It’s been a quiet fortnight for SRC. Training is continuing until further restrictions are eased. A massive thank you to Chris, Norah and Sam for their efforts running the training session. With the weather still getting cold, don’t forget to visit our sponsors and supporters, wether for warmer clothes, health and healing, new gadgets or just a snack. Remember to support those who support us. Happy running Mathieu
News on races
This Sunday would have seen the running of the Gold Coast marathon. This is the most attended race for SRC outside Victoria. I know some runners are running it as a virtual run this Sunday.
Sam and Tara are away this weekend on an adventure as only they can plan. In other words, I have no idea what they are doing. As I have trained for 16 weeks for the Golda Coast half marathon I have decided to run my race on July 12 due to my paces being away this weekend. I will have more on this and other virtual races that Sam, Tara, Jacqui, Taren and I have been involved in, in the next newsletter.
But as I head towards taper week (10 days) I plan the race inside my head. My aim is not to feel like you have to bank too much time early on. A trap that some runners get into is they believe they need to put in as much effort as possible initially to allow for slowing over the final 5k or so. I’ll rely more on my preparation and ability for this will allow me to maintain a constant/realistic pace all the way. I have 16 weeks of good training behind me. That’s what will get me across the line. Bring on July 12!
Sweat Vs Steam – The SvS Committee are still working hard to prepare Sweat vs Steam to be held on Sunday 20th September 2020, we will keep monitoring Victorian health advice and relevant restrictions leading up to our proposed date and provide updates via our Facebook page to keep you informed.
Melbourne Marathon Festival – It’s still on October 4, 2020
More detail in the Calendar below.
I’m 44. I started running when I was 26 thanks to my little sister Bec. She came down to visit for a week and dragged me out. We started with 100 metre run/ walk intervals and by the end of the week she had me running a full km. I remember being so thrilled that I could run that far. That’s where my love of running started. Soon after I bought myself a three year subscription to Runner’s World Magazine which was lucky because the next few years were full of pregnancies and babies so reading and learning about running was often all I could manage. My first race was the first Run with the Kids in 2006 which was 14 kms at the time. I remember the stinging chaffing and aching muscles at the end but the more than that the fun and sense of achievement. I decided if I could manage to run 14 kms I could do the Great Ocean Road half marathon the next month. The Great Ocean Road half is actually 23kms and is very hilly so it was pretty crazy to attempt but I loved it. My sister Bec came down from Queensland to look after my 11 month old baby and 2 year old toddler while I ran, she even took them to the course to cheer me on in the pouring rain and gusting Antarctic winds. When I look back at that time I’m pretty impressed with my effort, I did most of my training on the treadmill at the gym while the kids were in the creche or pushing them in the pram, it was always by myself when I could grab a moment. After completing the Great Ocean Road Half I decided I would commit to completing one half marathon every year until I’m 70. So far I’ve done that and a lot more. I went through a few years of entering as many events as I could, Craig would ask when I picked a holiday destination “so what’s the race?” I’ve settled down a bit since then but still enjoy doing events. In the last couple of years I’ve done quite a few trail runs. The Convicts and Wenches Trail Run along Tasmania’s stunning north coast with a bunch of girlfriends and the Monster trail half marathon in a gorgeous national park in upstate New York with my husband Craig, stand out as two favorites. My PBs are 23 minutes 39 seconds for the 5km and 1 hour 51 for the half marathon, they were way back in 2014 and 2015 though! Do non-event PBs count? I’m not sure, last month I ran my own marathon in 4 hours 29 minutes and 56 seconds which was a PB by 45 minutes. It was fast enough (by 4 seconds!) to qualify me for the 56km Two Bays Trail Run which is on my bucket list, but I missed out on a spot when the event filled in 17 minutes just as I’d got to the payment page. I have my fingers crossed there will be more spots open up before the race next January. One of my goals for last year was to get my Parkrun time back under 25 minutes, which I didn’t quite manage, so I still have that to tick off. More than PB’s, what I’m proud of is that I’ve been a good role model for my kids and I’ve inspired non-running family and friends to give running a go, I’ve even got some of them hooked like me! For the last 10 years or more I’ve had a wonderful bunch of friends to run with and it’s the chat and catch up that I enjoy as much as the exercise. Garlic bread or garlic pizza? Neither give me a nice glass of red wine and a good curry thanks.
The following is from Kathy Fuller
Hey SRC crew – Just a shout out here for Dani McLaren who may be known to a few of you. Dani did the 777 with Narelle and I back in 2016 .. and has continued to run the 777 every year! – Dani is now Shepparton based Primary School teacher – She is an amazing gal and super courageous. Dani is currently doing the 777 this week (Virtually) .. however she amped it up starting last Saturday and is running 9 marathons in 9 days finishing this Sunday! Due to the increased COVID restrictions she is now unfortunately unable to run her final legs in Melbourne with family and friends – So be awesome if any of you are out and about this Sunday morning – as Dani does her final league based on the Shepp mara course – starting around 7am – so if you see her please jump in and run a few laps with her – Its a super human effort particularly without the usual support crew, drinks stations etc – 💜💪🏃♀️9️⃣
Race Calendar – Physically Distant, Virtually Together
|Name of Event||Date of Event||Location of Event||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Make it Your Own||Wednesday, 1 January 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020||Anywhere in Australia||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Pop! Challenge||Wednesday, 1 January 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020||Anywhere in Australia||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Gold Coast Virtual Marathon||Wednesday, 1 July 2020 to Friday, 31 July 2020||Anywhere||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Greatest Virtual Run||Friday, 3 July 2020 to Sunday, 5 July 2020||Anywhere||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Weipa Running Festival||Sunday, 12 July 2020 to Sunday, 26 July 2020||Anywhere||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|You Yangs Trail Running Festival||18 - 19 July, 2020||You Yangs||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Shepparton Running Festival - CANCELLED||CANCELLED||Shepparton, Vic||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Wonderfalls Trail Run||Saturday, 29 August, 2020||Cumberland River Holiday Park,|
Great Ocean Road, Vic
|Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Dubbo Stampede Running Festival||Sunday, 30 August 2020||Anywhere in Australia||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Sweat Vs Steam||06 October, 2020||Echuca, Vic||Event Website||Facebook Page|
|Ned Kelly Chase||Sunday, 25 October, 2020||Wangaratta||Event Website||Facebook Page|