Monday, 18 February 2008

Cool Poem

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, February 18, 2008 with 8 comments
My training progress
last week’s target: 100k
achieved: 100k
year 2008 total to date: 642k in 7 weeks
this week’s target: 90k
weight: 64kg ▼

poem of the week: "Six Significant Landscapes". Something different: A very cool poem and some discussion of it, at

I was hoping to ease off for this Thursday's 10k but I don't think I can, I have too many running commitments! I will run it anyway and see what I can do. A proper ease-off will have to wait until the next 10k track, in Blacktown in April. Who knows, sometimes training through brings just as good results as easing off might.

Long Runs at High Speed (continued)
Many of the best runners in the world do a high volume of long runs at a very high intensity - in fact, just below their lactic threshold. Does that mean that we (60 year olds) too should be running a high volume of continuous long runs at relatively high intensities?

I know we need more recovery time as we get older. But can we and should we handle the equivalent training loads? is today's question.

Coming through!

Watch out, oh slow ones. We geese and other speedy creatures take no prisoners...


  1. I'm still waiting for yesterday's answer :-) ... or was that it about the top runners and what they do?

  2. I plan to cobble an "answer" together. Today was a sort of answer. You can see I am leaning toward threshold running. But it helps if you are young and fit to start with, not old and broken, doesn't it! Most runners I know are either injured, getting over injury, or about to be injured! So telling everyone to pick up the intensity may be seen to be a bit presumtuous X presumchus XX cheeky.

  3. i haven't trusted geese since they smacked fabio (who looks like a long-haired ewen).

  4. Hey, I've got better abs than Fabio!

    Spody, sounds like you're leaning towards what Tesso and Rob do all the time - long runs slightly slower than marathon race pace.

    That wouldn't work for the crusty Fabio - he needs 3 easy days after even a moderately paced long run - not that he does long runs any more.

  5. I would have crafted an erudite, clever, humorous response to the "fabio" comments but I have no idea who he she or it is.

  6. A hirsute reply would have been sufficient.

  7. So do you think the person in the goosey photo is particularly hairy, or is that just your wishful thinking/fertile imagination?

  8. Fabio is hairy. Actually I've gone off hairiness after seeing on Monday night that Chris L has smoother legs than Strewth.