Races, especially of marathon or greater distance, almost always have a lower ratio and the dip for Connemara is clearly visible, though you can also see how quickly I recovered. However, Sunday's run was nothing short of alarming, the dip is even greater than the one for the ultra. There are a couple of possible reasons:
- I had a long week of high mileage behind me
- It was fairly hot
- I was quite dehydrated in the end (my weight was down by over 4 pounds)
- I had not eaten for 15 hours before running
My best guess is that all these factor played their part. However, since the numbers picked up again the very next day I think I'm okay, but should probably be a bit more careful.
This week so far has been a carbon copy of last week with 10 miles in the morning and 5 in the evening, except Wednesday when I ran on the Kerry Way up to Windy Gap in the morning. The pace was generally a bit slower but that was on purpose as I tried not to overdo it.
I will ease off slightly over the next few days because I'm doing the Wings for Life run on Sunday. I want to do at least a marathon, which requires me to run 3:08 or faster, something I am perfectly capable of but it won't exactly be a walk in the park, especially with all those training miles in my legs.
- 28 Apr
- am: 10 miles, 1:18:29, 7:51 pace, HR 133
- pm: 5+ miles, 37:37, 7:27 pace, HR 138
- 29 Apr
- am: 10 miles, 1:16:47, 7:41 pace, HR 135
- pm: 5 miles, 37:39, 7:31 pace, HR 138
- 30 Apr
- am: 12+ miles, 1:50:51, 9:03 pace, HR 138, Windy Gap x 2
- pm: 5+ miles, 37:53, 7:30 pace, HR 138