Saturday, 4 December 2010

Four Men And A Dog Run The Dunes

After cancelling the event at Parbold I arranged to meet up with Paul, Steve Lewis and club chairman Steve [the running man] McLean for a 2 hour run over the big sand dunes.
Overnight snow turned into rain and by our start time of 1pm it was getting a lot milder if a little wet.
Tess and myself showed the guys a great route that takes in many of the biggest sand Dunes in the area.
I thought it would be fantastic training for next weeks Beacon Park X/C which has some brutal short sharp climbs in it's 3 laps.
First we went through the small nature reserve then onto the velvet trail taking in the big dunes all the way to Pontins.
Then we continued on the sand trails before following the blue posts into the Pinewoods and Fisherman's Path.
It was time to head back taking in a few detours into the woods.
Paul was talking the whole way and looked really strong, Steve McLean was criusing in his effortless mode and Steve Lewis who is fairly new to running might have started to regret running with us, as this turned out to be one of his longest ever runs!
to finish the run off I took them back between the two golf courses [Royal Birkdale and Hillside] which meant more big dunes inc the infamous 'BIG DIPPER'.
We finished with a mile or two on the road to give us all 2 hours and 15 mins of quality training.
Thanks for the company guys, Cheers :]

Percy Cerutty - A Great Man with big bollocks!

"Before you can call yourself a man you should be able to walk 100 miles in 48 hours, swim a mile and lift your own weight overhead".

"Thus I urge you to go on to your greatness if you believe it is in you. Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you are prepared to do."

"Ignore, then, whether you are tall and thin or short and stocky— whether they laughed at you at home (where they are often unkind) or at school (where they are mostly blind, anyway). Indeed—to hell with the lot of them if you 'feel' you can do it."
Percy Cerutty

"The introduction of resistance in form of sand and hill is too important to be ignored."
Percy Cerutty

"I'm not interested in athletics, I'm only interested in achievement. Fix your goal and work for it."
Percy Cerutty's training
advice to Herb Elliott.

"If you die, I will bury you in the sandhills with all the other runners."
Percy Cerutty

"Run hard, be strong, think big!"
Percy Cerutty

If it hurts, make it hurt more.

- Percy Cerutty

You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone.
-Percy Cerutty

  • "Hard things take time to do. Impossible things take a little longer."
    -- Percy Cerutty

  • "The mastery of the true self, and the refusal to permit others to dominate us is the ultimate in living, and self-expression in athletics."
    -- Percy Cerutty
"Running: running: hear the beat!
Busting lungs and pounding feet.
Straining: gaining: 'til your done:
Or you have the race well-won.
Racing: Pacing: rather die:
Than give up or let them by.

First stanza of "The Distance Runner" by Percy Cerutty

Cerutty, Percy Wells - coach and running guru of Portsea, Australia who revolutionized training for the mile and middle distances during the 1950's and 1960's, And today!

Herb Elliot - one of Percy's greatest athletes....

"The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top."
Herb Elliott

Elliott, Herb - one of the greatest of all middle distance runners. Won the 1500 in record time of 3:35.6 at the Rome Olympics in 1960. Elliott owned the mile; raced 44 times from 1954 to 1960 and was never beaten.

herb elliot on percy cerutty, legendary australian coach

click here for the story of the great Percy Cerutty, Australian coach

part of percy cerutty's training was to get his athletes to
do repeated sprints up steep sandhills, years later harry wilson would get steve ovett to do similar training to help biuld his strengh and power!

Listen to the podcast interview with Prof Tim Noakes
He tells you how the central governor in your brain controls your ability to push hard and how to push those limits back! LISTEN NOW!


Samurai Running said...

That background looks like the ECG readings from an awfully sick dude, or mine during and interval session. And yes, I like it.


Thanks scott ,
your on the same wave length :]

Ewen said...

I need my sunnies to look at your site now Rick ;)

Good session on the dunes. Percy would have been proud. If it takes the inspiration of a great Aussie coach for you to run well, I'm all for it!

Rick said...

Ewen, here in the UK we need a bit of brightness in this long and dark winter!
Yes Percey was a great man, way ahead of his time.
Running on soft ground, grass-sand, barefoot running for better running form, strength training, training in groups like the Kenyans do now!
I read his book some years ago, he even looked at how animals ran, he liked there natural relaxed style even at full speed.
I'm only just starting to learn how to run with a relaxed natural flow, letting the stretch reflex action of the muscles work without forcing anything.
Yes Percy is an inspiration to me as I run up and down the sand dunes with Tess :]

Thomas said...

Love the Cerutty quotes. But keep in mind that Herb Elliot himself said that half of what Cerutty said was pure nonsense and it was up to Herb to figure out which half to listen to.

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Funny you should say that Thomas as...

My wife said almost the same thing about me the other day but you can only believe half of what comes out of her mouth, the rest is pure nonsense ;)

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That means your wife might make a great coach Scott. Discard half of what she says and do the rest ;)

Cerutty wasn't that far from Lydiard in terms of volume. He once had Herb and the boys do a 30 mile run from Portsea to Frankston.

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