Monthly Archives: July 2013

Fast runner, slow learner

So my running pace and race times have been off the charts in recent times, having recorded three PB’s over 5km, half marathon and 30km in the last three weeks. It seems though as my times improve I still make rookie mistakes!

My latest effort occurred yesterday on way to completing a 30km race.

On the way to a PB in a 30km race, a week after my half marathon PB and three weeks before my next marathon.

On the way to a PB in a 30km race, a week after my half marathon PB and three weeks before my next marathon.

My running form was good, my nutrition was good, I stretched afterwards, I was a text book runner. Except for this:

 

Chafing. Ouch.

Chafing. Ouch.

I forgot to apply any Body Glide or equivalent anti-chafe cream before my run. Today, the day after my race, although my legs are a bit sore, the most pain goes to under my right armpit. It’s an impressive wound but one I would rather not have and could easily avoid. Certainly no applying deodorant today, but certainly a good reminder to apply anti-chafe before my marathon!

At least yesterday I managed to avoid the most horrid of male marathon injuries – the bloody red streaks down the front of the shirt from when friction battles a nipple and wins.

I wondered why people were looking at me funny...

I wondered why people were looking at me funny…

This one is of me after a 20km training run in freezing weather, wind, rain, hail and I think even snow at points. I was on holiday and got back to the hotel and asked for my room key and wondered why the hotel employee was looking at me weird. It was only when I turned around and saw myself in a mirror that I realised why!

It seems that as I get faster I am still a slow learner on simple precautions to avoidable issues. What war stories do you have?

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New York facing challenges behind the scenes

Runners are hoping for better news in the 2013 ING NYC marathon.

Runners are hoping for better news in the 2013 ING NYC marathon.

We’re still four months away from a foot pounding Central Park in anger, but the 2013 ING New York City Marathon is already facing challenges behind the scenes. Fresh off the cancellation mismanagement in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last year, news is now surfacing that the race will be searching for a new naming rights sponsor and is struggling to fill charity entry allocations.

Following a decision to rebrand and move away from it’s Netherland parent-company, ING US will not renew it’s naming night sponsorship of New York and will withdraw from long distance running sponsorships in the USA, including races in Miami and Connecticut. They have been the primary sponsor of NYC since 2003. The New York Road Runners (NYRR) are reportedly seeking $10m a year for naming rights.

In another blow, it has surfaced that half of the more than 8,000 spots allocated for runners raising money for charities are not filled. It is speculated that the low uptake may be due to the mismanagement of last year’s race, fear following the Boston Marathon bombing in April and the fact that NYRR were behind schedule in allocating the charity spots, doing so only eight weeks ago.

The marathoning community, especially in the US, could certainly use a boost following the issues surrounding both Boston and New York so we hope that these are just minor glitches on the way to restoring the NYC Marathon back to its prestige of been the most desired race for marathoners.

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Will Prince George run a marathon?

The modern marathon distance was set in 1908, to start at Windsor Castle and finish in front of the Royal Box at the Olympic Stadium.

The modern marathon distance was set in 1908, to start at Windsor Castle and finish in front of the Royal Box at the Olympic Stadium.

So it feels as though the entire world is caught up in Royal Baby fever following the birth of the new British prince, George, to William and Kate. But what are the odds that he’ll ever run a marathon?

Well if past form is any prediction the odds aren’t as good as you’d expect.

The marathon has a close affinity to the Royal family historically, as it was at the 1908 London Olympics that the modern day length of 26.2 miles was set so that the monarch was able to have the race start at Windsor Castle and finish in front of the Royal Box at the Olympic Stadium.

Despite the fact that we have them to blame for making us run further (the Olympic marathon prior to 1908 was 25 miles) you might be surprised to hear only one royal has ever competed in a marathon – and it was a princess only three years ago!

Despite finishing in 5 hours, 15 minutes and 57 seconds, Princess Beatrice managed to set a world record when she took part in the 2010 Virgin London Marathon. Her finish came as part of a 34 person ‘human caterpillar’ and set the Guinness World Record for the m0st number of marathon runners tied together.

That said, the chances still remain slim for George. Despite his Great Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II having ruled for 60 years and having had the London Marathon run past her palace each of those years, it is reported that she has never once actually seen any of the race. Maybe we should send a pair of little running shoes to encourage him on his way…

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Back up and running

Well after a few month’s absence Marathon Intervals is back up and running!

The absence has purely been due to a workload issue and certainly not a lack of interest in running, either by myself personally or the in the elite marathon world. I watched the classic race at London with interest and, like many, struggled to grasp with the shock of what happened at Boston.

The excitement ahead lies with the World Championships in Moscow in less than a month – with an almost entirely fresh Kenyan squad taking the stage will they reverse their fortunes from the Olympics, or will this year’s London champ, Eithiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede, give their rivals a win?

Personally I’ve just come off a 5km and half marathon PB in the last two weeks, meeting one of my New Year’s resolutions and going under 20 minutes for 5km. My focus now is on a marathon in four weeks and then my main race of the year, Melbourne Marathon in October.

Apologies for the delay and let’s get talking running!

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