Sub 1:30 Half Marathon 2021 Edition (Read 219 times)

darkwave


Mother of Cats

     


    DWave - There really aren't many 5ks scheduled for my area for the foreseeable future. There are quite a few more in the Tulsa area, which is a bit surprising to me - I would have expected the opposite to be true. I'd love to run one or more of them, but a ~3.5 hour round-trip for a race that should take less than 19 minutes is a little much for me without anything else to do while I'm there.

     

    You are talking to a woman who has:

    a) driven 4 hours one way to Pittsburgh to race a mile.

    b) flown to Detroit to drive to Flint to race a mile.

    c) taken a 4 hour train up to NYC to race a mile.

     

    Any 5K within 12 hours should be fair game.

    Everyone's gotta running blog; I'm the only one with a POOL-RUNNING blog.

     

    And...if you want a running Instagram where all the pictures are of cats, I've got you covered.

      Mark I picked up a bug too. My 15 year old son has been home all week coughing and with a sore throat. I started getting it yesterday but so far mild symptoms.

      I tentatively went for a 10k " easy " run today and felt fantastic averaging about 4.20/km.

      Might have been my new Zante Pursuits 

      50+ PBs -  

      5k 18.25 Tauranga Parkrun  Sept 20      81.36 % age grade

      10k 38.44 feb 6th strava run

      " If you don't use it you lose it but if you use it, it wears out.

      Somewhere in between is about right "      

       

        I accidentally drew a gun on my run this morning

        50+ PBs -  

        5k 18.25 Tauranga Parkrun  Sept 20      81.36 % age grade

        10k 38.44 feb 6th strava run

        " If you don't use it you lose it but if you use it, it wears out.

        Somewhere in between is about right "      

         

        flavio1980


        King of pastries

          Piwi - I'm glad you drew the pistol handle or else we'd think you're back at drawing genitals like in the past.

          You got an itch to scratch. When you're running easy runs at 4:20 it's time to race.

           

          Mark - Man you can't catch a break! I wonder how many swear words you've said upon hearing the news of the new lockdown. I'd reckon around 8

          PRs: 1500m 4:54 (2019) 3K 10:34 (2019) 5K 17:56.7 (2021) 9.86K 36:40 (2020) HM 1:21:59 (2021)

          Up next: ????

          Tool to generate Strava weekly

          zebano


             

            You are talking to a woman who has:

            a) driven 4 hours one way to Pittsburgh to race a mile.

            b) flown to Detroit to drive to Flint to race a mile.

            c) taken a 4 hour train up to NYC to race a mile.

             

            Any 5K within 12 hours should be fair game.

             

            I love reading this!!! I will be sharing with my wife... (story time) A few years ago I was trying to break 6 in the mile and we went on our summer vacation / family reunion week at Clear Lake. I had been looking around and there was a 5k supporting the local education system about 40 minutes away and upon closer inspection it was a " / mile fun run". I emailed the organizers asking if the mile was timed and to make sure it wasn't a kids run. They replied "it's timed, and not a kids run, please enter". So I entered, woke up at 5:30 on that Tuesday, drove over, checked in, warmed up and eventually lined up behind some high school XC runners who were chatting about how much fitness they'd lost since track finished and how they might not break 18 (eye roll). Some lady gets on a bullhorn and thanks all of us for supporting Osage education .... blah blah blah, everyone will proceed 2 streets straight at which point the 5k will follow the lead golf cart to the right while the "kids mile" will follow local triathlete to the left on her bike.... I uttered a rather loud obscenity at this point and the high schoolers were soon laughing at how I was going to beat up on a bunch of kids and one of them told me "just don't lose to any of them, that'd be embarrassing".

             

            Anthem -> gun -> start running and hang a left, meanwhile the lead biker gives a shocked jerk and tries to catch me because she didn't expect an adult to go this way.... and then she starts asking me question!!!! LADY, I'm trying to race a fri***ing mile here! Anyways it was actually pretty nice once she just started leading and started chatting about her races instead of questioning me. After 5 turns I was on a straight back to the start, she wished me luck and told me I had 6 easy. I sprinted the finish, stopped my watch and saw 5:04 ... at which point I also saw .88 miles ... sigh, not even close on the distance. So I cooled down and left as sticking around to get my award seemed really crass. I looked online latter and there were 3 other adult finishers in the mile but IIRC the fastest was about 8:30 minutes. Anyways, my official time was 5:05 which I took to be a good sign that I could break 6 and I went out to a track that Saturday and time trialed 5:59.

             

            oh yeah, the point of the story, my wife still gives me grief about a 1 and a half hour round trip to race a bunch of kids for a "whole mile" (if you inserted lots of sarcasm there, insert more to read it properly).

            1600 - 5:23 (2018), 5k - 19:33 (2018), 10k - 45:24 (2017), half - 1:38:57 (2018), Mary - 3:37:17 (2018)

            zebano


              Mark I picked up a bug too. My 15 year old son has been home all week coughing and with a sore throat. I started getting it yesterday but so far mild symptoms.

