Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The history of running

I have just finished reading Running, A Global History by Thor Gotaas.  Although I enjoyed reading this book it would not be my first choice if recommending a book on running to someone.  It is an ambitious attempt to chart every aspect of running since before records were kept in 348 pages.

Invariably, by trying to capture so much you find that the book actually comes up short on all the areas it covers.

As he says at the beginning, the book is written from the perspective of a European, living in Scandinavia and the bias that this  brings.  There is also a tendency to present the narrative in a story format which I think takes something away from the book.

Never the less still an enjoyable read.

As far as my running is concerned I am slowly increasing the mileage but am still struggling to up the pace and am still finding hills difficult.  But I feel things are moving in the right direction.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

A small step

It feels as though I have spent the last couple of years posting on this blog how I get slower every time I run.  This morning I decided to turn out at the Blackhill Parkrun to find out just what sort of form I am in.

I last did this Parkrun back in July on a warm and sunny morning.  Although the temperature was, as you would expect some what cooler it was still a mild morning with the temperature hovering around 4C.

As expected I struggled on the uphill sections and my left hamstring was rather tight.  However, I managed to keep a steady pace and finished in 11th place in 21.58.  Not a brilliant time but 7 seconds quicker than in July and the quickest ever time by a M55 - M59 on the course.

So it's a small step in the right direction and a positive start to the new year.