"There's only one hard and fast rule in running: sometimes you have to run one hard and fast."

Monday, January 30, 2012


It's a bump in the road.

It's a rude awakening.
It's a slap in the face.
It's a real eye-opener.
(These seem to go together, though I've never been awakened that way.)

It was a rough week for me in training. I missed a day for the first time in 9 weeks, I cut two runs very short and I ran slower every day than I wanted.

It was to be expected really. The previous week had some very good runs, perhaps because they were indoors, and they were leaving me feeling tired and sore.

So... I'm back to 20:18 for a 5K, from last week's 19:31. I'm not happy about this, but "it is what it is." (I'm tempted to say "but I gave it 110%")

The question is where I'm headed. There's three common mathematical models that might apply, one logarithmic (which says I won't break 18:30 all year), one sigmoidal (the math of which has me trying to solve a cubic equation... and I quit... but it's the most optimistic) and one I believe is called Blackwood's (a straight line at this point, which has me improving, but not knowing when improvement stops).

I've been planning a post on what various diets say about training methods. I think I've got some good stuff, but it just isn't coming together.
This needs entertainment value, so here's the Nicholas Brothers:


PiccolaPineCone said...

don't let it get you down, when life throws you lemons, you have to make lemonade! Though this might feel like a door closing, somewhere a window has opened. And remember, everything happens for a reason. Although, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Ultimately you probably want to go hard or go home because after all pain is temporary; pride is forever.

Oh, I could do this ALL DAY!

pensive pumpkin said...

I have a friend who truly talks like Pine Cone. Of course, nothing bad ever happens to her.

I hate her.

But not you, Pine Cone. You are funny.