Mile4

Looks like for the next couple of months Tuesday early mornings will be my faster mile attempt time. And then a couple of miles jog in the evening.

Mile is improving slowly as expected. Happy with taking off another 8 seconds. At this rate I will back to sub 7 minutes for the distance in another couple of weeks. So 7.44, 7.36, 7.25, 7.17738.jpg

 

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Better pacing is the key. As can be seen from the last three attempts, the first two started way too fast whereas this week’s attempt started much conservatively and actually speeded up at the end. A more structured warm up was the key. Interestingly, ignoring the necessary slow down just before the finish [road end point], the pace at the end of the run for the first two attempts was roughly the average pace for the run overall. On this attempt the pace at the end was much faster [6.30] than the average. This is a good sign.

Next improvement is to try to get the pace more even throughout. This will probably take another 10 seconds off. Current reductions in time are not down to improved fitness [too soon] but just getting used to working harder; more psychological than physiological.

New line in sand 7.17 [at 180lbs]

Day23 OMC 90 miles

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week 4

Easy 1 mile jog to the shops early this morning.

Next audible book I will be listening to: Relentless Forward Progress by Bryon Powell.

Day22 OMC 84 miles

ultra porn

Racing [defined as pushing to your limits rather than taking part in events called races; most people do not race] is certainly tough. Tougher still is the many hours and effort that goes into quality training [again most people do not train with quality]. And there are many inspiring stories around of ‘worthy’ efforts in running endurance. However it seems that ultra running is becoming some kind of running porn these days?

A comfortable 11 miles this morning but in really horrible drizzle and then freezing cold snowish stuff..

Day21 OMC 83 miles

start

Jog to and from parkrun duties 5 miles.

Nearly three weeks gone this year. Lost 5lbs and taken off 16 seconds from mile time. Back to running most days of the week, above 30 miles a week. A decent start but time to toughen up.

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Fatigue is only in the mind?

Day20 OMC 72 miles

on a roll

Have taken out an free audible trial so I can listen to Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. Never too late? Didn’t read the blurb before so didn’t realise was about ultra triathlon. Yes technically Ultra but not as interests me.

All this personal story stuff is interesting, sometimes even well written [as here] and a necessary to set the scene but, all this “I was an addict / overweight / a loser” or “I was bullied / abused / isolated” and “I woke after a car crash / landmark birthday / death of a child” is just so uninteresting through overuse. That might sound harsh but we all have back stories. These ‘inspirational’ stories always smack of pity parties.

Also seems telling that a lot of these ‘losers’ were actually pretty good athletes as children. Therefore their adult successes are not so ‘out of nowhere’ as they first appear. If I read of another one of these guys describe themselves as ‘ordinary / normal / average’  I’ll scream.

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This morning an average 4 mile jog.

Day19 OMC 67 miles

pay to play

This was written nearly three years ago. Dread to think what the costs are now?

I guess on this definition I am a ‘hardcore’ runner? I set up two parkruns 7and 6 years ago nearly [free weekly timed runs] largely to be able to get my local population moving without any cost to them. The explosion in running events over the last 10 years has been mostly beneficial, and I certainly understand the costs heaped on race organisers by the powers that be [from athletic governing, event licensing bodies to city administrators] but I find the fact that most runners [both innocent newbies and old hands] now accept the silly $£prices being asked for events to be rather frightening.

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Race organisers should be able to make something back for their effort, but as events have moved from being mostly arranged by running clubs for their members and beyond, to events arranged by professional companies [not that their intentions are primarily bad on the whole] with at least some staff that make their living from putting on races, costs seem to have spiralled?

One of the reasons I have completed a very modest number of events, over 35 years of races this coming Autumn, is the feeling that I can just lace my shoes up and run [this has escalated the last few years of long distance training when I could literally put shoes on, get out the door and run a marathon any day of the week on a whim].

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Being part of a large crowd with the same aim in mind, a clock to watch, the bling, the buzz of the day, having aid every few miles, and the focus of ‘an event’ is certainly both enjoyable and useful from time to time, but it seems to me these days many runners enter events every 5 seconds for no clear reason? Each to his own I guess. Some perhaps can only motivate themselves to do any running or training if they have an end goal [certainly useful] in mind?

I wish to bring back a more [and here words get tricky] authentic? honest? pure? fuss-less? type of event. This will necessarily mean more low key [and if seen as good ideas then ripped off eventually] grassroots, off the cuff, guerrilla, quirky, ‘races’ or challenges.

I already have a name for the events. Stay tuned for inflatable arch-less, prize free, goody bag free, t-shirt-less, water and bling only challenge events. Will the running community buy it though? Having previously organised events from 1 Mile to 24 hour at little to no cost it amazingly appears to be a hard sell.

Just a 5 mile jog this evening.

Day18 OMC 63 miles

Mile3

Quite cold and windy this morning but got out early with my friend and tried this week’s faster mile. More than happy with taking off another 11 seconds; certainly easier having company. At this rate I will back to sub 7 minutes for the distance in another two or three weeks. So 7.44, 7.36, 7.25

New line in sand 7.25 [at 181lbs]

Day17 OMC 58 miles