A return to blogging on Paddies Day

A crazy two weeks to say the least. Along with some good gym sessions last week I took part in my first all nighter adventure race simulation session down in counties¬† Clare and Limerick. An amazing experience, physically not extremely hard but the fact you are training all night is the experience needed, not to mention the navigation. A huge thanks to the lads that organised it. Mike, Sean, Kate, Jacqo, Brian, Mark, Sinead, Peter and myself all slogged our way around a 16km hiking section before hitting the water for a 13km midnight kayak and finished with some biking and hike a bike on the hills. The advice from these more experienced multi racers is just what I need and a chance to learn the right way.¬† A more detailed course route can be seen in Sean’s video below!

My leg has started to improve and I am gradually increasing things. I have given more time to weighted squats, lunges, plenty kettlebells and trx this last two weeks and I hope it will pay off. I ran today on some pretty boggy ground with a full pack and felt only slight heaviness in the leg towards the end. Fingers and toes crossed it will be ok.

My session today took me out past Moycullen to the hills above Uggool near Cloosh. I decided to bike to the top of the first hill, ditch the bike and take off hiking across the bog, into some pretty awful terrain. There were bog holes, fallen forests, huge rocks and tall grass, which all added to the fun. I hiked and ran a little in an 8km loop taking around an hour and a half. There were tw onice climbs invovled so decent piece of training. It was an interesting experience with the full race pack but my new Osprey Talon pack is brilliant. Not a bad way to spend your paddies day and all I’d need is one pint to celebrate after today.

As can be seen in the pictures above, especially on the right, the terrain was tough today but the views were spectacular.

I got back to the bike and cycled the same route home, into a head wind so by the time I had the 25km home covered I was pretty much finito.

 

Start of the downhill, the biking up the hill was the training part, this is more the fun bit!

Start of my hike/run today.

Sean’s Clip of our session Saturday night/Sunday morning,

https://flow.polar.com/training/relive/457551077

 

 

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Article: 8 Ways to Extend Your Long Run

8 Ways to Extend Your Long Run

http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/8-ways-to-extend-your-long-run

Glad to read this article. It backs up some of recent training techniques. I’ve only had time for one long run a week. It is actually the most relaxing session of the week with pace nicely scaled back. The quote at end of this article is excellent!
Today was a long one with early start so gym for intervals and trx this evening, followed by soccer training in a while. Hoping to hit a few hills tomorrow as I’m taking a day off work. 

A Rainy Wednesday

Another Wednesday low intensity run today. I averaged out at 4.29min/km for 15.30km as can be seen below.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/455667858

It was an awful evening with heavy rain and very bad visibility on the road. A big section of this run is on side roads near the city, meaning lots of traffic and also meaning I spent alot of time dodging floods, being soaked by passing cars and enjoying the odd jump into a muddy drain, just to make things interesting!

It has been a good week training wise since the race Saturday. A gym session Monday with spinning and running speed intervals and a good TRX and core/stretching session thrown in. A similar but less hectic session on Tuesday followed by some soccer training all went well.

Another fast race awaits on Saturday next with the Cong Cunga duathlon, taking place in Cong, Co. Mayo. There will be a strong field but I really just want to use it to work on my speed and as a different kind of training. It consists of 5k run, 20k cycle and 2 k run. Not my usual endurance and more of a sprint.

Time to cook now and get ready to watch Ireland play Serbia in a soccer friendlie, so feet up for the night!