“Club run. Please enjoy.”
Oh, all right then. If you insist.
Every so often, I shoe-horn a club run into my training plan. I’d like to do it more often, because running with a fixed start time prevents the hours and hours of procrastination that so often precede one of my long runs, and running with good company means that the run itself seems shorter.
But the reality is that they don’t often fit. This one, for example, is aimed at Windmilers who are targeting a sub 4hr marathon. Now I am a Windmiler (albeit a rather lackadaisical one) and I would like to run a sub 4hr marathon. But the marathon itself isn’t the focal point of my training. I’m not at the point where 90 minutes is a long run (which is just as well given that I’ve a 45 mile race in less than 2 weeks), and the marathon comes just three weeks before my next 100 mile race (where I will be attempting to rectify last year’s DNF). So on the one hand, a 90 minute run seems unsatisfyingly short and on the other hand the 9:45 minute miling seems unreasonably brisk.
As for running the hills, really? Do people actually do that? Wasn’t that what power-hiking was invented for?