I enjoyed this tough session today. With a brick session in mind this morning I decided on a course I have only tried once before. It invovles a cycle from Galway out to Roscahill on the Clifden road, the a very hilly and soft bog run and summit run to the mast in Cloosh. Then a descent on forest tracks back to the bike for the relatively fast spin home. All in about 2 hours 15 mins of training and I felt mostly good. My knee is still not 100% after the fall last weekend and my hip has been tight all week but we will battle on. A little rest now and lots of food before work again tonight. These late shifts take some getting used to but are fun.
I have posted the link once more below to the sessions today. Nice to actually remember my watch for once. Heart rate is still high but I am trying to train to the max at the moment so this is probably a good thing. Now for some food, or should I say lots !
We had a great gang of 5 for the short spin to Kinvara on saturday. We arrived nice and early to soak up the atmosphere. There were all sorts chats as to finishing, just finishing, whether to use the bathroom or not, t ofuel up or go for a quick warm up run. All so different individually of course. A great comradary amoungst both beginners and more experienced runners all of whom looked forward to beating themselves out on the course.
I decided I would do a quick kilometre warm up, which I cut short as I bumped into a few old friends but I was on the start line just in time for the gun. I set off fast with the lead bunch. We tore down the main street and out towards the countryside and on 1km I checked my watch which was at 3.19. Yikes these dudes were fast. I knew the 2 guys in first and second would soon be distant figures but I was happy with how I was going and I would do my level best to stay under 3.45min/km for the duration.
After 2 km I was sitting in 4th position and feeling good, My breathing and heart rate were still on the up but all in all my legs were doing what they were meant to do and that kept me happy! We turned left onto a side road which for the next 5 km would take us up and down a few little hills and down some nice country roads before tipping over the last hill to run the final 3km. Amazingly I was still in fourth and I had beaten my 5km time already. This, however, didnt last long as within a minute 2 runners had passed me. This didnt mean anything as I was still clocking my 3.40s and would even finish on a 3.28 . The last kilometre was torture as I pushed to beat my Pb. I could see my 2 competitors all the way to the line and was greeted as I turned for home by my two nieces, my sister and my brother in law with a big high five. This drove me up the home straight and I crossed the line in 36.40. An identical time to Athenry race on Stephens day.
All in all I was very happy as the course is harder than Athenry. My feeling is even though I am not training for the 10km race in particular, my speed over longer distance is improving. Lots of bigger challenges lie ahead.
A huge congrats to my girlfriend and my other friends who all had pb’s in the race and have shown how hard work pays off every time!
The finish line!