Thursday, July 26, 2012

Real Progress

Of course, as soon as I said that it would take time for my easy pace to drop below 8-minute-miles, it almost immediately happened. It's funny how these things work at times. I did increase my mileage a bit this week (though it is still well below my usual average) and I can immediately notice the benefits. My pace has dropped, and so has my heart rate. I was dumbfounded by today's HR reading and in fact I'm not entirely sure if I can trust it, it would indicate a big jump in fitness. I guess it will become clearer over the next few days..

I still have no intentions of racing, though. There is a 10K in Glenbeigh on Saturday, featuring a stunningly scenic route (in other words, that hill is massive). I'd love to do it. But I won't. I won't even attempt it as an easy or tempo run because I know I cannot trust myself; chances are I would get into racing mode the second I pin the number to my chest.

There are a few more local races in August, and depending on how I feel I might indeed take part in one of them, but right now I think my next race will be the Dingle Ultra. Then again, a short race shortly beforehand might be beneficial; racing a 10K in Tralee 2 weeks before Bangor worked a treat. I'll wait and see.

I haven't got anything else to write about, so I might as well post a youtube video. That stuff just does not get old. Believe it or not, there is actually a running connection that is relevant to me in all that, but I doubt anyone would be able to guess it.

24 Jul
8 miles, 1:04:10, 8:01 pace, HR 145
25 Jul
8 miles, 1:02:50, 7:51 pace, HR 145
26 Jul
10 miles, 1:18:13, 7:49 pace, HR 138


  1. Definitely sensible not to pin on a number at this stage. Yes, quite an improvement on the previous day's run - 706 h/beats per k down to 668. Recovery can come along in big chunks, so perhaps it's correct.

  2. At your pace it is the right thing to be careful and patient. At my slow pace lots of racing doesn't really matter. I've changed my goals from pace/time in races to distance and have some serious ultra goals (dreams) for the next 5 years.

  3. that moment when old bacon chops and phil jones realise that aguero has scored for city is too funny... ))