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Distance actually is the important thing to working private bests, and never ageing.

Hamming it up for the group. You’d be mad to not. A real street present pony. Raf watching on from the sideline. (within the cap)

Earlier than Strava and GPS watches, sure such a time did exist, us runners had Excel spreadsheets to document our working historical past. Mine goes again to 2008 and I nonetheless manually add each run I make, religiously.  In fact since round 2014 I’ve been utilizing Strava so have a backup, thankyou Andrew Ziepe for placing me onto this largely biking app on the time,  however my Excel sheet remains to be my go to for historic knowledge. My pal Jon Pendse has a spreadsheet that simply borders on AI though he’s an accountant. It has pivot tables on pivot tables, I’m positive with a bit of labor he may get it to foretell the lottery numbers.

Anyhow final weekend on the weekly long term with the boys we had been discussing whether or not we nonetheless get pleasure from coaching as we age. Personally I get pleasure from racing extra as I’ve transitioned to Extremely working from Marathon and shorter distances of my youth. I say youth within the broadest sense of the phrase, I used to be working PB’s into my early fifties.  Again after I was a street working present pony I might prepare all 12 months for possibly two or three massive occasions, with a couple of half marathons and 10k races thrown in to maintain me centered. As you may see from the Strava and Excel extracts under I ran lots, between 10 -14 occasions per week, averaging between 140-160km.

Again within the day I’d awake at 5am and run ‘previous devoted’ as I referred to as my early morning run, a scenic 10k round Star Swamp. Relying on the time of 12 months I’d see the dawn on that run. I’d then have my weetbix (usually 4) with banana’s after which get on my Elliptigo and cycle the 15km or so to work.  A lunchtime run to get my double day after which a long term with the boys Sunday, with a shorter run afterwards in fact.  Week in week out for a 12 months earlier than a 5cm calf tear after the bridges 10km put me on maintain. After I recovered from the calf tear I had a run of about one other 12 months of laborious coaching earlier than plantar fasciitis completed my working profession , properly the non-public bests anyway.  My final marathons of notice had been in 2019 , a few sub threes however within the excessive 2:55’s; not the early 2:40’s of yesteryear.


An injured runners weapon of selection, love my Elliptigo; additionally an amazing restoration choice.
Each week was double days and large weekly distance, finish of 2016.


The end of 2016 and some serious double day repeats.
The top of 2016 and a few severe double day repeats.

Within the extract from my spreadsheet for the tip of 2016 above I recorded my quickest 10k on the WAMC (West Australian Marathon Membership) Peninsula run for a win, 34:18; then the next weekend a half PB of 1:15 useless. for third.  Add in a 2:41:44 marathon on the Metropolis to Surf for a fifth place end and a 2:44:30 World Masters marathon,  age group second, in addition to PB’s for the Rottnest half and the Metropolis Seashore 4k. It was a beautiful time in my working profession.  Sadly a couple of months into the next 12 months a calf tear introduced this golden streak to an finish and I by no means ran these occasions once more. In my defence I used to be 49 on the time so a decelerate was inevitable however the damage simply hurried the method alongside I suppose.

I did handle an AURA age group document for the 100km ( 7:47) early 2018 however then it was a barren three years earlier than three victories in 2022 in extremely marathons.

I’ve connected a video of me discussing Extremely marathons in 2017, wanting again a few of the feedback I made on this movie are actually amusing. This was years earlier than I found my love of Extremely marathons. It was earlier than the 2017 ADU 100km the place I completed second I believe working simply over eight hours. I returned to the next 12 months to win it and declare an AURA age document.

Out of Parrys’ morning of day Three of the Delirious West 200 mile and a second place end .

After a disappointing 2020 I  entered eight extremely marathons in 2021 and added two extra for ten in 2022 with three wins within the Lighthorse 24 hour race (207km complete), the Kep 100km and the No time to die yard extremely (33 laps) Coaching clever I used to be racing as a lot as I used to be coaching as a result of I loved the racing a lot extra as soon as the strain of a ending time was taken away.  I additionally completed my first 200 miler after DNF’d in 2020 and likewise ran the Feral Pig 100 miler and Hysterical Carnage yard extremely , with an help to the good Phil Gore.  My working mojo was again however my coaching mojo not a lot.

Operating so many occasions gave me the chance to race, get better, taper, race..repeat; little or no want to truly prepare as this was taken case off whereas racing.  Gone had been the double days and likewise double digit run weeks. Infact I my final double digit run week was early 2021.  Regardless of that I managed to win three occasions in 2022 and end high 5 in lots of others. You gotta love extremely’s.


The top of 2022 and its a complete totally different story.

