Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010

Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010
Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010

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Mittagong, NSW, Australia
Have been a keen runner for more than 40 years; member of ACT Veterans Club. Ran my first of 11 marathons in 2000 and the NYC Marathon in 2005 where I carried the Australian flag at the "Friendship Run" (photo at left). Have Australian Age Category Records for two 50km Ultra Marathon events, a half marathon and 5000m track race; ACT record for 1 mile. Born in 1929 (!), I lived in Sydney with my husband, Jim, until we moved to the Southern Highlands in 1995....Jim passed away in 2011 after 45 years together, during which time we travelled extensively and made NYC our favourite destination at Christmas.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Terribly disappointed with my run this morning, especially when I was sure I was going for a PB!  I didn't take any walk breaks which is why I was more than a little surprised when I looked at results on my Garmin 620 at the finish.   Anyhow it's done and there's no use moaning about it now....but I am disappointed, surprised and annoyed that I was so far off PB of 36:16!

Garmin Time :  36:43
Official :  36:46

7:19;  7:13;  7:14;  7:12;  7:43
AHR 90%;  MHR 97%

5km Sleep Walking!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tempo Run ~~~~~

....and a hot one at that!  I didn't start until 10:00am due to a lack of sleep during the night which meant I had to cancel meeting Leah at 7:00am, catch a couple of hours sleep and then attempt today's tempo run.

I didn't feel too bad running but when I stopped I was lathered in sweat and feeling any old how!

So here's what I had to do :

1.5km warm-up
3.5km @ 7:27m/k  (based on a 5km time of 36 min in F.I.R.S.T. Program)
1.5km cool-down.

This is back to Week 1 of 12 in the F.I.R.S.T. 5km program.

3.5k of 6.5km

Results  ~~~~~
3.5km in 25:46
AHR 87%;  MHR 97%
Avg Pace 7:20m/k...just made it!
TE  3.5  ~~  Improving!
Splits:  6:58;  7:18;  7:54....3:35

Total : 6.5km

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Track at Chev. ~~~~~

These days I need 2 days to recover properly from Parkrun 5km so today was the first run since last Saturday.  I find I do a better session taking adequate rest after a hard run.

 A pleasant morning : warm, cool breeze; grass dry on a mowed 400m lane.

This week's track session :

10-20 min warm-up......including 4 strides with drills
8 x 400m  (2:49)
RI 400m jog/walk

2:42;  2:50;  2:45;  2:44;  2:35;  2:38;  2:28;  2:28

I didn't mind this session at all :  felt good and ran fairly hard, puffing at the end of each repeat!


Saturday, November 15, 2014


Missed a PB by 10 seconds!!  BAH!!  GRR!  BOO!  BAH!  If only I hadn't taken those few walk breaks!  I should be satisfied with today's results, not having done a single run since Fisher's Ghost 5km last Sunday!  A whole week off!!  That's one run on my "not to do again" list!   It took the entire week for me to feel fully recovered. 

My time today = 36:16
Official time    = 36:26

Pleasant enough morning though quite humid while running. 

5km BongBong Common

Some stats from my Garmin Forerunner 620 .......

Time 36:16  (official 36:26)
Avg. Pace ... 7:20m/k
AHR 131 (92%)
MHR 146 (102%) ?
TE 4 =  Highly Improving!  Woo Hoo!
Splits :  6:47;    7:18;     7:21;     7:31;     7:16
Age Graded Score  = 84.68%

So.....that's Ok for now, but I'll be aiming really, really hard to get past those 10 seconds next Saturday!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Fisher's Ghost 5km ~~~~~

5km course

Spoils of the day!

Well!  For sure, that was the toughest 5km I can recall!  The old, and much kinder, course has been changed to make way for new development, buildings etc. and what was left for a new course were hills, hills and more hills!  More drink stations than previous years...they must have known it was going to be a hard day for most!  

The awards,  M & F under 8 yoa and every year from there up to 16 (or was it 18?) yoa, dragged on forever, seasoned intermittently with unstoppable chat from Council member etc..etc.  I thought I might reach my next age category before they finished!

However, I did manage 3rd place in 70+ age category which, at age 85, seemed to me like a damned good effort....even if I say so myself!! 

My Results : Fisher's Ghost 5km, 2014 :   Garmin distance 5.3km!

Time :  38:48
Avg. pace   7:17m/k
AHR 90%;  MHR 100%....?
7:27;   6:53;   7:21;   7:37;   7:25

606 runners in 5km
149 of 308 female runners

1st place getter 70+....33:35
2nd ..............................37:28

Will I be back next year?   Doubt it!

2nd & 3rd places

(l. to r.) 2nd, 1st & 3rd

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Track at Chev. ~~~~~

10:00am start at Chev track and looking very much like an approaching storm.  It's forecast for later today but so far no sign of it :  sunny, quite warm day.

Program : 
10-20 min warm-up
4 x 400m in 2:45

I did the warm-up + few drills with strides.

2:51;  2:35;  2:34;  2:32

Cool-down + few Pete Magill drills.

400m lane at Chev.

Tempo run on Thursday, no parkrun on Saturday, Fishers Ghost 5km on Sunday.......and it's going to be the usual sweltering hot day!   

Saturday, November 01, 2014

BOWRAL PARKRUN #6 ........and the wheels fell off!

My 2nd slowest time!  I suppose I could make excuses like :  it was so hot and so windy!  And it was! But I won't!  Just one of those days when, right from the start, you know it's all going bad and can only get worse.  And it did :  several walk breaks and a struggle from start to finish.  One of 'those' days!

5km in 37:47.......I'll say no more!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Track at Chevalier College ~~~~

Windy morning everywhere in the Southern Highlands!  However, someone had mowed a narrow lane at Chev. which I measured as exactly 400m.  I think it might have been done by the nice grounds keeper...just for me!  If not, I was still grateful that there was an accurate lane to use.

My program was :
10 min warm up + srtides
200, 400m, 600m, 800, 600m 400m, 200m.

My times were :
1:16;   2:38;   4:29;   6:10;        4:25;   2:47;   1:14