“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” – Jesse Owens
That says a whole lot about what I do… I always loved that quote. I have written about the reasons we run, the kindness that seems to come from a well-trained heart, the peace we have with the pains in life…. Lately, you heard me bitch of the other parts of the body. Well, age is still here but the oil can injection in the knee seems to be doing OK. After a twinge in the knee at grandma’s, I have been fine. Did 19 miles yesterday (albeit I was going slowly – average about 13 minute miles), I felt as solid as a 45 year old overweight guy could feel.
Now what was funny used the Garmin’s for my second portion of the run. I set my old Garmin 305 (27 months) to run exactly the same as the Garmin 405 (6 weeks). I set my 6-month-old Garmin 305 to use auto splits at 1 mile each… See the results below…
305 (old one)
Elevation (up/dn) 2095/2045
305 (New one)
Elevation (up/dn) 3305/3308 back
Elevation (up/dn) 2497/2490
I have tested the 305’s before, one on each wrist, and found they were off by less than 1% in all calculations. This is the first time I set the 305’s up differently. Makes me wonder why the auto-lap feature made such a difference. I will continuing playing but I still say the same thing I had said many times, these watches are great training tools, not precise, but just another tool in the bag. I get the same readings on the same courses (within 20 feet) time after time. But now I think I will test my theory a little more at Afton…
This weekend, I really wanted to go to the Anderson Center (RTA) where Adam has prepared what I refer to as a mini-superior (minus roots and rocks – but terrain) but: 1) I am to slow to hang with those machines; and 2) wanted a easy course for a longer run on the leg.
So after the 19 yesterday, I did it! I printed, folded, licked the stamp and sent in the Afton 50 K entry. Now I will train this week and see what happened on my first hilly, rugged course since the knee pains began. Should be fun… This will be the deciding race to see if I will enter the 100. Last year, I felt I was not sure if I was ready for the 100 but learned a lot before pulling the plug. So if my time and exertion are about the same as last year, I think I will give it another try, even though the training has been less than desired, I am beginning, besides 10 pounds, not that far from where I was last year?
So if Afton goes well, then I will wait two weeks and start the Wednesday night at the hills session once again. Last year, I went to buck hill and did anywhere from 10-18 repeats every Wednesday for 5 weeks. I believed this was a vital part of preparation and would not suggest anyone, even the 50 milers, could not greatly benefit from this training exercise. It would be fun to have others… Buck Hill is where I go… I leave Bloomington at 4:45 PM so if there are those who want to car pool down there, it would work.
Anyway, I hope to see many of you at the start, and then you backs for a few moments, but that is OK. I can live with slowing. I know of to many male egos that could not live with slowing and lost the love for the runs. Such a shame, people speak of how fast we ran, how well we ran (hey, I did) but when it all comes down to it, Bill Bowerman said it well — “If someone says, ‘Hey, I ran 100 miles this week. How far did you run?’ ignore him! What the hell difference does it make?…. The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles.”