>Racing>Sub 1:30 Half Marathon in 2020
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Watson - Once again, nice job! Make sure to celebrate the new PR, they don’t come easy!
James - you’re averaging 45 miles per week now, that’s great news.
me - A nice week with a good long run 22km today.
PRs: 1500m 4:54 (2019) 3K 10:34 (2019) 5K 18:02 (2020) 9.86K 36:40 (2020) HM 1:23:30 (2020)
Up next: Some half marathon race early march 2021
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watson - congrats again on the PR. Amazing to get the exact time you were aiming for. Fingers crossed for Rotorua.
James, piwi, Mark and flavio - nice weeks.
JMac - I would say it only seems to be a problem in small local races but there was the "forgot to switch on the timer for the finish line" debacle at the Waterfront half last year.
Queenstown is a big race but the time I did it my watch recorded 21.09km which is the shortest course I'd ever had until last week anyway. It's possible that there are GPS issues in the early part of that race on winding trails, some under heavy tree cover.
Nice light post-race week for me. This week will be more of the same with some slight increases. Legs feel great so hopefully I'll avoid the injury/overwhelming soreness I often get a few weeks after a race. This is probably the easiest I've ever taken it post-race - hopefully I've learned my lesson. Much better off slowly building back up now than having a forced break. Fingers crossed.
PB: Christchurch 2016 1:29.25
Recent Races: Queenstown Half-Marathon (trail) November 21, 2020 1:35.11 Cherry Blossom Half-Marathon, September 13, 2020 1:33:38 Half-Marathon Time Trial May 31, 2020 1:31.51 Auckland Waterfront Half-Marathon 2019 1:30.49
Plan for 2021: Christchurch Half-Marathon April 11 (tempo/training run), Wellington Marathon June 27, Queenstown Half-Marathon November 20
Steve - Nice, looks like a decent easy week has reset things nicely for you. To be honest I'm looking forward to doing the same, a bit over marathon training grind at the moment especially with a couple of niggles floating around.
Re Queenstown, I actually just checked, and they state the course has been measured in accordance with AIMS standards. I can see how GPS could get thrown off on the more tree-covered trail sections there.
Flavio - good week and good long run there too.
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: Mt. Maunganui Half Marathon, 28 Nov, 1:20:08
Up next: Southern Lakes Half Marathon, 1 May, and hopefully a few others before then
"CONSISTENCY IS KING"
Mark - are you going to the Wairarapa by yourself? If you take the family and spend some afterwards there are some nice parts of Wairarapa (Masterton not so much).
PRs: 5km 18:43 (Dec 2015), 10km 39:59 (Sep 2020), half 1:26:16 (Sep 2016), full 3:09:28 (Jun 2015)
40+ PRs: 5km 19:31 (Oct 2020), 10km 39:59 (Sep 2020), half 1:29:39 (Jun 2018)
Mother of Cats
James D: I find swimming can definitely seep my energy when I'm building volume. It's often more anaerobic than running.
Piwi - it's really funny how different Garmins can have different measuring personalities. My new one seems to consistently read a bit short as well (though I'm also out of shape). I'm actually experimenting with shifting to my footpod for outside distances to see if that is better. I don't care THAT much but I do care some.
Marky_mark - sometimes the universe just laughs at us. I hope you get to race a marathon, and hit the start line healthy. I approve of your back-up plans.
Chris - belated congratulations on the sub-40, and also on finding the cat.
Flavio - solid week!
Steve - I agree with the safe approach after a race. I think it's also better for fitness - a bit extra rest lets you absorb the stress from the race.
59 miles, 1000 yards of swimming, and 3:50 hours of pool-runningM: 70 minutes pool-running and upper body weights/core.T: 12 miles, including a track workout of 2x(1600, 800, 400) in 6:44, 3:15, 94, 6:32, 3:12, 94. Recoveries were way too long (longer than the interval duration). Followed with leg strengthwork and 500 yards swimming, and streaming yoga.W: 9 miles (9:51) with drills and 6 hill strides, followed by 30 minutes pool-running and streaming yoga.Th: Upper body weights/core and 70 minutes pool-running in the morning, followed by streaming yoga.F: 11 miles, including a tempo workout of 4x1 mile at tempo effort with 30 second jogs (6:55, 7:02, 7:12, 7:06), then full recovery before 4x200 with 80 second jogs (47, 43, 45, 44). Followed with leg strengthwork and 500 yards swimming Sa: 11 miles very easy (9:30) plus drill and 6 steep hill sprints, followed by streaming yoga.Su: 15 miles progressive, split as first 5 averaging 9:29, next 5 averaging 8:24, next 5 averaging 7:34, plus mile cooldown. Followed with streaming yoga, leg strengthwork, and 60 minutes pool-running.
