Sunday, September 29, 2013

More Of The Same, Part 361

I'm going to run out of things to say very soon; running short and easy runs day in day out isn't quite as exciting as watching paint dry in the long term, but that's what I'm doing at the moment and that's what I will be doing for a few more weeks at least.

It took until Wednesday or Thursday to lift that extra weight from the leg muscles, until then I felt like I was carrying something round with me. That 17 mile long run from last Sunday will stay in my memory for quite some time to come, that's for sure; it knocked me right out of my stride. By now I'm definitely feeling better and running is starting to feel like fun again, but I'm trying to keep the pace to the same easy effort.

The one exception (there's always one, I know) was this morning. I'm not sure if it happened because I went out a bit later than usual or because I had been watching the Berlin marathon beforehand and some of Wilson Kipsang's magic had gotten to me, but even though I could have sworn I was still running at the same effort level I was going 15 seconds per mile faster. Saturday's very short run might have had something to do with it as well, I only had time for 5 miles because Niamh was once more galavanting at the other side of Ireland leaving me home alone with a gaggle of kids to mind and babysitters were hard to come by (and I'm definitely the only person I know who gets babysitters to go running rather than drinking eating), but general consensus amongst the brood is that Mummy should go away more often because it's more fun with Daddy (Daddy disagrees btw, I can't cope with them on my own, plus those babysitters are getting expensive).

This was a very easy week, with more of the same to come, and yet this is exactly what I need to get ready for a much longer race. Running is a funny thing.

27 Sep
8 miles, 1:03:52, 7:59 pace, HR 135
28 Sep
5+ miles, 40:21, 8:01 pace, HR 133
29 Sep
10 miles, 1:17:32, 7:45 pace, HR 146

Weekly Mileage: 57


  1. My husband said the same to me, that he cannot cope with our kids on his own while I'll be in Hungary. Dads do way better job than they give themselves credit for, though. However, this will be my first time away from the family, so I might not be able to cope without them:(

    It is great that you enjoy running again!

  2. I thought you would have at least run 400 metres at Kipsang's pace -- a nice steady 70 seconds. I'd be hard put running 100 these days.

  3. One mans trash is another mans treasure .. they are the sort of numbers I am hoping to "improve" to this winter !!! It is recovery time for me after a successful first season of ultra-running. Sunday saw me run and finish my first 50 miler at the Vermont50. I finished in 9h21 on a great course with tons of single track trails and nearly 10,000 feet elevation. My time was good enough for 75th out of 230 [The winner ran an incredible 6h07!]. I think my wife might ban me from your blog as when she asked "what's next?" I said "well ....". Jojo