The weather has been slightly challenging the last few days, we haven’t seen the sun in a while, and the dark grey clouds keep dropping rain shower after rain shower on top of us. It’s ever so slightly depressing. To relieve the boredom we went to a party last night, and the theme had been super heroes. It might not have been the most innovative idea, but I went as Marathon Man. It sure beat the ready-made costumes rented from a shop, and was definitely better than putting a superman t-shirt on top of a pair of jeans, in my eyes. Anyway, we greatly enjoyed it, and I just about managed to drink sufficient beer to be in a very relaxed mood but still not have a hangover today.
Friday was the day of my “long” run. It was the longest run since the marathon, but it will be quite some time before a long run will be that short again as the training is starting to hot up. I went towards Cromane, which somehow seems to have become my favourite place for long runs. I guess it’s a change of scenery, and the reasonably flat road allows a decent pace. But I’ll be back to loops around Caragh Lake once my long run hits 15 miles (i.e. this week). I felt pretty good all along, but 13 miles isn’t really long enough to get into trouble yet.
Yesterday was an easy jaunt alongside Caragh Lake, just in time to get really wet when it started raining heavily. The sun had been shining when I left home, and I had wondered if I should bring along my shades, but I was soaking wet even before the turnaround point. Such is life in Kerry.
From that point of view, today’s run was similar, because once again it started raining around the halfway mark. The stomach had felt a bit funny early on (it can’t be the beers from the previous night, can it?) but settled soon enough, and I started cruising along at a pace that not too long ago would have been closer to my tempo pace, and yet it felt pretty easy all the way through. I’m really enjoying running at the moment. I feel good, and I think I’m still getting faster from year to year (I had my doubts earlier this year). Even the mad jumping exercises seem to be getting easier. I’m still a panting wreck afterwards, but the number of jumps I can do before collapsing in a heap has increased. Let’s hope it will do something for my running as well.
- 4 Jul
- 13.1 miles, 1:43:12, 7:52 pace, HR 148
- 5 Jul
- 7 miles, 55:47, 7:58 pace, HR 146
- 6 Jul
- 10.2 miles, 1:18:02, 7:39 pace, HR 151
Weekly mileage: 55