When I started on my present training cycle, I knew there was a decent chance of me getting injured. The mileage was unprecedented and the long runs even more so. I heard the words "you are mental" on several occasions, including from guys who have run very long races themselves and I always knew I was pushing my boundaries.
Well, I never got injured. Just tired.
Magic happens only when you go outside your comfort zone, and that was very much what I was trying to do.
The last few runs the legs have felt reasonably okay (apart from Monday morning), but goodness gracious me, the pace had slowed down to such an extent that a snail on Prozac might be tempted to charge past me.
Anyway, this morning (Thursday) all seems to have changed and running felt so much easier, it's hardly believable that we are talking about the same runner here. The legs felt fine, the effort was easier, the pace faster, you name it. Maybe it's because it was raining - it certainly helps the hayfever.
I'm running the Waterford marathon on Saturday, which will be my last long run before Belfast. As I'm not pacing, there is no pressure whatsoever. I have no idea how it will go, until yesterday I thought even 3:30 might be ambitious, today this is looking a lot better already.
- 23 Jun
- am:10 miles, 1:20:29, 8:03 pace, HR 135
- pm: 5 miles, 38:41, 7:44 pace, HR 141
- 24 Jun
- 10.8 miles, 1:38:12, 9:06 pace; trail run up to Windy Gap
- 25 Jun
- 8 miles, 1:04:38, 8:05 pace, HR 134
- 26 Jun
- 8 miles, 1:01:44, 7:43 pace, HR 138