Thursday, July 23, 2015

I’ll begin tonight’s post with a quick update from yesterdays Post, which included a photo of several law enforcement officers and a taped off Royal Farms.  The featured photo for tonight’s post is timestamped on my iPhone at 5:15 a.m.  Approximately 90 minutes earlier this happened there.  So I figured tonight is as good a night as any for me to address a topic I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks now.  It’s all about route naming.

Last December I decided that I wanted something better than Mapmyrun for tracking my workouts.  After searching a few days and reading several online reviews I went with the Runmeter app and I haven’t been disappointed.  Like most running or exercise apps you are able to give your running routes names.  It took me a week or two to realize it so the first couple runs I did with the app were all called “new route”.  Eventually I did figure it out and started to name my routes.  At first blush that seems simple enough but after awhile it becomes harder and harder to decipher one 4-mile run from another.  Not that I’m full of creativity, but it does take some creative thinking in order to remember which route is called by which name.  Not that it’s important, but the app will keep data by route which can be used to help determine ways to improve speed and performance.  I’ll save all that jargon for a different post.  This is all about the names.

Runners, I believe, are habitual creatures.  When we find a route or a distance that works we generally stick with it.  But running the same courses over and over (especially when streak running) can also get boring.  Naming the routes is one way to keep things interesting.  If you can believe it, I have created new routes just for the sake of naming it.  My first named route and the one I probably run the most is the RoFo 4 and variations of that same route, the RoFo 3 and RoFo n Back.  The route is basically pretty simple.  It incorporates the Royal Farms mentioned in the article above.  See, the RoFo is basically the fulcrum point of that run.  Depending on the rest of the run and the distance, you get the variations of the 3, 4 and since it’s about a mile away, the 2-mile Rofo n Back.  Someday someone will have to tell me why it’s Rofo and not RoFa, but I guess that’s also another story for another day.  You know, because its Royal Farms, not Royal Forms.  But I digress.

Most of the courses I’ve mapped out for myself here on the Eastern Shore are either large circles or out and backs.  The large circle routes can be run in reverse to keep them fresh.  Even though it’s fairly flat here, running the same route in reverse does make it slightly different so when running the RoFo 4 the other way, I simply name the route and spell it backwards, or the 4 oFoR.  My friend Jonathan was the first, and to this day, the only person to tell me that he figured out that course name almost immediately and complimented my creativity.

Other course names include:

And last but not least are my Interval runs by date since each week of marathon training the distance changes depending on what intervals are scheduled. And that’s the logic; or lack thereof, with my naming system of the routes I run during training.  So what’s in a name?  A lot of miles.

Run on…