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Tokyo Marathon 2011

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Burleigh Heads,Australia

Member Since:

Nov 11, 2010



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:



  • 05/07/2009 Gold Coast Asics Half Marathon - 1:26:49

  • 31/08/2009 Bridge to Brisbane 10km - 39:54 

  • 27/02/2010 Tokyo Marathon - 3:56:02

  • 26/09/2010 Real Berlin Marathon - 3:42:07 

  • 27/02/2011 Tokyo Marathon - 3:29:25

  • 03/07/2011 Gold Coast Asics Half Marathon - 1:27:22 

  • 05/08/2018 Pedders Brisbane Half Marathon - 1:39:08



Short-Term Running Goals:

  • Don't die in the 2019 GC Marathon 



Long-Term Running Goals:

  • Never get fat 


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5 km in 24:52 on treadmill. 

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10 km in 56:07 on road. Had planned to do a 19 miler but is was really really hot. I reckon I need to wait till dark but even then it's 24, 25 degrees and pretty humid. 

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10 km in 59:28 on treadmill. Even with the fan on full blast I found it really hot.

6.1 km in 28:06 on road. Out in 14:37, back in 13:29. Left at 6:40 pm after the sun had set and it made a huge difference. I'll definitely go for more of these runs. I MUST go for a 30 km this Sunday!

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6.8 km in 34:00 on road. 18:09 out and 15:51 back. Very easy run. It's my birthday, I deserve it don't I??!!

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31.6 km in 3:39 on road. 

 1:33:20 (15.8 km) out then ran back till 2:22 (24 km) then walked 8 km. 

First long run in a long time and felt crap. There was a huge tail wind going out and what felt like a bigger head wind coming back. I took it slow right from the beginning as I've been bed ridden for the past few days feeling very lethargic. I had to get out there today though as this is one of 3 30km + runs I've got to do before Tokyo. This week I'll fit in a speed session and on Sunday 10 mile hill run. 8 mile runs the days in between.

 49 days till the marathon! 

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6.75 km in 38:49. Real slow jog to stretch out my legs after yesterday. Jogged all the way with dad and talked all the way. Very very impressed by my old man who's again going to run the marathon with me at 58!

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5 km out in 24:48 on road then 5 minutes rest. Then 5 km back in 24:39. I don't mid the 25 degrees but the 90% humidity is a killer. I find it hard to keep going at a solid pace without overheating. Gay.

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16.1 km in 1:27:44 on road. 44:06 out and 43:38 back. Good run, pushed the hills. 

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10 x sets of 400m at 16 kph then 600m walk/jog.

Total of 10 km in about 1 hour. Felt good to stretch the hamstrings! 

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10 km in 51:20 on road. 27:20 out and 24:00 back. Ran the last 2 km in 8:20. Very happy with 50 + miles this week, looking forward to a 13.1 miler tomorrow :)

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21.1 km in 1:56:55 on road. 59:07 out 57:48 back. 28 degrees and would've been much hotter when the sun was fully out. Sweated like a biatch. Got it done tho.

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10 km in 51:22 on road. 30 + degrees and pretty humid. Ran first 2 km in under mp then the next 1 km in mp. For the next 7 I ran at about 12 kph making sure I sprinted up the hills. I'm a little worried that my marathon target time is too quick!!!

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6.8 km in 33:09 on road. 17:35 out 15:34 back. So hot today! 28 degrees and 80 % humidity. Might go to the beach for a bit. I'll do some speed work this evening.

3.4 km in 13:11 on road @ 15.5 km. Walked for a mile after as my shin was killing me. Saw dangerous storm clouds and lightning looming over the horizon so I jogged home. Made it just in time. Took about 37 minutes all up. Now laying with an ice pack on my shin, thinking I might have a slight stress fracture. We'll see.

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4 km in 18:45 on road. 10:35 out and 8:10 back. My left leg is not cool, not cool at all. I'm taking the next two days off to try to let it heal before I go for a decent long run on Sunday. It's going to be hard but it's definitely for the best.

