Hitting the Heights

11 01 2012

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Having tried my best to ease myself back into the running routine without overdoing it after injury, I decided it was time to start mixing up the training a little more, time to hit the hills.  or in my case ‘The Bridge’.  Starting down the hill from Dorrego to Campos, easing past the polo grounds and then the racecourse, the idea is to cross the bridge over Dorrego at Alcorta three times with a minutes’ rest in between crossings, rest five minutes, repeat the three laps of the bridge and ease back home again.  

It was hard but enjoyable work and the body and the various suspect joints responded well.  Running in the morning definitely helped, once I had got the joints flowing I was full of energy and eager to push myself.  And this evening the body is finally starting to feel like I’m a runner again.  starting to feel a little lighter, a little more compact, which is pleasing but there’s a long way to go yet. 

Trying to sprint up and down the bridge leaves little time for thinking of anything other than body mechanics, but the rests in between allowed a few thoughts on Delta and Dogme and my running goals for the year.  Reasons being yesterday the IH Delta crowd all said they started their lesson planning from the materials, which would have been music to the Dogme disciples ears and makes me think maybe they do have a point (but thankfully I’m one of the lucky ones).  it will be a challenge to develop their planning to put the students at the centre of it – I’m determined to get them to do it within the Cambridge criteria (shouldn’t be too hard actually). 

And then I remembered I’d told one of the Deltees I was planning to do the marathon this year.  Getting ahead of myself as usual.  But what would be a realistic aim for him this year?  Perhaps rerunning the half marathon is a more realistic goal?  10km in under an hour?  I prefer the first of these because I think distance is more important to me than speed.  Since I run to try and find some shape (wish I could say stay in…), the more I run the better shape there’ll be.  So perhaps a half marathon is the aim for the year, be it in Rio in July or here in September, with one eye on the marathon in October if all goes well and I miraculously manage to stay injury-free this year.  Inspiring thoughts indeed…





Comment on Spurs 2 Everton 0 on Spurs Community

11 01 2012

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So pleased with Livermore’s performance this evening. He was playing a crucial role at a crucial time, what with Parker and Sandro having just got injured, if he’d not played well and we’d dropped points a few heads in the dressing might have dropped and the belief might have started sapping (as it did back in ’85). 

But he kept it simple, kept it moving and put a challenge in when needed. He didn’t quite seem to always be where he should be, but that will come with more experience and more training with Parker. in fact, Jake’s performance tonight can probably be credited somewhat to Parker’s influence and therefore Redknapp and Levy buying him. 

Younes seems to have come in for some criticism tonight, due to a lapse in concentration in each half. But I thought otherwise he was excellent and his driving runs forward keep the momentum going and lift the spirits at times when some of the fans at least may be getting a bit restless. And playing with Daws for the first time this season was always going to mean imperfections along the way. And one other player who deserves a special mention again is VDV. I criticised his inclusion quite often last season because I felt it unbalanced the team and affected our strikers form, but in the last few games he has really worked his socks off for the team, as well as providing those glorious cross field balls that make your mouth water. Maybe he’s just fully fit at last and his body is finally letting him do so, or has the title charge moved his game up to a more responsible level? 

After the Swansea and Chelsea results made me think we were short of challenging for the title, the last two results (accompanied by some wild ones elsewhere) have made it startlingly clear that until one of the top two should pull a long way away from us we are definitely in the hunt. Long may it continue. 

But please let’s not start thinking about the city game yet. We’ve got another very tough game on Saturday first and we may well need another excellent performance from Jake in the middle to keep the run going. Come on you Spurs. We’re gonna win the league!