ReeReeG wrote: »
Fair play to you with such a positive attitude amidst the many things that have been thrown at you!! Hopefully no more incidents for a long while now
Cartman78 wrote: »
Week Beginning: 14/06/2021Number of Runs: 2Total Distance: 13 km
Well my plans for a phased return to the road is literally, metaphorically and actually on ice :-(
Tried a couple of gentle shortish jogs but didn't get the positive response I was hoping for tbh...still a bit creaky, leggy and achey so back to square one again now.
Might just write off the next couple of weeks altogether I think...feel like I could make things considerably worse by trying to force a comeback.
Still ploughing away on my rattly hybrid so fitness levels not falling off a cliff just yet.
But the main athletics highlight came yesterday at the County Juvenile Track and Field Championships. I recently joined up with the coaching team and it's been a great experience so far I have to say...I'd hesitate to label myself as a coach, I'm more of a assistant at this stage.
It was a long day but very rewarding...great to see the kids competing and thriving. Such a refreshing change from hurling (where I also perform my assistant coach expertise) where half of the kids obviously don't want to be there at all.My young fella was making his debut as well and got on great....seeing him power down the final straight to hang onto a medal was amazing. I actually got really emotional and was glad I was wearing sunglasses as the other coaches were over congratulating us :-)
So more cycling and stretching on the horizon this week and hopefully the PF starts to ease off
ariana` wrote: »
That's fabulous, I love the proud dad moment! Congrats to your son.
COILLTE 10K DUNDRUM Co.Tipperary 07/07/2021
Finally an actual race…..my first time toeing the line in action since the DCM in 2019 (!)
In ‘ordinary’ times I would have given this a miss as my Achilles/PF is still nowhere near right and I only ran 62K last month, haven’t done a speed session since May blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Anyway headed off yesterday evening with my support team (ie. my wife….accompanying me to a local race for the first time ever as the kids are up with my parents for a few weeks :-) )
Got there in plenty of time and did a gentle warm up while spotting the local and national elites swanning about.
My warm up was on a gravel track and it wasn’t until after my last set of pre-race strides that I realized I had a bunch of mini pebbles in one of my shoes….which led to some frantic foostering and a dash to the start line (I actually think Mick Clohissy, Sergiu Coibanu & co. were already there so I was well beyond the boundaries of being fashionably late)
Anyway panic over and off we went. The atmosphere on the start line was fantastic….you could see and sense the relief of everyone that was there.
As expected the pace was pretty hectic for the first KM (3:41) but I soon settled down and as usual was pretty much running on my own after that once the field spread out.
Settled into a comfortable pace and was motoring along nicely for the next couple of KM (3:56, 3:57) and then I inexplicably dropped off the pace for no apparent reason (4:06). I was feeling pretty good so think I might have just lost concentration/focus for a couple of mins and zoned out….something similar has happened to me on a couple of 5K TT’s in the last few months so something to watch out for maybe.
I had been worrying about the ankle/heel blowing up early on so the handful of runners I saw dropping out and hobbling before halfway was a stark reminder and warning to take it handy. Got back in the groove (3:55) and breezed through halfway in a not too shabby 19:36.
The novelty of being back doing a real race had worn off a bit at this stage and I knew I would have to really slog it out for the second half given my recent disastrous training.
Kept the pace going without too much strain (3:56, 3:57) but felt the wheels starting to come off a from 7K onwards….got passed by a couple of Cork runners I’d been with for a bit and just couldn’t stay with them.
Clung on at 3:58 for the eight KM (31:28 for 5 miles) and started a fairly muted kick for home. Crept under the 4 mins again (3:58) for 9 KM and then hit the ‘800M to go’ sign which must have given me a boost.
Turning the final corner onto the finishing stretch gave my aching leg another mini boost and it was full bore now to the line with all the engine warning lights flashing.
So it turns out I did the last KM in a semi-respectable 3:51 to give a finishing time of 39:18 which was beyond my expectations starting off tbh.
Went through my Garmin archives today and that time is my fastest on that course and my 4th fastest time ever (!) which again raises the question….what the fupp was I at years ago!! Lol
I think the dietary changes and general health improvements I’ve made this year have made a huge difference tbh and if I could just get a clear run of solid training (eg. no kidney stones, vaccine reactions, overtraining) I could make some serious progress with my running.
FWIW - I wore the Zoom Flys on the night....hard to know what uplift effect they had tbh...but from what I saw pretty much everyone that ran sub 40 mins was wearing some form of carbon plate shoes.
A great night overall and hopefully a sign of things to come
So the combination of holidays and heatwave have put running on hold for the last while.
I have packed the running gear but suspect it might be in the darkest corner of the roof box atm.
The last few days have been all about body boarding, sorbet, tofu sandwiches and gluten free beer.
I had hoped that the rest might be good for my dodgy Achilles/plantar fasciitis but it doesn't seem to be the case. At this stage I'm becoming less certain that it's PF, the pain seems to be very concentrated on a specific point on the solder of my heel (rather than a wider area incl the arches).
Anyway, roll on the county 4 mile championship in early August
Another week of sun, sand, sea and......... plantar fasciitis :-(
Plenty of walking and hiking and sea swimming but alas no running.
Still feeling in reasonable shape generally....my newish diet regime has deffo limited the normal holiday excesses.
I've made an appointment with a different physical therapist for the week after next to see if he can shed any light on my ankle/heel issue