Sunday, February 21, 2010

More Snow

The Sunday Morning crew running through Carton Demense.

Today's plan was a trip to Wicklow for a run up Djouce Mountain but it started snowing last night and we decided to stay local.  On the plus side it meant a lie in but rather than waste the minutes gained by not having the commute to and from Wicklow we decided to run longer.  Turned out to be a very enjoyable morning with someone else deciding the pace and choosing the route.  22 Miles later I arived home for breakfast.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I've been told that I haven't updated this blog for a bit. Well thats because I've nothing out of the ordinary to report as all I've been doing over the past few weeks is running and concentrating on increasing my endurance and falling into a regular training routine. My training so far is going to plan apart from a few recent unplanned days off which in turn have reduced my expected mileage but more importantly I'm injury free.

My next race is the Ballybunion 10K on April 03rd and I'm really looking forward to it as it'll be interesting to see how effectively I can run a short fast race in the middle of my Ultra Marathon training which is mostly long slow miles with very little speedwork as a percentage of weekly volume. At the moment I feel like I've no speed but we'll see what happens on the day.

Yet again I was asked to run with the Runner's World pacing team in the London Marathon which I've now slotted into my training plan and this will be my last long run before I start my taper for the 24-hour World Championship in May.

I had originaly planned on running the Connemara Ultra (39 Miles) but have since decided against it as I think it will be too much too close to my more important 24-hour race. I made a few mistakes last year and had a very disappointing race in Australia but if those mistakes help with my preparation for a more important race they'll be worthwhile.

Mileage to date: 410
Days off since Jan 01st: 6
Longest single run: 20 Miles.