10kTruth.com Web Letter - February 2002
Welcome Muhammad Ali fans and other sports aficionados who have signed
up for the 10k Truth Web Letter during the past couple months. We don't
know if it was the 60 Minutes feature story on Ali, his recent 60th birthday
or opening of the feature movie starring Will Smith that had a slew of
you searching for Ali quotes. Whatever it was, glad you found us and thanks
for signing up for this periodic web letter!
More quotes by Emil Zatopek at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/emil.htm
Walk it off...shake it out...rub some dirt on it...
It used to be that one of the central goals of sports was to teach young
people to ignore the little aches, pains and bruises of athletics and
life. The wise advice of old coaches included, "Walk it off...shake it
out...rub some dirt on it." Now it seems that these aches, pains and mishaps
which occur during sports have been glorified until they become red badges
of courage. We hurt, therefore we are. Every injury must have a name in
order for this glorification to have its newly desired effect. We used
to have sore knees and thighs. Now we have injured ACL's and suffer from
IBS. My suspicion is of those who collect and catalog the minor discomforts
actually suffer from a far more devastating condition. That condition
is CSS, Chronic Slowness Syndrome. All of their well named aches and pains
serve as nothing more than sanctified excuses for slow 10k times. A recent
article in our favorite magazine RW (aka Runners Whining) lists no fewer
than twelve categories of "typical running ailments" and lays out the
rules when it's okay to run with pain. This one must have been edited
to pass by risk assessment as the advice is so weak as to be pointless.
Blackened toenails, one of the categories in the Guide to Pain, is elevated
to a condition worthy of its own charitable foundation and perhaps a telethon
hosted by Oprah will follow. They should be happy that they have toenails
at all. - Manciata (2/4/2001)
"Top results are reached only through pain. But eventually you like this pain. You'll find the more difficulties you have on the way, the more you will enjoy your success." - Juha (the Cruel) Väätäinen
"Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better." - Juha (the Cruel) Väätäinen
Q: So my girlfriend is planning on training for the Ave of the Giants. I've volunteered to help out with her training by running with her and running support. It's her first marathon. I figure I'll give her lots of props and leave the motivation to be self-generated. Our couch is not bad to sleep on but I'd rather not spend the next few months there. What do the statistics say about couples training together? Is it worth the risk? Thanks for your advice. - R.E. in Portland, OR
A: If you don't be careful with this one, you'd better plan on some serious couch time, baby. In case you haven't figured it out by now, running is an individual sport. Don't be fooled by all of the gushing feel good spew so prevalent in mainstream running publications. The male ego can't handle getting their ass kicked by women, let alone a significant other. And, believe me, she wants to beat you really bad. Given this may be a life long commitment, you gotta know how bad she wants it and how she can handle conflict right away. I'd start with some quarters on a cinder track. Wait until it's pouring down rain. Eight oughta do it. Let her set the pace but make sure you take lane one. Force her out into lane two for the entire workout. If she tries to establish the lead position, cut her off, and show some spikes. That's right. If you don't have a pair, buy some. And, make sure they're cinder track length. It will probably get a little quiet after about four of these, and down right nasty around the sixth quarter, or so. If she is still talking to you after the workout, that's good. If she yells at you, flips you off and tells you to come back for another round next week, propose to her on the spot. - Rage
Keep those questions coming for the Rage's Q&A.
Q&A Archives, as always, can be found at: http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/training_frame.htm
"You don't have to win it, just don't lose it."
"Playing football in the morning is like eating cabbage for breakfast."
See more at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/football.htm
If you want to put the 'ol bod on notice for an upcoming distance race, I highly recommend a dry run of the distance you are planning to race. I have had success with this method with distances up to a half marathon. Not only does it get you physically ready, it sure is a confidence booster when you nail this workout so close to show time. Here's how to do it: I generally try to run it 8-10 days before the race. Running the actual course is ideal, but not critical. Just make sure the course you choose is accurate. My most recent dry run was in preparation for a four miler. I wasn't sure I was going to enter the race. I just couldn't get the fire lit. I thought a dry run might help me decide. One of my goals is to try to run the second half of the dry run faster than the first, just like in the race. It is important not to run it all out, and a negative split dry run goal helps you manage pace. While it should be a good hard run, don't drain the tank this close to race day especially for you old guys. We need our beauty rest.
On the day of the four mile dry run, there was a slight breeze hurting us going out and helping coming back, probably just like race day. I had run this particular course so many times, I knew where the faded mile markers were, which was also a plus. Other than a slow, half mile jog getting to the start, all I did was a couple of strides, and that was it. Then, we were off. I glanced at my watch on the first mile: 6:09. Good. I tried to pick up the pace a bit, but not too much. Mile two was just under 6:04. Now, can I hold pace or, better yet, run the next mile even faster? Just barely: 6:03 with a helping wind. Not so good, but let's see what I have left for the last mile. I ran a steady first half of the mile four and then, picked it up in the second half mile and finished with a 5:49. I had successfully run negative splits, which was a big confidence booster. But, the real question was: How did it feel? O.K., I guess, but I was in better shape last year.
Could I beat my time from last year? You get the idea. Questions like
these help get us all motivated to toe it up come race day. A smartly
run dry run just helps light the fire. Try it. It might work for you.
-The Rage --------------------------------------------------------
"We've seen Ali as the charismatic star of the real-time drama of his life. Ali, for all ts flashy filmmaking, just doesn’t compare." - Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"How do you make a dull movie about one of the most interesting people on the planet?" - Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Ali lands a few solid blows, but, sadly, it's no knockout." - Bill Gallo, New Times Los Angeles
"With all due respect to Will Smith, you don't send a Fresh Prince to play a king." - Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinal
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