              I tentatively went for a 10k " easy " run today and felt fantastic averaging about 4.20/km.

              Might have been my new Zante Pursuits 

               

              Of course it's the zante pursuits!! Honestly though if your running easy at 4:20/km with a bug?? That's pretty awesome.

              1600 - 5:23 (2018), 5k - 19:33 (2018), 10k - 45:24 (2017), half - 1:38:57 (2018), Mary - 3:37:17 (2018)

                Flavio you have a very artistic mind been able to visualize different images from my strava track 

                 

                Zebano that's a funny story. I entered a 5k once which was the shortest event on the day and have a photo of me leading out a bunch of kids. Quite embarrassing. Flavio may remember it.

                50+ PBs -  

                5k 18.25 Tauranga Parkrun  Sept 20      81.36 % age grade

                10k 38.44 feb 6th strava run

                " If you don't use it you lose it but if you use it, it wears out.

                Somewhere in between is about right "      

                 

                  My week done. Canceled my long run with mates today as I have a bug but managed a slow 11kms to get to 80kms.

                   

                  Weekly for period: From: 22/02/2021 To 28/02/2021

                  Date Name Distance
                  in km
                  Duration Avg Pace
                  per km
                  Elevation Gain
                  in m
                  22/02/2021 Afternoon Run 10.29 00:56:43 05:31 11
                  23/02/2021 Morning Run with 6x800 14.00 01:06:15 04:44 5
                  24/02/2021 Morning Run 14.01 01:12:45 05:12 7
                  25/02/2021 3x2k 12.01 00:53:11 04:26 8
                  26/02/2021 Morning Run with Grayson 9.20 00:46:29 05:03 16
                  27/02/2021 " Gun " Morning Run 10.31 00:44:41 04:20 9
                  28/02/2021 Morning Run 11.01 00:59:21 05:23 13

                  Total distance: 80.83km

                  50+ PBs -  

                  5k 18.25 Tauranga Parkrun  Sept 20      81.36 % age grade

                  10k 38.44 feb 6th strava run

                  " If you don't use it you lose it but if you use it, it wears out.

                  Somewhere in between is about right "      

                   

                  Marky_Mark_17


                    Piwi - I'm glad you drew the pistol handle or else we'd think you're back at drawing genitals like in the past.

                    You got an itch to scratch. When you're running easy runs at 4:20 it's time to race.

                     

                    Mark - Man you can't catch a break! I wonder how many swear words you've said upon hearing the news of the new lockdown. I'd reckon around 8

                     

                    Way more than that. It’s one thing if there is a mini outbreak, it’s another if it was TOTALLY AVOIDABLE BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN SELF ISOLATING WENT TO WORK AND THE GYM!

                    5,000m: 15:39 (Dec-19) | 10,000m: 32:34 (Mar-20) | 10km: 33:15 (Sep-19) 

                    HM: 1:10:46 (Nov-19) | FM: 2:41:41 (Oct-20)

                    Last race: Run the Point 15km, 28 March, 53:47 (1st place)

                    Up next: Southern Lakes Half Marathon, 1 May (I HOPE)

                    "CONSISTENCY IS KING"

                    JamesD


                    JamesD

                      Frustrating week for me, as my groin hurt pretty worryingly at the end of my last three runs.  On Thursday, it started around the 9-mile mark of my 10.4, though it didn't seem to be affecting my stride, so I finished.  On Friday it started around the 6-mile mark, so I pulled the plug since it was a slow recovery run anyway.  Saturday was better, but it did start hurting in the last 200 yards of my 10.4.  Hope tomorrow’s off day will help.  I also banged my bad knee on inanimate objects twice, once on the edge of an open car door.  Lots of immediate pain, but apparently no serious damage.  I should’ve specified that running 5Ks in 18 minutes was the way I wanted to imitate Piwi.  Otherwise the week was ok, as I’m able to hold an easy steady pace in the 8:20s or 8:30s longer than I had been.

                       

                      Sun - 10.4 miles in park easy & steady, interrupted a couple of times

                      Mon - about 11 miles treadmill (1:39 at what felt faster than 9-minute effort)

                      Tues - 8.3 miles steady in park @8:37

                      Weds - off

                      Thurs - 10.4 miles steady in park @ 8:31, groin hurt after 8

                      Fri - 6.2 recovery @8:58, stopped when groin hurt after 6

                      Sat - 10.4 @8:49, groin hurt last 200 yards

                       

                      Total - about 56.7 miles worth of time/effort - 9th straight week >= 50



                      Post-1987 PRs:  Half 1:30:14 (2019); 10K 39:35 (2019); 5K 19:12 (2017); Mile 5:37.3 (April '20)

                      2021 Goals:  Stay healthy, 40+ mpw, Half<1:30; PR or 80% age-grade at some distance

                      darkwave


                      Mother of Cats

                        Zebano - great story.  I guess that's a lesson about not doing the kids' run (which, as you noted, you didn't think you were doing....)

