Well done on the great start to the site, I have enjoyed all the blogs. Liam’s epiphany particularly resonated. I had a similar moment during the winter and since have noticed I smile occasionally during the easy runs I once detested.
On the massage front, as always, it’s an interesting time of year. While sensible folk take a breather during the festive season, runners embrace the spare time as an opportunity to bury themselves. The track runners are living on the edge, getting ready to launch into the end of season, and the road/trail guys into the big mileage laying down their base. Everyone is working hard – it’s an exciting time and regardless of my racing I’ll live vicariously through their performances.
As for my running, apart from a few days missed due to illness in late August, I don’t recall missing a single step of planned training. For the last nine years I have been within 0.6sec of my 800m PB (1:57:70) – I can’t decide if that is good or bad. Either way, instead of bashing my head against the brick wall again this winter, I reduced the volume a bit and added some faster ‘sprint’ work, which may be why running has suddenly become fun again. Anyway, that’s all done, now the hard work begins…
Next up is a 1500m and a 400m at Club Champs next weekend for Randwick Botany Harriers, leading into an 800m in early February.
PM 8x100m, 6x60m, 2x100m and long cool down
PM 10x600m (2min jog) 2:08ish long grass – moo!
PM 13km including 9x100m Cutdowns
3x300m Hills (jog back) 52, 52, 52
3x300m Hills (7) 45, 43, 44
5km-19ish (3:48ish kms) + 8x200m (2) fastest 29.9 + 650m@2:58kms
500m (10) 400m (8) 300m (6) 200m (4) 100m Hills
1:42, 1:17, 54, 35, 16
*Editors Note: Gary has run sub 11 for 100m, 49.7 for 400m and 1:57:70 for 800m. Despite being a speed machine, he loves the long stuff and has run marathons and even completed 250km+ training weeks while in Japan….so he’s an honorary distance runner!