Marks out of 10

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29/03/2005 at 22:55
Let's say you had to pack in training for competition tomorrow and just jog easy 3 times per week.

Looking back on your races and other parts of your running life, what would you give yourself out of 10 for what you have achieved relative to your goals?

I would have 7/10 at the moment. Many many highlights and good experiences - pbs, county medals, targets achieved, friends made, races run, competitions within races, camaraderie of relays.

The missing 3 would be from a feeling that I never quite raced the times I thought I was fit enough to do at 10, 10 miles and marathon, and spent a bit too much time worrying about outcomes instead of process (although the last 2 contradict)!
29/03/2005 at 22:59
6 because so young. If in 10 years time and my pb's are still the same then 8, since I will have had 10 more years of being on the fringe of the county team etc.
29/03/2005 at 23:06
Hmmm.

9/10, mind you I had a good week last week, otherwise it would "only" have been 8.

Last time round, giving up at age 28 (now 56), I felt I had given it 9.5/10 (apart from THAT marathon). Despite that, I did go through a period of self delusion about 10 years later when I thought I had underachieved. In retrospect I now realise that was b*llocks.

Now if I could only break 50mins for 10 miles...that would be something...11/10 perhaps?
MB.
29/03/2005 at 23:12
About 4. Should be alot better than I am, but don't train enough (3 times a week would be a bonus). Got time on my side to make amends though, and already starting. This time next year I'll be a six.
29/03/2005 at 23:17
I'd give myself 10 out of 10 for every race that I've ever run because each time I've beaten my previous PB (with the exception of R4L June 2003 - which was post-chemo and doesn't count). But the very fact I'm running at all after such a hard time with all that THAT entailed means it's been blood, sweat, guts and tears along every step of the way. If I had to stop tomorrow... I'd quite happily say I'd done my best. No point doing it if you don't do that.... so, seeing as I won't be retiring tomorrow... I'll be continuing and I'll be pestering and mithering you lot (who are better than me) for training advice...


...so get used to it!!


;o)
29/03/2005 at 23:18
Oh... and you get no choice in being there with me every step of the way too!

;o)






how cool is that!!!!

:-D
29/03/2005 at 23:25
eight




Its not been bad not really




thats a bloody good mark from me
29/03/2005 at 23:28
9/10; might have gone a bit faster, but it would have just been a matter of luck with injuries, wind behind me on a windy day, short course - mind you, weren't all courses short in Tom's day?! :)) - inadvertent steroid abuse, caffeine ovedose, etc.
29/03/2005 at 23:31
B*gger, just when I was starting to feel good about myself :-((
29/03/2005 at 23:33
Yeah, but just think Tom, you're probably as fast now as you were twenty years ago, it's just the courses are much longer.

So you can feel really good about yourself! :)
29/03/2005 at 23:36
Thermobird, excuse me but I just fell over the sofa laughing. LOL and more

Thanks
29/03/2005 at 23:37
Another one of these questions. Doesn't matter too me at all. I am more after an experience, which doesn't need to be competitive or need to be quantified in times, number of medals or positions. I also have excelled in other areas outside running and have achieved more in cycling than in running for example.

29/03/2005 at 23:42
URR, I think its a satisfaction rating, rather than a performance rating. However if you see BR approaching you on the High Street, clutching a clipboard, I'd run like b*ggery (always assuming of course your wearing your HRM)
29/03/2005 at 23:45
"Another one of these questions. Doesn't matter too me at all."

But you'll have a go at answering it anyway. Good man:)
29/03/2005 at 23:52
oh, are we also talking about non running achievements?

er



right,im off to bed
30/03/2005 at 00:00
I'm with URR on this one - I looked at the thread title and it was a question about satisfaction from running - but then the post talks about what we've achieved relative to goals - 90% of the satisfaction I've had from running has nothing to do with times or race positions.
30/03/2005 at 00:05
I don't think you can come up with an overall score. Most of you do mainly the marathon. You haven't yet even explored other areas of running ...

- High altitude training
- Indoor competition
- Sprint
- Middle distance running
- Track league
- Running with disabled
- Coaching youngsters
- Ultra marathon scene
- Fell running
- Run in custome
- Charity runner
...
30/03/2005 at 00:06
It is not relative to goals, popsider. When I started running none of the things that have since stood out as highlights were goals as such. My only goal was to get fitter.

The disappointments would be not having done myself justice in certain races and not having had a chance to put those performances right.
30/03/2005 at 00:08
Realised I've contradicted myself there:) `Relative to goals' should maybe be left out of the original question - it is not a necessary part of the question.
30/03/2005 at 00:10
- High altitude training
- Indoor competition
- Sprint
- Middle distance running
- Track league
- Running with disabled
- Coaching youngsters
- Ultra marathon scene
- Fell running
- Run in custome
- Charity runner
...

Refereeing
Race organisation
Marshalling
Club organisation
...

So you can't really judge satisfaction in a running life until you've done all of those?
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