Saturday, November 26, 2022

Plans don't always go to plan

Since the Dublin Marathon I've done very little running as I've not felt 100% but none the less  I still perhaps stupidly wanted to back into some sort of routine, I'm also thinking about what I want to do in 2023.

I have a 50mile Ultra in May which was postponed from last May but I need some events between now and then both to build upto but also to push myself in my training.

So this week I started on just easing myself back into running, no fast paces and instead focusing on keeping a low HR. Over the next few weeks I'll work in intervals to bring up the pace to my normal range (7:30min/mile range).

Tuesdays run was much, much more effort then it should have been and as the week went on I wasn't feeling great, Thursday night I didn't sleep well at all and throughout the week I had a higher resting avg HR of 47 instead of my normal of 40.

I woke up on Friday morning and felt rotten, I was also 99% sure I had a chest infection and after a GP visit all was confirmed and I was put on antibiotics and steroids. 

So basically no running until that course is finished, not a great start and frustrating as I've not had a chest infection in years which I've mainly put down to running and improved fitness. 

This weeks runs were
- Sunday: 5miles @ 9:58min/mile pace
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: 11miles @ 9:55min/mile
- Wednesday: Rest
- Thursday: Rest
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: Rest


  1. Hi Barry. By my rough reckoning you have 26 weeks to the ultra. Loads of time but be careful . Dont assume you wil necessarily be able to reach the training load of a few years ago, That will take time to build up again. Perhaps taget Connemara 39.3 as a your peak traing race for it. get that done and maybe 60 - 70 miles a week up in the legs by April 23rd and you will be fine. it's got a generous cut off limit.

    1. I see free time as my biggest challenge these days, realistically the one way to manage back2back long runs at the weekend is 5am starts which I did pre-covid infection but if my body has recovered enough is another thing.

      I'm debating doing connemara 39m still or if I'll just run 40miles to Tramore, Co Waterford again and save the expense and time,