Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Its off to the physio I go!!

I have to face up to it, its time to head to the physio and my knees checked, hopefully it will figure out why I'm suffering everytime I run.

Its a slight hold up, but the sooner I fix it, the sooner I get my targets for the year back on track.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sunday on the Prom

I was in Salthill on Sunday and by chance I had my running gear in the car so took a jog around Salthill as the day was lovely.

Its amazing how rusty you get after a short space of time of no running, so 4.1 miles was tough at best the last day, but struggled along regardless. I always enjoy Salthill though, apart from the fact it's the spot of my greatest running moment (completing the half marathon last year), it also is very relaxing with the views of the sea. The only thing now is to get the distance back in my legs and hopefully back up into the 10+ miles as soon as possible.

Location: Salthill Promenade
Distance: 6.71 km / 4.17 miles
Pace: 9:16 p/mile
Time: 38:42

Friday, 10 February 2012

My first tempo run

This is something new for me, running for me was about finishing the route, not controlling my body in the process. So with my trusty Aldi HRM in hand, I set out to do a tempo run for the first time. The plan was to keep my heart rate comfortable for the first 15 minutes, push up towards my max heart rate in the middle section and bring it back down on the way home.

The heart rate monitor was fairly comfortable and forgot about it after a few minutes. I kept an eye on the heart rate for the first few minutes, keeping it at a steady 130-140 bpm as the first 10-15 minutes passed by. As I reached the 15 minutes mark I upped the pace and started to push my heart rate up, hitting the high 170 mark as I attempted to get faster. It was tricky to maintain a pace like this but felt a great degree of satisfaction keeping it going for 10-12 minutes. As the last few minutes of my tempo run came, i slowed down, with my heart rate coming back down to 140-150 bpm.

All and all a nice run, if somewhat an interesting experiment in controlling your heart rate.

Location: Carraroe
Distance: 6.2km (approx) / 3.86 miles
Pace: 9:05 p/mile
Time: 35:00

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Back into it

As much as I'd like to say I'm going to do the Duathlon this month, it just won't happen without proper training, its simply an event that if it's disrespected it will make you miserable when you do it. However the plan for the moment is to get into training to do the Great Ireland Run 10k on April 15 in Dublin. I've decided that my first target this year should be to get my 10k PB time down and attempt to make some improvements on it.

For this I am going to use the Hal Higdon 10k Intermediate Plan with hopes that my speed will improve. I took to doing my first 3 mile run yesterday for this plan and have to say I found it tough, although my choice of route did not help as it consisted mainly of sharp inclines and drops, not the ideal way to begin a training plan but worked through it none the less. A nice 30 minute run to get started, not exactly blistering pace, but at least its a start.

Location: Ceantar na n-Oilean
Time: 30:20
Distance: 5.6km (3.5 miles)
Pace: 8:40 p/mile

Have hit the gym now as well to do some core work, so hopefully this will aid me on my way towards improving my times.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Slow slow slow

Despite all my best intentions, i've only managed to sneak in two more runs since my last post on my blog. Alas between work, taking language classes and general tiredness, my motivation has taken a serious blow and just don't feel the enthusiasm I had last year. I wonder if its down to just training solo or what is it, but need to get back into it.

So I open it to the masters of the running blogosphere, what do I do to get back into it? Do I need a push or even a kick? Answers on a postcard please (or even here if thats easier :) )

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Day 1 Run 1

Between working away from home and late night before finishing my training plans have somewhat fallen by the wayside as of late so hopefully last night was the beginning of getting myself back into it.

I decided that the best to do is not worry about speed for the moment, and just settled on doing a 30 minute run to see if my fitness levels have decreased in my 6-7 weeks of inactivity. Well it didn't take long to figure out as I spluttered and gasped my way through 30 minutes of sheer torture last night. 

All i can hope for is that things get better quickly

Thursday, 12 January 2012

"The one with the Duathlon, Half Marathon and the Adventure Race"

Right I'm back again after 6 weeks of pretty much eating, drinking and pretty much giving my body a kicking, and as the title suggests this year should be 3 resolutions I'd like to get done.

No. 1 - Complete a duathlon, have eyed the Conamara Duathlon on the 25th February as a target - simply because it is 5 minutes down the road from me and would love to give it a crack.

No. 2  - Complete my sub-2 half marathon, its a modest target I know, but am still a bit bugged about my 2:02 last year in the Galway Bay Half Marathon, and would love to just get that out of the way. I haven't settled yet on which half marathon to do though so that will have to wait and see.

No. 3 - Complete an adventure race, am considering the Sea2Summit, whether its the short or long course yet, am not sure.

So that's the plan, am starting by jumping into a beginners duathlon plan at Week 2 tomorrow in hopes that i'll be ready for the 25th February. Considering my cycling experience is very limited, am not quite sure what I'm letting myself in for, so let us see what happens.

All help, rambling, criticism, praise etc greatly appreciated again this year folks.