Sunday, October 03, 2010

Hello, Hello Mr. Monkey

I've been having a lot of trouble with my running of late. First, missing sessions because of an unusual tightness in my hamstrings and recently while I have been able to complete a few good speed sessions I haven't been able to recover enough to do even the slow recovery runs the following day!

All this was happening while time was running out for a decent build up to my December marathon and I just couldn't see how I was going to get it together in time to be able to give myself a chance of a PB. It was getting complicated and there were just too many questions.

Dr Seuss once said “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” and in this spirit I decided to pull out of the Kakogawa marathon and just concentrate on getting myself fit and fast and in January 2011 start my Marius Bakken schedule for a run in the Nagano Marathon in Early April.

You may think I should wait and see and I'd agree but for two things. Applications have to be finalise by next week and I really feel that if I run one more marathon hard, under trained and lame it will jeopardise my sub 2:30 attempt and my career long term. I reckon I have one or two chances at breaking this and I don't want to leave it on a cold windy road in December of 2010.

While I am really pretty disappointed I have a renewed faith in my ability and can see the speed sessions on the MB schedules being the key to getting me PBs right up to my 50s. I'll have to go fast but not lose sight of the fact that......

"Slowly, slowly catches monkey!" ;)


  1. I agree that that is the smart thing to do.

  2. Sorry to here your troubles.
    I recommend the TPP programme I've started following.
    Using the video's i've started to break down scar tissue and micro fibre build up, and already feel my dynamic range of movement as well as my posture improve.
    I've just compiled all the video's together to make it easy to follow.
    Think about it, most elites get massage and pysio on a very regular basis, but we guys can not afford it, but here at last is a way to look after your body and reach top performance.

  3. Good call Scott. Ryan Hall gave up a 6-figure pay day at Chicago to extend his career and run more PBs, so you're in good company. May your soles be fast and funky in the build-up for Nagano!

  4. If anyone can work through these troubles it is you my friend.

    All the best,


  5. Sounds like you did the right thing to me Scott.

  6. Hi Scott,
    Just back from my travels, so catching up on your blog (and mine eventually!). Sorry to hear it's not going well, but I also suspect that you've made the correct choice. If there's one thing I've learnt it's that the little voice that says "you're not going to be ready, don't push it" is ignored at your own peril!

    I'll catch up on the rest of your posts soon!