Now I am not sure if I have written about this before. Please be my guest and trawl through the archives. No? Didn’t think so! Obviously if it sounds familiar then you can stop reading but it will be interesting to see how many runners out there, and yes I know it’s yet another blog entry about running and not the usual moaning and complaining posts that started the blog a year ago but lets be honest I love running and it’s becoming my life even to the point where I am in my freelance career turning jobs down so I can run in certain races, but like I said it will be interesting to see how many other runners feel the same.
So what is this post all about? Well I need new trainers according to my Garmin I have run over 400 miles since September, and being that I have had my current pair of trainers since May and they recommend you change them every 500 miles I thought now was the time to do so. I don’t have any races I’m training for… Hence why I am getting a new pair now and not a month ago. (All runners know you need to run your shoes in if you excuse the pun… Is that a pun? Or is it just a saying?)
Anyway running away from the point, I went to Sweat Shop in Manchester, I normally use Up and Running but the last sales assistant was not very helpful and the more I shop with Sweatshop the more I enjoy my experience. I often go in and browse and end up having a chat. Anyway I went in to buy a new pair and because it was late in the evening they were quiet so two assistants served me. Now before I go on I should point out the title.
I got a C in Maths, and that was by luck. I am very poor at it, even with the basics of adding up and subtracting but why am I telling you about my very sub standard knowledge of a number system? Well the answer is that in the hour I spent trying on various trainers and running on the treadmill and around the shop (Yes around the shop, they told me it was the best way to feel the cushioning, I could bare to look up just in case they were laughing), we spoke about running, training and races. I think mainly because I was wearing my Conwy Half Marathon T-Shirt from the weekend (washed) and some people from the shop had taken part and they wanted to know what I had thought. They then asked me my time. The following sixty minutes was filled with talk and a lot of numbers and this is the point of the post. I am miserable with numbers and I’m not that much better at the English language judging by some of the blog posts but I have picked a sport that is all about numbers. The distance, the time, your pace and while running with your Garmin set to miles you try to work out how my K’s you have done, what time you will finish the race if you have a 8min/mile pace. Runners are all about numbers. The speed, time finished, sub this, sub that, pace, number of races, distances, miles covered a week, time spent running, time spent warming up. It all comes down to numbers.
I just found it hard that for some one who found Maths difficult I am now using it everyday, working out my target time, keeping my pace and converting distances. Its now I wish I had paid more attention in those lessons then maybe when I’m on the road and see I’m averaging 7min/miles it wouldn’t take me the five minutes to work out the distance I will run in 30 minutes.