                         

                        Piwi - sorry about the bug.  That's a pretty impressive Strava drawing; even more so since it was unplanned.

                         

                        James - really sorry about the groin.  Just when I was thinking you were in a really good place.  I hope it passes soon.

                        Everyone's gotta running blog; I'm the only one with a POOL-RUNNING blog.

                         

                        And...if you want a running Instagram where all the pictures are of cats, I've got you covered.

                        Marky_Mark_17


                          Bit of a down week for me... was feeling OK until Thursday and then this cold well and truly kicked in.  After last November's experience I played it pretty carefully, ran easy yesterday and took today off altogether, so I'm hoping to be back to normal next week.  Managed a good workout Wed and that was it.

                           

                          Weekly for period: From: 22/02/2021 To 28/02/2021

                          Date Name Distance
                          in km
                          Duration Avg Pace
                          per km
                          Elevation Gain
                          in m
                          23/02/2021 That run where I should not have said yesterday that this summer has been pretty good for running so far 11.01 00:47:39 04:20 34
                          24/02/2021 That run where 1k repeats upwind sucked hard 16.02 01:03:32 03:58 41
                          25/02/2021 That run where the hints of a cold were niggling around 16.02 01:13:01 04:33 29
                          27/02/2021 That run where colds suck 7.02 00:33:04 04:43 50

                          Total distance: 50.07km

                          5,000m: 15:39 (Dec-19) | 10,000m: 32:34 (Mar-20) | 10km: 33:15 (Sep-19) 

                          HM: 1:10:46 (Nov-19) | FM: 2:41:41 (Oct-20)

                          Last race: Run the Point 15km, 28 March, 53:47 (1st place)

                          Up next: Southern Lakes Half Marathon, 1 May (I HOPE)

                          "CONSISTENCY IS KING"

                          flavio1980


                          King of pastries

                            Zeb - that’s hilarious, racing against kids. I think I remember Piwi doing the same and the race picture was very funny.

                             

                            James - here’s hoping it’s nothing serious and you can continue your awesome streak of 50 mile weeks.

                             

                            Mark - Yeah, that would be really frustrating. Did you have a plan C?

                             

                            Piwi - Artistic mind hahahaha. Sorry to hear about the bug, still a nice week.

                             

                            me - Body is showing the wear and tear of this training block, niggles abound. 3 more weeks to go.

                            Promising Tempo on Thursday, averaging just around what I'd need for a PR.

                            Weekly for period: From: 22/02/2021 To 28/02/2021

                            Date Name Distance
                            in km
                            Duration Avg Pace
                            per km
                            Elevation Gain
                            in m
                            22/02/2021 Morning Run 7.84 00:39:59 05:06 54
                            23/02/2021 3x (12'T + 4'E) 17.54 01:20:02 04:34 40
                            24/02/2021 Morning Run 6.05 00:30:00 04:58 17
                            25/02/2021 34' wu + 36'T avg 3:55/km 18.09 01:22:00 04:32 42
                            26/02/2021 Morning Run 9.50 00:47:00 04:57 36
                            27/02/2021 Morning Run 8.35 00:43:00 05:09 52
                            28/02/2021 Morning Run 21.23 01:45:01 04:57 49

                            Total distance: 88.59km

                            PRs: 1500m 4:54 (2019) 3K 10:34 (2019) 5K 17:56.7 (2021) 9.86K 36:40 (2020) HM 1:21:59 (2021)

                            Up next: ????

                            Tool to generate Strava weekly


                            Elite Jogger

                               

                               

                              Mikkey why aren't you logging on strava anymore ?

                               

                               

                               

                              I’m lurking in the shadows and waiting for my Russian buddy to show up again which will inspire and motivate me again. 😁

                               

                              Loving the progress you Flavio and Keen are making towards 5k sub18 👍

                               

                              Do you follow Paul Martelletti on Strava? That guy is totally amazing and taking down the NZ Parkruns each weekend with sub15s at 40yo!.

                              5k - 17:53 (4/19)   10k - 37:53 (11/18)   Half - 1:23:18 (4/19)   Full - 2:50:43 (4/19)


                              Glute Force

                                Ah I am short 2k to overtake Mark this week Smile Get well Mark & Piwi.

                                 

                                Flavio great week with 3 "long" runs!!!

                                 

                                Mikkey, what is it, what are you waiting for? Are you ok? Our Russian friend is indeed missing in action. Whats his excuse?

                                 

                                Rune: hope its nothing major!!!

                                 

                                Weekly for period: From: 22/02/2021 To 28/02/2021

                                Date Name Distance
                                in km
                                Duration Avg Pace
                                per km
                                Elevation Gain
                                in m
                                23/02/2021 Flavios 6x800 & pulled by Michael 13.32 01:10:29 05:17 53
                                25/02/2021 Morning Run 11.65 01:02:46 05:23 69
                                27/02/2021 Morning Run 6.51 00:41:38 06:24 98
                                28/02/2021 Morning Run 17.19 01:42:16 05:57 68

                                Total distance: 48.67km