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32 km in 3 hours and out and back in the same time. I felt pretty good at half way then I turned around and I realised why....there was biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig tail wind. Which meant a big head wind on the way home. I stopped a fair few times for water breaks as it was very hot and no cloud cover. Very happy to cover the mileage however and to get my second of three 3 hour run/jog's done. Also stoked to know for certain that I don't have a stress fracture in my shin as the pain almost went away completely during my run. Shin splints are manageable :) 

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6 km in 39:30 on road. Really really slow jog to stretch out my legs after yesterday. They need a rest tomorrow!

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5 km in 22:31 on treadmill. Marathon pace although I am 100% sure that my treadmill is running too fast. Possibly by 1 km per hour. I don't think I could put together 8 of those runs non stop marathon day. At any rate it's good training. Next week I am to be able to run 10 km (treadmill) marathon pace. I'll aim to do another 5 km tonight in the same time.

5 km in 25:36 on treadmill. My shin was giving me real grief after 1 mile at marathon pace so I slowed down to an easy pace. Icing it up now!

 Happy with my runs today :) 

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10 km in 53:12 on treadmill. First 3 km @ 12kph then 2 km @ 10 kph, 1 km @12kph, 1 km @ 10kph, 1 km @ 12kph, 500m @10kph, 500m @ 12 kph then 1 km @ 13.3kph (mp).

 I did my best to calibrate my treadmill this morning and concluded that at 1 km per hour it is actually 1.7 km per hour. Interesting to know after having done 3 months of training on it!

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First 6.44 km (4 mile) in 28:26 @ 13.6 kph. 13.3 kph is marathon pace. The reasonable tail wind helped the pace no doubt but I felt good. Mostly jogged back but made sure to sprint across the bridge, up the two big hills and the last stretch home. The headwind provided good resistance. Back slowly in 40:20. Happy with the run. Tomorrow a half marathon run at a solid pace. 

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6.56 km in 32:37 on road. 17:21 out and 15:16 back. Felt incredibly sluggish from yesterday, i was aiming to do a 13 miler but the heat was a killer. 29 degrees and full sun. Shin was hurting too. I may have to run every other day to give it a day to recover. We'll see.

5 km in 22:23 on treadmill. I felt really dirty with myself for not going for a semi long run today so I jumped on the treadmill and did 5 a bit better than marathon pace. It was good because my legs felt a little tired from this morning and yesterday but the run didn't trouble me at all. Not too worried about missing the long run as it was a step down week.

This Sunday is the peak of my training schedule so this week is going to be a biggy for me. Can't wait :)

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6.56 km in 30:46 on road. 16:26 out and 14:20 back. I was going to have the day off but my feet were itchy so when it got dark I went out for a comfortable run. Ran the last 2 miles under marathon pace making sure i dodged the pot holes in the dark! 

Today was the start of my biggest training week and a good one. Only 27 days till Tokyo baby! 

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10 km in 47:34 on road. 25:00 out and 22:34 back (marathon pace). Felt the conditions as it was 87% humidity aka a big fat sauna session. my girlfriend thinks I should drop everything and become a writer. I agree. Now she is pretending to be dead and a spaz because that's what we do when we think the other person is being a spaz. And stupid. Nigh night.

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6.1 km in 30:00, 2 minutes break then 3.9 km in 18:26 on treadmill. As it was 30+ today and 90% humidity I went to the gym to seek out some aircon. Found some but it really wasn't up to much so I sweated like the proverbial. Good run though and looking forward to my last big one on Sunday.

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3.2 km in 17:08 on treadmill. Ridiculously hot today, even inside with the fan going. Will wait till the sun is setting tonight to get out a 10 miler. Then rest tomorrow and my last big run on Sunday. 

