From L- R; Rod Cedaro, Christine Hayes and Dale Cliff at the Brisbane Marathon
For married couple Dale Cliff
and Christine Hayes that unknown factor at the recent Brisbane Marathon and Half Marathon was the weather - more specifically 28 degrees and high humidity on the morning of April 30th - not ideal conditions to try and post pb's over the marathon and half marathon distances.
With a family and professional schedule, outside their training routines, that'd exhaust most, Dale
and Christine prepared for the Brisbane Marathon and Half Marathon diligently over nearly three months only to see their aspirations evaporate before them on the hot bitumen as temperatures soared and runners sweltered last weekend.
Leading up to the recent Brisbane events Dale
and Christine, who have both been through the PPP lab were in the best running shape of their lives.
On recommendation and a detailed dietary plan from myself and our dietician, Dale
had trimmed a remarkable 7 kilograms from his
already lithe frame that has raced the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon among other prestigious events throughout the world.
Through half-way of the marathon Dale
was still in the top 5 overall and on target for a 2.48 marathon.
too was closing on the finish-line as well eventually posting a 3 hour and 7 minute marathon.
While both were understandably disappointed by their performances they also recognised that there are some things - like the weather - you simply can't control."Having gone through the PPP lab we've learned a lot" commented Dale
"I've been running marathons and half marathons since 1994 and Dale
started to get involved soon after we met in 1995, learning how to more effectively use my heart rate monitor and the importance of functional stability through the Rehab Dynamics Pilates program has made a big difference to my running" said Christine.
Like all well prepared athletes Dale
and Christine had a contingency plan post Brisbane Marathon.
...Dale Cliff, enduring the searing heat.