On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Thursday, September 2, 2010


My sister pacing a friend at Badwater.
When to Say When:
This summer has been unusually hot all across the country.  The past few summers we have been lucky with just mild temperatures.  We have all had to suffer through 90+ degree long runs, finishing with wetter clothes than if we had just finished swimming in the lake or ocean.  You are not a hero if you go around bragging you just had a 18 mile PR training run and wound up dehydrated for the next week and therefore were not able to run at all.  Just like you are NOT a wimp if you had to bail on a run or two or head to the treadmill because the weather was just too much.  One or two missed runs is not a big deal at all.  10-15 missed runs is. 

On Fashion:

What does fashion have to do with running?  A lot!!  Wear what is comfortable, within some limits.  Bunhugger shorts, not allowed, ever nowhere nohow.  Running skirts?  Good.  A lot of women look cute in them.  People from all over the country wear them on a regular basis.  Compression socks/leg sleeves while running?  Definite yes on the upcoming (hopefully) cooler days closer to the marathon.  Maybe even race day if the temperatures are under 40 degrees.  Men in self made half shirts?  NO.  I saw this one just the other day.  Ick. Bottom line, if you have to question yourself as to the appropriateness of your attire before you leave the house, then change. 

On Nutrition:

Eat.  A lot.  Eat before you run, after your run, and before you get hungry.  Hammer products are good, they make an excellent powder mix called "Recoverite". Protein powders are good.  Do not be afraid of protein.  Drink A LOT of water in this warmer weather or you will suffer from a Charley Horse!

Any questions?


  1. This is great advice! I'm usually beating myself up when I miss a run, but I guess it's OK. I'm not going to turn into Lizzy Hawker anytime soon (or ever), so I might as well listen to the old bod.

  2. I had to look up Lizzy Hawker just now, but I'm glad I did :)

  3. Lizzy Hawker is not human...just saying.