For those of you who don’t know, apparently Saturday May 21, 2011 is Judgment Day across the globe. According to one group they say it is all there in Revelation 9:5.
And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Damn, talk about a buzz kill during a spring weekend where most of us runners will be running a race or training for one. This group goes on to say that October 21, 2011 will mark the end of the world. That can’t happen, it is only 2 weeks before the New York City marathon, can’t this end of the world business wait until November 7th?
After seeing ridiculous billboards and subway adverts for Judgment Day I’ve thought a little more about the possibility that this may be the last run ever in the world that we currently know, and I think it is a good analogy to use.
Here is what I mean: a few years ago Coach Jerry told me that your long Saturday run during training is the most important workout of the week. This is the run that will help build strength, the workout that is supposed to hurt and going to leave you fatigued. The long run is the “meat and potatoes” of any training scheudle and it should be run hard like a tough workout. Get your money worth, as I like to say.
I want other runners to have this fantastic advice. Since hearing this from Coach Jerry I started to increase the effort of my long run by going at goal pace for the full or partial distance. I attribute my stronger running to these increased efforts during my long run.
So here is where I tie this hole post together- When you go running this Saturday, run like it is the last time you will ever run because, well, according to some, it just may be.
But more than likely nothing will change, so take away this lesson: each long run should be a strong effort so push yourself and treat the long run like it will be the last time you ever lace up your shoes for a training run. This, I promise, will not only help with your strength as a runner but will also leave you with no regrets if the world actually does end.
Do you run some of your long runs at goal pace? Do you add fartlek sessions to your training? What do you think about Judgment day? If it really is, how would you be judged based on your running?