Thursday, September 03, 2009


Less than 24 hours after posting about how trying to run fast takes too much work, I joined Scott at Hyland for 6 x 1K repeats. This workout and the terrain reminded us of our time in college together. Maybe that helped cut down on the “sucking the enjoyment out of running” aspect. That, combined with the fact that my legs felt pretty good today, definitely helped. So after a 15-mile week, I’m on pace for about 75-80 miles this week.

While in Disney World I made the prediction that within 25 years we’ll all be riding around in battery powered scooters. Seriously, they were all over the place. I think people rented them and just drove around the park because they were too lazy to walk. And half of the kids getting a ride in a stroller looked like they were over 10 years old. So I’m pretty sure we’re eventually going to get to the point where no one wants to walk.

Quote of the Day;

“If you talk to an elite or near-elite American distance runner today, they’ll tell you that the primary aim of their training is to avoid injury. If you had talked to a similar athlete 25 years ago, he’d have told you the idea of training was to run fast.” – Tom Derderian


AZ said...

Nice job on the workout, and the weekly mileage. That's some heavy lifting.

Riding around on scooter didn't seem to work so well for the people in Wall-e.

Runnin-From-The-Law said...

I was at the Fair today and amazed by the number of people who looked "normal" and were riding around in the rental scooter things. Crazy.

Nice mileage week!

matt gabrielson said...

Tom Derderian doesn't have any idea.

Chad said...

Matt, you're probably right regarding today's elite runners being more concerned with running fast than getting injured. However, I bet the general masses from the '80s were a lot more concerned with running fast, whereas today the masses want to be injury free.

Matt said...

Hey Chad, I just wanted to drop a mention about the Salomon Autumn Trail Series at Hyland. The had their first race on wednesday and it was a lot of fun. There are three races left in the series. Great fun for anyone looking for more of a low-key CC style races.

For more info: