Okay I'm still alive and training has been going well. I've been averaging around 80 kms per week and seem to be getting stronger every week. Here is a quick snapshot of training since my last post back in May....
w/c May 29th - 82.2kms
w/c Jun 5th - 80.5kms
w/c Jun 12th - 73.7kms
w/c Jun 19th - 83.9kms
w/c Jun 26th - 83.1kms
w/c Jul 3rd - 83.2kms
w/c Jul 10th - 85.4kms
w/c Jul 17th - 94.7kms
w/c Jul 24th - 83.3kms
w/c Jul 31st - 85.6kms
w/c Aug 7th - 89.1kms
w/c Aug 14th - 49.8kms
w/c Aug 21st - 91.5kms
w/c Aug 28th - 103.0kms
w/c Sep 4th - 95.5kms
w/c Sep 11th - 93.5kms
w/c Sep 18th - 77.0kms
w/c Sep 25th - 75.9kms
w/c Oct 2nd - 82.1kms
w/c Oct 9th - 84.3kms
w/c Oct 16th - 82.8kms
My current training is 3 sessions per week. Normally treadmill threshold run on Tuesday, speed session Thursday and race or threshold run on the weekend. The rest of the week is just easy/recovery runs.
Training paces have improved significantly but race performances haven't been great. I seem to be a but one paced and aren't pushing myself enough in the race environment. Race summary below:
Jun 5th - Maree 8km - 2nd in 27:40
Jun 12th - Castlehackett 8km - 1st in 28:49
Jun 18th - Annaghdown 10km - 2nd in 34:44 *
Jul 29th - Cappataggle 8km - 1st in 26:52 *
Aug 7th - Dunmore 6km - 1st in 19:13 *
Aug 26th - Claregalway 10km - 2nd in 34:10 *
Sep 3rd - Ros Go Run Half Marathon - 1st in 1:17:34
Sep 9th - Clarinbridge Half Marathon - 1st in 1:16:19
Sep 16th - Round Norfolk Relay 21.3km - 3rd in 1:15:55
Sep 24th - Grey Lake 10km - 2nd in 34:29
Sep 30th - Colemanstown 10km - 1st in 33:36 *
Oct 15th - Tuam 8km - 2nd in 27:07
Oct 15th - Moylough 10km - 1st in 35:08
Looking through that list I have indicated with an asterisk the ones that I put in a decent effort - the others were all threshold type sessions. Only a couple of half decent efforts in there TBH - the Dunmore 6km I was pleased with and nice to get under 34 mins in Colemanstown (though I thought going into the race I'd be nearer 33 mins). I find it hard to push myself at the moment and need to find a good race to hang on to people.
I've started doing some S&C for the first time this last couple of weeks. This should help with injury prevention and over time I think it will help with my running economy. I was certainly sore after the first few sessions so it must be doing some good.
I'll try and update on a weekly basis again. If anyone has any questions then let me know.