I think I’m out. Out of the distance race, that is. After reading Gary’s blog post this morning, I was struck by one particular phrase: If you prefer your running “improvement free”, you should probably look away now. That’s pretty much a good way of describing my running; improvement free.

I’ve never sat down with a plan for keeping fit other than keeping it regular, so I’ll plod away on the same old routes and never really push myself to do anything other than push on for an extra couple of kilometres. So, instead, I’m going to start varying how I run and try to improve rather than just go for distance.

To that end, I repeated a regular route today, one that takes me uphill and when I got to base of the hill I started running rather than shuffling. Turns out I’m really not all that good at running uphill at speed. I had to break it into chunks with walking in between and my legs were hurting in ways I’m not normally used to. All of that is great though, as it moved the run from being just something I had to do to keep my hand in, to something that highlighted a weak spot in my training.

So, from now on, it’s not distance I need to concentrate on, it’s fitness.

Distance: 8.47km
Time taken: 00:50:19
Average/Max Speed : 10.09/16.78 kph
Average/Min Pace : 00:05:57/00:03:34
Calories: 589 ******

Comments (1)

Moral EnemyJanuary 9th, 2012 at 12:47 am

I’ve only just found your blog. Now I’m IN YOUR MIND Ross….. m’wha ha ha hah haaaa!