Sunday, 21 June 2009

I Ran My First Half Marathon!

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Half marathon finishers received a medallion

 

This morning, in cool, overcast weather, I ran 21.1 km around the beautiful Swan River, finishing the 2009 Perth Half Marathon in 1:57:47. I was aiming to go under 1:50 but I'm very happy to get under 2 hours, particularly considering a) the congestion at the start, b) 2 toilet breaks and c) inclement weather. Courtney Carter, the men's winner ran 1:07(!), to become the 2009 WA State Champion, beating over 900 fellow participants in the process.

 

I ran a 1:01:11/56:36 negative split* which I'm proud of. My mirrored splits (cumulative time bracketed):

 

1st half

0-2 km: 11:56 (11:56)

2-4 km: 12:25 (24:21)

4-7 km: 17:17 (41:38)

7-10.55 km: 19:33 (1:01:11)

2nd half

10.55-14 km: 19:21 (1:20:32)

14-17 km: 16:46 (1:37:18)

17-19 km: 10:12 (1:47:30)

19-21.1 km: 10:17 (1:57:47)

 

Daryl of Frank And Daz Take On The World fame also ran today. Running part of the way with him was inspiring. What a legend!

 

My next challenge is to double the distance and run a full 42.195 km marathon! I will achieve this in the first half of 2010.

 

*A negative split occurs when the 2nd half is run faster than the first. Many runners are tempted to run fast at the start only to suffer later on, often affecting their overall time.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Iran's Election Dramas And Protests

Over the past 10 days I have been keeping a keen eye and ear on the Iranian election farce and associated events. I had the pleasure of visiting Iran in 2004 (see a, b, c, d, e, f and g) and lived next door for several years so am very interested in the country's current affairs.

 

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In a peaceful and beautiful Isfahan, 2004

 

Iran is an amazing country with unlimited potential. The wonderful Iranian people deserve to be heard and not controlled by violent thugs and unelected gurus if they don't want to be.

 

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Another photo from Isfahan, 2004. So much for "...provid(ing) solace and comfort to distressed, weary and troubled hearts..."

 

My main sources of news have been the http://nomadlife.org website (thank you Dody), #iranelection tweets and the BBC World Service on News Radio. Kylie, a friend from Adelaide moved to Tehran 4 weeks ago to join the AIESEC Iran Member Committee. What a time to live abroad for the first time! Her fascinating firsthand stories of the events in Iran are here and here. I kind of wish I was there now.

 

After a week of mass protests followed by a lull yesterday, there is a feeling that today will be a turning point in the saga and perhaps even in Persia's distinguished history. Fingers crossed all will work out for the better...

Sunday, 7 June 2009

21 km (Half Marathon) - Not Bad For A Morning Run

This morning I ran 6 laps of Lake Monger equal to 21 km and my first ever half marathon distance. My 3.5 km (lap) splits were 18:42, 20:35, 20:10, 20:05, 19:22 and 18:43 for an overall time of 1:57:37. I'm very proud of my achievement and am now confident of finishing the upcoming Perth Half Marathon on 21 June.


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