Sunday, June 03, 2012

Rainy Days

In my next life, I want to be a meteorologist. Those guys can get away with anything, and apparently they are not even embarrassed about their constant failures to predict the weather. It took them until Friday afternoon to change the weekend's forecast from hot and scorching to rainy and miserable. Did they really miss that massive cloud system or what?

It must have been a while since I have last run in rain, because I had forgotten about the chafing issues that come with that, but I do remember now, alright.

After feeling a bit flat during the week, probably a result of that virus I'd gotten on Tuesday, I have gradually been getting better day after day. With the Cork marathon this Monday I couldn't go mad anyway and the mileage as well as the effort level had to remain reasonably low.

I did 10 miles on Friday morning and was pleasantly surprised by the pace I managed to produce without pushing the effort. It was not far off the pace I need on Monday for the 3:15 pace group, and therefore Monday should be reasonably comfortable.

Saturday was different, very different to normal. There are attempts to revive the Star of the Laune running club, which has been pretty much dormant over the last few year, and a new group has formed in Killorglin, in addition to the already existing one in Beaufort. It is aimed mostly at new runners; if you are living in the area and are thinking of taking up running, this is the best opportunity you will ever get, so come and join us on Saturday 9 o'clock in the morning at the Laune Rangers grounds. The loop is 5k (ok, 4.5k), nobody is too slow and anyone who wants to run more can join us for a second loop. I got a couple of questions if the pace was too slow for me, but a relaxed run like that was very much my intention with the marathon on Monday, and I need to get used to that pace for Bangor as well. The turnout was decent enough considering the lousy conditions, there were 10 people doing to first loop.

I can't not run for a day so I did 5 more miles this morning, the last run before Cork. I'm looking forward to my next marathon - it's been three weeks already since my last ;-).
1 Jun
10 miles, 1:15:42, 7:34 pace, HR 148
2 Jun
11+ miles, 1:33:30, 8:26 pace, HR 148
   5 miles beforehand, then 2x3 miles with the club
3 Jun
5 miles, 38:25, 7:40 pace, HR 141


  1. Even down here I usually do better than the BOM by looking at the sky. Hope the pacing gig goes well and that the running club continues to grow and introduce new runners to the pleasures of racing.

  2. Ha! Yes Ewen the Aussie weather forecasters are in a class of their own! Almost totally useless. Anyway it is much more fun to complain about them than the weather! Hope you're well Thomas.