Friday, January 27, 2012

2012 Training Day 39: 21K in 2:05

Was up kinda early for a Sato: 5:30. Daylight was slowly stabbing the dark and the dark kept creeping away from the approaching daylight. I wasnt so strong so I just took it easy and decided to think of this as my baseline 21K for 2012. I concentrated on maintaining good form and raising my knees up. The turning point (10.5Kms) is Karen Professional centre, some 10m past Spoilers Lounge. At the 18th K, I saw Langat and made a little snack out of his struggling form. But I got pretty whacked generally (when will this ever end?) and ended up finishing in 2:05.
This is what Tim Noakes would call jogging.
Yesterday, Ethiopians kicked our Kenyan asses at the Dubai Standard & Chartered Marathon. Amazing shit happened.
Ayele Abshero of Ethiopia turned the Marathon tide substantially on Friday when he ran the fastest winning debut in history, taking the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon title in an event record time of 2:04:23, which also makes him the fourth fastest man ever.

Abshero is only headed historically by the Kenyans Patrick Makau with his world record 2:03:38 and Wilson Kipsang (2:03:42), and his illustrious colleague Haile Gebrselassie (2:03:59). But breaking Gebrselassie’s Dubai course record by 30 seconds ensured further cachet for the youngster.



Carolyne Gathuru said...

HI Jacob. Avid reader of your blog it being that I've picked up running in the past one yr with not too good scores of 2:30 Stanchart and 2:45 Ndakaini. Tell me something I've wondered though and not picked up of the blog - what route(s)do you do your practice runs on? Also your comment on the Kale runners intrigued me.I've just wondered how does noe tell one is exhausted from no reserves(running on empty) or exhausted from pushing oneself to run? What makes them seem like the former rather than the latter? I agree entirely on the admiration of them and their resolve

Jacob Aliet said...

Hi Carol, Avid reader? Thanks, I am flattered. 2:30 and 2:45 for Ndakaini are not bad and the good thing is that it means your room for improvement is large as a whale. You could even slice off one hour this year if you decided! Anyways, I run on Langatta Road passing through the otiende route, langatta police station, NNPark, Past Karen Hospital and back. And rarely, the bypass. And you? Okay, one is actually never running on empty. The body's fat reserves can sustain continuous effort for over eight hours. Its actually the muscles that get exhausted completely and lactic acid builds up in them gradually. Even though we actually feel like our (glycogen) tanks are empty, in all cases, its just exhaustion which is accompanied by inability of the body (enzymes) to wash away the lactic acid and burn the fat to energy. That is why we have to keep running: To (1) Help the body generate more enzymes and learn to burn fat for energy - as opposed to relying on glycogen and (2) To have stronger muscles, heart, tendons, knees etc. and (3) To teach the body to store more glycogen by repeatedly exhausting the available glycogen in the muscles (this is why even slow runs are beneficial in the end). Its tough so it requires discipline and mental toughness. All the best!