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Not just running, after all

January 13, 2010

January has brought record-breaking low temperatures, snow, disruption and chaos to roads and services, and the annual surge of gym-goers following their New Year resolutions. With the paths and roads around Abingdon trecherous with ice and snow, I joined the hordes at the increasingly busy leisure centre.

The problem with training at the gym in January is that the place is so busy. Really busy, in fact. Queues for the treadmills, a one-on one-off system for the exercise bikes, a rotation system on the rowing machines… It’s busier than I’ve ever seen it, and it’s really put my training for this week off schedule.

So, rather than have someone waiting for me to get off the treadmill, I’ve found myself spending more time on the cycling machines. Cross training, as this is, is often thought to help avoid injuries, but it’s widely agreed that the best way to improve your running is to run. Consequently, this has felt like a bit of a cop out, and although it’s better than nothing, I far prefer running to cycling.

With heavy rain – and even some positive temperatures – due for the weekend, I’m hoping my days of being snow-bound are limited.

However, it’s not just my running that’s benefitting (perhaps) from a bit of diversity. My geeky post about the results profile of different races has been heartily adopted by my good friends at the AQA Maths Blog to become some sample questions for use in the classroom.

So, with any luck, this is the last week of me moaning about the snow. Having been thoroughly excited about it when it first fell, I’m now soooo over it. Roll on summer.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Wazza permalink
    January 14, 2010 11:56 am

    Great blog Lewis and good luck with your training.

    I am training for Paris through the other end of the weather spectrum in Melbourne where we seem to have weekly weather cycles. These build up from about 22 degrees C to about 40 degrees C over about a week ending typically a thunderstorm, and then start again.

    I’m running either at 7.30 am on weekends or after 6 pm weekdays (daylight saving). Currently clocking up about mid 50’s kms per week and aiming for 3.45 – I’m and old codger with a PB of 3.44 in 2006.

    On balance I’d say we are better off conditions-wise apart from the fact there are not many races around. We have contacts training for the Canberra Marathon (same day as Paris) and the “6 foot track” which is a 45 kms ultra, with local organised via our CoolRunning website, so there is no shortage of long run partners.

  2. January 14, 2010 1:55 pm

    Good luck with your training too. Sounds like you’ve got the better end of the bargain weather wise for the time being, but those are some pretty serious temperatures! I heartily commend your early morning running!

    It sounds like your training’s coming on well, though, and I hope you get the time you want. It’s great that you have some distance training partners – I always find the second hour of a long run starts to become mentally more challenging with no one to spur me on…

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