Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013.

I just realized the other day, it had been a long time since I wrote a decent blog on here for the runners out there. I’ve been so busy between work, training, study and spending time with Heidi, that there hasn’t been any time to write something really meaningful, in depth, or informative about running. I thought I’d get stuck into a blog post with a quick take on 2012, a quick update on whats been going on recently, and finish with what I’ve got planned the first half of 2013.

Quick take on 2012

2012 was a milestone of a year for me. Lots of things happened, with the biggest thing of all being the Olympic marathon. While my performance there was not of the standard that I am capable, I’m still very glad I got to run. It was an opportunity that I will never forget. I ran three marathons in way too short a time-frame (2:13:19 @ Beppu Marathon, 2:14:19 @ Hamburg Marathon, 2:22:59 @ London Olympics), but I had to try to get my spot on the Olympic team. I’ve still got those blips with major championship races not being as good as my “city” races, but hopefully that will change in the future. Running at the Olympics was just amazing, and the overwhelming crowd support, even just for my race, was crazy. I owe a lot to the crowd down on the embankment to getting me across that finish line. I had a really dark patch at 32-35km, but they got me going again after I stopped – twice! London crowd – Thank you!

I finished the year with a so-so performance at Zatopek:10 (29:11). It was not as good as I had expected to run, especially with my training partner, Ben Moreau, running 28:40. I had expected to be able to run at least the same as Ben, but I guess maybe I was still not quite ready to run a fast 10,000m. Training had been going well, but I think perhaps I may have pushed it a little too hard in training.

On a positive note, I did finish the year ranked #1 in Australia for the marathon. I also found out that in the middle of 2013, I am going to become a father. We can’t wait for the little one to arrive. I don’t care how much people say to me “you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into,” I am excited. We are excited. I firmly believe the most important thing in life is family, and soon Heidi and I will no longer be a married couple, but we will become our own little family.

Beginning 2013

I really wanted to start this year with a bang. However, sick work colleagues and me training really hard didn’t make that possible, as over the Christmas & New Year period, I was fighting back from having the some kind of bug. I missed a couple of weeks of high quality training which meant I had to pull out of the World XC Trial at Stromlo. This was a race I really wanted to do because I am reasonably good at cross country, and it fit nicely into the schedule.

That said, training since has been going very well. I cannot complain too much about what I am doing, just that I am pretty tired trying to do it. Its unfortunate that I lost a great marathon training partner after last weekend (Ben Moreau), because both he and Brad Milosevic ran the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon – the scene of my debut marathon. Its a bugger they will have downtime for recovery while I am in crunch time for my Boston preparation. The boys ran OK over there, but definitely not up to their potential. I expect to see them come back hungrier to run faster.

The mileage has been up at 170km per week with lots of quality sessions. I am happy that my long run is heading back to the days of old where I could roll out the last 30-45mins of my 2.5hr in 3:20s/3:30s. This is making me feel very good about how things are going.

Plans for 2013

The big news I haven’t really written anything about is my big race in the first half of this year – the 2013 Boston Marathon. I was fortunate enough to have been invited by John Hancock to be a part of their elite team for this years race, and I am stoked to be going to such an historic event. Everything I am doing over the next couple of months is dedicated to me running a fast time in Boston, and finishing as high as I can in the placings. To do that, I have targeted a few races to propel me in the right direction. We’ve wanted to ensure that I can run quickish over shorter distances while running the require miles for a marathon. My races this year, are as follows:

  • 31st January, 2013 – NSW Allcomers – 5,000m
  • 23rd February, 2013 – Briggs Athletics Classic – 5,000m
  • 24th March, 2013 – Herald Sun/Citylink Run for the Kids – 15km Road
  • 15th April, 2013 – Boston Marathon

Following those races, I am unsure what the next moves will be. I suspect I will be playing it by ear, making appearances domestically at NSW state titles while I see how this new addition to our family affects my sleep, training, and life in general.

Until next time….

note: since I started writing this blog post, I have ran the NSW Allcomers 5,000m. I won the race in 14:13.30. It was a good and solid hit out in the middle of a training week, made easier by some pacing by Morgan McDonald (the pacing wasn’t meant for me, but I benefited, so thanks). Mind you, it was frustrating to be so close to my PB of 14:04 when I wasn’t really trying for it. Maybe Hobart can bring me that elusive sub-14:00 5,000m…..

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