Marathon Training/ Race Report

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With 10 weeks to go until the Melbourne Marathon on Wednesday I ran 13 Km at 5.25 pace with friend Peter. I really struggled.
I have a very sore heal which I just can not seem to cure.

However
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The next day ( Thursday ) I was in a lot of pain with my heal. Whilst Tamami who is to start her Marathon training very soon,ran 12 Km, whilst I dragged myself through a slow and untimed 6 Km.
Part on grass which helped a little with the pain.
Thankfully no blood this time.

FRIDAY : A drive down to the beach house at Anglesea in the morning and a run around the block at night in the rain tired me out.Only 10 minutes of running butI finished with a very steep hill which I tried to run hard knowing that the next day’s race had some killer hills to run up.. Felt a bit faint at the top.Leg hurt entire time.

SATURDAY: I was running for my APS club’s Over 50 team in the Athletic Victoria’s annual Ekiden.( A Japanese relay)
My team consisted of Peter,Tamami and myself.
I was running last leg which was the shortest.
Heal was hurting so much I had trouble warming up.

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Peter and Tamami running against much younger ( and male) runners did very well and put us ahead of two teams. Tamami was the only women running and Peter at 62 is no spring chicken 🙂

Despite the pain in my leg I started reasonably well and pushed up the first hill in 5.09. It then got steeper and I ran the next Km in 5.47. I seemed to be making some sort of gasping noise as I ran up. Up hills are not in my skill set. ( Not too keen on muddy uneven ground with tree roots sticking out either).

I knew of course that my leg was the shortest so I made some sort of an effort and ran the next Km in 5.14.

My heart rate felt like it was going through the roof.
I thought about heart attacks but then thought that’s kind of negative thinking.

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At this stage all the Division runners were flying past me which certainly did make me feel very happy.
I knew a bit of the course and ran the next Km in 4.48.
I have jogged the end of this course but never raced.
Next Km was 4.46. Looking back maybe I could have run faster…but at the time….
Finished at 4.45 pace…ah,it felt faster.

Next day ( Sunday ) I could not really walk.
I caddied for Tamami over 9 holes of golf carrying her bag.
Is there some sort of award for husband of the year? 😉

After driving back to Melbourne I felt pretty ordinary.
I had thoughts of a two hour run but generally felt ill with my foot hurting.
Luckily Julz was up for a short run so we ran 40 minutes together which was mostly enjoyable apart from the pain and the hunger from the small lunch at Anglesea.

SO NOW 9 weeks to go.
MONDAY…..Tamami is starting her training today. I will massage my leg and see if I get out the door….

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Bring on the Melbourne Marathon !!

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