>Racing>Sub 1:30 Half Marathon in 2019
Race report up over on Sub 3
5K: 16:37 (11/20) | 10K: 34:49 (10/19) | HM: 1:15:28 (3/20) | FM: 2:36:31 (12/19)
Next Race: Whatever COVID-19 will allow me to run
Hot Weather Complainer
Good luck CK. When I first broke 1:30 in 2004 my training had been perfect and one week out my girlfriend got sick. One day that week she asked for a sip from my water bottle. I paused and went and poured her a glass. She didn't speak to me for a while but I got sub 1:30 and we're no longer together so I think it was the right call...
JMac - great RR. A further reminder for me to slow down on easy days too, the results are proven. I've been a bit better at this, but it has crept up in pace slightly. I'll aim for 5:10 mins/km and no faster this weekend.
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 - Easy is easy. Don't look at your watch! Totally with you on not taking that risk a week out from a race either.
JMac - great RR. Can't believe you copped a spitball, that's such bad etiquette. It's a great feeling when you have the training and confidence to just back your own pacing and ignore what others are doing around you, even though having others around can be a nice distraction. It's also a great feeling when you finish a race and can feel like 'if that's my lifetime PR, I'm happy'... I don't think anything says you nailed your race any more than that.
However, the Hills Committee wish to advise that 30 feet gain is very marginal for an undulation and more of a speed bump.
Keen - good luck!! I think this is the last big race this year for anyone on this thread (excluding my 5000m joyride next week). Go out there and nail it!
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"
Steve - if you want to see how little easy pace matters: Nimmals over on sub 3 just ran a 2:30. You know what he runs his easy days at? 5:30 per KM. Him and Mark are polar opposites yet show you that both approaches work. For us injury prone people (ie not Mark), keep the easy days easy, and then absolutely smash your workouts.
Mark - I called them rollers, not hills! I agree they weren’t much, and in fact when running them I was thinking “I can’t believe anyone thinks these are rolling hills.” Just more of a nice change in topography. I think I would find 26.2 that is dead flat boring. I actually like the change in elevation.
Yep, it's something that nags at me all the time and you'd think I'd take notice given my injury history...if there's no difference in the gains made by a long run at 5 min pace compared to 5:30 pace, and I can run higher mileage without injury at 5:30 pace, why not do it? If I want to achieve my potential I have to slow down.
Great race report, JMac. Sounds like you had the race of a lifetime! Very inspiring. And hearing the talk of easy pace is instructive. Steve, like you, my pace creeps up on me. I'm trying to keep it slow, and doing a better job than in the past, but for some reason my default is to creep faster. Reading these race reports, though, is doing a lot to convince me of the long term benefits of keeping the easy days easy.
Good luck Keen, on your upcoming race!
Edited to tell Keen that it's totally okay to avoid your wife for a race!
800m: 2:20.3 (2015) | 1 Mile: 5:13 (2016) | 5K: 18:32 (2010) | 10km: 39:55 (2012) | HM: 1:28 (2013)
Keen Good luck this weekend Go For it!!
1m 5:38 (2018)
5k 19:59 (2019)
HM 1:33:56 (2018)
FM 3:23:07 (2018)
Making a comeback
Sad news. Snell passed away. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12293792&utm_source=twitter%26utm_medium%3Dsocial%26utm_campaign%3Dnzh_tw%20
New 2020 Goal: Actually run a race, any race, just run a real legit race. **Eye Twitching**
USATFMN XC 6k Lake Elmo Championship 21:49
2021 Goals (Assuming we can race again)
Marathon Sub 2:40
10k Sub 35:00 in Marathon build
5k Sub 16:30 in Marathon build
One of the greatest of all time
1964 Olympics 800m and 1500m
Very interesting Documentary Steve. Crazy what they were able to accomplish on grass and cinder tracks.
Such a legend - an absolute trailblazer who inspired generations.
1:44 for 800m on grass is so awesome.
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)
JMac - Great race, and great RR too. Must be a satisfying feeling.
Keen - Good luck!
Me - Another base-building week. 43 miles is one more than I’ve done before, but I’ve been at or over 40 ten times this year, so it’s not a big deal, especially since I didn’t swim. The challenge for my legs these days isn’t the miles, it’s all the standing up at Xmas parties (4 this weekend), which leaves my knees sore. Felt strong on Monday and wound up going too fast for an easy run, but even after I consciously slowed down in the middle, my speed drifted back up over the last few miles. Times/speeds were more appropriate during the rest of the week.
Sun - off
Mon - 12.4 miles moderate, 8:09/mile
Tues - 6.2 recovery, 8:27
Weds - 9.4 easy, 8:19
Thurs - off
Fri - 9.3 easy, 8:20
Sat - 6.4 easy including strides
Total - 43.7 miles
12-week average - 33 mpw
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
James: It is certainly a weird feeling when your body clicks into a fast pace. Your trying to just get easy miles and your body just wants to cruise in a higher gear.
James - I always find the temptation to run faster in stronger in cool weather. It's summer here now and that always tends to slow me down a bit.
Me - another solid week. Felt pretty average at the start of the week, but then came good and smashed the big workouts on Wed and Fri. Will go pretty easy over the first part of this week with the race coming up on Friday night. Should tick over 4000km for the year by the end of the week too.
M: 17km easy
T: 14.3km with short efforts
W: 13.2km progression run
T: day off due to work travel
F: 14.1km track session (10x800 again)
S: 28km long run
S: 6.6km easy