Archive for marathon

Listen, act, learn … recover, run

I’m a writer and a reader, but I’m not always a listener. After a few weeks of heel pain that Dr Google suggested might be plantar fasciitis or some sort of tendonitis I finally went to see a podiatrist. After a thorough examination he said yep it probably was and that I should cut back […]

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Old runners and old running shoes

I wrote a blog post back in mid-2012 about what a great excuse running was to buy shoes. I finished up saying although it’s great to find that special one – the shoe that fits you like a glove and seems to anticipate your every stride (OK maybe not) – you should keep your options […]

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Lucky Seven: Episode 1

The cursor hovers over the ‘pay now’ button; my shaky hand is poised to press enter. A bead of sweat trickles slowly down the side of my face and I shudder briefly as a sudden cool breeze flits through the room, gone as quickly as it arrived. “Is seven my lucky number?” I ponder aloud, […]

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Canberra Marathon: Update and Taper Training

My running buddy Manal and I have done a fair bit of running in the last 10 weeks.  Long ones, not so long ones, fast ones, not so fast ones. Last week (with four weeks to go) we concluded five days straight running with our longest run:  a solid 36km round our usual training ground […]

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Canberra Marathon: 6 Weeks to go …. WHAT?!

Its six weeks on Sunday until the Canberra Marathon. It’s my sixth marathon but I am no less anxious or excited about it than I have been for the five previous marathons I’ve run (well OK maybe the first one was a bit more special). This time round though the training has been more fun […]

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Canberra Marathon – Hitting Halfway in Training

With six weeks of my Canberra Marathon programme gone its seven weeks until race day and training with my running buddy Manal is progressing well. A quick summary of the last six weeks looks like this: Long Runs 21.1 Race – 1:41:27 25km – 5:32/km 30km – 5:19/km 35km –5:29/km 21.1 Race – 1:39:05 (my […]

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Canberra Marathon Long Run: Big Bigger Biggest … so far

I didn’t make it to the first Sydney Striders race of the 2013 10km Series. I had my first 30 something kilometre (OK just 30km) Canberra marathon training run scheduled for the following day and after a busy week of running I was tired and needed the day off. Plus it was raining cats and […]

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My Canberra Marathon Cancelled

Well I’ve run 270km since I last posted an update on my Canberra Marathon training. I ran just over 400km in January, my biggest month ever, and to date had sustained no injuries. Everything seemed to be on track. Then I caught a cold which was no big deal really since I had run so […]

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Canberra Marathon Training – Phase Two Preview

Now that I have made it unscathed to the end of the first ‘mesocycle’ of the 18 week Pfitzinger and Douglas marathon training programme that I am following (which looks pretty much like their 18 week/70 mile plan) it’s time to get my head in gear for phase two. This time it’s all about pushing […]

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Canberra Marathon Training – Week Five & Six

I’m feeling in good shape as the endurance only phase of the Pfitzinger and Douglas 18 week marathon training programme comes to an end. Six weeks of the programme have gone already, so there’s only another 12 weeks until the Canberra Marathon :). Nine weeks of hard work and three weeks of taper. Not so […]

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