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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Record Keeping (brief note)

After a week of training, I find myself in about 6:30 mile shape (if that doesn't mean anything, it's maybe 3:45 marathon shape) and a little perturbed at just how out of shape I am. So, I went back to my records and, in January and February, when I last ran a bit, I started in about 6:24 shape, had a good week, two bad weeks, a good week, two bad weeks, a good week where I was in about 6:16 shape... and then sprained my ankle, was out for 6 weeks, then started having allergy and asthma problems.

So nothing's changed, except I'm wearing less clothing now that it's summer.

And my main competition in my age class just ran a 15K in 52:07, which is about 4:40-4:45 mile shape.



SteveQ said...

Darn. No one even commented on how stupid it is to compare my running to someone who's national class.

Alene Gone Bad said...

Yeah Steve, as if I need to say this to you, but I will anyway, Not only is it a bad idea to compare yourself to someone else you're not consistently running against, there's a saying "You're only as good as your last race" and if that race was a long time ago, it all goes out the window. Better to just gauge your improvement by comparing yourself to yourself with a starting point now. There, someone commented on how stupid it is. Hope that relieves the anxiety. :-)