Now that I’ve made it through the rash of races that took place during the last three months, I thought it a good moment to have a quick look at the results from a statistical point of view. (As an incidental aside: you in fact can get a rash from racing). My training runs tend to be quite variable in terms of performance, so I’ve limited the dataset to timed races I’ve participated in.
In addition to visualising my absolute progress … Read more
The Elan Valley 10M road race was not something that was even on my radar until The Baker suggested it to Team AM. It’s quite out of the way for us folk in the South of Wales, being organised by Rhayader Running/Athletics Club. Nevertheless, I’d not done a ten mile race before, and the out of the way nature of it made it seem like a bit of an adventure. Additionally, the map of the course that the organisers published was awesome:
Movember, as a concept, is an odd one in my mind. “Grow a moustache”, they say. “For charity”, they say. I’m not sure I know anyone that would pay me not to shave. I do however know that I would pay to run a race that the proceeds go to charity, and luckily that is an option.
I decided that I would go to the effort of growing a moustache — or ‘mo’ to use the vernacular of the proles — in order to look the part on race day. I can’t say … Read more
Ascent, Climbing, Personal Best, Richard Burton 10K, Running
I entered the Richard Burton 10K at quite short notice this month. The Baker suggested it to Team AM, along with the Elan Valley 10M and the Bwystfil y Bryn 15M (both of which have been entered too). I knew nothing of Richard Burton before entering, and if I’m honest, I only bothered to skim his Wikipedia page the day before the race. I don’t think knowing more about him would have altered the decision though.
First of all, let’s not ignore the fact that I am far from a veteran runner. I bought my first pair of running shoes in June 2012 and ran my first 10K race in the following September (in just under one hour). These days I’m still on my second pair of running shoes. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that would class me as a beginner still.
That said, my very early days were markedly different to my quite early days. That … Read more