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6.56 km in 33:54 on road. 17:38 out and 16:16 back. Bloody hot and my stomach was feeling decidedly average after some very spicy thai last night. I have no choice but to wake up at quarter to 4 tomorrow and go for a big one then. Gotta do it....3 weeks tomorrow till the marathon! 

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10 km in 1:07 something on road. TERRIBLE. Woke up before 4am to leave at 4:15 for a 20 miler this morning. Much to my dismay it was still 26 degrees and 90 % humidity so I wasn't comfortable at all. My legs felt heavy, like two stumps of wood plodding after one another. I was losing water at an alarming rate and felt like I had no energy so I begrudgingly turned around after 5 kms in 28:30. Ran back 3 kms then had to walk home. Not cool only 3 weeks till the marathon.....TODAY! 

11.1 km at 10 kph on treadmill. Felt dirty with my effort this morning so I sweated it out on the treadmill during the middle of the day after some yum cha.

10.1 km in 52:30 on road. 27:18 out 25:12 back. Bit the bullet and went for my third ten km to finally get out the 20 miles today. I know it's nowhere near the same as running it in one go but it seriously wasn't doable today without causing some kind of major damage. The humidity stayed at around 90% all day which made it very hard going. The positive was that for the last 2 or 3 kms of my last run I felt the tired legs I normally feel at the end of a long run.  


From I Just Run on Sun, Feb 06, 2011 at 09:57:44 from

Look at the good side...you're at the top of the Fast Running Blog Milage Board as I look at it this morning...! Keep a positive attitude, tomorrow will be much better!

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10 km in 50:00 on treadmill. Very happy with my run as I tested out my new body science half tights. I got them in preparation for the cold weather in store for Tokyo and they didn't give me any grief at all. It's also much cooler today, about 23 which made the run less sweaty than usual. Still 90 % humidity which always makes things interesting!

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13.1 km in 69:57 on treadmill. First 4 km @ 12 kph then 5 km @ 10 kph, 3 km @ 12 kph then last 1 km faster than marathon pace. Happy with run as I still believe treadmill is at least .7 km too fast. 

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10 km in 49:47 on treadmill. 9 km @ 12 kph then last km at marathon pace. It was hot and sweaty but a good run. Tomorrow is a rest day with my last solid weekend coming up. I leave for Tokyo two weeks from today! 

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6.56 km in 27:57 on road. 13:51 out and 14:06 back. Aimed to run it at marathon pace (13.3 kph) but ran it at 14.1 kph) so 1:30 too quick. I'm likely to blow a gasket if I go anywhere near that pace at the start. I felt great during the run though even though it was 27 degrees and full sun. Tomorrow will be a 20 km run, my last run of any distance before the marathon. Looking forward to it!  

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17.2 km in around 2 hours on road. 30 degrees with full sun today that made it way too hot and I could feel myself overheating. Figured I'd do my body more damage than benefit if I kept on going with only two weeks till the marathon. Ran 8.6 km @ 11 kph then walked and jogged back in over an hour. 

PM 5.3 km in 24:44 on treadmill.

300m @ 12 kph

1 km @ 13.3 kph (marathon pace)

500m @ 12 kph

1 km @ 13.3 kph

500m @ 12 kph

1 km @ 13.3 kph

500m @ 12 kph

500m @ 15 kph 

Good run to add on to the incomplete run during the day. 

From Burt on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 00:27:46 from

It's not Sunday here yet.

From Alexandros Wintros on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 01:48:17 from

That's good burt.

From Burt on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 09:55:36 from

LOL. Good luck in Tokyo.

From Alexandros Wintros on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 23:08:23 from

thanks mate

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6.6 km in 33:12 on treadmill @ 12 kph. 

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10 km in 48:23 on road averaging 12.4 kph. Hot and humid. Ran at marathon pace for km's 2 >3, 4 >5 to see if i could get it down to a couple of seconds and I was pretty close to it. From km's 8 > 10 I ran a little faster than marathon pace into a good headwind...it cooled me down!

