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Send in the Clowns - BAC 10K Challenge

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,435 ✭✭✭christeb


    As for reading Hello magazine while you're running?!
    Somne composure for keeping the mag still while running!
    Good work, as was mentioned before, the patience of the treadmill will stand to you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Guilted into it, by posters who are so hard they eat glass for breakfast, I decided it was time to do another 'off-road' run before the snow disappeared. So, threw on the Innov8s and headed away from the house. Half a mile into the run and still on the road, I was faced with my first hurdle, a flooded road. Climbed up the ditch, and managed to negotiate my way around it, which, as it turned out was completely pointless. The hill climb for the next mile or so was a wide stream of melted snow, cascading down the route. After 10 minutes of stepping gingerly, I decided to throw caution (and dry feet) to the wind, and set off up the middle of the river bed. Higher up, the stream turned to slush, and then snow. The snow running was lovely (once you got past the slush) and the run up around the scalp was great, with just the wild goats for company.

    Unfortunately, I ran out of time and had to hit the (still snow covered) road on the way back to pick up my youngster from school. So a couple of fast miles through the slush ensued and arriving back at the flooded road, launched straight through the middle, in my now soaked footwear.

    Highpoints:
    Snow run near the smelting tower
    Running with the goats in the Scalp (Kevin Costner sequel?)
    Counting toes afterwards, and finding the same number I started out with
    Not slipping once, thanks to Innov8s (Now raised to godly status)

    Lowpoints:
    Taking a wrong turn at the scalp and heading towards Enniskerry
    Briars bent over by the snow, stealing chunks of skin
    Innov8s may not be dry for Annacurra (but are now nice and clean again).

    Summary: Bloody long log entry. 6.79 miles in 1 hour, @5:28/km, HR=151.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,608 ✭✭✭donothoponpop


    Great entry Krusty, sounds like a real satisfying run. Fighting through briars, running upstream, mountain goats for companions: from now on, Road Miles=Wuss Miles:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,441 ✭✭✭Slogger Jogger


    +1 for your run report and the inov-8s. Wore them on 2 snow days myself and they were superb.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    ...inov-8s. Wore them on 2 snow days myself and they were superb.
    I have to say, they're brilliant. They're actually lighter than my Asics kinsei's, and running with them on the road is very comfortable - they almost feel like they're sticking to the road like slicks. They're also so damn comfortable I'm thinking of getting a second pair to wear about! Or maybe I'll just wait until I retire this pair and give them a wash.. :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Today: Planned a 10 mile aerobic road run. Couldn't decide which of the routes to cover, so decided I'd try a hilly route that I haven't ventured on for quite a while (different set of roads). Couple of snow-flakes falling outside, nothing to worry about, grand job. 1 mile in, snow pelting down. Up the hills that were 95% clear of snow yesterday - now, a fresh blanket of snow. So another lovely snow run (though quite unexpected this time, and without the slush and the Inov-8s). Back to sea-level - no snow at all. Some phone-pics around Barnaslingan.

    Summary: 10 Hilly Miles in 1:19 @4:54/km, HR=147.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,378 ✭✭✭asimonov


    hey krusty.
    great training log and cool phone shots....i expected goats though (pity).


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13 villan1


    Today: Planned a 10 mile aerobic road run. Couldn't decide which of the routes to cover, so decided I'd try a hilly route that I haven't ventured on for quite a while (different set of roads). Couple of snow-flakes falling outside, nothing to worry about, grand job. 1 mile in, snow pelting down. Up the hills that were 95% clear of snow yesterday - now, a fresh blanket of snow. So another lovely snow run (though quite unexpected this time, and without the slush and the Inov-8s). Back to sea-level - no snow at all. Some phone-pics around Barnaslingan.

    Summary: 10 Hilly Miles in 1:19 @4:54/km, HR=147.


    Great photos!


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,441 ✭✭✭Slogger Jogger


    Great run and pix. We need more pix from people's runs methinks.

    I think you've the same hiccup on your HR that I often get with my garmin where it spikes at the start. Either that or you started your run like a madman :) I wet the straps of the HRM today and it started recording properly. My max HR today was only 157 vs your 180 :confused:

    Some day I'd like to hook up for a run around those there hills.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    asimonov wrote: »
    hey krusty.
    great training log and cool phone shots....i expected goats though (pity).
    Thanks! The goats were from yesterday's off-road run. :) Today was strictly on the road, not that you'd notice a difference! (except for the missing goats!)
    SJ wrote:
    We need more pix from people's runs methinks.
    Like a 1,000 Photo challenge? :)
    I've learned to ignore the HR spike. At the start of the Aware 10K I was over 220 bbm. :eek: You should definitely come out for a run, but I think I'd be pointing you in the right direction, and then watching you disappear into the distance! Maybe a recovery run!!!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Yesterday: Did the Hal Higdon weights, plus the core strength training routine, and located some muscles that previously did not exist in my body. I always knew my core strength was a weakness, but jaybus, I found it difficult, and have a number of aches today (with a slight groin pull), for a very small number of reps.

