Thursday, 29 September 2016

School - Supertramp

Lyrics:- 'You're coming along!' - Davies & Hodgson

Song Choice:- A brilliant track from the 1974 'Crime of the Century' Album and one well worth another listen. It's a perfect accompaniment to today's blog as I called in at my old school King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys, (yes Shakespeare's one) in Stratford-upon-Avon and ran round the old school cross country course.

It was 1974 when I first ran it, and 1994 when I used it as a route for a lot of my first regular training runs. It's a 5km hilly old route and although I can't remember much about my school day runs, as a new runner, I did enjoy improving my times and eventually managed to get under 20 minutes. A kind of early solo parkrun success perhaps...

Anyway, it was back to the drawing board yesterday and I thought it would be a good gauge of my fitness post SIDP to see exactly where I am right now. Taking into account that I'm over twenty years' older and have been taking at least 45 minutes to cover the same distance recently, I had a truly inspiring run.

I always love visiting my old home town and maybe I relived some of those early runs as I managed a very respectable 39.10 mins. It's light years slower from where I've been but hey, who cares as I've broken that 40 minute barrier without killing myself and I'm running pain and injury free.

It sets me up quite nicely I believe for the Cardiff Half on Sunday and it shows that sometimes if you are looking for inspiration or an indication of where you are with your fitness, it can be a  good idea to go back to basics.

Be inspired...

Rory Coleman
976 Marathons - 241 Ultras - 9 Guinness World Records - 13 Marathon des Sables 

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