July 14

One month away…

August 14, Tomato Fest 5k.  Sign up, get ready, be there…

Speaking of 5k races…there has been a surge in long distance races, and I think that it is partly a bad thing. It seems strange that a lover of endurance races such as myself would have a negative view of long distance races.  But recently it seems that a marathon or a half-marathon or even an Ironman is often a new athletes’ introduction to racing. Long races are great accomplishments, and are usually extremely fun events – but they are also exhausting, often cause injury and very time consuming if you train properly.

So I encourage you to learn to enjoy shorter races.  The ones where you recover after 2 days rather than after 2 weeks. Where your weekend long run is 8-10 miles instead of 18-20.  Why not try and run a fast 5k, as opposed to another marathon?  Read this article from Running Times for more thoughts on the matter…

Run #3

Check out run #3.  The first 1.25 miles of the run is identical to run #1.  But then it changes: you run all the way down Franklin and turn left on Scott Ave.

Potato to Tomato

Our couch-to-5kers are in their 4th week of training.  We all know how difficult it can be to maintain motivation during those middle weeks of a training regimen (think: mile 2 of a 5k, or miles 6-10 of a half marathon).  Take a moment tomorrow to encourage them in their journey!  Who knows, maybe they’ll become full time East Nasties at the end of the program…

Sunday Trail Runs

Trail runs continue this Sunday, 8 a.m.  at Percy Warner park.  Be there for 4.2 or 9.2 miles.


6 Responses to July 14

  1. Will Arnold says:

    Mark, good article. Personally, I try to remind myself occasionally that all race distances are arbitrary, really. If I’m dying in training or seeing little results, I try something different.

    That article awakened some developmental psychology theories. One parallel is similar to when, in our youth, wanting a result but repeating a failing procedure (like whining for a cookie) saw no results, we had to be taught to try a novel approach (like asking politely for a cookie).

    I guess the first “races” were to chase and kill wooly mammoths; those races didn’t have aid stations, I imagine.

    Good thing we live in a town where there are open track meets, dozens of 5k through 10mi races, halves and fulls within jogging or driving distance, etc.

  2. Chuck says:

    The article makes some good points. Instead of debating whether a marathon is too far for the casual runner, it appears to me topic veered from its premise title and more toward training technique. I subscribe to much of Greg McMillan’s philosophies.

    RT article becomes a reminder of successful training for any distance: start small with mileage base first and foremost, add some speed work, small incremental increase in mileage, success at shorter distances and races before attempting larger training and racing goals.

    Some egos are such that a big goal is all that will satisfy. A novice runner may think, “Marathon or bust.” Or a non-runner may think debt free or dozens of pounds’ weight loss will work. The principles remain: basic and simple first steps, success at attainable goals, then take confidence and momentum to next not-too-ambitious step. This is a good reminder for running and life skills concepts.

  3. Cañas says:

    I think Chuck ran in a wooly mammoth 10K once. Maybe he can tell us if there were water stops.

  4. Casey says:

    EN run tonight is 1/2 block from my place (LT on Pontotoc from Genrty) if anyone wants to stash drinks in my yard/porch. I will try to have some water available too. I dont want anyone dying out there tonight…is miserable out there right now.

    Miss running with y’all…see you in Sept/Oct!

  5. Chuck says:

    Wooly Mammoth 10K water stops were at mile I, mile II, mile III, mile IV, mile V and finish.

  6. JP says:

    The article has some good points but the guy seems to harp so much on running tons of miles for a shorter race that it almost seems that he is trying to convince himself. I mean, if we need to run 100 miles a week to run a marathon, do we need to run 180 for a 50 mile ultra? Probably not. Everyone is a bit different and I just don’t buy that more miles (solely) = better running. I honestly believe I got SLOWER the more miles and the longer I trained for keys. Actually, I know I did looking back at my training history, miles vs pace.

    With that being said, my only remaining goal this year (besides having fun) is to improve my 5k time.

    And to lose some dang weight.

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