Wednesday, December 07, 2005

After a Good Run comes a ... yes, you guessed it

Some of you guys and gals might be getting a kick out of running in adverse weather conditions, but I can tell you I am getting thoroughly sick of the Irish winter weather. Today was probably a little bit warmer than on previous mornings, but you couldn’t really tell because it was lashing, and to compound the misery the wind was blowing really strong in places – just what you need when you’re not feeling too well anyway.

The kids all had a stomach bug over the last week. It could have been worse, because between throwing up violently they were totally chirpy. For the last two days I could feel it myself, I haven’t thrown up (yet), but there is a certain uneasy feeling around my stomach area. Additionally, due to late work commitments I didn’t get to bed until 0:40 last night. I got up at 6:20, and that’s not even nearly enough sleep. The schedule called for an 8-mile tempo run, but somehow I wasn’t quite up for it. I certainly put in the effort, but the pace wasn’t forthcoming, and I hardly ran faster than on Monday, when I seemed to glide along effortlessly. My left hamstring made itself known again as well. It’s just a little twinge at the moment, not enough to stop me from running, but enough to have me a little bit worried.

I need to rest – I’ll go to bed early tonight and hope the kids will cooperate. Tomorrow is just a 4 mile recovery run, and if I manage 2 or 3 nights of 8 hours sleep, I’ll be fine again.

7 Dec: 8 miles, 1:06, 8:15 pace, faster during the middle 4 miles, quite slow warm-up and cool-down


  1. This all sounds very familiar. Hang in there.

  2. Ah, nothing like a winter wind to add a dash of misery to a run. Don't worry about the pace, you were able to put the miles in the bank, that is the important part. That is to say that on a day when you would rather stay home, 8 miles at a slower pace are better than naught.

  3. Hope you get feeling better soon, seems like everyone has been nabbed by the bug. Been lucky myself so far..
    Get some rest now, kids will be kids :)

  4. Here's to kids sleeping through the night. Cheers.

  5. Hang in there, T. I got bit by the stomach bug this week, and it is NO FUN, as your kids can attest to, I'm sure.
    And I'm hearing you on the winter weather. I have had my fill of northeast Ohio winters, and it is only December!!

  6. tis the season to be queasy la,la, la,la la,la,la,la.

    If the christmas parties don't get ya then the seasonal bugs will.

    keep on running.

  7. Hang in there name-brutha!

    What schedule are you following anyway?

  8. I know I kvetch about the NJ winter but at least during snow spells it's dry and sunny - I don't know how you do it.