Thursday, 27 August 2009

Geeks Unite & Take Over

I'm fessin' up now; I'm a spreadsheet geek. You could be forgiven for mistaking that my enthusiasm for planning my training is all about the running. Well, it kinda is but its also partly a bit of a fetish for columns, equations and conditional formatting. I really rather enjoy colour coding my long runs, tempo and lactate threshold sessions and embedding formulae to calculate the proportion of road miles in my weekly mileage - one has to monitor these things.
You can be forgiven for thinking that this might all seem a bit too planned and robotic. And I suppose it is a bit. But I'm embarrassed to say I sort of enjoy it. I love my running; its simple freedom; carpets of heather in late summer; the feeling of the wind whipping through my hair. But I also quite like the science of the sport; the planning, the execution, the review. Once you've learned the ingredients for a good race recipe, its just the blend that's left to perfect. Running is ace. It has something for everyone. Even the geeks can get their kicks.


Julbags said...

Planning is good! I hadn't planned anything for yesterday evening and ended up doing nothing running wise even though I should have.

I fight a constant battle with myself between planning and actually getting things done or going with the flow and inevitably not getting as much done as I should. Should take a leaf out of your book.

Omeleteer said...

M's corner of wisdom

If a magpie do curse you, then run to the left
If a sparrow do curse you then run to the right
But if a finch do curse you then you must stay true to the middle

Simon Anderson said...

I was just considering the very same topic while standing in the sandwich shop this lunchtime.

Had I written a plan for this week then I would have had a hard session last night, but as I had a mild (have been doing cerebral work) headache and heavy legs I deferred it to tonight. Now I feel hungry for a brutal effort session.

Maybe it's best just to have a general idea about what we want to achieve with our week, then be flexible according to how we feel and what demands life makes of us?

kate said...

i think that's one of the reasons why i enjoy your blog-it's the opposite to my approach to anything. not that i see you as a curiosity or anything ;)

Runningbear said...

Hi Jullbags, thanks for the reassuring words, I guess its not too bad when you enjoy the tinkering, and thanks Kate.. I'm coming to accept my planning is freakish to some ;)

The planning thing is tricky, you might have picked up that I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to training...
I think flexibility is relevant if my body's telling me I'm pushing too hard. I know that if I don't stick to a clear plan then I risk slacking off or getting too carried away.
But it depends on what you want and what you get from your running. It works for me best this way. RB.

ultra collie said...

you are a true blend of running art meeting science. or is it running science meeting art?

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