I've got a fever...
I'm so proud right now.
(I think I just got something in my eye.)
On your deathbed, you won't wish that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will wish that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
Your little Globby is all growed up now.
I think he managed to snatch that pebble from the hippie's hand.
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
The Logic of Long Distance
The Year of the Monkey
Don't touch my monkey.
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
You're so monkey and you don't even know it.
Right on Hereford...
What's the difference?
One is a theoretical number reflecting your genetic potential that you could get if you were fully trained while the other is a measure of your current state.
Seriously. I don't care what my VO2max is. Knowing it does nothing for me. Now, doing "VO2max training" (i.e. hard intervals up to about 5 minute duration) in the latter part of a training cycle will raise my VO2max. But more importantly, it will make me faster. The number on the stopwatch at the end of the race matters.
Maybe I'm arguing semantics. I'm not saying I don't believe in VO2max or VO2max -- quite the opposite. Same with lactate threshold. I believe in the kind of training that improves those numbers. I just don't care about the numbers.
I don't need to know what my VO2max is. Or what my LT is, for that matter. I just need to know that workouts targeted for those systems are valuable, if done intelligently. But I think for most runners, actually getting VO2max or LT tested is a waste of time and money.
Prince of Fatness
VO2max is irrelevant.
The training that you do to improve VO2max is relevant, not because it raises your VO2max, but because it makes you faster.