Nevertheless, I don't have any regrets, far from it. No matter how fast I would have run in Tralee, I would never have achieved the qualification limit for that particular world championship. It was definitely better to do something I am good at.
I have started running every morning again. To be honest, it's not all that much fun right now. The legs are heavy and stiff and the HR is sky-high for the rather pedestrian pace. I looked at my numbers from last year, when I returned to running after the Connemara 100, and they are very similar, both for pace as well as HR. It's a matter of being patient (I can do that) and not do anything stupid (well ...).
My weight has remained surprisingly low during my holidays; it's still at about 145 lbs (10st5, 66kg) which I can't quite explain. Usually (as in always, until now) I put on at least 5 pounds immediately after a target race, partially because I am no longer burning so many calories during training but mostly because post-race is the time to reward myself before I descend back into a more ascetic existence before the next race. Maybe Austrian chocolate doesn't make you fat? Now that is a theory that deserves to be examined in more detail. I shall use myself as the selfless test subject.
The next target race is still over 8 months away, which is too long out to start focusing on it yet. The idea is to have a bit of fun for the rest of the year and run a few races without any pressure, at the same time re-building my fitness. Following roughly the same pattern that delivered for Belfast I will introduce some limited speed work later on, probably around the New Year (there are a few 5k races around that time, which suits me very well) and then switch to working on long ultra endurance for the last 3-or-so months before the race. It worked once, it should hopefully work again.
- 3 Aug
- 5 miles, 40:02, 8:00 pace, HR 151
- 4 Aug
- 5 miles, 39:55, 7:59 pace, HR 153
- 5 Aug
- 8 miles, 1:03:48, 7:58 pace, HR 148
- 6 Aug
- 8 miles, 1:04:45, 8:06 pace, HR 146