Thursday, March 01, 2007

Stand tall, don't you fall

Providing I don't "do a CJ" or "do a Tuggeranong Don" between now and March 10, this will be my last post before the Six Foot Track.

David Kilby played a song on the radio this afternoon. Some of the lyrics describe my state of mind a week out from what promises to be an exciting, arduous and very long day... "Stand tall, don't you fall - For God's sake don't go and do something foolish - All you're feeling right now is silly human pride".

This is not the original artist, but I think it suits my purpose better. 'Steve' used to be a half decent runner, just like a mate of mine. He mightn't have a recording contract, but he's out there doing something he loves. [If you have a slower connection, let it play, then click 'watch again' to hear Steve in all his glory] *

In a comment on my last post one of the Queensland contingent asked if I was going to do a 30+km run the Saturday before Six Foot. I was tempted to reply with "Folks are dumb where Clairie comes from", but I won't, as I don't want to be on the receiving end of a punch in the guts. My final long run was last Saturday (24 February), a successful 3 hours 37 minutes for 34.3 kilometres.

Tesso wondered if I'd fired up the Cow-culator yet to work out my race pace. The kids at Calwell are often told that a race will be 'successful' if it's executed well, or run according to plan. If this is done, the finishing time, or PB, will take care of itself.

My plan is to start near the back and run as easily as possible to the Cox's River in 1 hour 55 minutes (7:25/km pace). I want to arrive at the summit of the last big hill, the Pluviometer in 3 hours 51 minutes (11:00/km for 10.5k of hills). After that, I'm at the mercy of the course. If I'm able to run at more than a cow-amble along the Black Range, a time of around 6 hours is possible. If not, I'll be hanging out for Plu and the sub-7 hour finisher's medal.

Thanks everyone for your encouragement! See you on the other side of the river. :-)

* Sadly, the original youtube video has disappeared, so I've replaced it with a 2011 performance from Burton.


Blogger Sekhmet said...

Have a great time Ewen, I can't wait to read all about it :-)

7:17 pm  
Blogger Simlin said...

Good luck Ewen...go the sub-6 hour!

8:11 pm  
Anonymous Em said...

I can see from a previous post that you are suffering from the pre-event injury paranoia :-)

Many, many best wishes for the 10th, hope you run well and strong, can't wait to hear about it.

8:14 pm  
Blogger Horrie said...

Enjoy the rest of your taper and I'm sure you will be ready to go on March 10. It's all downhill from here!

9:44 pm  
Blogger Scott said...

Wonderful stuff Ewen you managed to get in a zinger about Clairie while all the while coming across like you would never do/say something like that. Clairie that's the price you pay for mixing him up with "Owen."

Fantastic song, yes it's all about doing what you love.

Watch those tree roots and if you can't, remember as you go flying A over T that it's only "silly human pride."

Go get it Ewen!

10:22 pm  
Blogger Tesso said...

Hey, that dude can sing!

Happy tapering. Sure you don't want to check in with us all in Bloggsville just one more time before the race so we can see how nervous you are ;-)


10:37 pm  
Blogger TA and the Gnome said...

I don't know whether I'll be up there or not, so I'll get in now and say I hope your day exceeds all your expectations! Give that 6 hours a good shake :-)

12:40 am  
Blogger 2P said...

I'll bet your heart rate doesn't get as high as that singers!

Just make sure you spare me a kind word as you go past me somewhere up in the badlands.

All the best mate - "to Pluvio and beyond" :-)

And yep - beers on me ;-)

10:57 am  
Blogger Robert Song said...

Looking at your training this year compared to last year, you should be in better shape with that higher mileage. Looks like you have shed a few Kilos as well.

Hope you able to execute your race plan and get the result you are after. Best of luck.

2:12 pm  
Blogger Friar said...

I'll have to have a chat to the Henchmen about this 6 foot or 6 inch and mileage.

After all we as a Nation now use the Metric system.

Of course we still have a Mile race that is very popular.

3:42 pm  
Blogger Phil said...

Best of luck Ewen ... you'll do fabulous. Looking forward to a great race report.

3:50 pm  
Blogger Mat said...

Best of luck Ewen and enjoy the ride too!

4:37 pm  
Blogger michael donnelly said...

Hi Ewen,

Hope you have a great run tomorrow . Thanks for the email. It doesn't phase me that Kierran loves Baseball as I'm a big Red Sox fan. I have tried to persuade him with Cricket as I take him all the time. As long he enjoys what ever he likes & it's healthy. Once again all the best in the 6 foot track.


8:32 pm  
Blogger Eddie said...

