Progression – 1992 to 2007
I'm not a marathoner, and I'm definitely not an 800 metre runner. The 3000 sits in that happy running place that requires both endurance and speed. There's no wall to be broken through, like the tank-proof one Kayoko Fukushi found in Osaka. There are many opportunities in Canberra to race 3k over the summer months, and our Arizona-like heat is less of a problem when racing shorter distances. Speaking of which, I never claimed it was humid on that hot January night! That was a rumour initiated by some toast-hating, juvenile lipstick wearing dame; now sporting a wrinkled, collapsed bag of a face.
I always find those 'progression tables' seen on elite athlete profiles interesting. They usually show a trend of steadily improving PBs over the years – such as the ones for Benita Johnson and Craig Mottram. The table below shows the progression of my race times since 1992 – the last year I broke 10 minutes for 3000 metres. If I'm to run Eleven-07 in O-eight, it looks like I need to somehow drag my decrepit doddering body back to the year 1997. I hope my goal doesn't need a DeLorean.
|1998||2:31.4||5:08.1||11:21.3||19:46 (r)||41:09 (r)||1:39:26|
|(r) = 10k time run on a certified road course.|