What’s our vector, Victor?

From the OP: “I’ll let you work out how that applies to running”. For tonight’s braindump of a blog, I’ll tell you how that applies to running, as I see it.

You’d think that victors in running would be the people who win races and yes, in some way, they are. However, that would mean there’s only one victor per race which would imply that everyone else lost. Which is bollocks since most of us haven’t a hope in hell of taking home that trophy (well, vouchers for a local restaurant and a bottle of cheap plonk) so why do it?

In running, a victor is someone who pushes themselves and feels good about it. I’ve known a number of people who set their fitness goals far, far too low. They start running and work up to a 5km race after a year’s training. I’m not saying that that first time you run 5km you shouldn’t feel like a winner, but since a race generally isn’t about taking home a trophy (well, a pair of Thorlo’s) it should be about achieving something else.

Victors push themselves under race conditions to do better or feel better. Ran 10km and felt like a sack of coal by the end? Well done! You just ran 10km! winnar! Next time you do it, have more breath by the end and take less time. winnar!

Victors look at different races or routes and think “I’ve never done that, sign me up!”. They don’t look at distance or terrain as being something that’s comfortably within their field of experience, they look for new challenges. Or they do the same race and think “where can I improve?”.

A victim knows their limits. Victors mis-quote Douglas Adams and say “I love limits! I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

Distance: 7.14km
Time taken: 00:34:10
Average/Max Speed : 12.54/22.22 kph
Average/Min Pace : 00:04:47/00:02:42
Calories: 509 ******