Friday, October 31, 2014


Obviously it goes to reason that recovery from your 61st marathon will take less time than from your first, especially so if you did not race all-out, but my recent rate of recovery has taken me by surprise.

The first 5 mile recovery run, less than 20 hours after crossing the finish line, was a little bit stiff but even then there was no soreness. All subsequent runs have lacked even that stiffness and there was never any sign of DOMS whatsoever. Walking down the staircase in the in-laws' house was always fine - this is great!

Usually I only run 5 miles for several days after a long race, but I felt sufficiently confident to increase that a little bit to 8 miles by Thursday and I'll probably do 10 on the weekend. I ran all at an easy effort, whatever came naturally, but I still need to be careful. Today's HR was 149, which is too high. It might have felt easy but this was too hard.

Life has been rather busy this week. On Monday I ran a marathon. On Tuesday we had Maia's birthday party. On Wednesday we saw the Book of Kells and then travelled home to Kerry. On Thursday Cian had a friend over most of the day (actually, that made life easier). On Friday I had to bring two kids to Tralee for music lessons and we're going trick-and-treating later on. The weekend is fully booked as well.

I need to get back to work. Holidays are too stressful!

29 Oct
5 miles, 4:09, 8:02 pace, HR 135
30 Oct
8 miles, 1:02:48, 7:50 pace, HR 143
31 Oct
8 miles, 1:01:13, 7:39 pace, HR 149


  1. Your job obviously isn't tough enough! ;) I need more holidays - work is killing my goal to get in a run and a ride each day.

  2. I hear you about the holidays being too stressful! Looking after little ones is a life of servitude... 61 marathons, wow!