19 Jun 2013 – the day I let go

19 Jun 2013 – the day I let go

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geYHQeV4jIg?rel=0]  yesterday started off well, but by 11am I was feeling it. tired, flat, completely drained of energy. my mood wasn’t so good either. all the advice is that post-marathon to do what you can do, and not to push things. so today was declared a rest day, without hesitation! 03:45 – 2 slices […]

18 Jun 2013 – alive

18 Jun 2013 – alive

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM0zINtulhM?rel=0&w=480&h=360]  I took a break from blogging for a couple of days, hope you don’t mind. I was a little busy on Sunday, and yesterday (Monday) I had no energy to think, let alone type! Today’s track is chosen for the double meaning of the title. I am still alive as opposed to having […]

16 Jun 2013 – ready, set, go!

16 Jun 2013 – ready, set, go!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U42cm7pi-G4?rel=0&w=480&h=360]  if you read this on Sunday, 16th June 2013, then be assured, this post was written and scheduled last night. intended schedule for today: 05:00 – porridge, bagel with peanut butter. orange juice 07:30 – 42.2km run – anywhere between 5:45 and 6:45 this is it folks, the big “M”   Posted by […]

the loneliness of the long distance angst-ridden adolescent

the loneliness of the long distance angst-ridden adolescent

it’s obvious now, when I look back with the pixel-perfect, perfectly clear 20/20 vision of hindsight. the dots are easy to connect. “little g” had issues; too little self-confidence, too much self-consciousness, shyness, inward-looking tendencies… you know, typical nerdy-swot-teenage-angst type stuff. it was all perfectly normal there was nothing unusual about this, no learning difficulty […]

15 Jun 2013 – one more day

15 Jun 2013 – one more day

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IddP8AAIGTQ?rel=0&w=560&h=315]  it feels a bit like christmas eve – in fact, earlier this morning, I even referred to today as “marathon eve”… there’s excitement and anticipation building, even though I know that one of the “presents” I will receive tomorrow is several hours of arduous torture… a very easy 20 minute row was followed […]

14 Jun 2013 – time

14 Jun 2013 – time

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYxY_P8Vn3k?rel=0]  feeling like a complete and utter slackarse now. another rest day. with the exercise sessions being so short this week, I’m not even sure what I am resting from! but in reality I do know what I am doing this for – fully understand that this is a week for my body to […]

13 Jun 2013 – three days

13 Jun 2013 – three days

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mySAZ3jqVcg?rel=0&w=480&h=360]  yup. three days. up nice and early today, put in a nice easy-to-moderate 20 minute row. got the blood pumping through the aching leg muscles. overall I’m feeling relatively strong – the knee is aching a little after yesterday’s run, but with a rest day tomorrow and one more low impact row on […]

12 Jun 2013 – closer

12 Jun 2013 – closer

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkGhDHP093M?rel=0&w=480&h=360]  getting closer and closer. staying relatively calm about it all, but hard to completely stop the anticipation building… did my final run this morning – short row tomorrow, rest Friday, another short row Saturday and then it will be time to put all this preparation to good use! I tried out a water […]

11 Jun 2013 – the final countdown

11 Jun 2013 – the final countdown

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw?rel=0]  ah come on, you just knew that this song would feature at some point this week, right? rest day today – sort of feeling a bit like a slacker. there’s a marathon in just 5 days and I’m doing very little! still, I’m sure the effort required on Sunday will more than make […]

M-minus 6 days

M-minus 6 days

with a thick blanket of fog descending on Perth this morning, this morning’s recovery run was eerily still and quiet. somehow it seemed like a suitably mysterious¬†and eery start to “the final week”. yes, the “final” week has arrived it doesn’t seem like 18 or 19¬†weeks since I started on the beginner’s marathon training schedule, […]