Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
No running since last Saturday - jetlag.
Now that I've a focus it's time to start training...
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Once again I've been remiss in updating this blog but the simple fact is that apart from some regular running there hasn't been too much of 'special interest' to report on. My full running diary is regularly updated on my dailymile.com but suffice it to say that most weeks I've been running regularly, typically putting in runs of 5 to 10 miles with the pace in and around 7 min/mile. Apart from a few exceptions weekly totals have been 30-40 miles. I've also tried to fit in a steady-tempo progression run at least once a week. My two eldest children have also recently joined an athletics club, Belgooly AC, so that has meant that I've been at the CIT track at least 1 evening a week, generally doing 800m reps. Other than the fact that I haven't been putting in enough long runs (>10miles) - this training has been generally in accordance with 'the plan'.
BTW my girls have been really enjoying their Tuesday / Thursday sessions so hopefully the enthusiasm will continue and in 30-40 years time they too will be running regularly for the fun of it.
I also just came from a weeks holiday near Boston with my family. It was my first time in the US for Thanksgiving (i.e. an excuse for meeting family, eating too much, watching football (not the FAI or GAA type) and preparing for the infamous Black Friday shopping frenzy!). A great time was had by all!!
The jetlag meant that I woke up early (5-6am) every day. This was generally before the rest of the family woke up so I got a chance to fit in an early morning run along an old railway line in Chelmsford, MA. Luckily the weather was unseasonably warm (apart from Thursday & Friday) so I didn't have to run in the snow.
I also took the opportunity to run in a local Thanksgiving day charity run in Lowell last Thursday morning. The 8am race start time was early enough not to interrupt the rest of the festivities but it also meant that the air temperature was still below freezing as noted by my shivering legs on the start line.
The race was a 5km run/walk combined with a 10km run. There were approx 270No. competitors in the 10km and 900No. competitors in the 5km. The race was over 2 laps of approx 5km which led to an 'interesting' (chaotic) finish when there were still some runners just starting their second lap while the 10km leaders were finishing in the midst of the 5km 'walkers'.
After getting there early, as usual, I registered for the 10km for the sum of $30 and ran a lap of the course in my new Asics Nimbus trainers to warmup, i.e. defrost. I then 'arrogantly' toed the line in the front row. All the 'locals' were well wrapped up for the weather wearing long sleeved t-shirts, leggings, gloves, hats etc; I on the other hand went for the light weight racing look i.e. shorts and singlet (mad!!).
Since this was my first race in over 2 years I had no real expectations. Last time I raced 'seriously' I was capable of a sub-38 (maybe sub-37) 10km so I hoped to at least break 40mins. On the basis of previous results this time might even give me a top 10 finish! My runs in the few days leading up to the race suggested that this should be 'easily' achievable. I planned to head out at a 6:20 to 6:25 pace and hopefully finish strongly.
This seemed like a good plan.... if only I stuck to it! When the gun went I headed out just behind with the leaders - I had forgotten that some of these would only be running 5km so I think I got pulled along too quickly over the first mile. The cold air and slightly tired legs meant that I paid for this early pace in the second half of the 10km. My pace splits based on the mile markers were 6:05, 6:19, 6:29, 6:23, 6:16, 6:17. I went through the 5km in 19:51 just ahead of schedule and finished in 39:45.... almost event splits.
Overall I finished in 8th position and 3rd in the 30-39 age category. If only I was a few months older I'd have easily won the 40-49 category!!!
This graph shows how my race went.....
The full results are on the CoolRunning.com website here
It's now time to increase the long runs and get ready for some 10-mile races after Christmas....
Entry into the Ballycotton-10 opens tomorrow!!! :)
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Details of all my runs were tweeted using dailymile.com which gives some interesting (and useless) stats including that my runs to date are equivalent to almost 62 donuts or 22 cheese burgers. I'm not sure which I would prefer???
My target was to be at 40 miles per week at this stage. Not quite there yet but I'm getting there!
