I was quite tired on Friday and the legs were sore. However, it was a different kind of sore to the usual one. I think it was a direct result of the hill drills working different muscle groups than the usual running. If that's the case I guess the soreness is a sign that the drills are working. Let's hope that's not just wishful thinking. However, a very easy Friday left the legs feeling a lot better on Saturday morning.
Once we got home I was very surprised to see that the HR during the parkrun had climbed all the way to 181, even though it was nowhere near full effort, but the race day adrenaline must have been flowing nevertheless. I did add a few more miles at home and noticed a rather high HR, which I attribute to the parkrun.
Tired legs were obviously still an issue on Sunday morning and I was a bit apprehensive before heading out. I took it very easy but the long climbs on the road around the lake are never that easy, no matter what. Looking at the splits I seemed to have fallen apart a bit after 14 miles when the pace dropped from about 8-minute miles to 8:30ish, though I wasn't really aware of that while running. The legs had been tired, alright, but they had been tired all along and there didn't seem any real change. The worst thing about the run, however, was that little insect that flew into my right eye and which kept being uncomfortable for the last couple of miles and afterwards. It took me a couple of hours to get the thing out! Ouch!
I did acquire a new niggle on Saturday, almost certainly during the parkrun. My right hip started hurting on Saturday afternoon and kept bothering me for the rest of the evening. I could still feel it this morning when I set off, though the discomfort mostly went away within the first mile. It did start hurting again once I had finished, though now it's more the right groin rather than the hip. Sitting down for too long seems to aggravate it, so I make sure to get up and walk around a bit every now and then. I don't think it's more than one of those usual niggles you invariably pick up on occasions and I'll do what I always do: I ignore it and keep running.
- 26 Jun
- am: 8 miles, 1:05:58, 8:14 pace, HR 138
- pm: 5 miles, 38:11, 7:38 pace, HR 144
- 27 Jun
- 1 mile, 8:00 w/u and c/d for parkrun
- Killarney parkrun, 20:20, 6:34 pace, HR 167
- 6 miles, 47:21, 7:53 pace, HR 149
- 28 Jun
- 18 miles, 2:31:45, 8:25 pace, HR 146