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  trailrunning > trailrunning blog > 22.11.2011

22.11.2011 – 10km / 44:49 Battersea park
        Another day another run, this time in a flat and wet Battersea Park in central London. Once again I had to concentrate at running a pace my achilles would allow, but this time brave little achilles let me run slightly quicker than yesterday (at an average pace of 4min 29sec/km). I tempered my desire to just floor it and run fast, but my legs feel so good at the moment it’s hard to stay this slow. Instead I concentrated on my running form – keeping a straight back, running from my belly, hitting the floor directly under my centre of gravity. This is probably quite useful, as it is the kind of pace I will be going towards the end of long mountain marathon races, and in my experience, strangely, you tend to use different muscles when running slowly than when running fast. Never the twain shall meet? Not exactly, but it’s good to just cruise sometimes.
        Listened to a podcast about Claudius Ptolemy (what a brilliant name) who lived about 100AD and was an astronomer, mathematician, geographer and all-round clever person it seems (he was probably devastatingly handsome as well!). Sadly, many of his theories have since been proven wrong (such as that the universe is perfectly round and finite) and many of his astronomical instruments were inaccurate, although he seemed to have a talent for backing up his theories conclusively with ‘creative’ mathematical solutions. So maybe I’ll have to add him to the list in my mind, containing people such as Marx and Freud, of people who are respected and revered disproportionately despite the glaring inaccuracies of their work. Write a dense, almost incomprehensible, unreadable academic monolith of a book containing 1000 pages and you will be instantly hailed a genius by people who have never read said book?  Maybe, I don’t know (I’m not gonna try). But as historical documents I guess these things are very useful. In the back of my mind though, I can’t help imagining that in 100AD there also existed an eccentric soul proclaiming that the universe might well be infinite, and that it may also exist in a 4 dimensional space/time continuum – but people just laughed at him, thought he was a moron, and turned to good old reliable Ptolemy instead (with his impenetrable mathematical proofs). Anyway, 10km in 45min. That’s rubbish – need to get faster. Fast(er).

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