Week 1 - 5 runs - 28.03 miles
Week 2 - 2 runs - 12.45 miles
Week 3 - 6 runs - 36.95 miles
Week 4 - 5 runs - 36.16 miles
I was asked recently when I'd be pinning a number to my chest again... not sure but I'll let you know - maybe August?? My thought is that I don't want to race too soon and risk another injury and given that I don't see the point in 'racing easy' I'm not going to rush back just yet.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Luckily it didn't and despite some hamstring twinges it was pretty good (42mins). So I now reckon a 2 week recovery is the minimum for calf injuries. Hopefully I won't need to use this bit of new found knowledge again in the near future.
This morning I repeated the run at 7am when the sun was shining, the sky and sea were blue and the waves were calm. Definitely a run for the soul and not one for a fast pace. This time the pace was slower (44+mins) partly due to the early hour and partly due to DOMS. I need to run more often!
Also today I purchased a new Garmin 305 - a real sign of intent. It's been over 12 months since my old one was stolen while on holidays and I've been running by feel ever since. It's time to get a bit more scientific! I'll wait patiently for Amazon to deliver it in a week or so.
I've also been playing around with DailyMile and Map-My-Run & Twitter - there are too many social network site combinations!!! I still haven't decided which is the best to log & post my runs - possibly Daily Mile & Twitter as Map-My-Run has too much advertising getting in the way! ... but ... only time will tell which combination eventually wins out.
Well done to all those who ran the Cork City Marathon, Half & Relay today - some very impressive times/performances!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
- The Queen came to Ireland;
- Dr. Garrett Fitzgerald passed away;
- Eamon Coughlan became a Senator;
- Portugal joined Ireland in bankruptcy;
- Leinster joined Munster as two time winners of the Heineken Cup!
It's always an ominous sign when New Year's resolutions are put down in text. In my case, at least, it usually means that the exact opposite will happen - a bit like making a doctors appointment - by the time I get to the surgery the symptoms have cleared up!
This is certainly true of my last post which, as I was recently reminded, is over 4 months old!
Let's examine this in a bit more detail. Two resolutions were stated:
1. To run 'lots' more;
2. To post more often on this blog.
A reasonable person might consider these to be relatively easy and attainable goals for 2011 but I've failed misearably on both counts.
On the running front - I have run 'some' more but not 'lots' more and certainly not as much as I'd intended. During January, February & March, mainly due to other demands on my personal time, I only managed 'infrequent' slow/short runs. This certainly put paid to any chance of me following in the footsteps of others and running 39 miles on my 39th birthday in February (I'll have to aim for the 40 @ 40 target instead!). It also caused me to DNS the Ballycotton-10 on March 6th for fear of doing myself an injury. Unfortunately, I went for a 6 mile lunchtime run on March 7th only to seriously pull my left calf at mile 4.5. Maybe I should have run the Ballycotton-10 anyway - at least then I'd have got a mug instead of looking like a mug. (luckily Grellan passed by in his car and gave me a lift back to the office which saved me some of the walk/limp of shame)
However, since April I've had a bit more available personal time so I've tried to redress my family/running/work-life balance. Running has been a bit more frequent and for a short while I managed 4+ runs per week (20-30 miles 7:45-8:15mpm pace). My plan was to get a few solid weeks in the bag as 'conditioning' and then to set some goals for the rest of the year. Maybe even a marathon in the autumn... But since the start of May things have not been good. My calf problems are back. I've been resting and icing but I probably need to do some more massaging and strengthening. Last week I got more than 5 miles into my run before my calf cramped but today (after a 7 day rest) I pulled up after less than 1 mile. I think that the source of the problem is a general tightness/weakness in my left hip/leg. This is now getting a bit frustrating as, obviously, my self-treatment isn't working so I may have to resort to seeking professional advice!
On the blogging front - I think that no post in almost 5 months speaks for itself! There's just not been too much to talk about, really. In my defence, I have tweeted (see the sidebar across...) about my infrequent runs/injuries etc. So if you are part of my small band of followers you'll know know what's happening.
The Cork City Marathon is only around the corner so I hope all your training is going well. Next year I may be availing of your pacer skills ....