    Today: decided to go for a slightly longer than scheduled recovery run to try and stretch out some of the sore bits, so did 8 miles at a relaxed pace (no pace information showing on the Garmin, which again, really helped). I should be working for the County Council, as I think I managed to find every non-gritted Icy road in DunL/Rathdown. Still, kept the heart rate low, and I feel a lot better for it.

    Summary: 8 Icy Miles in 1:10, @5:11/km with HR=132 (70%).

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Today: Babysitter woes meant that i couldn't get out early, when the conditions would have been better for running (couple of fresh inches of snow). Instead, I managed to get out as everything was thawing, so the paths were treacherous, and ended up running nearly all of the 18 miles on the road, with only my HiViz to protect me.

    Lashing rain, nasty drivers (yes, I know, I was running on their turf), and a couple of beers last night while the better half was away, meant a fairly miserable start. But running along Stepaside I cheered up, as the mountains reminded me of my recent ski trip to the Alps (didn't think to take a photo though). Heading to Blackrock the weather improved, and by the time I hit Killiney the sun was out, and I managed to take a few piccies without slowing down (motion blur!). Killiney was almost tropical by comparison to Stepaside.

    Bart Simpson shaped Summary: 18 miles in 2:14, @4:38/km. HR=144

    Some moving phone camera pictures here. Hard to believe these pictures were all taken over a 24 hour period!

    Picture d'jour:
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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,492 ✭✭✭Woddle


    Thats a very nice picture. I took mine with a crappy old camera. I have a lovely canon 400d, so I must figure out a way to carry it safely on my runs :confused: as its kind of nice showing the kids where daddy ran today. Good running aswell.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,441 ✭✭✭Slogger Jogger


    Great running KC and great pictures. Your 2nd picture of a snow packed road was pretty much what I had to totally run on this morning in Wicklow. You covered a fair area in your run too and you were lucky with the weather by the sea.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Woddle wrote: »
    Thats a very nice picture. I took mine with a crappy old camera. I have a lovely canon 400d, so I must figure out a way to carry it safely on my runs :confused: as its kind of nice showing the kids where daddy ran today. Good running aswell.
    I've taken to carrying my mobile phone, as it's handy for the radio, and emergency rescue when I'm up in the hills :eek:. It's a Sony Ericsson K800i that takes a reasonable photo in a pinch. Couldn't imagine bringing a decent camera on a long run with me though! I have a friend who carries a digital compact, and takes a few self-portraits as he runs various races, and the deterioration is hilarious.
    Great running KC and great pictures. Your 2nd picture of a snow packed road was pretty much what I had to totally run on this morning in Wicklow. You covered a fair area in your run too and you were lucky with the weather by the sea.
    Very tough run then! How are you finding the Inov-8s (Mudroc's?).Did you wear them for the long run? Yeah, I covered a lot of ground, but the variety helps me with the motivation! Soon, I'm going to have to start hopping on a train, and travelling 20 miles away to run home, just to get some new runs in.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,441 ✭✭✭Slogger Jogger


    I wore regular road runners on my run today. ASICS 2130s I think. As the snow was fairly fresh it wasn't slippy. Yesterday on the snowy trail I wore my inov-8 mudclaw 270s for the first time. They've a plasticy sound running on the bit of tarmac I ran on, but on the rough stuff the grip was fab and they are lighter than the orange ones (mudclaws?)


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Yesterday: 5 Recovery miles, that felt good. I didn't want to stop running (which is a good sign), but I did stop (which is an even better sign). Legs felt like they just wanted to keep on going on their own.

    Summary: 5 Miles in 37 Mins.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Today: 10 Miles, with 5 miles at 15k-1/2 Marathon pace. Beautiful weather, so headed off towards Kilternan, with the plan to do the 5 fast miles from mile 4 onwards, reserving the final mile for recovery. By the time I hit mile 4, my energy levels had dropped to zero and my body didn't want to go on (it was all uphill to that point). Stopped for a break, and threatened my body with an ice bath if it didn't obey me. After a while the legs kicked back in, and the body followed. So the 5 miles flew by, dropping from Kilternan back to close to sea level. Wonderful views of snowy mountains and greenery, and still plenty of snow left in the fields.

    Unfortunately I snapped my Garmin ANT USB dongle in two, so can't upload any runs for the time being. :mad: Have bought another one on eBay for around 15 quid though, which is pretty good value. Average pace for the 5 miles was 6:37/mile (33 minutes), so happy enough with that.

