Thursday, 12 July 2012

Time to pull my finger out

It is hard not to look at your mileage statistics, especially when you always have your nose in a spreadsheet or totting up your weekly mileages but it looks like I have dropped my training mileages from last year by some considerable amount and frankly don't feel bad on it. Time however, to pull the proverbial finger out and start getting some consistent mileage in as I have only just got over the 1,000 mile mark for 2012.

So tonight I grabbed my kit and donned it, added my windproof and decided to leg it to the running track to meet the others from the club. These days I hardly notice the weather, it seems like it has been raining non-stop for over a month and my kit is forever in a cycle of wet, wash, dry, wear cycle, tonight was no different.

Arriving at the track I paid my dues and looked for the other....and I looked some more...then a little more to note that Coach Mike was under an umbrella at the 100 metre line and one other runner from the club was warming up. The speedsters had all...err....sped off to it was just me and the track, doing almost perfect 2:06 laps, plod, plod, plod. My mind miles away thinking about this and that.....the loneliness of the long distance runner, boy it was quiet tonight with all the show ponies all snug under their blankets with a mug of cocoa.

I got home, had a shower, added my miles to my training records and turned on Facebook to meet this great picture and the caption added by Mike who had obviously read my mind

Loneliness of the long distance runner and middle distance coach


  1. But sometimes, Jez, a solo run/exercise does your mind and soul good :-)

  2. Love it! I think I am a long distance runner because of the loneliness.

  3. yes....but round and round a track?

  4. Great to catch up with you and Immune at the Crystal Palace Athletics Diamond League.

    Once again a cider fuelled affair. I'm over by the coleslaw by the to Steve Ovett getting my picture taken with Linford