|The Trotters assembled in Yarramalong before running the|
28km to Somersby.
I had time to walk into a few locations and take photos, so racked up a couple of kilometres on a very humid and occasionally showery day. Some of the walking involved significant climbs and there was no recurrence of my heart arrhythmia, giving me more confidence that last Monday's DC Cardioversion is doing the job. Running in the next Trotters' trail run in five weeks time, even if slowly, may even be a possibility.
|The runners approach the top of|
Her club-mates were pleased, but maybe not surprised, to see her do so well, and the run got me thinking about the differences I have observed between the genders in the way they train and race. I'm generalising - it's more shades of grey than sharp contrast - and I am not suggesting Melissa is an exemplar.
|Melissa nears the finish in Somersby. |
The same gender characteristics also show up in races. Males frequently start too fast, with visions of glory, or through fear of being left behind, or both, while females tend to start more conservatively, mindful of the distance ahead, and seem better at maintaining a steady pace and sticking to their race plans.
These differences may account for at least part of the observed convergence between female and male performances in races as the distances get longer.