    Summary: 10 miles with 5@ 15K race pace in 1:11 @4:28/km. HR=149 (79%).


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Hal's Strength training + Core strength exercises (quite wrecked after these), followed by 5 mile recovery run, in nice sunny weather.

    Summary (still no GPS log uploading): 5 miles in 39 mins, @4:52/km, HR=133.

    Tomorrow, going to do a few miles just to tick over, then rest up on Friday for the IMRA race on Saturday.

    Sunday - Long run: Planning something a little different with a running buddy. Going to leave a car at Killiney Dart station, get the Dart to Howth, and run all the way back along the coast. 20 miles, flat as a pancake, with the exception of the final climb over Killiney Hill/Vico Road. Google Map route. Will let you know how it goes, or if anyone wants to try it, could meet up in Howth on Sunday morning (you could alternatively get the Dart back). Planned pace ~5:10/km (8:20/mile).


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    8 Mile aerobic run today. Schedule was for 10 miles, but cut it short due to popping my IMRA cherry on Saturday. Just as well, as legs were very tired. Hopefully resting up for a day and half will provide some return to normal energy levels.

    Summary: 8 Miles in 60 mins @4:42/km, HR=138

    38 Days to Connemara
    108 Days to Edinburgh

    Today's outlook: Tired.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Today: Annacurra IMRA Race - 5.5 miles, with 358m ascent.
    My first IMRA race of this year (having done two last year), I had forgotten just how painful these races were. I arrived in Annacurra with a friend, at around 10:20am, and got signed up and suited up in no time at all (great organization!). Went for a quick warm-up jog out the forest track, and thought to myself- hmm.. This isn't so bad.. Nice run through a forest trail.

    At close to 11am, Slogger Jogger did a fine job of providing a quick course overview, and then before we knew it, the race had started (very unexpected!). Myself and my friend were the last two people over the start line, so, as has become the ritual, started the process of working through the field. It was very difficult (very tiring) passing people on the initial climb, as the path through the forest was narrow and we typically had to take the outside line to overtake. Three quarters of the way up the initial climb, everyone around me (I was probably half way up the field) had slowed to a walk, so ashamedly, I joined them and took a breather for a minute or two (I guess this is what separates the men from the boys). The terrain levelled out a little (still a steep uphill climb!) so I picked up the pace a little. Coming over the top we were rewarded with fantastic views, but I didn't get to enjoy them as we were crunching our way through the snow, and I was in a personal battle with a couple of other runners.

    We hit the first downhill (still covered in snow) and I could tell that the runners I was competing with were solid technical downhill runners, but somehow, I held onto my pace, and managed to pass them. An unexpected uphill (I should have remembered the elevation profile!), a bit more snow, and we were rewarded with the big downhill section back to the village. When we started the downhill, I was in 35th position (or thereabouts), and for some reason I was passing other runners who all seemed to be better runners than me, but who just couldn't hold the pace. Into the forest, a guy in front of me fell and managed to get up again, then we were back out into the open. I put in the final burst of speed over the last flat 200 metres and managed to pass 3 or 4 runners, before crossing the finish line and crumpling into a corner.

    A tough race for me (I've grown used to (fond of!) my gentle hill climbs), I was very pleased with my 26th place finish, out of 112 finishers. A fantastic result for boards Athletics Club, having taken 1st, 6th, 8th, 12th, 16th, 26th and 32nd place. Still have to await the final results, but I'm sure we won the team result by quite a stretch. I'm also sure that even without Enduro's and Slogger Joggers outstanding results, we would still have won the team event (and I would've been on the score sheet!)*. Overall, a very enjoyable well run race, that I hope is a permanent fixture on the IMRA race calendar.

    Summary: 5.45 miles in 42:35, @4:51/km, with Average Hr=170 :eek:
    Looking forward to seeing the tracklog for this race uploaded, but haven't received my new USB ANT stick yet.

    *Edit*: Correction: team result is first three finishers only, rather than four, so we needed at least Slogger Jogger's result, and I couldn't have scored. I'm still happy. :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,608 ✭✭✭donothoponpop


    Great account, and great race for you Krusty, well done! There's not a better feeling than going home from these races with the memory of taking a few places on the final downhills.

    Did I see you there today (and apologies if you introduced yourself), I was taking the money at the registration desk, may have been a bit muddled?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,441 ✭✭✭Slogger Jogger


    +1 for that great account. I, guiltily walked, a bit of the steepest section. It was my body telling me how stupid I was for doing a bike ride yesterday. However, on some uphills like this a strongly walked stride can be as good as a slow jog and I held my own and stetched out on the downhill. Well done KC.


