Friday, 22 December 2006

Comparing Years

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, December 22, 2006 with 2 comments
The following is terribly American, also a bit dated. But despite all that, some of it is funny. And true.

26.2 Ways You Know You Are A Runner
1. You know how many miles there are in a marathon.
2. Your weekly mileage is how much you run, not your commute to work.
3. You know how many miles you get out of a pair of running shoes.
4. You can convert Kilometers to Miles in your head.
5. You measure your running route in your car to get the exact mileage.
6. When someone tells you their age, you automatically know their Boston qualifying time.
7. You know Grandma's as the route from Two Harbors to Duluth, not the person.
8. You can drink, blow your nose and pee on the run.
9. The problem with the treadmill is there's no place to spit.
10. You have less than ten toenails and that's normal for you.
11. Body Glide is your friend.
12. Ibuprofen is affectionately known as "Vitamin I".
13. Navigating walkers, dogs and baby strollers annoys you because it interrupts your pace.
14. When you participate in an organized event, you know not to run in your race t-shirt.
15. You have a favorite energy gel and flavor.
16. The "Picasso" above your fireplace is last year's TCM poster.
17. You have pre and post race rituals.
18. The journal you keep is in miles and pace not feelings or thoughts.
19. When you look at the weather conditions, you calculate how many layers to wear.
20. The pride you feel after a good run is worth the pain it took to get there.
21. You have more t-shirts than you could possibly wear.
22. When you hear the word "bib", you think of race numbers not babies and Gerber food.
23. The "no carbohydrate diet" does not apply to you.
24. You know that Fartlek is not vulgar terminology.
25. A hill is an opportunity just waiting to be challenged.
26. You know the phrase "you're almost there" only applies when the finish line is in sight.
.2 Your vacation destination is determined by your race schedule.

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

12. Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

Goals (cont): How did my 2006 plans go?
Twelve months ago I said "Training will build up to 110k per week and all current speed sessions will be maintained. That should do it."
This time I have said: "Run between 100 and 120k per week"
Same plans, really.
In 2006 I didn't have many consistent 100k+ weeks. Why? Mainly because of injuries, even minor ones.
So part of the plan will have to be: "don't get injured!"
And I think that means: "race less regularly". As well as taking the obvious precautions.
Hmmm. The strategy of doing tempo runs rather than races is a good one.


  1. hi appointment isn't until 11 Jan & i haven't been specifically told not to exercise...i will do bits and pieces but nothing over the top...

  2. That's interesting what you say about racing less and doing more tempo runs. I was thinking I need to do more racing as I felt under-cooked for the half I did at Central Coast. Downside could be more injuries though?