Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Not according to plan

A very mixed bag the last few weeks, training has not being going as well as I would have liked as there's been a distinct lack of good quality back2back long runs and also runs of 30miles or more and this concerns me alot.

The last few weeks I've had problems again with muscle pain in my left leg and because this has affected my gait I know have a blister that just won't heal on my left foot also.   At present I'm having good days and bad with both of these issues.

Whats slightly worrying is less then two weeks from now I have the Vartry 50mile race to do and I'll be honest, I don't feel like I've had adequate training for it which is pretty concerning.  Between being sick at the start of Feb and the muscle pain I've experienced its not making the training easy.
Given the mix of running the last few weeks I'm not going to list each run, instead here's the total miles so far.

Miles This Year: 500 miles

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Copper Coast Running

Courtesy Ray Lanigan
What a productive week mileage wise!
Well, ok I didn’t run every day but I did some good long runs of 20 and 35miles and I felt great the day after each of these runs.

My quad muscle in my left leg also held up pretty well during the entire week, although I could feel it on the hill climbs during the 35mile run that I went on in Co Waterford around the coast.

The more regular stretching is giving results it seems....although I really need to stretch more!

I used the 35mile run on Saturday as a test for roughly what I was expecting to carry for the Thames path 100 in May, while the pack appeared to be heavy enough it was certainly manageable.

It was a nice change to head out for a long run part of a group instead of on my own as by far the vast majority of my runs are on my own so it certainly makes the day pass faster.  It was also good to meet some of the people I'll be heading over to the UK with in May.

Last weeks runs broke-down as:
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: 20miles @ 9:35min/pace
- Wednesday: 10miles @ 8:08min/pace & 2miles
- Thursday: Rest
- Friday: 2miles @ 9:11min/pace
- Saturday: 35miles @ 11:46min/pace
- Sunday: 5miles @ 7:26min/pace

Weekly Total: 74 miles
Miles This Year: 356 miles