QLD 42nd 2:36.29 22.07.1990
30 Melbourne - Olympic Park VIC 265th 2:59.05 06.06.1993
31 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 111th 3:05.44 09.04.1995
32 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 544th 3:58.38 09.04.2006
33 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 189th 3:21.24 15.04.2007
34 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 193rd 3:18.19 13.04.2008
35 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 555th 3:45.21 19.04.2009
36 Canberra Marathon - Telopea Park 3:30.09 15.04.2012 on the way to 4:17.01 for 50k.
So on 10 April this year I shall attempt to complete my 37th marathon.
This Monday, 3:30pm, at the Yarralumla Dog Park before our 4:30pm pre-training run, I will be chatting with The Canberra Times and having photos taken.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 with No comments
On Sunday Pieta, Bron, Andrew, Dave and I met at Stromlo Forest Park for our long run; I must have been dehydrated because I was suffering badly at the end of it. Next time I carry electrolyte drink.
On Monday at Parliament House it was really hot; no one ran early, very wise. For the main session we all ran 2 x 600m, 2 x 400m, 2 x 200m with a jog and plenty to drink in between each effort. The air conditioning ducts kept as cool! Participating were Ben, Caroline, Colin, Dave, David, Ewen, Garry, me, Isaac, Jen, Pieta, Rae, Ruth and Vanessa.
No Sunday run next time and I won't be able to make it Monday but training is still on. The following week, Monday 25th, we meet at the Dog Park in Yarralumla because the Parliament House area will be busy for Australia Day celebrations.
Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, January 09, 2016 with No comments
I had a pretty average run at Ginninderra Parkrun this morning: I have been running around 22 minutes wondering why I am not improving, and today I only managed 22:20. On my standards that's not all that good.
Nevertheless I have plenty of excuses. (a) I have been stressed out the last few days, also (b) this week I resumed three gym sessions after a long break and the legs are somewhat fatigued, and (c) I wasn't feeling all that well anyway.
It can only get better. Can't it?
There was a large turnout at Ginninderra this morning, it looked like the biggest field I had seen there. Now I have found out that Gungahlin and Tuggeranong had huge turnouts too. Is it time for three additional parkruns in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region?
See next Tuesday's blog post for full results of today's runs.
Here I am hiding behind a larger runner but they caught me on camera anyway.
Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, January 08, 2016 with 1 comment
YMCA Canberra Runners Club Training Groups
The YCRC conducts a number of training groups to assist members with their running goals. Club training groups are conducted by members who volunteer their time and expertise to facilitate these groups. All runners must be members of the YCRC and pay the appropriate registration fee.
If you are interested in finding out more or joining one of the training groups please email email@example.com with your contact details and the training group you are interested in.
5K Training Group
This Group is aimed at beginners who may not have run before or who are coming back after a long break. Its aim is to enable participants to comfortably complete the YMCA Women and Girls’ Fun Run on the 6 March 2016.
Group training will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings starting at the entrance to Weston Park, Yarralumla. Members of the training group will also be encouraged to participate in YCRC club events particularly when they are unable to attend the usual morning training sessions. Any additional training suggested will be up to participants to undertake in their own time.
Registration for the training group includes; 7 week training program commencing on 19 January, mentoring from experienced walkers/runners, club t- shirt or singlet, a pre-event dinner;entry to the Women and Girls Fun Run (females only) membership of the YCRC which entitles you to participate in most Club events throughout 2016 (excluding the Half Marathon for which there is a Club discount).
This training group caters for social runners of mixed ability whose training times range from 4min/km to 7.30min/km. The group meets at Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive (near the toilet block) at 0630am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and meets at various venues around Canberra at 0700am on Saturdays.
Midweek runs go for about an hour while Saturday runs are generally longer with a coffee or breakfast afterwards at a local cafe. The atmosphere of this group is very social providing members an opportunity to train and socialise with other runners.
During autumn the TTS assists with the YCRC Half Marathon Training Group by running with the participants each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. A detailed program for the Saturday run locations is produced quarterly.
Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, January 07, 2016 with 1 comment
10 April 2016 will be my first marathon in four years. 15 April 2012 was my last one, extended to 50k. Not this time. And this will be my first run on Canberra's current course. Not looking to push the pace.
I am starting to think already about how I will run it.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, January 06, 2016 with No comments
Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park Dave, Thommo and I ran 18-20k at a good pace.
Monday at Parliament House Ewen, Kevin, Sandra and I ran 8k first.
Then our main session repeated last week's: 30 minutes of 600m intervals with 400m recovery, on and near the west side grass oval. Participating were Alex, Andy, Bronwyn, Colin, Dave, David, Diana, Ewen, Garry, Isaac, Jen, Kevin, Pieta, Rae, Ruth, Sandra, Vanessa and me. Some had to leave early. It was pleasantly cool. The rain stayed away.
Let's continue to enjoy longer training sessions in this cooler summer weather! It may not last.
Next Monday is forecast hot, we will run shorter (and faster?)
Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 05, 2016 with No comments
Friday 1 January 5k Gungahlin New Year Parkrun #115
10 Jen Bright 20:03 W40
11 Isaac Muscat 20:19 M11 **New PB**
12 Peter Thomson 20:21 M55
19 Bronwyn Calver 22:05 W45 **First Timer**
28 Nadine Morrison 22:59 W45
39 Roger Pilkington 24:22 M55
Saturday 2 January 5k Ginninderra Parkrun #192
24 Geoff Moore 22:01 M65
56 Thea Zimpel 25:47 W30
Saturday 2 January 5k Tuggeranong Parkrun #149
29 Peter Thomson 21:36 M55
Saturday 2 January 5k Gungahlin Parkrun #116
149 Margaret McSpadden 47:15 W65
This week I discovered how to make "Connections" with other Garmin users in Garmin Connect. I had been using "Training Centre" up to now, chiefly because I like its "Google Earth" interface. In Garmin Connect, once I had made a few connections I noticed that you can view their connections. Which makes it easy to find people.
Of interest is Peter Thomson's Garmin record. He runs at present about 3-4 times per week, and his other entries are walks with his dog which he does daily. Walking as a supplement to running is no bad thing.
If you want to start connecting with others on Garmin connect, you can start with me. Just search my (actual) name! It would help me keep track of how you (speedygeese) are going with your training. And racing, given that many race interstate and even overseas these days.
p.s. Thommo twisted my arm so much it hurt, he is keen to have 50 "Griffins" run this year's Canberra Marathon. I have put in my entry. I hope I haven't made a big mistake!
Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, January 03, 2016 with No comments
Today at Stromlo I ran 18k in 1:45, an average of 5:50 per km. This compares favourably with last week’s 17k in 1:52:30 averaging 6:27 per km, on a slightly shorter version of the same course.
FYI, I always have a cut-down version of my normal breakfast if I am running early, i.e. at 9:00am or earlier. The banana moistens the oats sufficiently; I never drink milk. A normal breakfast would also have a combination which may include walnuts, sultanas, raisins, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried apple, dried apricot, and more, whatever is in the kitchen cupboard.
Here are today's map and elevation. We started anti-clockwise on the trails, and finished on the grass of Stromlo Forest Park
Reasons I had a better run than last week:
It felt cooler today.
I am on a roll: one week into my (new year's) running streak.
I had excellent company: Thommo and Dave.
It is a good feeling to be able to run long, comfortably again. And now the plan is to explore more of the West Stromlo trails next Sunday.
Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, January 01, 2016 with 1 comment
Two members of the speedygeese are expecting speedygoslings this year: Sarah-Jayne in May, and Cookie in June.
For Sarah-Jayne, this will be number three. Note the ultrasounds.
And the lovely lady herself
For Cookie, I have the following inside information, too. It will certainly be a happy new year.
My new year resolutions: I haven't thought about it, so I will make some up on the spot:
1. do my stretching and remedial exercises 5 time per week minimum. Starting today.
2. See how long I can hold a running streak for. So far, 26 Dec-1 Jan = 7 days and counting. Start again when necessary.
3. Minimum distance to count as a run, 5k. (I will however schedule 6k on my short run days)
Happy New Year 2016