Monday, September 27, 2010

Things are definitely on the up:

  • My resting heart rate was down to 44 on Saturday.
  • On Sunday I ran at a faster pace with a lower HR than the previous week
  • This morning the HR for an easy run was as low as 138, a whopping 5 beats lower than on Wednesday for a run on the same route at virtually the same pace.

As far as selecting a training plan for next spring is concerned there has been a development that has stopped all the recent pondering in its tracks. I will give more details in due time, but suffice to say I am very excited.

On the downside, I don’t feel 100% today; a slightly sore throat and a vaguely light-headed feeling could be a sign of another oncoming cold; unusually, nobody else in the family is complaining at present; usually any bugs I pick up are contracted straight from my children.

Having said that, when Shea went to the doctor a few weeks ago, it was the first time in … I guess, at least half a year that any of us had to visit a doctor. We’re doing pretty well on the health front. Which is a very good thing, considering the appalling state of the health service in this country. I could go into a political rant here, but I better leave it at that.

A couple of guys I know, including some fellow pacers at the Dublin marathon in 4 weeks, ran some smashing times in Berlin yesterday. Congratulations to all.

25 Sep
5 miles, 41:06, 8:13 pace, HR 143
26 Sep
12 miles, 1:31:49, 7:39 pace, HR 154
27 Sep
5 miles, 43:00, 8:36 pace, HR 138


  1. "I will give more details in due time, but suffice to say I am very excited", spill it! Don't keep us waiting...

    Let me guess, another child is on the way? You got yourself into a BIG race?

  2. The suspense is killing me! Hope your symptoms go away and you get back to normal soon.

  3. Michael,

    sadly no, that's not it. For some strange reason that I cannot comprehend, Niamh seems to think that 4 children are enough. And since she's the one pushing them out, she's got the final say.

  4. You decided to come to Japan Thomas?

    You found a way to reduce your resting heart rate further?

    You are going to have a cuppa tea with Grellan?

    Which is it?

  5. How did I miss this post? It's a beauty. You've switched to training on Aussie beer?