Last month, ~9 miles into a long slow jog, I began thinking about how to quantify the relationship between speed and distance in running. From my (admittedly idiosyncratic) experience two major semiquantitative rules of thumb emerge:

Of course, these formulæ need adjustment for the three big factors that trouble me most: hills, heat, and humidity. They also should be tuned to allow for restedness versus fatigue going into an event ... for injury ... for race-day adrenaline ... and for the after-effects of reading inspirational stories of great accomplishments.

(see also LogbookTyrannicide (17 Oct 2002), HandicapJogging (8 Oct 2003), BigAndStrong (27 Aug 2004), ...)

TopicRunning - TopicScience - TopicPersonalHistory - 2004-10-18

(correlates: CelebrationOfLife, LongDistanceFriendliness, Running2006Analysis, ...)