Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Foundations of Running #1: Variety is the Spice Of Life

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 with 2 comments
I like to vary my running from day to day. How else could I have taken up the sport in 1962 and still be doing it in 2011? Next year will be my fifty years running anniversary. That is quite a marathon effort!

Some of the tactics I use to overcome staleness and to keep myself motivated:
  • meeting other people to run with
  • running with music
  • putting a weekly plan on the office wall
  • having achievable short, medium, and long term goals
  • starting with a fresh outlook each year
  • looking forward to competing in the next five year age group
  • connecting with like-minded runners around the world
  • writing about running
  • mixing with enthusiastic beginners who are new to running
What are the strategies you employ to keep your running experiences fresh and alive?

At Parliament House last night, nineteen runners enjoyed twenty soft sandy uphill 100m sprints: I ran 8k+ early, while Ewen & Ruth ran 6k early. Then we were joined by Abi, Andy, Brett, Caroline, Colleen, Craig, Jochen, Joel, Kym, Mick, Nadine, Neil, Susan, Suzie, Warrick & Yelena. Welcome back Susan & Suzie! It was hot but, because the recent humidity had finally gone away, didn't seem overly oppressive.

Song of the week: "Impossible", by Anberlin, from the album "Dark is the Way, Light is a Place". Yet another album that didn't make my top five albums of 2010 but came close

Birds of a Feather


  1. All great points. I like mixing with enthusiastic beginners young and old, as well as enthusiastic oldsters!

  2. We can all learn a lot from you. Keep running and keep blogging - for all our sakes.