So what's with the distance?

Are we all half/full runners here?

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10/10/2009 at 07:31
Why the distance?
Anyone here who is a sprinter? Short distance runner?

I do the distance simply because I love it! And I am crap at running fast but I feel strong going long.
My ultimate dream is to do ultras. I think because it's mind work as well as physical work. Feels like there's more to it. But I'm far from it at the minute. Just concentrating on halves for next few months. Then back to full ones. Then we'll see.

What's your reason?
10/10/2009 at 07:38

I do the longer distances because its more of a test, its better from a weight control and overall fitness perspective and its easier to get involved with.

That said if I look back to school days I was a pretty tidy sprinter but had no aptitude or interest in anything over 400m.  Judging from race finishes I suspect I'd still have a far better WAVA figure for 60/100/200m (if they do them) than for longer distances.

LIVERBIRD    pirate
10/10/2009 at 07:51

I did a test the other week that said I was probably a halfer. Ironically my most impressive PB (admittedly set 20+ years ago) is a mile!

I like marathon because most people can't do them and I like that look of "my god you're mental" in their eyes.

10/10/2009 at 08:09
my shortest race is 60 meters my longest 24 hour 118 mile my best distance 100k
LIVERBIRD    pirate
10/10/2009 at 08:12
So you're a one trick pony then BB?
10/10/2009 at 08:16

Since first week of September I've done 3 marathons, a 100m, a 400m and a mile.  Should have been a 30 in there too but pulled out at half-way. A half tomoz and marathons in the two following weeks, then a 10k and 10 mile to finish.

S'pose that, and the other races this year, sort of tips me towards being a longer distance runner (or waddler as it more realistically is at the mo)! 

LIVERBIRD    pirate
10/10/2009 at 08:22

I didn't mean to be a long distance runner....

I married one and got sucked in

10/10/2009 at 08:27

Before recently i've always just done a couple of miles every now and then but now in training for a HM with the intention to moving up to a FM later next year/early 2011.

I do find it more of a challenge for the longer runs (mental aswell as physical as already said) and enjoy the sense of achievement and fitness!! As LB said the look of "You're off your head" is quite good too!!

10/10/2009 at 08:44
LB yes mate i am you got to do short racers to get your longer 1 s faster
10/10/2009 at 09:34

3000ms was my distance followed by 5000ms. My 200ms weren't too bad, maonly because of the amount of 200 reps I did in training.

I've done a couple of tidy marathonsand halfs though. Which I enjoyed but 3000m and 5000m is where I had most success. I think I might still be in the UK top 20 for 3k, just.

Edited: 10/10/2009 at 09:35
10/10/2009 at 09:54

I do half marathons because Im away from my family for longer.

Moving up to full marathons shortly, so what does that say about my marriage?

Actually that it rocks, but then I think men like independant, fit woman, who get out and do stuff for themselves.

Edited: 10/10/2009 at 09:56
10/10/2009 at 09:56
like it
10/10/2009 at 10:04
Because I'm addicted to it and like running Marathons.
10/10/2009 at 10:24

Opposite to you Elli - I'm faster over shorter distances, but don't have a great deal of stamina. When I do 'race' (which is rarely!) HMs are my preferred distance, though my all-time best PB is over a 10K. I would like to do an FM, but I need to build up very slowly.

I enjoy running HMs because I like the challenge of pacing myself, tuning in to what my body's telling me and dutifully ignoring it

10/10/2009 at 10:38

It's the distance that makes it.

I did a 10k the other day and ok - I went a bit faster than usual because of the distance - but at the end I felt "was that it?"  It was, like, blink & you'll miss it!

Beachy Head in a couple of weeks, so off for a nice long slow plod in a while

Dubai Dave    pirate
10/10/2009 at 11:18
Anything from 3K to 100 miles. favourite used to be Marathons these days its 10K's the perfect combination of speed and endurance, still train so as to be fit for marathons but with more emphasis on the speedwork side.
10/10/2009 at 11:53
I'm a half runner myself - the trade off between endurance and speed. I find I can keep a hard pace for a good number of miles, and I tend to focus on tempo side of running. Having said that, I've done 100m, 1500m, 1 Mile, 3k, 5k, 10k and I've signed up for the Kilomaton next October
10/10/2009 at 12:51
10k's my fav, but alos like Halfs.. Not gone in for the Mara yet. One day
LIVERBIRD    pirate
10/10/2009 at 13:06

I did 14 miles this morning and get called "mental" and a "nutter"

THAT'S why I do it....

10/10/2009 at 13:09
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)

I did 14 miles this morning and get called "mental" and a "nutter"

THAT'S why I do it....

Feels good eh?
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