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"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Read it now before the Times' paywall shuts you out!

This is almost two weeks old, but it's still quite funny. And you know what makes me sad? I read it, thought it was funny, and then an embarrassingly long time later realized it's actually a double-entendre for politics. I guess I take running too literally and have forgotten that other people don't take it so literally.

Believe it or not, there is stuff going on in my running life behind the scenes. I'm not all mindless links to other people talking about running. I now have a training schedule for a spring half. I'll be doing speedwork, even. Speedwork! Exciting! Starting... today. With 8x400s at 5k pace (it seems crazy slow, but McMillan and Hal have never led me astray before).


  1. Did you say 'speedwork'? I thought you were against it? ;)

    But seriously, exciting news on the new training schedule!

  2. I'm not against speedwork, per se. I don't think! I mean, I was doing it pretty regularly when I was at my fastest (although probably it was the higher mileage that worked for me then). You could argue - and my sister has already argued this - that again I just need more mileage. You'd be right. But I'm really, really bad at pace runs and tempo runs and I'm even bad at strides, as it turns out. Going to the track, for whatever reason, that I can do.

  3. My trainer says the same about more miles = faster times but speed work is so much more fun than regular miles. Maybe I was born to be a (slow) sprinter...

  4. Yeah. I know it's sound advice, but doing repeats at 5k pace isn't exactly like I'm setting any land speed records. So I figure, if I get to the track and do 4-5m at the track, I'm getting the miles in and it's less monotonous than my normal run.

  5. I really hate it when people who know what they're talking about try to give me advice that I don't want to hear. Hm. Yeah, yeah.