Crap...that didn't go to plan!! You're supposed to put up a big fight and say you'd be knackered after Conn etc...
So my return from injury has been a bit aimless so time to settle on some goals to focus me. So my main goal is to break 2 hours for the half so I consulted my good old friend McMillan and he gave me the following times to aim for if I want to break that sub 2.
Currently getting back up to a solid base mileage and plan on doing GIR on Sun and the Kildare Half in May. I'm using these as training runs and to make sure I am starting from a decent mileage.
I'll try to kick off PB attempts in June and use alot of the Race Series to get these.
Bit of work to be done here but it's always good to have something to aim for otherwise I'll become a lazy ass and skip half my runs!!
Also note no mention of a marathon attempt (this year anyway)!!
Shaz, you've had a lot to contend with over the last year with injury and missing DCM and Barcelona - your training has been badly hampered.
If you can get a clear run (pardon the pun) with your training, you'd be well on target for a sub 2hr half.
Thanks, very true point. Hopefully you're right and I'll be celebrating a sub 2hr in Ryans after!
Thur April 7th
I planned a nice easy 4 miles at 10:30 min/mile pace. I haven't been using the watch to pace myself lately so thought I might start again this eve to try and stick to a planned pace. Yeah right, like that worked...not one mile was at the target 10:30 pace .
Still it was a gorgeous eve if not a bit warm at 17 degrees and a nice relaxed run. Bloody flies and midgets have made their comeback too...protein intake increased!
Avg Pace: 09:45
Guess it's not just me so. There's a lot to be said for just running by the feel of it, IMHO. Watching the clock is a pain in the neck and shoulder while you're doing it, and no sooner do you look away than the pace is up or down or sideways....
My sister gave me a card the other day and guess what fell out…a present of entry to 3 of them… On your bike!!
GIR April 10th
Good god this race was a shocker for me. Just as well this was not a target race or I would not have been fun to be around after!
So we arrived at about 12:30 thinking this is perfect, drop the bags and mooch around for a bit before the start (@13:10) in the sunshine. I crossed the start line at 13:42 according to mr garmin and it was not fun to be standing around in that heat for the delayed start (22 degrees according to my car!|). Also since I’m on a rant what the hell was the point of the starting colours?? I was in the white pen and surrounded by green and reds with people starting to walk before the 1km...wtf .
Right back to the race, no pace in mind as I had no target time but idea was just to keep it comfortable. First 5km were ok, warm but bearable (apart from dodging the walkers) and settled into a nice rhythm. Then we hit the hills and the wheels came flying off. The hills just zapped me of all my energy. I jogged the first one up to s-bends huffing and puffing and managed to recover ok-ish by St Marys and then the next one hit. A couple of people were puking by the side of the road at this stage and this just broke me. I hate watching people getting sick coz then I want to puke . All form went out the window as I struggled on and 7 – 9 kms were just awful.
I have not felt that bad on a run (race or training) in a long time and even thought about walking the rest of it. I stopped for a few seconds before I gave myself a good HTFU speech and got going again albeit slowly. Then I realised that if I kept going like this I would struggle even to make it under the 60 min mark and there was no way I was going to let that happen even if my stupid foot was starting to give out. Very nice of it to remind me of its presence on the last km of a crap run . Finally made it across the line under the 60 mins...just about but that was rough going.
I know I’m still on the comeback trail so I can’t be too harsh on myself. It is time to start cranking up the quality of my training though and this was a good motivator. Anyway stats...
Distance: 6.33 miles
Avg Pace: 09:27
What’s the story with the crappy t-shirt??
This really annoyed me too. Also nearly came to a standstill at the roundabout...
You did great getting under the hour well done. It sure was tough going.
Sounds like it was a tough one shaz, but you did brill to get in under the hour
Definitely a tough race for a PB or any kind of time goal. It's always so conjested!
Not sure how anyone ran in the heat yesterday.
Chalk it up to experience and no doubt it will stand to you that you kept going and that you didnt' give up. Getting in under the hour in those conditions and for somebody just back from injury is great going.
Cheers girls, really nice to read the encouragement
April 11th Mon
10 easy miles on the bike to bring the legs back to life. Also good time for reflection! It wasn't the time that annoyed me yesterday, it was the level of effort on what should have been a comfortable run.
I think I was freaked out after that I need to increase my pace by a least a min/mile to get those 5 mile and 10 mile targets and on the exact same course .
So in retrospect yesterday was actually the perfect training run, woke me up as to what I need to do. Hill and interval sessions will be introduced to plan - probably alternate them every week. Good learning experience so worth doing despite my rants yesterday
Thats the spirit Shaz, you'll get those times down sooner than you think. How's the foot after the race?