Robert Song's Running

I'm over 50 and been running off and on since 1968. I have run everything from 800m to 10k on the track, to half marathons (PB 1:21 Brisbane 1993) and marathons (PB 2:53 Gold Coast 1985).

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Gold Coast Half Marathon

Woke up at 3:30 am and drove down to the Coast for the 6:00am race start which started in beautiful still cool conditions just as the sun was rising. My strategy was to set out at 4:45 pace for the first 10k and then do the last half at whatever I felt comfortable. I would have been happy with any time under 1:40.

With the dim light and the crowded field and not wearing my glasses made reading my watch difficult in the early Ks , so wasn't exactly sure what pace I was doing but it felt comfortable. Went through 5k in 23:05 which was faster than I planned but it was feeling so easy, I decided to just keep going at that pace. Made 10k in 45:47 and shortly after that the turn around and the run home.  I still felt comfortable and was confident I could step up the pace a little. The next 5k was 22:27. I was starting to breathe a bit harder now but I still knew I had something in reserve. So I kept gradually winding it up with a 21:37 for the 5k to 20k and then continued on at that pace to the finish.

So in the end a net time of 1:34:33 (4:29 pace). Good enough to get 15th in my category and way surpass any time I considered achievable today. Strangely, it was not as tough as either of the two other halfs I have done this year. To think it was only just over 4 months ago I did 2:08:32 at the BRRC Half Championships and today I am only 8 minutes away from my time from last year's GC Half.

Time: 1:34:33 
( Splits 48:05 ; 46:28)
5k   23:05
10k  22:42
15k  22:27
20k  21:37

My only regret from the day was having to get back to Brisbane and not catching up with everyone at the Southport SLSC in the afternoon.  There is always next year and I am hopeful that by then I can be back to near my best.


  • At Mon. Jul. 05, 03:17:00 pm AEST, Blogger allrounder said…

    Great run...gotta love those "easy" ones!

  • At Mon. Jul. 05, 11:20:00 pm AEST, Blogger plu said…

    Only saw you at the last minute and all I could get out was Robert.... went to correct it and you were gone. You were running well. Glad you have come good this year though I admit to you looking a bit different even as you flashed by.

    Until next year take care.


  • At Tue. Jul. 06, 09:18:00 am AEST, Blogger Scott Brown said…

    Fantastic Robert Song. I'm frankly surprised that you could do that time at this stage, but very happy for you.

    Thinking about it, it is no wonder after all you've been through, that it was easier than expected, you would think that it would still be a real struggle so soon after your treatment.

    If you feel recovered by mid-week after that effort then I reckon you are back on track and the skys the limit for you.

    I'm seriously thinking about coming for the marathon on the Gold Coast next year, I would be good chance to meet/catch up.

  • At Fri. Jul. 09, 12:48:00 pm AEST, Blogger Bay said…

    Unreal! I feel pole-axed with how much you've improved over the last few months. Surely it has to be the years of training coming to the fore!

  • At Fri. Jul. 09, 09:52:00 pm AEST, Blogger Ewen said…

    Brilliant result Graham. I was expecting under 1:40, but not 1:34! Especially with the zombie training you've been putting in lately.

    Very strong splits too. Glad I wimped out on the race. You would have smacked me down by a good 10 minutes.


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