Oh sorry, wrong topic. This one is about the running side of my life.
I'm starting to get worried about my legs. I haven't forgotten last year when I ran myself into a hole after doing too much too soon when returning back to running following the Connemara 100 and I'd prefer not to repeat the same mistakes. The legs are somewhat unpredictable, sometimes feeling okay, sometimes feeling stiff and tired without an obvious explanation.
I checked the logs from last year and tried to gain some information. The one thing that's obvious is the 7-minute or faster paced tempo runs I started doing almost immediately. Okay, so I'm not doing that, but that's still no guarantee that I'm doing better right now. I do keep a number of spreadsheets that track various variables, mostly HR and pace related, and the numbers look okay to me. It's that achy feeling in the legs that never seems to go away completely that has me worried.
The typical training run right now is 10 miles along Caragh Lake. I've done that no less than 5 times this week. Luckily I don't get bored easily, at least not at 6:30 in the morning. The other 2 runs were on Wednesday when I ran up to Windy Gap and today, Sunday, when I did a loop with the first half on the road along Caragh Lake and the return trip on the Kerry Way trail, which includes a rather tough climb as you go from the lake halfway up the mountain. My original plan had been to run around the lake but I was worried how my legs would handle 15 miles. Mind, the 12+ miles I did with such a wicked climb probably weren't any easier. The views from up there are rather spectacular, though.
My HRM has been acting up badly the last couple of days, which rather sucks if you're trying to use those figures for some meaningful bio-feedback. I'm used to HR straps not picking up the signal properly for the first 1 or 2 miles before starting to work properly, but this one seemed to work the other way round, the numbers are fine for the first 5 miles and then the HR just goes stratospheric. I had initially bought my present Wahoo HR strap with the idea of just using the ANT+ transmitter and attaching it to my Polar HR strap, but the buttons that clip the strap and transmitter together turned out to be incompatible. This morning, after getting seriously annoyed once too often, I took a knife to the Wahoo transmitter and started cutting off bits and pieces. Normally me and knifes, and DIY in general, are a dangerous combination (there's a good reason why I'm a computer programmer, not a carpenter) but for once I seem to have come through and the job is done. Mind, my adaptation still has to pass the field test tomorrow, but at least I didn't injure myself in the process.
- 15 Aug
- 10 miles, 1:17:09, 7:42 pace, HR 145
- 16 Aug
- 10 miles, 1:18:04, 7:48 pace, HR ~145
- 17 Aug
- 12.2 miles, 1:36:04, 7:52 pace, HR ~145
- very hilly