Sunday, February 22, 2015

Another week done....

Quick summary:

Mon - Treadmill 10km recovery 37:02

Tue - Treadmill 10km recovery 35:55

Wed - 2km up, 10km threshold 32:36, 2km down

Thu - 2km up, 10km threshold 32:36, 2km down

Fri - 2km up, 10km threshold 32:36, 2km down

Sat - Claregalway 9.5km easy run 37:42

Sun - Kilconeiron 5m road race. First in 27:22. All up 18.4kms with up/down.

Total 89.9kms for the week.

The race on Sunday was really tough. Very windy especially in the middle section of the course which was very exposed. I lost the will to live at one point and was grinding away going nowhere. This was on a course where I've ran 25:46 and I'm arguably in better shape now! Another win and a great charity event. Onwards and upwards - I'm getting slower each race I do at the moment which isn't a nice trend!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gorgeous Gort 8km

This turned out to be an action replay of last year. In tougher conditions...

I warmed up with Owen and we made our way down to the start for the 1:30pm off. The race was soon underway and I was a little disappointed not to see any tractors parked on the high street this year as we made our way through town. A left turn and then it got a whole lot tougher as we were then running into a stiff breeze.

I'd opened up a bit of a lead and any thought of getting a bit of a drafting benefit of the lead van were quickly erased as said van was several hundred metres up the road. A couple of tough kilometres followed and then it got a bit easier as the course took another turn to the left. I didn't feel too great - maybe one too many beers the night before; a sore knee; or any other excuse you can think of.

The pace had at least picked up a bit and just before halfway it was time to make another left turn onto the main road just before the half way mark. Now the wind was on the back but that didn't seem to help me much. One of those days where I just felt a bit flat. At around 5km the course took a right turn and then it was time to welcome a lovely tough climb. Then a few more drags before a left turn where the course flattened out a bit.

At 7km there was another speed bump just to keep you honest. Then some welcome downhill back into town. I pushed on as best I could and crossed the line in 26:19 for the win. One year wiser and 15 seconds slower. Progress of the backwards variety!

A very enjoyable run and good to see the same top 3 as last year with my wingman Owen finishing in second place. Credit where it's due to South Galway AC who put on another great event and great to see so many marshals out on the course.

About 14.7kms for the day. And 71.7kms for the week. Pathetic volume but hopefully I can get back into it next week and get some threshold runs under the belt...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Mon to Sat

Here goes:

Mon - recovery run 12.6kms in 46:55 (3:43's). Left knee sore after XC - think I twisted it slightly...

Tue - 2km up, 13.8km threshold 45:10 (3:16's), 1.6km down. All up 17.4kms

Wed - rest. Previous days run was stupid and I was limping around as a result with a very sore knee.

Thu - 7km shuffle on the treadmill. Average HR 111. My zones start at 131 so they were junk miles.

Fri - 10km on treadmill in 37:13. Wound it up a bit and knee feeling a little stronger.

Sat - 10km treadmill in 36:36. In recovery zone and good to race tomorrow.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The week that was

Sorry for short updates....

Mon - 11.1km recovery run 41:37 (3:45's)

Tue - 2km up, 13.9km threshold run 45:06 (3:15), 1.6km down. All up 17.5kms

Wed - 11.1km recovery run 41:06 (3:42's)

Thu - 2km up, 10.0km threshold run 32:19 (3:14), 1.0km down. All up 13.0kms

Fri - 10.0km recovery run 35:58 (3:36's)

Sat - Rest

Sun - National Masters XC - 4km up, 7km race, no warm-down...

I had a very solid run in the XC. Conditions were perfect for me - nice and cold and fairly solid ground (not a mud bath). Lots of twists and turns and undulations and good fun to race on. One small lap of 1km and then 4 more laps of 1.5km. I settled into the lead group for the first couple of kms and was feeling great but lost a bit of ground in the middle of the race where I should have pushed on. I then finished the last couple of laps strongly and pegged back a few places to finish 10th overall and 3rd in the V40 category. Great to get a national medal at XC but looking back I think I could have done a bit better if I'd really pushed it in the middle section. Looking at the results I was only 16 seconds behind 3rd place and I committed the cardinal sin of falling off the back of the lead group. That wouldn't have happened on the road so I need to learn from it.

Here is a great snap:

That's 73.7kms for the week. Doing okay at the moment and building nicely towards some goal races in March.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Weekly Update

The week that was:

Mon - 11.1kms recovery run 42:00 (3:47/km)

Tue - 2km up, 13.7km threshold run 45:11 (3:18/km), 2km down, Total 17.7kms.

Wed - 10.0km treadmill recovery run 35:57 (3:36/km)

Thu - 2km up, 13.9km threshold run 45:06 (3:15/km), 1.6km down, Total 17.5kms.

Fri - 11.1kms recovery run 41:55 (3:47/km)

Sat - 10.0km  treadmill recovery run 36:31 (3:39/km)

Sun - 2km up, 14.0km threshold run 45:08 (3:13/km), 2.0km down, Total 18.0kms.

Total 95.4kms for the week.

Three good threshold runs in there (all treadmill). Pace getting quicker each time so that's a good sign. Happy with my progress.

Next week - more of the same with the National Masters XC in Tuam on the weekend.

Dad arrived Wednesday so a few visits to the pub to report.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Getting there

The week of the treadmill runs....another threshold. Pushed it for 10km (32:50) and then pulled back a bit and ended up running 13.7kms in 45:07 (3:18's). The last 9 minutes were getting tough - so I took the easy option and lowered the incline and pulled back the speed.

That's about what I was doing in the build up to the half last year so I think I'm getting back to where I was. That's 8 threshold runs completed now in the last 3 weeks and I guess I have to keep building them up until I get back to an hour.

