Club run: neither fish nor fowl

“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?


About abradypus

A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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5 Responses to Club run: neither fish nor fowl

  1. winsometahn says:

    I’m with you – power walk the hills!

  2. I run hills on short runs (slowly) but power walk on longer runs, particularly off road ones. Still it’s nice to run with others, and a little quicker now and then. Good luck with you 45 miler.
    Ps are there others in your club that do distance like you? You may be able to sort your own runs more specific to your needs

  3. AprilRuns says:

    Give me anything that helps against the procrastination!

  4. The more I think about it (dangerous) the more your mix of running… parkrun (or short runs) at pace or either participating in ultras (walk uphil, plod a bit eat a bit, run down or flat) is the best approach to running.

  5. fitflo says:

    I second what fair weather said – I love your approach to running too!

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