Tuesday, 5 February 2008

The Pain of the Parallelogram

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 with 2 comments
Report on Monday night training
We ran ten loops of a 300m parallelogram on soft turf between the flagpoles below Parliament House. The course was angled such that the longer sides of the parallelogram were 100m and the shorter 50m. I do enjoy designing something different each week! I made them all sprint the 100m and reluctantly allowed them a jog on the shorter sides. And I challenged them to complete the ten loops, allowing them one loop less for each time the leader lapped them, thus giving the runners an incentive to push the pace. On this occasion too I deliberately used the word "sprint" rather than "speed" or "tempo", because I wanted a flat out effort on the twenty 100s. I haven't heard such a happy and animated group afterwards, either from meeting the challenge of such a difficult session, or from relief that it was over, or a bit of both. As a reward we trotted up the main Parliament House slope at the end of the session to admire the rain-swept view; the extra few metres were greeted with lack of audible complaint by about half the group. At training were Alan, Amanda, Bronwyn, Christine G, David, Emma, Ewen, Gary, Geoff B, Geoff M who joined in too, Jodie, Joel, Katie, Ken, a brave Michael R back after a long break, Mick H, Neil, Rachelle, new starter Rohan, Ruth, Tim who ran "too fast" and lapped almost everyone, and Yelena. A good turn-out again, and it was after a day of constant rain!

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Which way are we running again?


  1. During off-season sometime last year we had a similar training session on the artificial turf - barefoot! :) great training.

  2. It appears there's nothing new under the sun! Or in our case, the rain clouds.