2 days out

2 days out from the longest run I have done…Well only by 500 metres or so, but still…

It seems that the lurgy may be behind me – touching my head as I say touch wood, the things you pick up as a youngster that stay with you.

I have put in the prep for the event, which I haven’t been able to always say, so it’s now rest, hydration and enjoy the morning on Sunday.

asics-half-marathon-course

Doesn’t look so far when zoomed out

Sue was kind enough to grab my favourite beer, and they are in the fridge chilling for when I return, and sit down to watch the wallabies v Lions game that I hope I stay strong enough to miss on Saturday, but I doubt it… Oh, and she also made lasagna, which is another favourite and seldom had treat (lasagna not Sue cooking Sandy!).  So I have definitely been supported on the home front!

bud

Love this stuff!

I think my biggest risk on Sunday will be getting a little excited at the start, and going out to hard, so I may heed some advice to position myself back in the pack (of my time group) to hold me back for the first k or so.

The most important part of the run prep is now complete, with the mixed tape playlist finalised, which I have listed below for both of my readers.

All things going well, I should listening to the start of The Mess Hall’s – Keep Walking at the halfway point, and as the Queens of the Stone Age – Go with the Flow finishes at 1 hour 55, I should be nearing the finish.  Well that’s the plan.  I have some buffer at the end of the list, in case one of my dunlop volleys has a blow out.

It was tough to pick the songs, but in the main they were songs that make me feel good, old and new, new that sounds old, and most have an up tempo.  Australian bands are represented, as well as a couple of Brisbane tunes. The first song on the list has become a tradition for me, and is always the first tune I hear when I head off on a timed run event.

So the song of the day needs to come from the listing above I guess, and whilst I hope I don’t hear it during the run on Sunday, it is certainly a favourite at the moment!  MS MR – Hurricane

In the long run…

I hate running.

At least that is what I have said for the majority of my life.

I have posted before that I have enjoyed my local parkrun event, and that still remains the case.  When I put  down the goals at the start of the year, I wanted to run 5km’s under 24 mins by June 30 and under 23 mins by the end of the year.  Thankfully I got to tick the first of these off the list, and will chase down the 2nd goal after a certain running event is out of the way, but more of that below.

Through parkrun, I saw a local running group called daily runner, run by husband and wife team Werner and Ash.  I had a chat with Werner and felt I wouldn’t be too ostracised by my homage to Cliff Young running style.  Just like the parkrun crew, and dare I say, even more so, the group is such a supportive group of people, where we are all at different levels of fitness, style and goals but everyone feels great by the encouragement.

As a side note, Werner and Ash were awesome sports when I got a challenge from my photo mentor course (which I am soon to finish after 6 months), to put a call out and produce quality shot(s) and hand them over to someone.  I spoke with them and they were keen and were great during the session.  I went out to QE2 and captured some background plates, and then super-imposed the studio shots of them in front of the backgrounds.  The main shot is seen below. (mental note: Still owe A&W some more processed shots)

Daily_runner_1_2000

Werner showing his presence in front of QE2

A couple of people at the running group were running the Gold Coast marathon or the half, and my mind was ticking over, wow, this is something I would really like to tick off the uber list, but it is a far cry from where I am currently with my ability.  After chatting with a few of the crew, I made my mind up, and immediately went for moral support with Gilly on whether he would join me.  “Do you know how far a half marathon is?” then a no chance or words to that effect…  Hmmm  I can’t run on my own and need motivation….  Thankfully Daily Runner and  mixed tapes / playlists got me through…

I also have an ex-brother-in-law who has done a half a dozen marathon and was very helpful in my weekly increase of distance advice, and the pace that I should be trying to run.  I did start out hoping to just finish, which is still the #1 goal, and a pace of 7min/k. I have brought this down to 6min / k and I have a cheeky eye on beating 2 hours for the just over 21 km event.

I have done the preparation runs and feel confident I have put in the work for this one.  Then along comes a head cold, that has been with me for 3 weeks now, but I am hopeful it peaked last Friday with it dropping to my chest. (I have had respiratory type stuff all my life, so this is usually a sign I am on the mend, fingers crossed.) All that is left now is making of the all important playlist, and as soon as I can prise a holidaying Tegan away from our mac that has all our music, I will get to it.

DSCF3417

Mickey conjuring some magic for my race, and reminding me of fun times at Disneyland

Hopefully I will have good news that I finished, and just maybe, cracked the 2 hour mark.  Wish me luck!  My family doesn’t seem that keen on joining me, with a 3:00 get up and head off at 4:00 this Sunday.

I still don’t enjoy running, but I love the feeling I get when I stop!  Thanks Eloise from the DR crew for that quote!

Song of the day is one the will definitely be on the the playlist: Jelly legs by Children collide, besides being a rockin’ good song, it is apt given how the legs will probably be feeling…