The final couple of years I’ve spent extra time racing than ever earlier than , in 2022 I raced over 2,000 kilometres, 40% of my complete annual mileage. That may be a lot the place as in my present pony  marathon days it might be round 100-200km , about 4% .

In 2022 I simply managed to scrape 5,000 kilometres for the 12 months however managed three wins and a Stella 12 months on the again of a busy 2021. That 12 months set the muse for the next years success. Over 18 extremely marathons within the two 12 months interval. Little or no coaching simply recovering, tapering and racing. As you may see from the spreadsheet 2011, 2013 and 2016 had been standout years for PB’s. I take into account 2013 my breakout 12 months after I had the coaching in my legs from the earlier years and began to hit private bests every time I ran, a good time in a runners profession. I plateaued in 2014 and 2015 earlier than coaching with Raf in 2016 and growing weekly distance in addition to including tempo. ( ) I used to be ultimately derailed by accidents in 2018 and 2019, which resulted in dropping my working mojo in 2020 (and COVID?) earlier than discovering my mojo with extremely working in 2021 onwards.

Annual working totals. Highlights being 2016 and 2021.

In addition to distance unlocking private bests it’s essential to race extra. In 2016 I raced 21 occasions, just about a race each two weeks. Nothing pushes you greater than a bib in your chest, wholesome competitors with your self and your fellow rivals. You’ll by no means replicate the desperation of a race in coaching, it’s nearly inconceivable. That’s the reason it’s so uncommon to run a private greatest alone on a coaching run, you may’t replicate the situations of a race.  Even in my extremely profession I race lengthy and infrequently, this makes up for the dearth of ‘correct coaching‘ so to talk. Though the strain isn’t as intense for the longer distance you continue to push your self more durable than on a coaching run, it’s in a runners DNA to wish to run as quick as attainable in a race, in any other case it’s simply an costly coaching run ?

So the purpose of this publish, you wish to enhance add distance, you wish to actually enhance add double days and distance, you wish to excel and attain your potential, add distance, double days and race lots.. and don’t ever get injured. That’s it, that’s working, simples ! 

If it’s essential to discover out extra about how growing distance helps enhance working efficiency analysis Arthur Lydiard, Phil Maffetone and Matt Fitzgerald.

I like the beginning line photograph, iconic, so many buddies doing what we love.
Fisiocrem is a will need to have in your extremely field of methods…

Bix hydration is simply ace, a product dropped at life by Vlad Ixel an expert extremely runner who is aware of a factor or two about hydration. ( )  The most effective factor about Bix is it tastes good with many alternative flavours and also you by no means get sick of ingesting it, this can be a massive plus as Maurten and Tailwind (each nice merchandise)  could be tough to digest later within the occasion.  From the web site :-

As an Australian elite a number of path working champion, with wins in over 40 ultra-marathon races throughout Asia, restoration from coaching and races has at all times been my high precedence. 

In trying to find a strong restoration and hydration complement, I acknowledged that essential nutritional vitamins and minerals – each in variety and amount – had been lacking from nearly all dietary supplements available on the market. I had the sensation that in an effort to maximise their bottom-lines, firms within the hydration house, did not ship a product that might meaningfully help athlete efficiency. 

To be able to handle this, I started the event of a hydration product. After two and a half years of growth alongside a number one German sports activities scientist, BIX Restoration, a complicated, high-quality restoration drink was born. 

BIX boosts 12 energetic components scientifically balanced to interchange misplaced electrolytes and help in immune perform. It’s designed with high quality nutritional vitamins and minerals, in portions that work! 

BIX is a restoration answer for everybody, that can get you to the highest of your recreation!

Nice hydration.

What can I say about HumanTecar,  ( ) it seems to be nice, smells nice and is superior for restoration and even pre-run/exercise. Learn concerning the science behind it first after which strive the merchandise. The compression bandages are simply magical after a protracted occasion. Put these on and the subsequent day you’re recovered, I’ve used them on a lot of events and so they by no means fail to astound me albeit the household poke enjoyable at me as I seem like a ‘mummy and scent humorous’ !


Fractel ) have your efficiency headgear lined. I like the colors and the performance of those hats, I assure there’s one mannequin you’ll fall in love with.

Fractel headgear, simply ace.

Shokz headphones, allow you to be in contact with the world round whereas dropping your self in high quality tunes or podcasts. ( )

Greatest working headphones EVER !

T8 working attire is the perfect you may get, second to none. Designed for the extremely humid Honk Kong situations the house owners dwell in.  It’s mild and does away with any chaffing worries. T8 is the title given to the best storm warning in Honk Kong,  storms and typhoons with gusts exceeding 180kph, which explains the branding. (

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