St. Andrews Park Run record holder, fastest Dunfermline Amazon packer, and 20 year old after his 4:51 Mile
Weekly Cool Down - #19
I thought I would dive straight into what I have been reading, watching and supporting.
Reading & Listening: - Little Bets - recommended by friend and reader, Bobby Weaver - The book showcases parallels between differing industries and individuals that have been at the top of their field to illustrate how little ideas lead to big discoveries, it is very interesting as you can apply any aspects of it to day to day life - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Bets-breakthrough-emerge-discoveries/dp/1847940498
- Tartan Running Shorts - I have just started listening to this podcast. It does have a Scottish focus but as Scottish running is in a very healthy state they have some fantastic interviewees. The top episodes I have recently listened to are the Hawkins Brothers being coached by Steve Jones, Clapham Chaser Steph Davies and her world class progression and then Chris O'hare and his move to the US and why the US Collegiate system is so beneficial to young athletes in the UK. https://open.spotify.com/show/0OII1P9ie2BeXspCvaPk22
Watching: - As much as the World Champs in DOHA were branded as a diaster - I am defiently missing them now. I dont think I appricated at the time how fantastic this race was but defiantly worth watching if you need to spend some more time on youtube. Call me a sceptic but for Cheruiyot to leave behind all those world class athletes from the gun and cruise across the line 2 seconds ahead of everyone else has to raise some eyebrows - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQcTd4xZ44o
- Netflix - The Final Dance - Michael Jordan - You don't need to be a basketball fan to get into this but it is fascinating to learn more about this legend of the game - What a competitor but also he comes across in the documentary as a brilliant sporting advocate and for someone that was on top of the world comes across as very ground. There are a number of parallels between this documentary and the book Little bets.
Supporting - I have been enjoying watching Rory, my current bunk roommate go head to head with his Uni mate, Sam Jinks, across difference distances. Rory, is defiantly putting in a shift before he turns 21 on Friday. This past week he had a crack at the mile, as I hopped on the bike to follow along. Having not run a mile in a long time he clocked an impressive 4:51 but I would not put it past him shaving of a solid 15" off that. He obliviously wants to hold the longest ever 1st place streak at St. Andrews park run as he won the last park run back on 14th March. - Reader and more importantly GB athlete and 1500m World Championship finalist, Josh Kerr (ft in youtube video above) believes he could hold off the Scottish Talent of Andy Murray and Stuart Hogg over the 200m. It would be fantastic to watch this unfold. My prediction would be that Stuart would smoke them all over the 100 but I could see Josh and Andy coming through over the last 50m. Who would your favourite cross sport match up be?
Please do send me any reading, listening, watching or following suggestions.
Weekly Cool Down #1 07.01.20 A week in Chamonix really takes a lot out of the body trying to fit in the running on top of the skiing meant that I went into this past week with tired legs and a couple niggles specifically in my hamstring and right ankle. Robert, kindly squeezed me in on the Monday to help work out the niggles and flush out the legs ahead of Wednesday. Wrap Up Monday: AM: 8miles @ 7:07/m - massage session /PM: 60min cycle Tuesday: AM: 6miles @ 7:07/m / PM: 6miles @ 6:54/m - This was a different approach to telford so really took it easy on these runs but inluded some drills in the PM Wednesday: AM:1.4m WU - Serpentine NYT Race - 31:51 / PM: 5miles @ 7:15/m Thursday: AM: 12miles @ 6:52/m / Gym session - included kettlebell and plyometric drills Friday:AM: 8miles @ 6:52/m / PM: 6.3miles @ 6:00/m Saturday: AM: 10min Tempo (5:09/m) - 10* 60”hills - 5*250m (avg. 4:40/m-45”) - this was a tough session but a great one to put in the bank. 10.8miles @ 6:24/m / PM: 5miles @ 7:07/m Sun…
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I hope you are all well. Sorry for the delay, I ended up loosing a lot of content yesterday morning that did not save. Very frustrating!
Training took a positive step forward this week. It is nice having the goal to build back to full fitness when there is no rush to get back racing, as I am sure at this time with no races on the cards it’s hard to keep your motivation up if you are in the best shape possible and it’s even harder to maintain it at that level.I have enjoyed just keeping the training relaxed but I am defiantly missing racing and the social scene that goes with it, especially at this time of the year when those Sri Chimony Monday Night 5k start to kickoff.
As I have been steadily increasing my mileage over the last three weeks I have started using a new piece of tech called the Stryd Power Meter. From what I can make out this is the only device out there tha…
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I hope you are keeping well and not too stir crazy. All is alright on this side of the screen, I throw myself at training last week and ticked off two sessions that I was happy with and then kept the running easy for the remainder of the week, even though my HR would say otherwise, I think the battery needs a swap out.
This week I tried a session that I have never done before and on paper it looked rather light and easy but I was blooming knackered after it. Having joined the athletics scene later in life via triathlon I feel I have missed out on the traditional route most athletes take when stepping into longer distance stuff. It is obvious that there is a focus on short faster sessions in youth athletics, and I never really had a shot at focusing on this, not that I ever really had a strong 100m or 200m time but I have missed out on working on that max spee…