NUI Galway 8km

I’m there in one of yellow t-shirts, around the second row, but most importantly I have to mention the two guys to right of the photo in yellow t-shirts. These two lads decided to sprint off the start line at full pelt. One of them was onfront of me and was roaring laughing at his mate! By the time the first bend arrived they were swallowed up by the pack but it was funny to see  and also great to see people having so much fun .
It was a  stunning sunny morning with 650 or so people taking part. My plan was to try and beat my previous pb of 30 minutes. I rarely race in 8km races and due to all endurance training of late this fast pace race was going to be a real test.  It turned out to be 8km run at real high pace, including a first kilometer in 3.15 min. I realised I was going out too fast but to be honest I just wanted a hard training session and the hope of a PB at the same time. I held a good pace throughout, averaging 3.40 min km and finishing in 12th place in 29.12. It was great to see my girlfriend and one of my best friends both getting pb’s too. All in all a very successful morning and off to bubble football for my sisters 30th soon after. Happy birthday Linsey !!

Bubble football group!

Results list and some stats below..

Mixed Training

The last week I have tried to combine some hill work, with some strength work on the bike and fit in a little rest somewhere in the middle! The plan is to do the NUI Galway 8km run on Saturday to test myself at a different distance and work a bit on my speed on the road. My basic thinking at the moment is to mix up my training to keep things interesting for the winter. A combination of the gym, the road, the trails and the hills should work out nicely.  This combined with a few good hill sessions and a mountain or two thrown in and I should be able to bring my times down in Sea to Summit race.

What are peoples thoughts on these three books? Born to Run, Eat and Run, and Chi Running.

I really enjoyed Eat and Run and think I learnt alot from this book. The idea of diet being as important as Scott Jurek has made it is amazing. Born to Run is a great story but I haven’t managed to try bare foot running just yet. I plan on minimalist shoes soon and see how things go from there. I heard good things about Chi Running but have yet to read this one.

A few  sessions from the last week!