Perth Marathon: The “Evening-Of” Abbreviated Version – Movement Labs

Perth Marathon: The “Evening-Of” Abbreviated Version

I won’t make you read 1,000 words – let’s just cut to the chase:

Perth Marathon = 3:44:53


Given my training and goals, this was a very pleasant surprise.  Actually, it’s closer to ‘shock’ than ‘surprise’, really.  I know that with solid training (including speed work), I have a sub-3:30 in me, no question.  But I didn’t expect to run so well today.  And I did it feeling shockingly awesome, up until Mile 24 or so.

I’m going to take you through every drizzly, spunky, happy-view moment in gory detail in a day or two, but for now, here’s a quick-and-dirty summary:

3 Awesome Things About the Perth Marathon
1. The weather.
2. The small field (highest bib # we saw was 1427).
3. The view at the top of the hill in King’s Park.

3 Awesome Things About My Race
1. How much I had to hold back to stay around 8:45 min/mi through the first 10 miles.
2. Point #1 paying off as I cruised up the hills in the second half.
3. Checking my pace coming into Mile 20 and seeing “8:10”.  Repeatedly.

3 Spots That Hurt Right Now
(Or will when I stand up)
1. My hips (expected).
2. My lower shins (weird).
3. My pointer toe blister (if that’s #3, I figured I’m doing pretty well).

And now?  Dinner, and bed.  In that order, with very little in between.  Well…I might brush my teeth.  😉

My brain cells were busy being fast today, so I have no question for you.

So…erm…Tell me something – anything – about your weekend!

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  1. Jess August 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Yay! Way to go you are speedy!!

  2. misszippy August 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Congrats Holly! I kind of knew you were going to be well under your stated goal. So happy for you that you had a great day out there!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly August 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      I had a lot of things working in my favor today; and even learned a bit about how to be even better prepared next time, given the challenges/constraints of training in Singapore. It is also a course that played to my strengths, even more than I realized before running. Thanks for reminding me not to limit myself. 🙂

      Now, I only hope recovery goes well enough that I can still play 50K in 6 weeks! 🙂

  3. Paul August 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Congrats on an awesome race.

    I had a good one myself this morning at CSC Run by the Bay. While the race distance was probably a little short than 15K, it was probably still a PB for me and I’m very happy with my effort.

    Busy racing day for us here in Spore. 3 races at the same time! w00t!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly August 26, 2013 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Thanks. 🙂

      And congrats to you, too! Honestly, since the races in Singapore are always a bit off, distance-wise, I’ll usually take my average pace for the race, then determine my time as if I ran the correct distance at that pace. [For example, Venus Run was 3.35 miles, so I took my pace and calculated my time for 3.1 miles – and called that my time.] It’s a bit weird to call something like that a “PR”, but the races in Singapore just aren’t measured with the same accuracy as the US (at least, I don’t think they are).

      I know – after a quieter time in July & early August, the next few months in Singapore are a flurry of racing activity! What are you tackling next?

      • Paul August 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

        Yes, Holly, you are right about the distance. But think about it, we are probably measuring the distance using our GPS watch and/or online apps like mapmyrun, runkeeper etc. And those have some distance inaccuracies bias as well. So I guess, if the deviation is less than 5%, I can live with that.

        I’m doing 4 races on consecutive weeks. So next up for me will be SAFRA SBR/AHM, followed by POSB PAssion Run for Kids and finally Yellow Ribbon Prison Run. Frankly a year ago, I wouldn’t thin of trying something like this. But its not as hardcore as my friends who doing an ultramarathon (50K) on Sat followed by HM the next day!

        • Holly @ Run With Holly August 29, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

          I do use my Garmin. And all I can say is that on certified courses in the US, I get very, very close to the certified distance with my Garmin – especially on a 5K course (never as far over as Venus – and never, EVER under the stated distance, as for the 2XU). The longer the course, the more “over” the Garmin reads, definitely. But I’m also quite sure that Singapore doesn’t have the same certifying body/standards as some other countries – I think this will come, but it can be rather annoying, when trying to figure PRs and the like. 🙂

          I plan to be out cheering at SAFRA, and will be running Yellow Ribbon. Looking forward to comparing stories/reports then! 🙂

  4. Amy August 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Woot Woot! Great race!

  5. Sheila August 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! That’s so awesome….enjoy the post-race bask for a while. You surely have a 3:30 in you!

  6. JoAnne August 26, 2013 at 1:23 am - Reply

    That is freaking AWESOME! Congrats 🙂

  7. outside time August 26, 2013 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Wow, that’s amazing!! HUGE congratulations!!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly August 27, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Welcome, Outside! Just popped over to your page; looks like we have New Jersey and academia (although I recently opted out) in common.

