Sunday, 24 February 2013

Shanks's Pony

Well this cold weather is really getting to be a nuisance. With the best will in the world it does curtail one's desire to get out there.

However, I solved the problem last week by being without car for a few days. So every journey back from Sheffield to home was on foot. I reckon what with that and weekend runs I've done half-marathon or more on 7 of the last 9 days. And hilly too.

No real problems with that - in fact running pretty well. So as the weather gets better I'll start extending the distances. I'm not at all bothered about speed as this is simply not about speed, but about ultra ultra endurance with as little trauma as possible. So lots of hills in practice. Even on evenings after work if I've only got an hour or less I tackle the fiercesomely steep Jenkin Road just round the corner from my gym.

Up and down as many times as I can. Each ascent takes around 15 minutes, with the steepest bits around the 25% mark. Like Langdale but rather less attractive, although you might say there's an added incentive to run a bit faster!

I'm still using the Muhammed Ali quote for inspiration:

"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."

And in my wallet I keep this picture to drive me on in training - the more I train the less the likelihood I'll end up like this again!!

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