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6.56 km in 29:45 on road. I Didn't mean to run it near marathon pace but I felt great so I just kept running naturally. The sun had set when I went out and it sure made a big difference. I'm really looking forward to the cool in Tokyo - I just hope it's not bucketing down like last year! Finger's crossed! 

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6.56 km in 32:16 on road. Set out to run it at 12 kph and averaged 12.2 so i'm pretty happy with the run. My legs felt a bit sluggish today though, not sure if it was the beach fishing I did for a couple of hours today in the sun or for some other reason. Tomorrow is an 8 miler and a week till the marathon!

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12.75 km in 1:06:40 on road. 33:36 out and 33:04 back averaging 11.5 kph. Hamstrings were really tight and uncomfortable especially the two tendons running on the inside left of my right knee. Really hope the bugger doesn't cramp up on me! It seems the more I stretch, the more problems I have with tightness the next day....maybe I should stop stretching?

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6.6 km in 39:46 on treadmill. Ran at 10 kph all the way just to keep the motor running and the legs fresh. Tomorrow an easy 5 km then Thursday a jet plane to Tokyo!

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5 km in 29:58 on treadmill. Last run before the marathon, will do some stride outs Saturday. Forecast for Tokyo Sunday is close to freezing temperatures, wind and rain so it's going to be interesting! Can't wait.

Race: Tokyo Marathon 2011 (26.2 Miles) 03:29:25
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Well, I couldn't have asked for better weather, about 7 degrees and sunshine - so much better than the freezing, windy, dismal rainy day that was last year! Started out ok, weaving through the 10km racers but I got an unbearable stitch and had to stop to the side after only 6 kms, probably since I was busting to go to the toilet at the start line. After relieving myself I managed to find a comfortable tempo. I went out aiming for a B.Q. time but I was quick to realise that I just hadn't done the long hard runs in training necessary to keep up that constant pace. After I came to that realisation I aimed for 3:30 and gave it my all to get there. The hill at 36km and at 40km were killers and I don't think my eyes were open for most of the way up them. I'm still very happy with taking over 12 minutes of my time in Berlin and nearly 27 minutes of my first marathon here one year ago. Now the question is, am I going to kick up the training to get me to that B.Q. time? My girlfriend hopes not, she want's a bit of muscle back! We'll see... 

Splits were:

5km00:24:56 (0:23:02)0:23:0209:34:56
10km00:49:06 (0:47:12)0:24:1009:59:06
15km01:12:55 (1:11:01)0:23:4910:22:55
20km01:36:58 (1:35:04)0:24:0310:46:58
25km02:01:46 (1:59:52)0:24:4811:11:46
30km02:27:04 (2:25:10)0:25:1811:37:04
35km02:52:38 (2:50:44)0:25:3412:02:38
40km03:19:52 (3:17:58)0:27:1412:29:52
Finish03:31:19 (3:29:25)0:11:2712:41:19


From SlowJoe on Tue, Mar 01, 2011 at 11:30:27 from

That was evil of them to put big hills at the end of a marathon. Way to fight through it to get that 3:30.

Just get married, then it doesn't matter what you look like, and you can get as skinny as you want!

From Alexandros Wintros on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 04:49:28 from

Sounds like a plan slow joe!

From Mattrow on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 10:03:57 from

Good run. Hills in the last part of the marathon are hard. It's funning if your fat they don't like it, and if you are to skinny they don't like that either.

From I Just Run on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 10:17:08 from

Hey Wild Man,

I read the first line of race report and thought DANG ... 7 degrees ...then I realized it was C not F ...Ha Ha. Looks like a good run even though you didn't hit the BQ. Sounds like you know exactly what you need to do to reach it next time. Keep it up and I'll see you in Boston!

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4 km run on the beach in the rain. First day I could even think about running after the marathon. I'm still pretty sore and tight but I expect it'll get better pretty quickly. 

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