Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.
a series of
and large defeats
and I am as
as any other
I have gotten
from there to
The Preatures - “Is This How You Feel?”
Then I see you and
I wanna go where the beach is warm
And I won’t get stung
And I won’t get stormed by
Memories of you, baby
Is this how you feel?
I wanna know, wanna know
Is this how you feel?
Working it out: 11/08/2014
Karate. Kihon (teichirenko), short distance striking practice (generating momentum through hip rotation and synchronising muscle contractions at the time of impact), kata (Chinto, Seisan, Wanshu, Ananku).
Working it out: 09/08/2014
Gym (karate focus).
Sumo adductor stretch
Dynamic adductor stretch
Four corner balance drill
Happonokata x 2
Chinto x 3
Seisan x 3
Wanshu x 3
Ananku x 3
Working it out: 04/08/2014
Karate. Kihon (teichirenko), zenshin kobo, ippon kumite, kata (Chinto, Seisan, Ananku).
Working it out: 01/08/2014
Karate. Kihon (teichirenko), zenshin kobo, renraku 1-5 omote, renraku 1 & 2 ura.
Working it out: 31/07/2014
Run. 5 km @ 29:11 (5:50 pace).
Recovery run from Run Melbourne. Got a bit of a tweak in my back from the lead up to the half-marathon, and could still feel my right calf wanting to cramp up. Pleased to roll the legs over though!
Working it out: 30/07/2014
Karate. Kumite techniques, Bo practise (base sequences and ippon kumite).
Working it out: 27/07/2014
Run. Half-marathon for Run Melbourne 2014, chip time 2:07:07 (6:01 pace over 21.1 km)…but the actual distance I ran was 21.3 km, with the extra 200 m coming from all the people-dodging!
Finished my first half-marathon race, and my 5th half-marathon for 2014. After working towards it steadily since the start of the year, it’s a great feeling to achieve something significant and to have fronted up for a challenge that I never thought I’d have the desire to pursue.
I was hoping to finish the race in under 2 h, or at least run a PB for the half-marathon distance. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to manage either of those things today, but I am still pretty happy with the race overall. The first 2.5 km was horrendous - so many people, so much dodging and weaving, and couldn’t get into any sort of rhythm as a result. Also had to run much slower than planned which was annoying! Things started to thin out after that, and I felt like my route was reasonably clear (or at least not so hectic) from 6 km onwards. I hit my distance milestones on track for time, and got to 15 km knowing that I had to push through fatigue if I was going to cross the line in under 2 h. But then I got 200 m further down the hill and felt my right calf start to cramp…not good! Had to slow things down considerably, and just hoped I could recover a little bit in order to run faster at the end. When it felt less touch-and-go, I pushed the pace, but realised at 17 km that my goal time was out of reach. Unfortunately, the legs just weren’t with me for the last 6 km but I can’t be too disappointed with my time; 2:07 is my 3rd best time, and my 3rd half-marathon under 2:10 so I’m still very pleased with that. I also managed to scrape a 10 km PB - 55:46, all of 1 s faster than my old PB! :D
It’s interesting to reflect on the mental aspects as well. I felt pretty relaxed and present all the way throughout; I never lingered for too long on any thought. It was nice to be able to run at a decent click (by my standards) and still be able to take in what was going on around me. I also decided to run without music, which is a relatively new experience for me (as in, I’ve only started doing that in the last fortnight). Part of me wanted to use the music to help me focus on my own run, but another part of me (the part that usually wins out in situations like this) wanted to see how I would stand up to the challenge of running without music, being able to hear my own laboured breathing and that of others, hearing snippets of conversations, and so forth. I’m pleased to say that I was able to keep a pretty level head about things while staying true to what I wanted to execute. When I felt like I was getting distracted, the main things I repeated to myself to help me focus were:
- Run your own race / do your own thing
- One foot in front of the other
- Can you go faster? Can you keep this up?
I also had a few scribbles on my left hand to help key me back into the job. The most important reminder? The word "LEGION", scrawled at the base of my thumb. It reminds me of a quote from Scott Sonnon, who I consider a mentor even though I’ve never met the man:
"Though I step on this mat alone,
You are outnumbered,
For within me lies a legion.”
In preparing for my black belt grading last year, this phrase helped instill confidence in myself, respect for those who support me, and composure under duress. Legion means that I am bolstered by the strength of the loved ones who believe in me when I don’t believe in myself. Legion reminds me that I am capable of more than can possibly imagine, because I am more than just me alone.
So today, when the going got tough after 15 km, I glanced down at “LEGION”, then exhaled and smiled at the thought of all the amazing people I am lucky to know and love.
5 km @ 27:25 (5:29 pace)
10 km @ 55:46 (PB; 5:35 pace)
15 km @ 1:25:44 (5:43 pace)
Working it out: 24/07/2014
Run. 8 km Fartlek @ 48:41 (6:05 pace).
Last run before the 2014 Run Melbourne half-marathon.
Andy Bull - “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Tears For Fears cover)
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world
There’s a room where the light won’t find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do I’ll be right behind you
So glad we’ve almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world
Working it out: 20/07/2014
Run. 16 km total (10 x 0.5 km / 1.5 km, + 1 km cool down).
After having heavy legs on Friday morning’s run, I was pleased to get out there for a long run and feel pretty comfortable throughout. Nice to go for an interval-type run as well, a bit different to my usual training structure. If I am going to run under 2 h for the Run Melbourne half-marathon, then I am going to have to be able to kick in the last 5 km.
Split times for my 500 m bouts:
Bout 1: 2:36.20 (5:12 pace)
Bout 2: 2:35.28 (5:11 pace)
Bout 3: 2:28.94 (4:58 pace)
Bout 4: 2:23.66 (4:47 pace)
Bout 5: 2:30.20 (5:00 pace)
Bout 6: 2:35.87 (5:12 pace)
Bout 7: 2:35.38 (5:11 pace)
Bout 8: 2:50.77 (5:42 pace)
Bout 9: 2:55.72 (5:51 pace)
Bout 10: 2:29.86 (5:00 pace)
SUMMED: 5 km @ 5:12 average pace
Probably will only go on 3 more short runs between now and Sunday’s event. Going to take it day by day as I need to prioritise staying fresh over trying to squeeze in more training stimuli - I can’t change all the work I have or haven’t done to this point so just need to make sure I don’t do any damage over the coming week :P