Trust Your Training: A Blog About Running
The following are some of the most common questions asked by our readers. If you have any other question please feel free to ask it here.
What is your name?
I am called “Mak” or just Mak, but I prefer to use my first name because it makes me sound more professional and less like a wannabe blogger.
How old are you?
I am 31 years old.
Do you run?
Yes, I do! When I was young, I used to play soccer all day long. Then one day when playing with friends, they were talking about running and how much faster it felt than walking. So I decided to try it out. Since then, running has been a regular part of my life.
What kind of shoes do you wear?
I usually wear Nike Free Run training shoes. They are very comfortable and allow me to run fast without hurting myself. Sometimes I will wear Adidas Gazelles or New Balance 990v2s, depending on what’s available at the store where I’m running.
Do you listen to music while running?
No, not really. I prefer to run without distractions. I enjoy being alone with my thoughts. I find that music interferes with this and prevents me from reaching a state of “flow”, which is when you’re in a trance-like state while doing an activity and lose all sense of time.
How far do you run?
It depends on how I feel that day, but on average I run about 5 miles or 8 kilometers each time. Sometimes I will run more if I’m having a good day, and other times I might take a rest day if I feel sore or fatigued.
How long have you been running?
I’ve been running on and off for about 15 years now. In those 15 years, I’ve overcome injuries and learned proper running form. Nowadays, I rarely get hurt and can run faster than ever before.
How fast are you?
It depends on the day, but I would say my average pace is around 7 minutes per mile. If I push myself, I can get this down to about 6:30 per mile.
Do you compete in races?
No, I don’t. I used to when I was younger, but these days I’m focusing more on long distance runs and training for those select races that I do decide to compete in.
Where do you run?
I run all over the place! My favorite place to run is along the beach. The sand is soft on your feet and it’s great to look at beautiful ocean while running. I also love the mountains, so sometimes I will take a hike up a steep hill and just admire the spectacular views of nature from high above the trees. On days when I’m feeling adventurous, I might drive out of town and run along a rural road. I also like to run in my backyard. It’s not as big a thrill as running in nature, but it’s good for days when I feel like staying home and not dealing with crowds.
What time of day do you run?
I run at all times of the day depending on what I have planned that day. Normally I run in the morning, but if I’m going for a longer distance run I will do it in the afternoon or even in the evening. I never run at night because I like to be home before it gets dark.
What do you eat before you run?
It depends on how long and far I’m going to run. Normally I will eat a banana and have a small amount of caffeine if I’m running in the morning. If I’m running later in the day, I will eat a small amount of carbohydrates in the form of a clif bar or something similar about an hour before I run.
Why do you run?
There are lots of reasons. It’s a great way to get in shape and clear my head. It’s also nice to just set goals for myself and reach them, and running is a great way to do that. Also, when I’m older I will be in better shape and hopefully live a healthier life because of running now.
Do you have a Running Icon? If so, who?
I really like the idea of the Gary Player quote “He who leaves anything in the tank, wins.” I try to live by this code. It doesn’t matter how slow you go, but as long as you give it your all, then you have nothing to be ashamed of.
What are some running tips that you can share?
My biggest tip would be to avoid getting caught up in the hype of things. It doesn’t matter if you are a top level athlete or a person who is out of shape, we are all susceptible to getting distracted by things that don’t matter. Set small goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them, and never stop trying to get better.
Thanks for reading all of this, I hope you enjoyed it! I have included a recent picture of me.
Feel free to save it to your computer for the sub. I may do this again in a few months, so if there are any updates you can read about them then!
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Trust, competence, and the supervisor’s role in postgraduate training by O Ten Cate – Bmj, 2006 – bmj.com
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