Friday, July 13, 2007

Warning: Not a substitute for human interaction

Hi sorry for the delay in posting. Although I don't think I'm upsetting too many people ;) I'd like to get more comments but I think that's not going to happen until I either get a decent personality or break 2 hours for the marathon.

Anyways, things are good here building up my weekly mileage without breaking down. 68kms last week and going to go close to 80kms this week. I want to get up around 100kms a week and do this for a few months before my racing season starts in early Oct. We will see how it goes I have never done a 100k week. I usually run pretty low mileage but I think that it's time to try out this high mileage stuff everyone is talking about. You never know I might thrive on it, Tesso tells me that she does, when she's not nursing an injury that is.

This means running in all conditions and I had an interesting experience today in relation to this. A big Typhoon is on the way here and they locked the gate on the track at the local university today. It was pissing down and no one around so I jumped the fence and begun with 3kms of warm up 6x 100 sprints and some 800m intervals. I had done two 800s the 1st 2:59, 2nd 2:49 when a couple of guys in suits with huge umbrellas came in and asked me, ever so politely, to leave as it was dangerous to run in such weather.

It wasn't dangerous of course but the Japanese are so bloody anal (perhaps why I like it so much here I'm a tad that way myself) they just get freaked out when things are done differently than usual. Still so polite they didn't ask me how I got in through the locked gate and who the bloody hell I was, and they looked quite pained to ask me to leave. I perhaps could have argued the point but I didn't have any right to be there even on a dry day and they were so bloody nice about asking me to go I just had to be nice back, and go!

Great thing about Japanese people on the whole is that they know that force will meet with force and often try to get their way with a softer approach not like the typical "white male" who will be abusive first and aggro later.

I don't include you white male runners with that lot. You're all just pale Kenyans to me. ;P


  1. anzen no tame ni yamatte kudasai

    or was it:

    omae baka gaijin yamero yo!

    Anyway, I like ya style Scott, just get out there and run, mate, typhoon or nay. Mind you, I'm going to a gym this morning to give some treadmills some curry and do some strength work on my back.

  2. I'm sure the big mileage weeks will pay off. Steve's coach seems to swear by them, as long as you don't break :) Stay safe over there with the typhoon blowing.

  3. Imagine how fast you could run around the track if that typhoon was behind you :-)

    I like the high mileage (if you call 80 - 90k a week high) as it seems to bring out the best in my running. And I can eat more ;-)

  4. Seeing though you want more comments I'll say it again ....

    Imagine how fast you could run around the track if that typhoon was behind you :-)

    I like the high mileage (if you call 80 - 90k a week high) as it seems to bring out the best in my running. And I can eat more ;-)

  5. I'm becoming paler - we haven't had much sun in Canberra lately.

    Isn't that Tesso such an accommodating friend?

    I know quite a few readers of blogs who never comment - or can't because they're reading from work!

    My 1988 diary showed me running PBs in the midst, or just after 100k weeks, so you could get some value from high mileage. Watch out though Scott, or the extra time invested could result in black fish.

  6. Meant to say I can't comment from work, hence my evenings, when I could be our par-tay-ing are spent reading blogs.

  7. That's a great visual Scott of two dues in suits in heavy rain with huge umbrellas asking you to leave out of concern for your health. Ah, the subtle approach works every time!

  8. Thought I'd better do my bit for the popularity rating. Running in those conditions sounds like commitment.

    Wonder how an Aussie would have asked you to leave: "Oi you! Piss off!" the guys in suits sound much nicer. Good luck with the higher mileage.

  9. How polite of them! And so concerned for your health!
    I often read but don't comment but I will now concentrate on making witty comments for future posts.

  10. I heard about the typhoon and I thought of you. Hope you didn't get hit too bad where you are.

    I also admire the dedication of running in such weather!

  11. i have a theory ..... i have lots of theories and most aren't that clever ... not saying this one is ... but anyway ..... running in all conditions makes us mentally tougher .... it's a theory

  12. so ... in the second part of my comment ... well done of getting out there in a typhoon

  13. Sorry it has taken so long to get to your blog Scott.
    I sure admire your dedication. I am the type who would use a locked gate as an excuse, let alone combining that with a threatening typhoon.
    All the best in your quest to maintain the high mileage. I am sure it will pay off.

  14. Committed or crazy? Nice work! Almost like resistence training for half the loop though!

    Not sure about the "not many comments" comment - so far you have 11 posts (including mine, not including double ups)! I usually get 2-3 (and am impressed with that!).

    I'll be interested to hear how the high km's go; I've been wondering if I need to do more.

    It'd be nice to live in such a polite culture (and that's from someone living in the big country town of Adelaide!).