      Enjoy the fall weather (hopefully coming your way soon) – all the best for you NYC training. I’ll be keeping an eye out! [I actually have a client running, too!]

  8. Meagan August 26, 2013 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Woohoo I just read your post about wanting to go sub-4 and then I clicked on this one. When I saw your finish time I said “awww man!” out loud, in a happy way and with a smile on my face. Way to go!! 🙂

    • Holly @ Run With Holly August 27, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

      I love coaching, because I get to share that “awww man!” feeling with my athletes, more often than I can achieve it on my own. Blogging is kinda the same way. =) You just share one with me sometime soon, and we’ll call it even, OK?

      • Meagan September 3, 2013 at 8:33 am - Reply

        Aye, aye! I will try my best! If/when I make it to the finish line at Thunder Road in November, you’ll have your “aww man” moment.

  9. Kate August 26, 2013 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Yahhoooo! Congrats :-D. Finishing is going to feel great no matter what….and that’s the icing on the cake!

  10. Jean August 26, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Rockstar!! I KNEW you were going to super-sub-4. How could I know that without knowing much about your training paces? Because you’re Coach Holly! Seriously, awesome job. If you were able to run that time during (what was supposed to be) a relatively conservative effort, think of what you’ll be able to do when the marathon is your primary focus! You’re so cool.

    • Holly @ Run With Holly August 27, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

      *Provided I can get as gorgeous a race-day as Perth provided!

      It’s kinda funny – I push people beyond what they think they can do all the time – but when it happens to me, it still feels a bit surreal. I think that’s why coaches sometimes hire a coach! 🙂

  11. Debbie @ Deb Runs August 26, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Sorry, but you are not going to hear a thing about my weekend, because it’s all about YOU today, baby!


    You rocked that course… Congratulations!

  12. greengirlrunning August 26, 2013 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Daaaaaang girl! That is AWESOME!!! I am so freaking happy for you! Can’t wait for all the gory details 🙂 Huge congrats and hugs and high fives!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly August 27, 2013 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Waiting to hear from you, too – on the edge of my seat. And seriously, my quads are sore, so I might fall off. Could happen. Wouldn’t put it past me.

      Whatever the outcome, know the blog-o-sphere is here for you, and wants to hear from you! 🙂

      • greengirlrunning August 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

        Hahaha! You always make me smile Holly! Or crack up 🙂
        Just wrote my lil posty post… it was oh so bad I’m afraid. So I was especially glad to hear about your sweet race! Seriously! It makes me so happy!!!

  13. Kristen L August 27, 2013 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Just catching up on blogs after a weekend away — CONGRATULATIONS on crushing your time goal and having a great marathon! Seems like you are feeling pretty good, so I’m sure you’ll be back and ready for that 50K in no time. Awesome job!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly August 27, 2013 at 9:28 am - Reply

      I wasn’t so sure yesterday (Monday), but today (Tuesday) is considerably better. Of course, I haven’t tried any RUNNING yet, but we’ll see. 🙂 Hope you had a terrific Hood to Coast weekend!!!!!!!!!

  14. Allee @ Griselda Mood August 27, 2013 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Holy crap dangum lady! I nearly just fell off my chair reading that time. You’re like the girl in class that is like “I’m definitely going to fail this test, guys! I didn’t even study. I probably won’t do well” and then BAM, you get a 98%. If I didn’t know and like you, I’d hate you out of jealousy BUT I’m SUPER excited for you! I love when the stars align and run/race is just perrrrfect! So, so happy for you! Enjoy your relaxation! Go Holly, go!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly August 27, 2013 at 9:32 am - Reply

      But…believe it or not, I am not especially modest. If I thought 3:45 were reasonable, I’d have declared it. I didn’t “under-estimate” just to look good. 😉 I really didn’t think I had that in me, on that particular course, after the training that I did (I studied..just not the extra credit!). But even coaches can be surprised sometimes. And Perth was very, very good to me. Only pity is…it’ll be hard to top that marathon experience! 🙂

  15. […] and a big “congrats” to Coach Holly for rocking out a 3:44 marathon this weekend! Let’s all secretly hate her for being so fast […]

  16. Tina@GottaRunNow September 1, 2013 at 2:27 am - Reply

    Congrats on the great finish time! That’s a good example of how holding back the first 10 miles really works!

    • Holly @ Run With Holly September 1, 2013 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Welcome, Tina! Thanks for stopping by. Heading over the check out your blog now. 🙂

      You’re totally right – I’m finishing up my detailed race report, but holding back those first 10 miles was hard – they were very flat, and my legs were ready to roll. But when I cruised up the hills in the second half, I was thankful for the extra energy/strength. So hard to remember…but so important! 🙂

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