Well, having complained last week about how I can never really learn to love cross country running, I will counteract any negativity this week by writing some words I never through I’d string together: I really like 5ks. On Saturday I did Fulham Palace parkrun - on smooth paved paths, three times around the park, it’s a fast course, good for a proper test. The thing about a 5k, if you really push it, is that it’s just so easy.
Can anyone tell me how I can learn to love cross country? Or is it a gene you are born with? Would greater exposure to it (I live in London - aside from the Surrey League fixtures, opportunities are minimal ...) engender affection? At any rate, it’s certainly not my favourite kind of running, though the relief when it’s over almost makes it worthwhile. No, wait, that’s the cake my teammates bring.
I have a theory about treadmill running. Much as a dog year supposedly equates to seven human years, so a mile run on a treadmill equates to seven run outdoor. It doesn’t matter what tricks I try to make it more interesting, time on a treadmill passes slower than a snail on Valium through molasses. But could a saviour finally be at hand (or even foot) with the launch of Zwift running? Keen cyclists will probably already be familiar with the hugely successful virtual platform.
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