Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Till The Cows Come Home

After feeling like standing still for the first week, progress is now definitely being made. I can see it on the Garmin as the pace is quicker and the HR is down, but much more importantly I can feel it in the legs, they seem to be much bouncier after feeling downright awkward a week ago and I'm already back to running 10 miles in the morning without batting an eyelid.

The only incident of note happened on Tuesday. On the outward bound there was a cow on the road, but it scampered quickly as I approached. However, on the way back home she must have gathered the entire gang as there were at least a dozen heifers basically blocking my way. Some of them moved as I approached but at least 3 of them stood their ground and eyed me rather suspiciously, with a rather disapproving look on their faces. I decided the best approach was to slow right down and slowly jog past on the other side of the road. There was a nervy moment when one of them snorted loudly, but then I was safely past. And if you think I'm being silly, have a look here or here or here or here or here. (And if anyone is surprised by any of this it just shows their ignorance. I grew up in the country side and won't ever forget the warnings about cows they hammered into us, though they were usually warning us off bulls).

Monday morning looked rather miserable with the drizzly rain hanging in the air like a curtain but it has been really nice since, which is of course the traditional nice spell of weather as school begins. It is definitely getting darker, at the moment the sun only just about rises above the hills on the last couple of miles. Winter will be here soon enough, though here in Ireland that usually just means that the rain is going to be a little bit colder than during summer.

The upload from the Garmin is back as of today. After trying a lot of things in the end I had to do a hard reset, which wipes all data off the Garmin, and reconfigure it from scratch. Today's run uploaded just fine. Ah well. It's still better than the damn thing giving up its ghost entirely.

2 Sep
8 miles, 1:03:25, 7:56 pace, HR 142
3 Sep
9 miles, 1:10:03, 7:47 pace, HR 141
4 Sep
10 miles, 1:16:49, 7:41 pace, HR 142


  1. Good to hear you are on the way back. That must have been one early run this morning to clock in 76 mins of running.

  2. People underestimate how dangerous cows really are...

  3. Hi there,

    I have been lurking for a while and I thought it was about time to say hello.

    I don't know much about cows, but loose dogs are a natural enemy for runners. I guess running can also be an extreme sport sometimes.

    On a separate note: Have you considered changing the name of the blog? It is great to be humble, but if you are a rubbish marathon runner, what category is left for us middle of the pack runners? Shitty half marathon toddlers?

    Anyway, thank you for sharing. Your approach to running is really inspirational.

    Greetings from Spain.

  4. I've been bailed up by a big roo a couple of times. Do the same - walk slowly around in a wide arc. The cows down here are pretty placid, but I wouldn't take on a bull!