Andrew E Kirk – C2S Perth Series

Andrew Takes on Perth City To Surf WA Series!

By: Andrew Enfield Kirk

Having not trained consistently since my university days, I decided 2015 would be the year I transitioned away from the pub and back into a pair of running shoes.  My ultimate goal was to beat my PB of 48:36 for the 12km Perth City 2 Surf (in 2007).

I eased into the year and ran the Matilda Bay fun run (10km, Jan 18th) in 46:11 – a solid effort for the condition I was in.  I increased my mileage a little over the next few months and ran the WAMC Perth 10km (3rd May) in 44:22, a mild improvement but still a way to go.

I had previously bought a pair of shoes from “The Running Centre” and Rochelle mentioned the “Front Runner” group that trained at Lake Monger on Monday and Thursday evenings. Given my previous training had the structure of a jelly cup in a heatwave I thought it was time to give it a shot, so I started running with the group soon after. I’d been experiencing mild shin splints earlier in the year, so under the guidance of Raf I limited my runs to the two a week at Lake Monger. My decrease in mileage was more than offset by the quality of Raf and Richie’s training sessions, not to mention the enjoyment I was getting from getting to know and run with the great bunch of people in the group.

By the start of June I was feeling fit and strong, so I decided to have a crack at the Lake Monger fun run (10km, 7th June) with a stretch goal of 40:00 mins. Aided by perfect running conditions, I crossed the line in 38:57 – a time that far exceeded my expectations and clearly demonstrated the benefits of interval training and coaching (I saw a bigger improvement in 1 month with the team than 5 months running solo). Although a (somewhat amusing) review of my run revealed I still have a lot to learn about racing – my splits ranged from 3:40/km to 4:15/km!

I’ve now added a third session (long run or hill run on the weekend) to my training. I think my goal for the 12km Perth City to Surf is well within reach, so I have set myself the task of running in all the regional events for the City to Surf WA Series (Karratha, Geraldton, Albany, Busselton). My running goal for these events is to get more race experience (learn to pace myself!), remain injury free, and run as close to 46:00 for each race as I can, and perhaps faster for the finale in Perth – I’m not sure what’s realistic, but I’ll find out soon enough!

From a personal perspective I’m also excited about experiencing some of WA’s great country towns and local communities – having grown up in WA’s Wheatbelt a part of me always feels at home in the country. It will also be great to meet some of the other City to Surf series competitors. Happy running!