DIARY: Running and writing

It seems like everytime I cross a few things off my list, five new have appeared and whenever I settle down to catch-up on some long overdue task, I have heard a new cool thing on the radio I’d prefer to write about instead. What happens then is what you have seen on the blog recent, not too many ground-breaking new theories!

My main projects at the moment is writing about the newest findings on injury prevention and the programme I am working with Antony Riddle on rolling out in Ireland which loosely bases itself on an amalgamation of the disciplines Somatics, Resistance Stretching, Natural Movement, Myoreflex therapy, Postural Alignment Stretching and psychoneuroimmunology. That will be a mouthful in all its cross-disciplinary glory.

The second piece is an article series comparing Arthur Lydiard’s training to some of the “more modern” methodologies that has sprung from it such as those of Renato Canova and De la Rosa. These are taking more time than expected as there are so many misunderstandings and different interpretations surrounding all methods that it is easy to debate them towards or away from each other depending on what you put your finger to. In the end, I decided to create a series to look at different aspects in part such beginning with how the methodologies structure the phases and why they are not as rigid as they seem on paper. Nobby Hashizume has gracefully provided some good insights and feedback from discussions he has had with Canova and I am awaiting a reply from Keith Livingstone, author of “Healthy Intelligent Training”, who I am hoping will help chip in with some quotes and opinions. I am working with Keith on rolling out a series of online talks in Ireland on his book and his modern representation of the Lydiard system and we are all very excited about this collaboration.

Finally, of course, there is the running. I’m back feeling like a whole human being again since overcoming my problems and today as I did 10km with a session of 10x100m strides in the middle, I found myself running as fast as 16 seconds on grass without ever forcing my muscles to contract. It was pure flexibility and turn-over and I felt light and relaxed despite the many miles the previous days. My Monday jog ended up being very late, I did not get out until 9 o’clock to run by head-torchlight in Glendalough.

Overall, my running year has come off to a great start. I shamefully admit taking 1st of January off due to a New Year’s Party lasting until 5 in the morning. With plenty of British ales, Irish whiskey, traditional singing and Karaoke to finish off the night, we decided to begin the year restfully. Since then it’s been all about the work, though, and I have run every single day to clock up sixteen days on the trot. I am always happiest when I can run every day without pain. In that time I’ve run 171km and climbed about 2800m on my hill runs. My current work rate of 7.5 hours per week needs to increase to about 9.5 by next week and then slowly towards 10.5 for the majority of my marathon programme but I consider it a great start and hope I will have the time and energy to get in supplementary jogs in the mornings or evenings in addition to my main mileage as soon as I am confident that I am 100% “out of the woods”.