Happy to put together a complete week, though still trying to figure out exactly what is going on with all my repeated muscle tweaks etc. Confirmed that the instability in my right ankle is NOT due to loose ligaments, so I got MRIs of both my right ankle and lumbar region on Saturday. I have the discs, but of course I can barely read them, other than being able to distinguish between the back and the ankle. So I'll find out what they say this week.
My fitness is in a weird place. Aerobically, I actually feel pretty fit, and now that I've been on the folate supplements for a few weeks, my energy levels are much better. I could have added 4 miles onto today's run without duress. But...it's like my body has forgotten the mechanics of how to run fast, and doesn't have the bounce it used to. I think a lot of this is due to not having done any true speed work in several weeks. Hopefully my mechanics will come back if I can string together some consistent workouts.
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Watson - looks like you should be all good for Rotorua, thankfully. I'm glad I didn't have to sweat on today's decision as the free cancellation on our Airbnb expired last Saturday haha. Yeah we are going to have a short and rather overdue family holiday around the marathon, probably fly into Wellington and drive from there, possibly stay in Martinborough for a night or two.
Darkwave - I'm glad to hear things are progressing in terms of energy levels. Hopefully in order to run fast again, you just need to run fast again. I definitely find when I've been doing a lot of easier mileage, the body gets stuck in a certain groove and it just needs to be shocked out of that.
Darkwave - nice week, glad you're feeling better.
Also, today's announcement in NZ means the Rotorua half is on next Saturday (except Aucklanders such as Mark).
Mark - Martinborough is really nice. Your wife will like it. Good thing you're not doing Whanganui!
I have heard Ben Twyman might be doing the full at Wairarapa. He has a 2:33 full PR.
So Mark might go faster than anyone else previously at that course, but not win. Not that the win matters too much.
Matt Moloney is running, he did 2:35 in Dunedin last year. So is Geoff Ferry who is in good form at the moment. I’m really not fazed about placing - having a good group to work with far out weighs that.
Watson - did you realise Whanganui is actually the official most beautiful city in NZ? It is a finalist again this year, along with Hamilton, just in case anyone needed further evidence that 2020 is off-the-charts levels of weird.
Geoff's looking do around 2:45.
Wellington Road Champs 10k Race Report
75th out 121 (across both races)
Video (just finish line)
This was an event which was lucky to be on. Due to Covid-19 mass gathering limits, the format was different to previous years:
My race was at 2:45pm, but my 9 year older daughter was racing the 2.5km at 1:45pm. My wife came too to look after the daughter whilst I raced.
We got there about 1:15pm and registered my daughter. She did here very informal, excited mucking around warm up that lots of the kids do. She then left. A little later she came back, she ran 11:51 which was mid pack for the under 10 girls.
At 2:15pm they announced the 10km racers could now enter the race area. I took my bag up, and started getting out my gear. I couldn’t find my caffeine tablets which was annoying so I ran back to the car to check they were there, but they were not, they were left at home.
The last few months training had been reasonable, not great, but reasonable. My first five months of the year was tiny volume, mainly recovering from my hamstring injury from January.
I ended up having two days off before, the Friday was planned, but the Thursday life got in the way (lost cat, but then found).
I ended up doing 2.5km for my warmup.
There were around 75 people in my race, many quicker than me. Some such as Hamish Carson a 3:36 1500m runner who went to the Olympics 2016, substantially quicker. I knew I was going to be near the back, possibly last. I then heard a couple of masters talking who were talking about 42:30, so I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be last.
The course is slightly uphill 1.25km, then turn around and come back. Do this four times. The start, finish and bottom turn around are very slightly different places. So lap 1 is slightly shorter, and lap 4 slightly longer.
