Wednesday, August 01, 2018

In Limbo

I’m definitely starting to slack with my blog updates. If that spells the beginning of the end of this blog or just reflects my present state of mind will eventually be revealed.

I'm still undecided on what I want to go for next. Niamh definitely wants me to quit 24 hour racing but I prefer to make up my own mind. I'm not in any rush. 5k? Marathon? 100 mile? Iron man? 24 hrs? 48 hrs? One day I'll wake and know what appeals to me the most.

In the meantime I try and rebuild my fitness. It’s astounding hoe much you lose in 3 weeks of not running, even though I had started to cycle 20 miles a day for a week (that’s my work commute) before I started running again.

With the bike I managed to flatten twice in 3 days, which was mainly down to my tyre being well past its useful life I think, but it also reminded me why I prefer running to cycling as a sport, even though I really enjoy riding the bike.

And with the legs I’ve had a few ups and downs already. The numbers are depressing if you compare them with what they were like before the race, so I don’t compare them. They will pick up, I know that very well. Yesterday (Tuesday) was the first day when I felt I was really making progress, running felt much easier and I was doing almost a decent pace for once. All that progress came to a shuddering halt this morning when the legs felt like shit from pretty much the first step. I got 3 miles down the road still feeling somewhat ok but anything after that was a struggle. And since I was running to work I didn’t even have the option of bailing out early. Ah well. I was almost missing the feeling of sore leg – now I know again what it’s like, for sure.

We were back in Kerry one last time last weekend, mainly because of Shea's Debs, but also to get another van load of stuff. The house is rather empty now. It looks kind of sad. Time to move on.

26 Jul
4.83 miles, 38:51, 8:02 pace, HR 153
27 Jul
4.86 miles, 38:21, 7:53 pace, HR 154
28 Jul
5.05 miles, 42:51, 8:29 pace, HR 148
29 Jul
8 miles, 1:08:06, 8:30 pace, HR 147
31 Jul
4.1 miles, 33:19, 8:07 pace, HR 147
1 Aug
10.36 miles, 1:31:05, 8:47 pace, HR 151

1 comment:

  1. Hope you keep your blog up, I have read it for a number of years. I ran with you most of the way one year in the Dublin city marathon but couldn't keep the pace (you were on 3:30 pacing duty). I would run a bit less than half what you run on a weekly basis. (and that would be a good week for me)
    Either way your blog has always been well written and informative, so hope there is more to come. Why not join a Dublin club and set yourself some new age group shorter distance goals?