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, May 25, 2011

Oh, yeah, I also run

I don't have a running related picture to share, but I did go
to a Yankee game on Monday.
With the exception of races like Sunday's, I don't really do any memorable running and I certainly don't take photos of my running. I like to talk about running but nine times out of ten, my runs themselves aren't really worth talking about - and that's okay.

Still, one of the reasons that I do this bloggy thing (besides really liking to talk about running) is accountability. Last Wednesday I mentioned that I was starting to train. So this Wednesday, I'll tell you how I've spent my last week running. Almost every running blog I read does this, and in my experience there's no interesting way to tell you about my week of running. If you're into stats, maybe you'll like this. If not, skim on and I'll have something anecdotal tomorrow.

My goal for my first week of training was to build up to running five days a week and add some resistance training. To that end:

  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: rest
  • Wednesday: 4m easy in the pouring rain
  • Thursday: 3m easy + conditioning class at the gym (um, yeah, I was sore for two days after this. guess I needed it)
  • Friday: 3.1m easy
  • Saturday: rest
  • Sunday: 15.6m trail race
I totally meant to run Saturday but, you see, after I bailed on Brooklyn I realized that I'm kind of lazy. I also intended to run longer on Wednesday, but what was a light rain when I left quickly became a downpour. I'm also annoyed that I only ran 5k on Friday - I thought I was facing double races Saturday and Sunday so I was taking it easy.

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. I wanted to run 5 times this week. I ran 4 times.

It was a really good beer.
One of the reasons I'm excited about having a flexible training schedule is so that I can focus on what I did not do each week instead of what I did do. This isn't a psychological thing; it's not that I'm trying to be punitive about the runs I didn't do instead of patting myself on the back for the runs I do. It's about being realistic and adaptive. If after a couple of weeks I notice that I'm resting every Monday and  Tuesday, if I notice that I'm consistently skipping a midweek long run or running 3 and 4 mile runs rather than 5 or 6 mile runs on the regular or never making it consistently to five runs in a week, I need to make sure my training schedule matches this and not set myself up for failure by sticking to a set plan that's geared for someone who's actually been hitting their runs.

Does that make sense?

So, my goal for this week: run 5 days. do the conditioning class again. be prepared to add speedwork the following week. This week will be tricky because I'm going to be out of town for the long weekend, and the friend I'm traveling with already said, "You can run in New York! Why do you have to run in Montreal?" (I think she was being slightly facetious. Right?)

Oh, yeah, which reminds me: you may not hear from me again until Tuesday because I'm taking a long weekend. You should, too! It's a holiday!


  1. Big Y-E-S to those Yankee pics! You know who this is :)

  2. Mmm...beer and baseball. The classic summer combination rivaled only by long, hot runs and Otter Pops.