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February 11, 2008


Last week I did a workout that I do at least once every winter, and I don’t mind saying, that I killed it, haha.  Nevermind that I normally run this particular workout of 10 X 600m with 200’s thrown in the middle on a 185m indoor track, and last week I did it on a 400m track in near perfect conditions, minor details, haha.  Last year this particular workout was a low point for me as I averaged a few seconds slower than I ever had previously, whereas last week I ran it faster than I ever have, (I averaged 1:35.4).  Then I began to think that last year that awful workout was a wake-up call for me and that even though workouts and races have gone well so far this season I cannot, even for a second, take anything for granted.  I think you can learn a lot by having a setback or a bad workout/race and when things are going well it’s easy to rest on your laurels.  At this point I have to make sure that I keep everything in check because, I know how much of a difference even .03 can make. 

I’m not really sure what I’m trying to say here so bare with me… when things are going well it’s easy to be complacent and sometimes it’s when things are not going well that you strive harder for improvement.  So even when things are going well you should still look for ways to go faster.  I know that statement seems really obvious but I often see people get to a level of running they feel is good and they are happy to be there when they could be improving more.

Felix, Pete, Me, Scott, James, Jean-Pierre, Joby, Simon, Charles and Tim.  Tuskegee National Park where we do tempo or fartlek workouts on the (hilly) 9.3 mile loop.


  1. Skuj permalink
    February 13, 2008 2:35 pm

    You said it very well, Dude.

    I just had 4 months off due to injury, and 4 months ago I was careless and complacent and in great shape! Now I’m fat and meticulous, hahaha. I’ve learned.

    Nornee is the coolest.

  2. Susan permalink
    February 13, 2008 8:23 pm

    Sooo envious —-it’s freezing here—snow everywhere–wonderful to see y’all in spring conditions!

  3. Bridget permalink
    February 17, 2008 12:50 pm


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