Thursday, May 29, 2008

5/25 - 5/29

5/29/08 - 15 min E + 8K tempo (27:38.4) + 15 min E
5/28/08 - 36 min E
5/27/08 - 30 min E
5/26/08 - 45 min E with striders
5/25/08 - 30 min E

Sunday, May 25, 2008

race report 5/24

Gilio Memorial 5K – 16:57, 1st place. Not much to say about this other than that I expected a much faster time; two months ago I ran a 16:10. According to the legendary Sheehan, the even-more-legendary Bowerman believed that a bad race almost always indicates overtraining (that "catastrophe on the other side of fitness"), and that smart runners respond by reducing volume, intensity, or both.

However, Sheehan writes, "most runners and coaches, of course, take the opposite view. For them a bad race is an indication to double the training rather than cut it in half." But increasing my training workload is precisely what I intend to do, because yesterday has to be an indication of something other than overtraining, right?

Friday, May 23, 2008

5/19 - 5/23

5/23/08 - 31 min E
5/22/08 - 52 min E
5/21/08 - off
5/20/08 - 36 min E
5/19/08 - 15 miles E (1:44:15)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


My favorite part of Bernd Heinrich's Why We Run: "the main feline and canine tendencies are still apparent in our house pets even after centuries of domestication. A house cat will seldom follow its owner through woods and fields to hunt rabbits as a dog would with its companions, in this case us, with most eager anticipation.

"Dogs will run even when they are not hungry, and they derive pleasure from the hunt itself. Dogs will gladly retrieve such symbolic prey as sticks and Frisbees... Cats are not socially motivated like dogs or humans. No matter how many times you make a cat run around the track with others, it will still not race, nor can it run as far as a dog... Before setting up a specific running goal, one must be realistic; it is important to know if you are a cat or a dog."

Monday, May 19, 2008

race report 5/18

Thurston Middle School 2M – 10:11, 1st place. This is a terribly pretentious comment, but: After the first half mile I was sort of embarrassed that I entered this race (the 2nd place finisher was 15 years old and almost a full minute behind). I knew going in that it was primarily geared towards kids & families, but it’s been so long since I’ve done anything under 5K (12 years?) that I couldn’t resist; I’ll probably always be a middle distance junkie. Also, the previous course record was 10:39 – not stellar but quick enough that I figured there might be other low-10 min runners. Oh well. Typical warm-up: 15 min of jogging with some accelerations. The conditions were sunny, high 60s, breezy. Did 35 min E a few hours afterwards.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

5/14 - 5/17

5/17/08 - 31 min E
5/16/08 - off
5/15/08 - 65 min fartlek
5/14/08 - 34 min E

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

consistency and patience

In The Art and Science of Running, Dr. Jack Daniels defines the "Five Ingredients of Success" as ability, motivation, opportunity, direction, and luck. I can't argue with the first three ingredients. If someone is unmotivated, or cannot find the time, or has no ability to begin with, then they probably won't be a successful runner (although success is obviously a relative term, and there must be some basic yet meaningful level of "success" for runners at all levels of ability).

Luck, I think, is certainly important when we consider individual races. All competitive runners have had days when, for whatever reason, we perform below our fitness level OR we turn in a breakout performance and accomplish something we barely thought possible. If physiologists / sports psychologists could accurately account for this variance, I'd love to hear the explanation. Until then I'll call it luck.

At the same time, luck can sort of lose its importance over longer periods of racing. If we race enough, then we'll have enough of the good days to establish that, over time, we've been successful. So I think luck is an important ingredient for specific races but not so significant when we look at several months and years of competition.

Finally, Daniels mentions "direction" - and this got me wondering: What is the best running direction that I've ever been given? I think John Kellogg and Robert Johnson are onto something here, and if I were to distill their advice down to two words, they would be: Consistency and patience.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

5/1 - 5/13

5/13/08 - 37 min E
5/12/08 - 15 min E + 8K tempo (28:10) + 17 min E
5/11/08 - 38 min E
5/10/08 - 90 min E
5/9/08 - off
5/8/08 - 70 min fartlek
5/7/08 - 34 min E
5/6/08 - 36 min E
5/5/08 - 77 min fartlek
5/4/08 - 36 min E
5/3/08 - 15 min E + 10K race 34:14
5/2/08 - 30 min E
5/1/08 - off