Over and out. The GCM and 1/2.
Posted 06 July 2003 - 08:21 PM
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Posted 07 July 2003 - 03:37 PM
We started at a reasonable 5.30 K pace and felt very comfortable. About the 15K mark, however, various niggles that my sister had been dealing with in training started to take their toll, and we got progressively slower.
Though we had to walk a few K, she toughed it out and I was very proud to run on her heels for the last 100M, urging her to put on a good show for her family and friends in the crowd.
This might be the slowest marathon I ever complete, but the satisfaction of helping someone else realise a dream was truly rewarding. I will always remember my sister's elation at having completed the race.
I really liked the course, especially the parts where you run along the beach. The organisation was very good, especially with so many events being scheduled for the same day.
Some of the beginning sections were a bit narrow, and I was glad that I was not trying to make my way through the traffic, content to run along with the pack. I was surprised that sponges were not on offer anywhere, having found these to provide a great pick-me-up on other runs.
I'd like to come back again some time. When and if I'm ever ready to have a go at sub 3, this course would be a good one to give it a go.
I did not see any other cool runners. Can't wait for the gear to be available so we can spot each other more easily.
Congratulations to everyone who competed and won.
Posted 07 July 2003 - 07:15 PM
Posted 07 July 2003 - 08:47 PM
Was running well until 28-29K around 3:58-4:05min pace then the sickness hit in and had the toughest 13K of my life. From doing 4mink to all of a sudden 7min, 8min & even 10mink's managed to pick up the pace again in the last 3ks doing the last k in 4:18
Still had a great weekend
Saw a guy finishing with no shoes on!
Posted 09 July 2003 - 08:18 AM
This being my second marathon I was hoping to
beat my first time of 3.57 but could not do it. Net time 4.10. I did not hit the wall in my first one but now I know what people are talking about.
I can't understand what happened. I had done all the training my longest run being 36klm on a hilly course and finished fine. I have a feeling that it was a little bit to hot for me and I think I must of been dehydrated.
Just a question did anyone else find the race started late and it got hot or was that just me. Would like to see the race start at 6o'clock.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 01:39 PM
It did get warmish. I think they'd have a logistical problem with bringing the time that far forward - just because of the number of events they're coordinating. Maybe they could bring all the events 1/2 hr earlier - I ran the 10k last year and it was HOT!!
Posted 09 July 2003 - 01:44 PM
Well, I'm not doing that again. I got through the first half in flying time for me - about 1 hour 42 minutes - and reached the thirty feeling good and still travelling at a good pace. Got around the final turn still feeling ok, but there were already signs of the coming fade. And then after the 35, almost within one hundred metres I slowed to not much faster than a walk. And the last six kilometres were agonisingly painful and painfully slow. I Finished in 3.32. Slower than Canberra where I still had another eight kilometrees to go!
I had the blue tape on my wrist, but did not see any other recognisable coolrunner - did see some Vic Road Runners and a chap from Port Moresby I saw at Canberra, and even Bill Richardson from NZ, who I first met at Boston in 2001, then again at Canberra.
Next time Shepparton, I'm going out very conservatively, and then I'll see what I can finish like.
Still, It was a good course and lots of fun (well for most of the way anyway) and a fine excuse to get up to Brisbane and some warmer weather.
Maybe next year...maybe
Posted 09 July 2003 - 02:40 PM
Obviously the weather conditions were pretty good despite being pretty hot at times and pouring a cup of water over one's face is not as satisfactory as using a sponge.
The head wind after the 34km turn around was a pain but not much we can do about that.
All in all 95/100.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 05:19 PM
I on the other hand just missed my goal in the half.......saw the clock ticking over as I also was in a desperate sprint to the line....was really the whole race trying to break 70min and according to the results and my watch did exactly 70min 00sec, dam I didn't think 1 sec would me so much to me over 21.1km.....oh well I live to fight another day.
Despite what someone else stated in the other GC marathon thread I really liked this years T-shirt.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 06:17 PM
Sorry NoSeven, you've got to help me. What is the apology for? Was the look on your face that bad?
Posted 10 July 2003 - 01:29 PM
PJ, I thought I may have accidently caused confusion after I posted. My 'dip' at the line to get under three hours was a bit ugly, and I was appologising to Patrick Johnson and other sprinters who dip for a living for totally botching the forementioned art, not your good self.
Posted 10 July 2003 - 01:38 PM
I certainly don't want to tarnish Patrick's image with my exploits. Maybe I will apply to Kevin for a name change.