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New Leaves

2 March 2011
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Today I have turned over not one, but two new leaves. I have started a proper training programme and begun blogging every day. If I say it here, then I have to stick to it. Both leaves are now firmly turned over and stuck to the internet.

The first run in the programme was the snappily titled “5 x 800m at 10k pace; recover after each repeat for half the interval time”. In reality this translated as “leg it past frightened pedestrians at an uncertain pace for just over three minutes, panicking alternately that you are going too slow/fast, then wheeze along for two minutes hoping time has mysteriously stood still and you have a bit longer before the next sprinty bit”.

I was really surprised it was so hard, given that I’ve been running pretty regularly since a marathon in November. I think it’s because I struggle with the concept of 10k pace when not either a) running a 10k race, or b) on a treadmill. It’s difficult to judge how fast I am going when I have to dodge past dogs, stop for traffic lights and run up hills. I suppose I could use technology to solve this problem, but I have a feeling that it’s important to be able to judge how fast I’m running.

Apart from the uncertainty about pace, it was a fair start to my training, a 35 minute run home down some of Islington and Holloway’s less salubrious roads, listening to the new Radiohead album. I have a theory about that album which I’m hoping that future listens will bear out: I think it’s like the ‘lotus flower’ in the middle track – it slowly unfurls, starting out harsh and impenetrable, but opening out into something beautiful by the end.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben Farrow permalink
    2 March 2011 12:52 pm

    Good Work.
    As you know I too am running and have just invested in protein shakes. I did 51 mins today at 9 min mile pace. I know it is slow but I’m still reaching my ideal running weight. I’m now down to 76.6kg down from 85.6 at the start of the year. Today was the first day of the protein shake and apart from the slightly strange chocolate flavour only 300ml totally filled me up and I feel like I could get out there and do it again.
    Keep up the good work.
    Ben

  2. 2 March 2011 2:06 pm

    protein shakes?! crumbs, you are serious. I wish I cared more about nutrition – you should host a teach-in Beef.

    • Ben Farrow permalink
      2 March 2011 2:24 pm

      A teach in where I talk about protein? I’m not sure I should go there. Nutrition is an essential part of exercise which so often gets overlooked.

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