Distance: 5m 46
When I told my friend I was doing Janathon, she bought a me book by Haruki Murakami called ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’. He’s a Japanese author (Norwegian Wood is my favourite) and also a runner. The book is sort of a memoir and training log rolled into one and he has many great things to say – it’s almost like reading an extended Janathon blog. I’ve read it once and am reading it again a bit slower to take more if it in, and I came across a passage yesterday that I think really sums up where I, and probably a few other Janathoners are right now.
The most important task…is to let the body know in no uncertain terms that running this hard is just par for the course. When I say letting it know in no uncertain terms I’m speaking figuratively, of course. No matter how much you might command your body to perform, don’t count on it to immediately obey. The body is an extremely practical system. You have to let it experience intermittent pain over time, and then the body will get the point. As a result it will willingly accept (or maybe not) the increased amount of exercise it’s made to do. After this you very gradually increase the upper limit of the amount of exercise you do. Doing it gradually is important so you don’t burn out.
And so it is, that on Day 18 I ran my furthest distance, at my fastest pace and got my fastest 5k. OK, so it was all on a treadmill, but I’m still letting my body know who’s boss!