Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lonely Boy

To be honest, I haven't got a lot to say, just too much time on my hand.

Niamh and the kids packed up and left for Dublin for 2 weeks, leaving me alone to look after the cat (at least I think that's what I'm supposed to be doing). As much as I'm going to miss them, this arrangement has 3 major benefits:
  1. I can run when I want to
  2. I can use the car for Saturday's trip to Waterford
  3. I get to watch the World Cup in peace
The timing couldn't be better, then :)

Last week was an exceptionally easy one (I know, I've mentioned that before) with only 43 miles, the second lowest mileage of the year (the lowest was the week after Connemara). The legs sure took their time to recover but got a little bit faster every day. They are still not back to normal, but normal is a very relative term. It took a while for the mind to recover as well, it wasn't until the weekend that I actually felt like running a bit more than 5 miles at recovery pace.

My weight has been a bit strange, I kept adding on weight every day after Portumna until about Wednesday and then it gradually started to come down again, though I'm still up a bit. I'm used to seeing an additional 2 or 3 pounds for a few days after an ultra, it's mostly water retention where the fluid keeps seeping from damaged muscle fibres. After a few days that gets fixed and I spend a day visiting the toilet every few minutes. This time it wasn't like that at all, the weight kept creeping up gradually and is now disappearing just as slowly.

One more thing. I had the sad news that the 50-mile Dingle Ultra is going to be held for the last time this year, it will be replaced with a 39-miler in future, which somehow doesn't attract me at all - who wants to do a fun run if you're used to be doing the real thing! That's a real shame as the 50 miler could have become a real classic. Anyway, it would be great to see the race bow out on a high and if you want to do it (I know you do!), this is your last chance, so off you go and sign up. I just did.

20 Jun
5 miles, 40:42, 8:08 pace, HR 129
21 Jun
8 miles, 1:03:19, 7:54 pace, HR 136
22 Jun
10 miles, 1:17:55, 7:47 pace, HR 140
Weekly Mileage: 43


  1. Also heard about the Dingle 50miler being dropped, awful shame

    I've been wanting to run that for the past year but put it off this year as I want the sub 3:15 in Dublin and Dingle would not be the best idea before hand,

  2. Poor cat! Hopefully I can hit a high week of 43 miles one week this year.

  3. Did you water the plants???