Friday, October 21, 2005

Darkness Falls

Tomorrow there is a 10k in Killarney, just 20 minutes drive from home. I was undecided if I should run, seeing as it is only 20 days after the marathon, and you’re supposed to recover for 4 weeks. I was just about to decide to run, when I realised that I would have to drive to Shannon airport that day because by mum is coming for a visit and I have to collect her. That settles that then.
I did a 7 mile run with 7x100m strides in the morning, and when I left the house it was so dark that I had to kind of guess where the road was, until I got out of the woods that surround our house. I really need to buy some kind of headlamp. I’ve seen one in a cyclist shop a few months ago, but wasn’t sure if it would be suitable for running. But I’ll have to find a solution soon, that’s for sure.


  1. Thomas

    This probably sounds like a really boring suggestion. When I was training for my first (and so far only) marathon, and had to get in some kilometres at night, I would take myself to the nearest park with lights and run lap after lap after lap - usually for 10km, as I was trying to build up to 100km p/w. (I ran 3h57, and my target was sub 4 hrs).

    I pity your plight...I live in Australia and most of the year we have stacks of daylight!

    I have family in Kenmare. I enjoyed running around there. Nice scenery! Good pubs, especially Florry Batts!

    Good luck with it all!

  2. Thanks for the suggestion, and it's not a bad idea, but I don't even know of any parks nearby with lights.

  3. Hi Thomas,

    I know here in Germany they sell little flashlights that you can wear on your head using a harness. Pretty light, I had one in my hand a couple weeks ago but decided not to buy. I'll probably wish I did before the winter is through. They only cost about 10-20 Euro depending on what quality you want. If they don't have them in Ireland let me know I can pick one up for you.

    I think it is fine to do a race 2-3 weeks after a marathon if you take it easy and don't push it too hard (like I did last weekend). It probably depends a lot on how fast you recover.