Guest blog – Tony Smith – Australia day ultra 2018
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The first guest spot we interviewed Tony Smith based in Perth, Australia who placed 1st place last week in the leader board with an impressive 94.3 mile training week.
Tony is building up to the 100km Australia Day Ultra on 26 January 2018. This is going to be very flat and very fast, the perfect PB course.
But leading up to this event Tony has one last race this year being the 6 Inch Trail Marathon which will be held on Sunday December 17, 2017. The race is held on the Munda Biddi trail, on a 46km course from North Dandalup to Dwellingup in the South West of Western Australia, about 80km South of Perth. Tony has entered this race twice before but not had the results he wanted – got lost one year (added a few bonus km on) and in his own words – blew up spectacularly the following year. So this year he is hoping to make amends.
Questions = RF – Answers =TS
RF = Tony how many times have you taken part in the Australia Day Ultra before?
TS = I have competed in Australia Day Ultra 3 times, I won the 50 km in the first year in a sprint finish to the line, second time 4th in 50km in 3:41 and DNF last year in the 100 at 62.5km with injury.
RF = How has your training been going?
TS = Touch wood I have been injury free for a good 6 months now and have had a few good blocks of back to back training.
RF = What does a training week look like?
TS = I try to do between 100 – 160 km (62.5 – 100 miles) a week depending on my next goal and keep the plan as simple as possible: an easy recovery on Mon, Tue and Thu speed (intervals, fartlek, tempo etc), Wed a longish run up to a half, Fri is rest day. Sat parkrun with a long warm up and cool down and Sun is race day or a long run with a group.
RF = Over the last 3 months what has your monthly mileage been?
TS = Sep 356km (222.5 miles) 28hrs, Oct 484km (302.5 miles) 34hrs, Nov to date 583km (364.4 miles) 44hrs.
RF = Are you injury free?
TS = Injury free yes, a few niggles with tight calves but managing them.
RF = What if any injuries have you had of late?
TS = Probably had two of the worst running injuries in regards to rehabilitation and recovery. The first being Plantar Fasciitis (PF), this is one of those injuries that unless you have had it is hard to explain, this took me out for almost 10 months! The second long-term injury was Osteitis Pubis a typical over use injury common in runners and very stubborn in rehabilitation.
RF = How often do you change your trainers?
TS = Depending on the model, I have Hoka’s with almost 1500kms (937.5 miles!!) on them but normal between 500 – 800km (312.5 – 500 miles).
RF = Favourite running shoe?
TS = Training and racing – Hoka One One Vanquish 2/Nike Pegasus for training and Nike Zoom Fly for racing.
RF = Best running race experience?
TS = Far too many to name just one. A few would be, annual endurance training camp in France with a great bunch of like-minded people. Representing the Army at the Tri Service Marathon Championships. Representing my new country of citizenship in the Word Masters Athletics Championships (Australia).
RF = Do you have a favourite pre and post race meal?
TS = Pre always Spaghetti Bolognese and after as much as I can eat of anything!
RF = If you were to give your three top tips for running what would they be?
TS = 1. Train in a group. 2. Don’t worry about what others are doing in their training/racing. 3. Most importantly of all…. always smile on the outside regardless of how much it’s hurting inside.
RunFever would like to thank Tony very much for his time in the interview. For being so kind we will be sending Tony out one of our new edition RunFever multi-functional tube bandanas, that are being made at this time – preview below.
We would like to wish Tony all the best in his up and coming races and will catch up with him post Australia Day Ultra to see how the day went.
If there is some interest we may look to get some more of these bandanas to sell on this site. If you are interested at this stage please reach out to us via the support page.
We have loved taking video clips of our running exploits but at times they have been really shaky. So decided to invest in a gimbal that will hopefully reduce some of the movement. The short video shows a 10 mile run I (Iain) did recently with the Gimbal.