Weekend Stuff

I’ve not been scribbling much this week, work has been keeping me busy. Here are some items.

On Wednesday I did a sort-of fartlek from Jack Daniels’ book. Hard for 4 minutes, recover for 3 minutes. Repeat until you’ve covered 4 miles.  I took the “hard” instruction to heart, and five of these things took me somewhat further than four miles. Paces: 6:28, 6:40, 6:45, 7:03, 7:20. I had to pause to cross a street during that last one, but yes, I was slowing down. “Fartlek” means Speed Play, but this did not seem much like playing towards the end!

Today the weekly group run was on home territory for me, in Alameda and Bay Farm. I did 14.3 miles, mostly in the company of Den, one of our younger runners, who peeled off to do some extra miles. He is training for the Napa Valley marathon, which is coming up soon. We mostly went at about 8:15 pace, which is a little faster than conversational for both of us. We spoke in short sentences.

“What pace do you have?”
“Um, eight twelve at the moment. (breathe) A bit fast for a long run really.”
“Yeah, (breathe) We can always slow down later!”

That’s the spirit. We talked about marathons we’ve done. He did several while still in school, including a bad one or two where he ended up walking. He’s targeting 3:30 for Napa. It’s quite a fast course, so endurance permitting, he should manage it. Go Den!

A tip of the hat to Julie, who linked to Jim2’s update of his BQ survey. You might recall that I evaluated the fairness of BQs by age grading them. He has gone back to the raw data, and collated the results of most of the marathons run in the US (more than a million individual finishing times in a three year period) to see what proportion BQd in each age and gender category. He did find that although it’s progressively harder for women to qualify after age 50, a surprisingly large proportion of 80+ women qualified. He thinks that it could be an anomaly caused by the small numbers – only 5 BQs in three years – for this group. Something else occurred to me. Most marathons have a six hour time limit, so only the above-average octogenarians will get finish times. That will skew the stats in favor of a higher BQ percentage.
He also approaches the oft-discussed topic of whether women have it easier than men. His verdict: They probably don’t.


2 Responses to “Weekend Stuff”

  1. 1 Flo January 27, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Great job on the speedy kind-of-fartlek! And also having a partner in speed crime is good, looks like you’re well-matched.

  2. 2 jime2 January 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Actually, he might have been modest. I would not be surprised to see a 3:20 or better. We’ll see.

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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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