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free fall [fake]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2019 by xi'an

As I was looking for the location of a picture serving as a background image for Windows 10 log-in page, I came across several versions of the above, supposedly showing a climber failing to grab another climber’s hand and as a result falling. Or “falling” as the image is obviously doctored, most likely by removing the ropes securing both climbers. This is fairly ridiculous, from the top climber hanging by his hand to the bottom one carrying quickdraws on his harness, as in the worst climbing movies… Still, I wish the location of the shot was provided on the website. (As an insider joke, I had a fall when running that was definitely not fake during the Xmas vacations, scraping a fair amount of skin on the gritty sidewalk, but with no apparent lasting damage, although I am barred from running by a tendinitis which started in Warwick last month..!)

should I run less?!

Posted in Running, Statistics with tags , , , on February 10, 2015 by xi'an

Run_ABCA study [re]published three days ago in both The New York Times and the BBC The Guardian reproduced the conclusion of an article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that strenuous and long-distance jogging (or more appropriately running) could have a negative impact on longevity! And that the best pace is around 8km/h, just above a brisk walk! Quite depressing… However, this was quickly followed by other articles, including this one in The New York Times, pointing out the lack of statistical validation in the study and the ridiculously small number of runners in the study. I am already feeling  better (and ready for my long run tomorrow morning!), but appalled all the same by the lack of standards of journals publishing statistically void studies. I know, nothing new there…

Argentan half-marathon [1 23’38”-31/583-V2:1/111]

Posted in pictures, Running with tags , , , , , , on October 7, 2012 by xi'an

Early readers of the ‘Og might remember that the very first entry was about my 2008 half-marathon in Argentan! I was not particularly happy about the outcome, due to a recurrent tendinitis. In the subsequent races, I was injured for two years in a row and last year saw a combination of very hot weather and reduced training thanks to two broken ribs. Last Saturday, I ran the Argentan half-marathon for the 16th time (including the year I ran it by myself as it had been cancelled!). Despite a bike fall three weeks earlier, I managed to get my training schedule completed (partly thanks to the opportunities offered by the trip to Bristol) and to follow a slightly stricter diet than usual. Whatever the reasons, this proved to be successful, in continuity with three earlier podiums this year!

The weather happened to be much better than last year, meaning it was cold, only mildly raining (this is Normandy after all!), and with a moderate wind (always the issue with this race). As shown by the above picture (kindly provided by Normandie Course à pied), I stuck with a group of runners who had mentioned a goal of 1 hour 25 minutes (at the start) for the first half of the race and, feeling in great shape by then, increased slightly the pace in the long uphill track in the Gouffern forest, left the group (which prompted some grumbling for unfairness by runner 660, believe it or not!), passed three more runners, and finished in 1 hour 23 minutes and 37 seconds, which is far from my best times in Argentan (1 20′ 34″) but nothing to complain about. I ended 31st in the race (out of 800 plus runners) and first in the V2 category, which led me on the podium for the first time since I started this race in 1995. (As Peter Green got me into running that race, I hope he will not mind if I dedicate this [very minor] victory to him and his wife Liz [who also won Argentan a few years ago].) As I ended up 34th last year versus 31st this year, I do realise that I benefited from the “Law of Small Numbers“: the presence/absence of just a few runners has a determining impact on the outcome and this year, the three V2 runners that were in front of me last year did not show up.

Here is an attempt at representing in R the split times with a background image (and the part in the forest), but it does not look that great (and I could not remember how to modify the axes and label colors with a simple option…)

Not back from Argentan

Posted in Running with tags , , on October 4, 2009 by xi'an

The half-marathon in Argentan took place yesterday and, out of sheer masochism, I looked at the results of the first runners. This is more than frustrating as, even with my poor time from last year, I would have made it in the first ten V1’s (1:24;36) and before the first V2 (1:22:40)… But I have another month of complete rest from running before checking with the doctor whether or not I can run again.