Thursday, February 25, 2016
Here's another article about Ryan Hall's retirement.
He says "“There’s no 10,000-hour rule to mileage. It’s not like, if you do 100 miles a week, you are going to be a great runner. You might be at your all-time worst running 100 miles a week.”
Over the past few years, I've philosophized internally (my basic resting state is a swirl of disjointed, sweeping "truths" that I concoct/reinvent continuously) about running and life...and one thing I keep coming back to is a variation of the well-trodden "correlation does not imply causation."
With running, I think it's different but the general underpinnings of the above truth are similar - it'd be more like "Running 100 mile weeks does not make you a great runner...it's spending years patiently getting to the point where you truly CAN run 100 mile weeks comfortably (or somewhat comfortably) that makes you a great runner."
Not quite as pithy...it's a work in progress...
The Running-of-100-Mile-Weeks is just the hood ornament on a very carefully, lovingly maintained car. What sort of a sad-sack just buys the decapitated hood ornament and then hopes to slowly attach the hood it...then a windshield, etc...?
*looks down at closed fist and slowly opens it to reveal sweat-slicked hood ornament that smells like cheese*
I swear to God, I wrote this while taking a shit just now. It lowers my blood pressure and makes my thinking much clearer.
That's it! Have a great Thursday, y'all!