88.4kms for the week.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Busy day

Busy with work and squeezed in another treadmill run in the evening. Pushed it a bit today but still well into the recovery zone. Time 35:57 for 10km (3:36's).

A few beers in the evening.

Friday, January 23, 2015


The treadmill runs continue. 10km recovery in 37:09 (3:43's).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Getting it up there

2km up, 10km threshold, 1.6km down. All up 13.6kms on the treadmill.

Getting tougher to get into that threshold zone - a sure sign the fitness is coming back. 33:09 for the 10km.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Outside recovery run 11.1kms in 42:53 (3:52's).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

40 mins

A longer treadmill threshold run today. A total of 12kms in 39:47 (3:19's). I felt pretty good up until about 35 mins and then I was hanging on at the end. Heart rate getting up there also - a good bit higher than normal.

All up 16kms.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Back into training

Treadmill 10km recovery run of 37:11 (3:43's). Legs not too bad after the race but pace a bit down on normal so that shows I was perhaps a bit tired.

I had a look at my HR data from the race yesterday. Could do better. I didn't even get into my tempo zone. That's not good.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tuam 8km

A good crowd for this and pretty good conditions. After a 3.1km warm-up it was time to line up for the start. The horn sounded and Gary Thornton took the lead, with another guy in quick pursuit leaving me back in third.

That soon changed and midway through the first km I had moved up into second with Gary disappearing up the road. That's pretty much how it remained. I felt great for the first 4 kms and I was running sub 3:10 pace feeling like I could hold that for the full 8km. Then we took a few left hand turns and started running into quite a stiff breeze and I decided to slip into a pair of lead boots.

A very tough run home. Especially the long section on the main road. I finished in 25:53 after being 12:30 at 4km so a big positive split. The effort level was consistent but the breeze had me beat today. Still a good result finishing second to Gary who ran 24:34.

A 3.2km warm-down to give me 14.3kms for the day. That time is probably a fair reflection of where I'm at right now. More time needed in that threshold zone to get the strength and speed back up to where it was.

That's 75.3kms for the week. I love racing and really enjoyed that today. I think I need to race a bit more this year.

Well done to Shaun Murphy for winning the Masters. I didn't give him a hope against Robertson in the final and he won easily defeating the Aussie 10-2.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

No zone today

Gentle 20 minute run on the treadmill (quite late in the evening). Only 4.4 kms and felt very slow. Tuam AC 8km run tomorrow.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Beer intake suffering due to work

Outside for a change for my usual 11.1km recovery loop in 42:26 (3:49's). Not much else happening - no darts this evening as a busy day of testing tomorrow. Just watching the snooker as you do.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sub 33

Short of time bit squeezed in a 10km threshold in 32:56 (3:18's). Again a bit quicker and the first sub 33 threshold 10km for a while.

Only 12kms today in total with a short warm-up and down.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Treadmill 1, Bad weather 0

Treadmill recovery 10km in 36:25 (3:39's). Again getting quicker in that recovery zone.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Quicker pace at same effort level

Threshold 10km on the treadmill in 33:10 (3:19's). A bit quicker than last week so getting a bit fitter. Still a long way to go. All up 13kms.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Keep it going

Outside recovery run 11.1kms in 42:14 (3:48's).

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Oh no he doesn't.....

Another 10km threshold run in 33:30, All up 13kms with the up/down.

That's 90.9km for the week. Four threshold runs done. I reckon it will be 6 weeks at least before I get back to where I was at the end of November....

Pizza and then the annual pantomime with the kids in the afternoon. Good fun.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Treadmill 10km recovery run in 36:51 (3:41's).

Apologies about the infrequent blog updates - no coincidence that me getting busy at work is impacting my spare time!

Masters snooker starts today. Marco Fu hits a 147 to get things underway!

Friday, January 09, 2015


Another 10km threshold run today in 33:40 (3:22's). Slower today but felt really tired....

I had to turn out for the darts team as they were short of numbers. I won both my pairs and singles which was a miracle considering I've hardly picked up a dart in the last month. The highlight was a 130 checkout to win my singles finishing on the bull (20-60-50). The highest checkout of the league this season!

Thursday, January 08, 2015


Myself and Fintan - cold again but lovely for running once you got going. All up 14.8kms in 56:22 (3:49's).

I talked about threshold testing and Fintan couldn't talk...which is nice...

Wednesday, January 07, 2015


Same run as Monday - this time threshold 10km in 33:23 (3:20's). A bit quicker but heart rate a bit higher.

I plan to run 3 or 4 of these a week for a couple of weeks and then start to up the volume (and get back outside on the road).

Tuesday, January 06, 2015


Outside run of 11.1kms in 41:54 (3:46's). Cold but went well and legs didn't feel too bad.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Threshold return

My first threshold run since late November. Being a softy I eased myself back in on the treadmill.

Typical routine. A 2km warm-up, then 10kms at threshold (starting at 1.5% gradient and then lowering to 1% after around 6 or 7 minutes). Then 2km to finish with.

The threshold segment was completed in 33:30 (3:21's). They don't get any easier - but the thing I noticed was that I got in my zone a lot quicker today (around 5 mins). Normally it takes a lot longer so another sign I've gone backwards. But it's a start...

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The Flying Scotsman

Outdoors today to finish off the week. A total of 14.8kms in 56:22 (3:49's). My pace has slowed to get into my recovery zone and that's a clear indication that my general fitness has gone backwards. Back into it starting tomorrow...

Watched the darts final in the evening. A great game and really pleased that my tip Gary Anderson won his first world crown. Super viewing.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

A couple of three

A short treadmill run of 8kms. Was planning longer but felt very tired. Time 30:26 (3:48's).

No dry January for me this year. A few beers here and there just to keep the joints lubricated.