However, it always helps to add a few workouts, even if the legs don't feel like it. Now, this has to be done carefully and it is very easy to get this wrong, as I learned last year. I started doing regular 7-minute miles when my legs were absolutely not ready for that kind of work until the whole thing came crashing down, I started feeling awful and was rescued by MC's timely intervention. A long period of only easy runs eventually pulled me round.
I'll try and avoid making the same mistakes this time round, but I did notice that following a few faster miles last week (though still very, very measured, there was nothing even remotely approaching 7-minute pace in there), my HR came down quickly the following days. I did a second workout this week in shape of a mountain run up to Windy Gap, which felt a bit like hard work even though I took it as easy as possible. Following that my legs felt surprisingly good, though I haven't entirely ruled out the possibility that I have merely gotten used to running on old, tired, stiff legs.
I have two areas of concern, I have a slight earache and I can feel a little bump that is sore to the touch on the right-hand side of my face, though I only noticed that one when shaving last night. It could be swollen lymph nodes, but I'm not sure. I'm probably fighting some minor infection but as long as the symptoms don't get any worse that they are now there is no reason to worry.
The other area is the tip of my second toe on my left foot. It is sore and the skin is slightly red. I have no idea what's going on, that one is a new one.
I'm reasonably sure neither is going to kill me, so I guess I'll just carry on. I have no idea how I'm going to survive Dingle but after reading Aoife O'Donnell's Badwater report followed by her Connemara 100 report (might only be available on facebook, not sure), two races that happened less than 3 weeks apart (lunatic!), I realised that any further complaints from my side are just pathetic, so I'll stop right here.
- 11 Aug
- 10 miles, 1:19:29, 7:55 pace, HR 150
- 12 Aug
- 10 miles, 1:19:33, 7:56 pace, HR 143
- 13 Aug
- 10+ miles, 1:18:23, 8:52 pace, HR 143
- Windy Gap
- 14 Aug
- 10 miles, 1:18:23, 7:50 pace, HR 145