Commonwealth Preview!

Hi all,

Well, less than 2 days to go now and less really is more, in that the less time there is to go, the more real it’s becoming!

I’ve had a few days in the village now and got to take part in the opening ceremony which was a great experience. I missed out on this in Delhi and wasn’t overly bothered by that as I don’t get overly excited when I watch them on the telly, but it was a thrill to be in the stadium and I got a lot of messages from people saying they spotted me!

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 Beyond that excitement I’ve tried to keep this week as boring as possible. A few massages, regular meals, and plenty of sitting around and chatting with my England teammates. The male marathon trio are all sharing the same room and that’s been great – no ego clashes amongst teammates in the marathon camp! Most of our “race chat” has been about what stats fields will be on our Garmins rather than psyching anyone out. Although I would like to point out I didn’t partake in the Garmin chat, that was beyond even my statty inclinations.

IMG_0244What’s been interesting is our very different taper approach. I basically just run less, and slower, and eat a bit more carbs. Fairly standard and safe.
Steve on the other hand drops carbs COMPLETELY for 3 days or so and runs short and hard through it, before then opening up the carb floodgates 3 days before the race, an ’80s approach known as “the diet”. Nick is somewhere in between, but 48 hours before the race will do a 3minute flat out effort and then fill his face with jelly babies and Turkish Delight, to promote extra glycolysis.

Friends and family start arriving tomorrow. Amelia has been in Glasgow all week but has been ill so I’ve not been able to see her, which has been really disappointing and I’m hoping she’s better by race day. I’m trying to encourage my friends not to base their enjoyment of the trip around my race so as to avert any pressure! Back in Australia my training team-mates and club-mates are gathering at the pub to watch. Again, get smashed lads and lasses so there’s something to enjoy beyond my performance!!

As to the race itself, I won’t reveal my plans but the weather has been so hot that there may well be something else to think about on race day, although it’s due to cool down a bit. I try and keep race plans pretty simple and as it’s a Championship I’ll definitely focus less on the time and more on getting in the mix in a group, as long as things pan out that way. I actually feel less pressure if I do’t focus on times so that will help me I think. I know the field reasonably well with my anglo-aussie relations so that may work in my favour!

Right, well, more sitting to do, hot chocolates to drink, Queens to dine with. Tough Stuff. Catch you all later!

Village Sports – landed in the village!

I don’t think I’ve ever written 2 blogs so closely together but I thought I may as well add another update to populate this blog with some content!

Team England Athletic team is now in the Commonwealth Games village! The England team is the biggest here across all sports with something like 500 (I can’t remember at all) and the village holds about 6,000 in total! I could tell space was a bit of a premium – we have 3 in our modest room and our house in total holds about 30. The communal areas hold about 4-5 and are mainly full of junk like poles for pole vaults and hammers and stuff. Why can’t every other athletic discipline just need a pair of minimal racers and racing kit. Speaking of racing kit, I still don’t have any shorts – more are being flown up apparently…

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Outside of our housing block, the village is really exciting. Amazing team tracksuits everywhere (I really need to get me a Cook Islands hat decorated with flowers, or a Swaziland tracksuit), and a real buzz about the place. The food hall is open 24/7 and there are a good range of choices. There’s also a BBQ and smoothie garden, which smells amazing.

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There are also communal recreational areas with pinball machines, TVs, video games, pool, crazy dancing machines to REALLY knacker yourself out and various fun things I probably won’t do but will watch and take photos of. As above. There are also the various national anthems written out, of which Swaziland is my favourite. Clearly Swaziland is the place to be here, they rule.

So after a load of induction meetings and stuff, I got my 8 mile run done along the river Clyde – which was very pleasant, although running with accreditation is surprisingly tough! Also getting back into the village was interesting, having to take off watch and heart rate monitor to put through security, but it’s all very smooth and easy.

My 3rd team-mate Nick Torry has just arrived so we have our full quota now which is great. Within the past year we have all run within 90 secs of each other and all PBs so it would be great to work as a team who are in form and confident. I don’t know the other guys’ race plans yet but I expect we’ll consider our own plans in coming days and then have a chat and see if we will be working together or on totally different schedules!!

I shall blog more on the actual race in coming days!

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Some sort of outdoor theatre…

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Commonwealth Games Looms!

Hi all!

With the demise of Runnerslife and my previous blog site, the life of this runner goes on and so I have created a new blog site to continue my ramblings and updates. Feedback welcome as I’ve not created one of these before! It’s still very much in progress but I’m just getting blogs up for now.

I’m currently in the incredibly exotic (this is sarcasm) Ashton under Lyne with most of the England Athletics team before we head to the  athlete village in Glasgow. My journey here began in style. Cringeworthy style. II ordered an UberX taxi (this isn’t a porn site – it’s a taxi app) and when my driver informed me he was here, I left my apartment to be greeted by a man with a limo. I did not request this service but then endured the embarrassment of arriving at Sydney airport where my wife was waiting. I think she thought the occasion had got to me…..

The film selection on the flight was poor so we got into a very good French supernatural thriller series called The Returned. It’s good. Watch it.

bed30 hours later I touched down in Manchester at aforementioned exotic riviera. At the hotel, which is located in a big car park with nothing nearby except a ‘Leisure village’ where the leisure that can be conducted is Nando’s followed by bowling, I am sharing a room with fellow marathon team-mate Steve Way. We are sharing a room which can be best described as cosy. However, there is all we need really – good food options specially put on for the team, team physios, a communal area to chill out in. The running options are good enough – a canal is nearby, although Steve has chosen to do laps of a car park instead on some runs so he doesn’t get his precious little shoes muddy!

 

I have collected my kit, which is mostly way too big – even the XS, and am missing my race day kit, but apparently there are spares for exchanging kit. Hopefully this is true or I’ll look like I’m wearing hand me downs from an older brother and racing in long shorts and tops.

Well I have acheieved a lot today – an easy run, a massage, mastered the smoothie machine, ‘treated myself’ to a Starbucks (I’m such a coffee snob now…) and now set up a blog. Excellent.

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