I did bring quite a few things with me from that mountain: sore legs, mild sunburn and a set of memories stoked by some more photos. Mountain running lends itself to spectacular images, much more so than road running, and the stunning images on the race's facebook site are well worth checking out. On the scenic shots, if you zoom into it you see some little dots strewn about. That's us racers, being completely dwarfed by nature.
My legs have been sore ever since, as expected, but less so than after my first run over Windy Gap a few weeks ago; my legs strength has definitely improved since then. I have taken it easy every day and will do so until the legs are better. By then it will be rather close to Bangor and the taper will start. I might be able to do another run over Windy Gap, but that's it then and the taper madness can commence.
Niamh pointed out that there is a race in Glenbeigh at the end of July and automatically assumed that I would be running it. When I responded that I didn't think my legs would be up for it so soon after Bangor, her eyes went wide in fear and horror. "You mean you might not be able to run for the entire month of July???" She obviously thinks I won't be able to cope without running for a couple of week. Anyway, she soon calmed down, reasoning that there would be no chance whatsoever of me taking off so much time and therefore our marriage might last after all.
- 10 Jun
- 5 miles, 39:43, 7:57 pace, HR 144
- 11 Jun
- 5 miles, 40:35, 8:07 pace, HR 140
- 12 Jun
- 5 miles, 40:19, 8:04 pace, HR 139