Saturday, May 30, 2009

Week 19: Calculus and Marathon!

In preparation for my 20 miles run next week, I took really easy this week. 12 miles around my home (8miles in the morning, 4 miles in the evening). The new shoes are good so far. I want to sprinkle some wisdom on running the hills (Since the terrain around my neigbourhood has 200 - 300 feet elevation gain in a mile).

Runners need to focus on a uphill the same way Numerical Mathematicians focus on conquering integral calculus. For calculating area under a curve, they split the curve into a bunch of trapezoids (or even easy.. rectangles). That way they can just add all the areas of rectangles (which even trained monkeys can do) to calculate the area under a curve. This is how the numerical mathematicians reduce the complicated Newtonian S*it into a simple f..king addition (and this is why the traditional mathematicians don't respect the Numerical guys.. but who cares!).

A runner should eliminate the total uphill from his/her viewpoint. Instead, the problem should be reduced to small steps of relatively flat terrain and focus should be kept only on the next 2-3 steps.. and relentless forward motion.This will not make you conquer a hill with the fastest time, but you will conquer the hills with ease.. Try it and let me know if it works for you as well.


1 comment:

  1. This is a nice post...Keep posting good run stories...:D