Another solid two weeks training done and dusted and I’m now just 10days out from the Gold Coast half marathon. I have also just raced a 5000m TT down in the Shire assisting Eloise Wellings and Emily Brichacek as they are about to head off to race the 5000m in Glasgow. I was pleased to take on a couple of laps pacing duties mid race but could not quite hold on for the win as both girls, obviously in great shape, pulled away towards the end unfortunately taking Tom Highnam with them. My 15:35 result was spot on what I predicted for myself realistically and slightly slower than I was actually hoping for. Still it’s the fastest I’ve run over the distance for a few years.
I’m still hoping to run around the 71min mark for the Gold Coast half and I feel this is also a realistic target. Another main goal is to beat my training mate John ‘Barts’ Bartlett who is currently cramming in a return to fitness after a few weeks off last month. He ran home strong tonight for a 15:38.
The other positive news is that my toes are feeling better by the week. I haven’t taken any anti inflams for a few weeks and they are not hurting as much as last month. Given a few more months and I’m hoping to be completely pain free. Wow it’s been a long road back for them.
Training for the last two weeks as follows:
Mon 9th: AM: 5km easy. PM 13km (4:30’s)
Tue 10th: 8x5min reps @ 3:05-10 pace. Total 18km
Wed 11th: 20km easy
Thur 12th: AM: 10km. PM 7km no session today
Fri 13th: 12km incl a solo 5km road TT in Cent Park. 15:58.
Sat 14th: long run 33km with a 36:30 10km towards the end.
Sun15th: 12km easy
Mon 16th: 12km easy
Tue 17th: 13km incl 6x5min efforts
Wed 18th: 15km hilly run
Thur 19th: AM: 5km. PM: 9km
Fri 20th: 12km
Sat 21st: 3 x cent park white fences (3.55km) with 3mins break between. 11:49, 11:44, 11:49.
Sun 22nd: 25km at 4:10’s.
Total: 107km (in a work conference Mon-Wed)