Elevation is around 80 metres in total.
Conditions were pretty good. Although there was more wind than expected.
We started off. Over the first minute, almost all were ahead of me, except the two “42:30” guys.
The first minute uphill is one of the harder sections, as to it was into the wind.
First up hill down in 5:03. This is faster than I planned (5:20).
Halfway on the down hill I overtake someone, apart from a DNF pull out, this was the only person I overtook in the race.
Downhill down in 4:46, so I’m 9:49 in.
Last year I ran 40:28 which a bad fad. Last year lap 1 was 9:47, so I know I’ve started too quick, hopefully I can hold on.
Second lap felt pretty good. Uphill in 5:10, downhill in 4:49. So I’m 19:48 at halfway.
Third lap was pretty hard work. This was considerably more effort than laps 1 or 2. I managed to get up in 5:13 which I was pretty happy with.
This downhill started slowly. My leg tiredness mean I took a while to regain speed from the turn around. I managed to turn around at the bottom for 4:53, so 10:06 for the lap.
I was 29:56 with one lap to go (for the really observant, there’s some rounding errors happening here).
I got lapped here too at the bottom at Hamish Carson finished. I had no idea he was coming. On the video it looks like I graciously moved to the side to let him finish (see 6:45 on the vidoe). I like to loop around the turn arounds wide. So, if I’d been 0.5 seconds quicker, I think I would have crashed into him.
Ok, sub 40 is gone, I am fading. I am a little ahead of last year. So, if my fade is no worse, I will PR by 10s.
The last up hill was painful. Especially early on as the wind was slowing me down. Pace was down. I got through the uphill in 5:16 which was better than I was thinking it would be. So that’s 35:00.
I’m too tired for sub 40, but I should still PR.
I had myself on manual laps for this race, which given my GPS inaccuracy worked out well. Looking afterwards my GPS was way short (9.88km and much shorter than others) and hardly ever on the road. It also had the third and fourth up hill legs are as being shorter than the others which made my fading pace look even work.
So, noting the manual laps was right thing to do.
Anyhow, on the downhill. The people just ahead of me have stretched their lead a little.
The downhill was ok. I had a plan at 38:30 to kick. I ended up kicking fractionally later as I waited for a landmark (well, cone on the road).
Soon after I could see the finish. And the clock. Too far to read, I will just run quick.
I now see 39:44 and realize there’s a very small chance I could sneak under 40. I kick quicker than I ever have done in a race. I finish and miss stopping my watch. I think I’ve done 40:00 or 40:01, a club mate suggest I might have hit 39:59 but I dismiss that.
See 16:42 on the video for my finish.
We then head off the course area, as we must go off due to Covid-19 rules. I then do a 5-6 minute cool down and we head home.
To my surprise, at home later I see the result at 39:59. I find the Facebook page with the race video (it just shows the finish, so not great viewing), and do see that it’s right and I snuck in.
So a PR is rather pleasing given the first 5 months on 2020 I hardly ran due to my hamstring injury. My take homes are:
Congrats again, Watson. Must be encouraging to go under 40 despite the poor pacing, delayed kick, and allegedly weak endurance. I was surprised that the 18- & 19-year-olds were put in the 5K race rather than the 10K. Around here, the only kids that age who run are the ones on university teams, who definitely would be competitive in the grownup race. The U18 high schoolers have a wider range of ability and less endurance, so I can see putting them in the shorter race.
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
Watson stellar race, way to kick it home just under the 40 minute mark!
My week was something. I swam 6 days for 45-50 minutes each time and on Saturday I did a 2 mile jog to test the knee... and it hurt. So I jumped on the mountain bike to enjoy the trails because I was there ... and that hurt the kneecap too. Sunday was a return to swimming. I'm trying to stay positive about this but it just sucks. I tried water running on Wednesday and that hurt the knee too. bleh. Timelines for runners knee online regularly say 1-2 months so I guess I better settle in and enjoy the ride.
1600 - 5:23 (2018), 5k - 19:33 (2018), 10k - 45:24 (2017), half - 1:38:57 (2018), Mary - 3:37:17 (2018)