  • Registered Users Posts: 208 ✭✭sean_d


    KC - nice account of the race.
    I think I was one of the guys you overtook on the way down (Black/green kit, ended up 35th :o) and I suspect we were running together for a bit before that?
    Well done on the result - the easy terrain today really killed me, and I couldn't hold the pace of the descent of several guys with more road miles in their legs on. Much prefer running on hard, technical terrain. More tempo runs and long intervals for me :(

    re walking up that steep section - I did also and did not lose any ground to a couple in front who "ran" it, but felt better for it as it gave the legs a small break and was able to go past them at the top

    Slogger Jogger - thanks for organising a great race, very well run.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Great account, and great race for you Krusty, well done! There's not a better feeling than going home from these races with the memory of taking a few places on the final downhills.

    Did I see you there today (and apologies if you introduced yourself), I was taking the money at the registration desk, may have been a bit muddled?
    Thanks Donothoponpop. I didn't realize you were taking the money, so didn't introduce myself! I did see you doing some dodgy addition for a couple of guys who were in front of me in the queue. :D

    I now know what SJ looks like, so will definitely come up and introduce myself for the next race.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    +1 for that great account. I, guiltily walked, a bit of the steepest section. It was my body telling me how stupid I was for doing a bike ride yesterday. However, on some uphills like this a strongly walked stride can be as good as a slow jog and I held my own and stetched out on the downhill. Well done KC.
    That's great to know. I was wondering if the leading pack would walk any of the steeper slope. did you see Enduro walking? :D

    When other drop into a walk, it's all too easy to follow-suit, as you realize that the guilt and shame is shared. :o
    Thanks again for a really great event and a welcome return to the fun that is IMRA.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    sean_d wrote: »
    KC - nice account of the race.
    I think I was one of the guys you overtook on the way down (Black/green kit, ended up 35th :o) and I suspect we were running together for a bit before that?
    Well done on the result - the easy terrain today really killed me, and I couldn't hold the pace of the descent of several guys with more road miles in their legs on. Much prefer running on hard, technical terrain. More tempo runs and long intervals for me :(

    re walking up that steep section - I did also and did not lose any ground to a couple in front who "ran" it, but felt better for it as it gave the legs a small break and was able to go past them at the top

    Slogger Jogger - thanks for organising a great race, very well run.
    Hey Sean, that's me on the left, in this picture. Can't believe how fast the guys have got the results and photos (tagged) up on the website. Were you part of a trio of guys wearing something like 'Hiking association of Ireland'? I had some really good tussles with other runners, from the top of the hill all the way back down. Before that I was ploughing through the field on the way up (having started at the back), but there's wasn't anyone giving up a place easy on the downhill section!

    I think I remember meeting you before the forest at the end, but don't think I had been anywhere near you before that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 208 ✭✭sean_d


    Must be mistaken then - I was having a great tussle with someone dressed very similarly all the way up the top section - eventually got rid of him on the snowy descent but he caught me again on the big fireroad, thought it might be you, but nevermind. You definitely did pass me on the descent though (were you in a group of 4 that passed me just after the road crossing?) as the counting marshall at the top put me in 30th and I ended 35th, having caught 1 person and been caught by 6. Was fine on the climbs, but the flats and easy descents is where I lose a lot of time to full-time runners. Immediate aim is to go sub40 for a 10k (probably try Bupa Great Run on April 4th) and hope that will put me in good stead for the faster races.
    Were you part of a trio of guys wearing something like 'Hiking association of Ireland'?
    Yep, that's me. We're from the Mountainbiking Association of Dublin (www.madmtb.com) - doing a bit of cross training for fun, and really enjoying the hillrunning setup.
    Before that I was ploughing through the field on the way up (having started at the back
    Yeah, had that problem myself - 2nd week in a row. I should really have learned the first time that if you're standing in the middle of the pack during the Director's speech, you need to be aware that EVERYONE else is inching forward around you and you're going to be standing at the back by the time the whistle goes....bit different to bike racing where the grid system is a bit more rigid. Cost me at least a minute, if not more, in Ticknock, a little less today, but its all experience I guess. I'll eventually get my head around it all...


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,493 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    No wasn't me, as I was competing with two guys on the snowy downhill and managed to pass them both through reckless self-endangerment ;). I can't have been too far behind you though, as I was counted in around mid 30s, but don't think I got passed on the downhill section. But maybe I was in pursuit on the uphill. My head was down.. Very down...

    Apologies for misreading your logo. I just saw you guys briefly at the start. When the race started we were around 10 feet behind the last people and were waiting for the whole - line-up, 'ready-steady-go'!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,441 ✭✭✭Slogger Jogger


    Ran it again this morning as part of a longer hill run and didn't walk! :)


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