Where have I been?

I am suffering from a cold and writer’s block at the moment.

It is interesting how my ideas dry up when I am not running well, but when I am feeling good my mind fills with all sorts of things while I am running.

It is a good argument against talking an MP3 player with you.

I have also changed my training pattern recently.

With the shoe experiment I have cut down on the miles; they are much harder now, so I will need to build up the distance again.

But I am running so well over short distances that my focus has drifted back to doing shorter, faster work. I have found a couple of hills nearby for sprinting up and find I can work harder doing that than if I do a few miles steady running.

But this is not what I was intending to talk about.

The interesting difference in these two types of training is what goes on (or doesn’t) in my head.

Running reps does not spawn any ideas!

I don’t know if this is good or bad from a running point of view, but from the point of view of entertaining myself by writing, it is bad.

I am not sure what is going on here.

Perhaps running reps is so much harder that it needs all of my brain power to concentrate on getting it done. Counting the reps is often a challenge!

Running miles is so much easier and it leaves plenty of brain power for thinking.

It makes me think that we have two different processes here. Steady running is a good contemplative exercise that allows your mind to wander and come up with all sorts of ideas.

Hard training over short fast reps concentrates the mind to such an extent that it blocks out all other thoughts and kills the continuous stream of junk that is going through your mind.

The latter is the best for your mind: anything to shut it up for a while, so perhaps you should be looking to put in some faster bursts when you have to concentrate so hard that you cannot hear your Walkman or you brain.

It will also improve your running times.

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