Extract from my training diary November 1979

I think I trained quite hard as a young lad, but no more than my contemporaries as far as I remember. I’m sure some trained even harder. So here is an extract from my diary aged 17. The Sunday before this I had finished 64th in the Mike Sully Cross Country race.

Date AM PM
Monday 5/11 3 mile steady run on hilly roads 5 mile steady run on flat roads. Played squash in the evening
Tuesday 6/11 5 mile fartlek on flat roads. 12 efforts 3 mile steady run over very hilly roads
Wednesday 7/11 3 mile steady run on hilly roads 5 mile hard run on flat roads
Thursday 8/11 3 mile hard run on flat roads 12 hill efforts on Dapps Hill. Plus 2 miles warm up and down
Friday 9/11 Rest 3 mile hard run over hilly roads
Saturday 10/11 10 mile steady run over hilly roads Rest
Sunday 8/11 3 mile easy run 8 mile steady run over hilly roads

Total mileage for the week was recorded as 55. I also recorded everything I ate and the estimated number or calories I consumed. All I can say is that I ate a lot of cake!

The following week I finished 3rd in the Bath and Wansdyke cross country championships and a few weeks later I finished 16th in the Gwent League cross country, which I noted was my best cross country run of the year so far.

I would like to see how this compares to the 17 year old runners of today.




Quote of the Week

“The Athlete defeats fear and conquers himself!” Franz Stampfl – The pioneer of interval training. He coached Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher and his methods influenced Roger Bannister and aided him to break the four minute mile.

Quote of the Week

“Top results are achieved only through pain. But eventually you like this pain.” Juha Vaatainen – 1971 European 5000m and 10,000m champion.

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“Mind is everything. Muscle – pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.” Paavo Nurmi – Winner of 9 gold and 3 silver medals at the Olympic Games of 1920, 1924 and 1928. Broke 22 world records over distances from 1500m to 20k. Never beaten in a 10,000m.

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“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” PattiSue Plumer – 5th in the 1500m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Former USA 5000m record holder.