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Week 14 - Runners Maths and Gutbusting

Runners maths is beautifully wacky.

Initially, I thought I made up runners maths. Rather, I thought it was created by the messed up part of my brain to fool the other parts of my brain to continue running when the consensus was to stop. Later I found out other people do runners maths as well - so perhaps we have the same messed up brain.

If you've never used it, it basically it goes something like this. Lets say you start to run 8k. You're going along and you look down at your watch, and see you've only run 1k. You're feeling tired. You're brain says, “yeah, that's enough. Let us go eat cake”. You deploy Runners Maths ™:

Well, if I run one more kilometer then I will be at 2k, and then double that is half way. Then 4k isn't even 5k which I can do easily which means I am almost done.

I had an epiphany on my long run this weekend thanks to Runners Maths. For the first time when I thought of the marathon I was less scared than normal because a Marathon is “only 4 10Ks”. For some crazy reason that seems doable, whereas “2 half marathons” is terrifying.

I still respect the distance, don't get me wrong, but for the first time I truly felt I could run the distance.

After I thought about this for a while, I realized I do this when I do a lot of things. When I am breaking down how to build software, I often break it down into parts I know / understand. Solving a math problem, same thing. Trying to change a bad habit, same thing. I think Runners Maths, while admittedly insane, is a valuable bit of brain damage. Thanks running!

Galston Gutbuster

This weekend I did one of my favourite races - the Galston Gutbuster. It wasn't part of my training plan for this year; it was just for fun and to hang out with some friends I haven't seen in a while. It's a trail run through some Australian bush - I feel like such a bad ass running through the mountains. It has some breath taking views, it's for a good cause, it's put on by a great crew, and it has some crazy painful stairs - highly recommend.

Before the race they acknowledged the indigenous tribe that originally lived on the land. I thought that was pretty cool.

Week summary

My knee pain persists. I took an extra day off this week to try to keep it at bay, but it wants to hang around. It only hurts when I stop running, so I think the fix is to never stop running. Actually, I am trying to meet up with a physio to see if there is something I can do to stop the pain. It's beginning to worry me.

I did the Gutbuster this weekend instead of my normal bike ride, so the bike time is gone this week.

I am also realizing that while I need to start prepping for the triathlon, I am currently actually training for a marathon. I might be doing this all wacky trying to do both at the same time. Seems like a bad idea. I have to find a coach I reckon.

And yes mom, I am doing my Sun Salutes :)

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