A blog written to help all the runners out there with good old fashioned advice from a running tragic. My name is Kevin Matthews AKA “Big Kev”(* it’s an Aussi thing.) Currently living in Perth, Australia and enjoying what I consider to be one of the best climates in the world for running.
Fifty one years old (young?) and 43 successful marathons (there’s also 20 ultras but for me it’s all the marathon distance) including a 2:44:30 for a silver medal in the 45-50 age group at the World Masters marathon in Perth (7th overall) and a 2:48:19, second place finish, at the Rottnest Marathon in October this year. Rottnest was sub 3 hour marathon number 30 and currently on a 27 sub 3 hour streak. (I don’t get out much so 42 of my 43 marathons have been in Australia. All bar my New York time in 2011 are available at this link :- https://ausrunning.net/search/runners.php?runner=kevin+matthews&gender=)
In 2016 I have changed my nutrition and my training schedule, on the back of what I learnt working with Raf Baugh ( http://www.therunningcentre.com.au ) , and have started to see the rewards with PB’s (PR’s for our American Cousins) in the 5k (16:40), 10k (34.19) and half marathon (1:15:01) These times have reignited my passion for all things running and I’m hoping through this blog I can spread some of this knowledge to you. Age really can be only a number if you keep the love for running burning brightly, its time to either keep setting new PB’s or slow down as little as possible as we fight ‘Father Time.’
After I turned 50 I have set up another website built to help the ‘older’ runner regain their fitness and general wellbeing, http://www.fitfastfifty.com . Thorough this site I am able to offer one-on-one training programs involving a running program combined with exercise tips and nutrition advice. Common sense advice that has helped me retain my fitness as I grow older and explode into the ‘best years of my life‘ which for me is ahead of me, not behind. Always look forward…..
Enjoy the journey and the destination. Yours in Running, BK.
September 2016. PB Update. Managed a 20 second PB at the WAMC Peninsula 10k . Time down to 34:19. Look out Mo Farah, I’m coming for you….
October 2016 . PB Update. Fremantle half marathon, nearly a minute PB from Perth earlier in the year. Down to 1:15:00. (Should have dived for the line, rookie error. !!)
November 2016. World Masters Marathon. Age Group Silver medal 45-50. 2:44:30. First Australian in age group and part of the Australian team that received gold for the age group team award.
December 2016. City Beach 4k. 2nd place, 13:11. A 12 second PB but in a 4k I’ll take it. 6 inch ultra-marathon, top 10 finish (7th) and a 4 minute PB. Great way to end a great year.
January 2017. Australia Day Ultra 100k 8hrs 4min 14seconds, 2nd place. First 100k ultra and very happy with the result. Video and race report available on the blog.
August 2017. Perth City to Surf Marathon. 2:49:23, 14th overall and age group win. After a 3 month injury break due to a 5cm calf tear I ran this marathon on a solid 6 weeks of training. Very satisfying to keep my sub3 streak going and testament to not letting injury or age define you.
October 2017. Fremantle 10k, Managed a podium 3rd place finish with a 34:33. Only 15 seconds off my PB set last year. Probably down to the Nike Vaporflys 4% shoes but very happy with that time. Still chasing PB’s at 50.
October 2017. Rottnest Marathon. Second place in 2:48:19, hot and humid conditions on one of the most brutal but scenic marathons in Australia. Missed out on first place by 25 seconds ! Second fastest Rottnest time on my 11th running and 43rd marathon. Must be doing something right?
November 2017. Deep Water Point 15k, ran a 53:37 for a good course and distance PB. Would have been a 16k (10 Mile) PB if I ran on for a kilometre. Fourth overall but more than happy with the time.
December 2017. City Beach 4k, 1st place. 13:17. Nice to grab a win after three consecutive second places. Finished the year with another strong 6 inch Ultra run, sneaking into the top 10, running a 3:49. Would have been a few places higher but got lost for the third time in nine attempts.
January 2018. Australia Day Ultra . 100k 7hrs 47mins 33seconds. Good enough for 1st place and an AURA Australian Age Group record 50-55.
March 2018. West Australian Marathon Club, Peninsula 10K. First place and another sub 35 minutes 10k time at 51. Very happy to finish off a 4 week in a row racing calendar with a 34:55 finish.
April 2018. West Australian Marathon Club, Bridges 10k. Goal was a top 10 finish, age group win and a sub 35 minute time. Finished in 34.59 for an age group win and 8th place, mission accomplished.
April 2018. Australian Masters, Perth. Age group gold medal in the 10,000m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m and cross county. Set out for four gold’s and managed to achieve my goal. It was fun but hard work racing four days on the trot but still managed track PB’s for the 10k (34:40) and 5k (16:54).