Stand Tall Ewen ..don't fall. What ever you it safely.

All the best.

12:09 am  
Anonymous Steve said...

Best of luck, Ewen, I'm sure you'll do really well. As far as I'm concerned no problems with your last long run last week.

Great song, I liked it.

5:57 pm  
Blogger Tuggeranong Don said...

Woohoo, go Ewen! I will see you in person before the day but just want to say good luck and happy running, mate. You will be an inspiration to us on the track as much as you are to us on-line.

8:46 pm  
Blogger strewth said...

Lovely run today Ewen and no stopping! You will be fantastic next week. Run, enjoy the day and heaps of good wishes and good luck. I'll be so looking forward to hearing all about it and running more of those lovely long runs with you in a few weeks after you have recovered!!

10:44 pm  
Blogger strewth said...

Oh and ty for the ginger beer today - soooooo good!

10:44 pm  
Blogger Stephen Lacey said...

Ewen, that pacing plan is far too conservative, man. You need to gou at about 4:07/km and hold -- it worked grat for me at Tokyo ;-)

But seriously, have a great day out in the bush. I know you have been practising kangaroo-speak, so that should serve you well. Make sure to take a reading at the pluviometer; the BOM and Sydney Water will be anxiously awaiting your call. Don't get too wet at the Cox's. Don't get lost and end up in Yerranderie.

Looking forward to the report.

11:11 pm  
Blogger Stephen Lacey said...

PS. Love the song! It is so beautiful how he closes his eyes and is just off and away soaring in his zone. And then when he finishes he opens his eyes and is startled by the drab and mundane reality before him.

11:56 pm  
Blogger Stu said...

Have a great day next w/e, I hope all goes to plan!

11:27 am  
Blogger iliketoast said...

Not long to go now ..... still time for another long run ..... well I'm from where Clairie comes from!

Keep an eye out for my mate Geoff. His plan is to attack the course until he hits the Pulviometer and then take it home from there.

Good luck.

3:38 pm  
Blogger PortRunr said...

Have a great time out on the track Ewen.
Hope it all comes together well for you on the day.

4:20 pm  
Blogger Hannah said...

Best of luck for 6ft! I wish I was going, too!

4:21 pm  
Blogger Eagle said...

Good luck Ewan. You seem to have worked out a sensible race plan and I hope on the day it works for you. Have a great day and enjoy a very challenging course and try to enjoy the scenery as well.

Also good luck with your pupil on Thursday night.

10:50 am  
Blogger Clairie said...

You take care now Ewen, I don't want you getting injured before I have the opportunity to punch you in the gut!

I'll log on again in about oooooohhhhh 6 days time to hear all about it. *big hugs*

11:30 am  
Blogger Stephen Lacey said...

shhhh! It's supposed to be a secret. I'm doing a bad job of keeping it, but there is really only one person who isn't allowed to know. Anyway, stay tuned the week after next, but don't expect anything earth shattering 'cos I sure don't.

3:46 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

Good luck Ewen. Have a great time. Everything will be okay!

3:53 pm  
Blogger KIT said...

Good Luck!!! See you at the tree :-) Thanks for all your comments and support along the way. It is so exciting! Eat up!

4:26 pm  
Blogger Vicky said...

Well Ewen, what can I say that the rest of the fan club haven't already said?! (Its tough being 30th in line!) LOL.

As you said, whats well planned and well practised can only be a success... You will stand tall, you will not fall.... or if you do you will jump straight back up again and carry on regardless!

All the best out there Ewen, will be thinking of you guys as you take on this incredible challenge and can't wait to read all about it.

MAR. :-))))))

7:55 pm  
Blogger Don Juan said...

Good luck for Saturday.

You'll cream this course.

9:04 pm  
Blogger R2B said...

Hope to meet on race day and also that you enjoy yourself out there Ewen!

Cheers R2B

9:22 pm  
Blogger Spark Driver said...

Best of luck for the big day. I hope Claire doesn't punch you too hard in the guts.

2:55 pm  
Anonymous GRIFFIN said...

Ewen ~ Enjoy the moment mate as you cross the finish line ~ sub 6 hours is definately on the cards !

See you on the road soon I hope !


10:49 pm  
Blogger Kathy Southgate said...

Good Luck Ewen.
Now for Goodness sake , don't do a Kathy either.
All the best!

12:13 pm  
Blogger Anne said...

Wow ... Burton Cummings sure looks different! I laughed my head off seeing that clip - took me straight back to WW and '76.

10:16 am  
Anonymous IHateToast said...




dem's fightin' werds.

10:08 pm  

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