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.
|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.