Monday, 19 February 2007

wild geese travel long distances

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, February 19, 2007 with 7 comments
quote of the week: "Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well."

My training progress
last week's target: 100k
achieved: 100k
year total to date: 761k in 7 weeks
this week’s target: 80k including a 10k race
weight: around 63kg

song of the week: … "Where I End and You Begin", from "Hail to the Thief" by Radiohead... "i am up in the clouds, i am up in the clouds..."

Because I am running longer distances this year, running in the heat is now much less a problem than it used to be. Long distance training results in heat adaptation!

Long distance running also brings improvement to every distance from 1500m and up. And it makes longer distance races feel easy, too. When I moved up from 14k to 18k for my regular long run, the 14k became much easier (but not the 18k). Then when I moved up from 18k to 24k, the 24k initially felt tough, but made the 18k a cinch.

I think I will start promoting over-distance training more vigorously than I do even now.

1. The wait is over! Online registrations for the Australasian Masters Games (Adelaide, 5-14 October) will be open from 9am today. Participants are encouraged to register online at And the next edition of the Games Newsletter is available here.

2. The official Games Registration Booklet will be accessible for download via the Games website and also available in hardcopy from the week commencing 19 March 2007. If you would like to receive a hardcopy of the Games Registration Booklet in the post click here to complete an Expression of Interest form.

3. Local athletes, don't forget, this Sunday's monthly handicap is early, an 8:30am start. And the location is North Curtin, although the start area has been changed to the opposite end of the playing fields from usual.


  1. What do you think about over-distance training for the marathon???

  2. Tesso, you already to that! You need speed ;)

    Geoff, does that mean Southy needs 400 training runs to make her 200m sprint feel easy?

  3. 'to' should have been 'do'. to do, to do!

  4. Tesso, over-distance training is GREAT. EXCEPT for the marathon (and beyond). See, once you get into that realm of glycogen-depletion and the pain and cell-damage that goes with it, it is a whole new ball game. You can lose your natural speediness!

    I do NOT recommend over-distance training for the marathon.

    Ha Ha Ewen. Overdistance training for the sprinter is a 250m run then twenty minutes sitting down, swearing to run just 150m max for the next four weeks.

  5. You are a sprinter Speedy Goose! Leave the 3000 to us old has-been ex 800 metre runners!

    Tesso, I'd say 6 hours is over-distance... even for us 4 hour marathoners. Hmmm, PMC is probably over-distance too ;)

  6. Hmmmm, interesting comments on the comments on the comments :-)

    I asked the question because somebody told me that Deek and another top marathoner used to do at least two over-runs prior to a marathon.

    PS I don't think I have any natural speedyness to lose!