Training Week Ending October 26, 2008

Training Week Ending October 26, 2008

Post by ander » Thu, 30 Oct 2008 16:12:08

> > It was a traditional event - this was the 30th edition
> "Traditional" at only thirty years?
> Puh-leeze, anders, are you an American or what?

Maybe "established" would've been a better choice, but OTOH
"venerable" wouldn't have been too far off as an attribute, either: by
definition, a *jogging* event cannot be older than the phenomenon
itself and here it was born on or around September 3th, 1972.

> I'd reserve that term for a race in, say, the top forty:

<sigh>  "Traditional and decrepit" would describe the state of at
least one of those to a tee...

> Though the next time out, I hope to hear you more focused on your
> performance than merely satisfied for having braved the course and the
> elements; or else I'll fear that Doug has got hold of your soul and
> you're inexorably headed toward less serious "racing" days...

I'll be completely frank with you: last weekend there was another
event that vied for my interest, the "Mammoth March", a 85 km all-

> Glass house department: I haven't raced in, what, maybe a year and a
> half and haven't reached Michelle's 30 mile goal for an embarrassing
> stretch of weeks. ?And, well, cough cough choke, certain bad habits
> need to be slain once again.

I sincerely hope that my example encourages you to pin(*) a bib to
your shirt in the very near future; you certainly don't need to do 30
miles per week to participate in a race or to get some sort of
positive mental, physical and/or spiritual return from your effort.

(*) the bibs in the "Moose Jog" were of the old school type:  made of
cloth, numbers on both the front and the back, attached by tying the
lines under your arms. They were probably older than the event itself
and seen service in XC skiing events as well.

> I'm therefore ready for a little longer term motivation, and also feel
> enough of my physical, mental, and emotional health has trickled back
> that I can afford to go on the offensive a little. ?So: I hereby
> intend to run better than 90 minutes at the Brooklyn half marathon and
> thereby qualify for guaranteed entry to the NYCM. ?Assuming BK-21k is
> still in spring and 1:30's still the male masters qualifier.

I'm beginning to think that setting such definite and relatively
faraway goals is a problematic strategy; there's too much time to get
second thoughts or to get sidelined by this or that. It's better to
immerse oneself in the element by having more immediate targets and
lower thresholds.

As soon as you get a month of running >3 hrs per week together,
register for the next possible race and see what happens. I can
guarantee that you don't risk becoming a jogger or a "I wonder what
the food is like"-ultrarunner just by running slower than, well,
whatever you consider to constitute the minimum requirement to call it