Monday, December 19, 2005

Weekend Drama

My department’s Christmas party was on Friday – the main difference to the company’s do being that there are no partners invited. In other words, it is generally a very heavy drinking session. I also had to attend out twins’ Christmas play in their school (which turned out to be much more entertaining that I had expected), so I was a bit rushed to get to the dinner in time. I didn’t feel like drinking much, and left at half past twelve – one of the first to leave. Because I was on water during dinner I was even sober – which will probably make me a pariah amongst my colleagues in days to come ;-).
Saturday was a day of drama. Cian had coughed during the night again and we struggled for 10 minutes to get a little spoon of medicine down his throat. Niamh, my wife, left the bottle on her bedside table. So what do I discover the next morning after breakfast? Only Cian with the open bottle in his hand, a big portion spilled on the floor and we have no idea how much he had himself. Niamh brought him to the hospital, where he was being seen by two nurses and three doctors in succession. None of them could find anything wrong with him, but all wanted yet another opinion. Eventually they sent them back home. Cian is absolutely fine – though, of course, he is still coughing, and by now has passed it on to me as well.
Oh yes, the running. I did 4 easy recovery miles on Sunday to conclude the week on a mileage of 42. Today I did a 9 mile tempo run, the first in ages with plenty of moon light. Unfortunately, the weather changed towards the end and I was caught by the wind, the cold and my old buddy, the rain, again. I also lost my concentration towards the last 3 or so miles because I slowed down from a tempo run to a “normal” pace run. I didn’t feel tired or unable to keep up the speed effort. I just lost my concentration and slowed down a bit. Ah well, it’s still 14 weeks until the marathon, and a slightly slower than optimal tempo run won’t have any real effect.

18 Dec: 4 miles recovery run, 36:42, 9:10 pace
19 Dec: 9 miles, 1:12m 8:00 pace

7 comments:

  1. Glad to hear Cian is ok. Always good to be on the safe side and have him checked out.

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  2. Glad to know Cian is ok - well done on not succumbing at the Christmas do - colleague peer pressure is always tough - by staying sober, you can recount all their misdeeds to them today!

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  3. Oh my, what a weekend..but good to know everyone is coming out fine. You still did some great running there.

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  4. Oh gosh... I once spent an overnight in the hospital, thinking mine had eaten Vicks Vaporub...no fun. Glad things turned out ok for you.

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  5. Wow, an 8 min pace is awesome!

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  6. That is always scary when one's child is ill. Nice job on the tempo run!

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  7. It's just not the holiday season without at least one trip to the hospital. I'm glad Cian is fine, and good job on the run. I find that once the pace goes, it's no use fighting to get it back. There will be more battles in the 14 weeks ahead!

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