Sunday, May 31, 2015

Start of holiday

This week went something like this:

Mon - Claregalway 11.1km recovery run 42:12 (3:48's)

Tue - 2km up, 13km threshold 46:33 (3:35's), 2km down (felt tired - not recovered from race)

Wed - Treadmill 10km recovery run 36:17 (3;38's)

Thu - Treadmill 9km recovery run (am), Mayo AC recovery session 9.4km (pm)

Fri - 2km up, 10km treadmill threshold 32:23 (3:14's)

Sat - Vilamoura 12.2kms out of zone 52:31 (4:18's)

Sun - Vilamoura - 6 x 1.34km threshold reps plus up/down - all up 15kms

Total 97.2kms for the week

Travelled to Portugal Friday evening. Tried a run there on Saturday and it was bloody hard going in over 30 degree heat. Did some threshold reps on Sunday to finish off the week - about 4 mins 30 seconds each effort and well up into that threshold zone (pace around 3:20 ish/km). Again it was very hot and this was running at around 6pm...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Mayfly Week

Another week:

Mon - Treadmill 10km recovery run 36:09 (3:37's)

Tue - 2km up. 13km threshold 45:31 (3:30's), 2km down

Wed - Claregalway 9.5km out of zone (to test twisted knee) 39:55 (4:12's)

Thu - 2km up, 10km treadmill threshold 31:59 (3:12's), 2km down

Fri - Claregalway 11.1km recovery run 41:50 (3:46's)

Sat - Claregalway 9.5km out of zone plus strides

Sun - Mayfly 10km 32:56 - all up 14.5kms

Total 85.9kms

I managed to twist my knee somehow mid-week so the Wednesday run was to see if I could run. That went okay. The race on Sunday was a good one. A very tough course with a big climb between 2 and 4 kms. I had already opened up a decent lead and after 4km I got into a nice rhythm and ran the last 6km at 3;10/km pace. Very happy to break 33 on that course and the heart rate was as high as I can recall it going (max 157). Another win by a shade over 4 minutes!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Solid and feeling good

Another good week in the bank. No racing but might look to change that next week:

Mon - 2km up, 10km threshold treadmill 32:19 (3:14's), 2km down

Tue - Claregalway recovery run 9.5kms 35:45 (3:46's)

Wed - 2km up, 13km threshold Claregalway 45:32 (3:30's), 1.5km down

Thu - Mayo AC relaxed intervals on the track - all up 10.6kms

Fri - 2km up, 10km threshold treadmill 32:30 (3:15's), 2km down

Sat - Claregalway recovery run 12.8kms 48:14 (3:46's)

Sun - 2km up, 13km threshold Claregalway 45:00 (3:28's), 1.5km down

Weekly total 93.9kms.

So 4 good threshold runs - 2 inside, 2 outside. Feeling super strong at the end of the week and it felt like I was jogging on Saturday and I ran the first half of the run at sub 3:40/km pace. A good threshold run today to finish the week in very windy conditions (good for toughening you up). All good at the moment - knee behaving nicely and I seem to be able to push the training a bit more at the moment. That could be due to the iron supplement or it may just be placebo.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Treadmill recovery run to finish up the week. All up 10.0kms in 35:59 (3:36's).

That's 88.8kms for the week.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Getting it done

A late outdoor threshold run after licking my wounds early doors. The same run as Thursday - this time 10 seconds slower for the 12.5km which was strange as I felt a lot stronger today. All up 16.5kms.

A few beers in the evening just to feel normal again.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Darts Final

Treadmill recovery run 10kms in 36:29 (3:39's).

The long awaited darts final in the evening. Having not played in yonks I got down the pub early for some practice and was throwing okay. Overall we lost 5-4 after leading 4-3 so a bit disappointing - especially after we had gone all season unbeaten. I lost my pairs match 3-2 with the other team taking out double top with their last dart whilst we were sitting on double top....then in my singles I won 3-1 after losing the first leg hitting two 180's. But that wasn't enough. Needless to say a big night on the sauce and didn't get home until 3am....

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Outdoor zone 2

A nice still day today so outside. A 2km warm-up, then 12.5kms threshold in 43:33 (3:29's), then a 2.5km warm-down. All of that in a shade over an hour so decent running.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Weather poor

A reluctant treadmill run. A 2km warm-up, then 10km in 32:49 (3:17's), then 2km warm-down. All up 14.0kms.

I seem to have lost a bit of pace in my threshold zone since the end of last year (both on the treadmill and on the road). Hopefully I'll get it back again soon.

Snooker in the evening. Hit a few decent breaks - the highest being 36 where I managed to miss a straight black off the spot.....same old same old.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015


Treadmill recovery run of 10.0kms in 36:29 (3:39's).

Knee still great and has given me a new lease of life. I've started taking an iron supplement also as I often feel tired and not able to push the runs properly so hopefully this will help.

Monday, May 04, 2015


There was a local 5km charity fun run in Claregalway so I decided to run that as the proceeds were for a great cause. I fronted up and it was all walkers and only a handful of runners. The siren sounded and I planned to take it handy but that plan soon went out of the window when a young lad took up the running......we were side-by-side for the first 500m until we hit the big 600m hill and to my relief I started to open up a bit of a gap. I was well into my threshold zone by this stage so decided to keep up the effort level up and stay in that zone.

The kms clocked by on a very familiar route to me and before long I was crossing the line in 16:11 for a comfortable victory. Good fun and well organised and tea and biscuits after. Lovely.

Well the good news is that I've finally made some real progress with my left knee. After at least 18 months of constant patella pain when I'm running I've started doing some abductor stretches and the difference is incredible. I'm not quite pain-free but I'm 1 out of 10 on the pain scale whereas I'm normally around a 3. I'll keep stretching away and hope that it stays like this...

And a brilliant win for Bingham in the snooker. Thoroughly deserved. Really enjoyed watching that.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

I missed a sitter pink on 56....

Here we go - another week done and dusted:

Mon - Claregalway recovery run 11.1kms 42:30 (3:50's)

Tue - Treadmill recovery run 10kms 36:05 (3:36's)

Wed - 2km up, 10km treadmill threshold 32:46 (3:17's), 2km down

Thu - Treadmill recovery run 10kms 36:10 (3:37's) plus 5.3kms easy with Mayo AC

Fri - 2km up, 12.5km outdoor threshold 44:11 (3:32's), 2km down

Sat - Claregalway recovery run 9.5kms 37:33 (3:57's)

Sun - Belclare 10km 32:46 - all up 16.9kms

Total for the week 93.3kms

A busy week. Out on Wednesday (snooker - highest break 56), Thursday (concert in Galway - The Twlight Sad) and Friday (concert in Dublin - the Charlatans). Training suffered a bit made worse as I was stuck at home so was on the treadmill....

I raced on Sunday and was using it as a good threshold hit-out. Quite windy and after a good first 3kms I hit the wind and drags and I backed off a bit. I finished up running 32:46 for another win but the course was a little short so that time flatters me.

Happy enough with the week. Time to pick a target event and work towards that as I lack a bit of focus.