That 49 minute 10k I ran in the second half of my Saturday 20k a couple of weeks ago was not a fluke. I've been backing up with some pretty solid efforts that, surprisingly, feel a lot more effortless than I thought they would. And by effortless I don't actually mean that they're easy. They just aren't the slog that they would have been last year or the year before or the year before that. Actually I don't know if I could have even run this fast in the last couple of years.
It's looking good for this year. Finally. Touch wood and throw a pinch of salt over my left shoulder.
So what do I owe this improvement in form? Apart from consistent training, attention to recovery and illegal steroids (which aren't illegal if you have a prescription for them)?
I've thought long and hard about this because, at my age I was pretty sure my running times were on the slippery slope downwards to the point where walking and running was almost indistinguishable. I haven't really changed my training significantly. Or should I say Coach Chris hasn't. I'm not eating any 'superfoods' - unless what I was eating before has become a 'superfood' and I didn't know about it. The only thing that has changed in my life has been Ricky. So I'm pretty sure I have to give him the credit.
I'm pretty sure that because of him I'm doing an extra three or four kilometres a day. And it's paying off.
So next time we have a rainy day and I have to clean ten wees on the carpet I need to stop complaining because that little bladder on legs is actually a very effective coach.
So that's it! I need some RICKY in my life!ReplyDelete
Awwwe, I just yelled to Michael in the other room, "You gotta come here for a minute and look at this smoosh face!" I can't believe how much smaller Ricky is than Toby. Keep up the great running!!!ReplyDelete
So you're saying I need a puppy? Well, if you insist. I mean, he is pretty cute.ReplyDelete
Cross training, it all adds up...ReplyDelete
Oh and my wife ran her PB's at age 46 and 47...
A very fast pace, congrats!ReplyDelete
I decided to find a similar coach in the dog shelter when I will retire.
He's probably more work than a toddler. We used to have a Dalmatian in our street called Jackson. He wore a red bandanna and was always in trouble with the neighbourhood. I'm sure Ricky is giving you a run for your money! Dalmatians are crazy.ReplyDelete
Nice job - that's some fast running! Thanks to that cute little puppy...perhaps you can take him out running with you to tire him out?ReplyDelete
HaHa - love it!! I guess we all need a cute puppy to help us run better!ReplyDelete
Love this! And especially the last photo of your 2 lovelies.ReplyDelete
Great job on your speed, and I agree-our 4 legged family members make such a difference in our lives.ReplyDelete
You ran at a sub 5 min./K average pace: What a great run! Whatever the reason, your running shape is improving ... and, consequently, your mental health is good :)ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend!
It must be just like having babies or toddlers in the house and running after them. My girlfriends used to credit that when losing baby weight!ReplyDelete
I bet he is a lot cuter than your coach too!!ReplyDelete
I would put that in small letters too! Good luck on it continuing.ReplyDelete