Northern Ireland Running

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24/04/2005 at 21:02
steady 16 today in 1.48, felt sluggish. will have a good taper this week. slow with strides tomorrow, 8x400 tue, 5 wed, rest thu, slow 4 fri, rest sat, 3m sun with a few strides. and lots of sensible eating in between:-((

what have the rst of you got planned.
24/04/2005 at 23:08
Hi Kenny, Ian and James,

Kenny - You'll shift that cold soon, James Galbraith swears by Boots Bronchial Cough mixture. I used it once about a year ago and it helped. Kenny - rest well and it will shift - You'll not lose any fitness because of it - maybe the enforced rest will make you stronger.

Ian - I'm going to have a very easy week - maximum running about 8/9 miles - maybe a 4 miler and a 3 and a 2 - just to keep loose. I always dread taking a cold/flu at this time.

James - How's the training going?

I want to do Belfast in under 4 hrs 15 mins as I did it in 4hrs 25 mins last year. That's the plan anyway - I would love to break 4 hrs but I don't think I'm fast enough yet. Regards to all, Seamus.
25/04/2005 at 09:13
Hi everyone cold still hanging on but the leg feels a lot better swellings gone down still putting the ice pack on will try running tomorrow night then go for another massage. If all goes well I plan to do 5 on Thursday and a couple on Sunday morning.

The better weather makes running much more enjoyable.
25/04/2005 at 10:39

Hello all

Quiet weekend - fast six on Friday, seven on Saturday including the hill at Stormont, and plan two hours this evening, half of it at mara pace, and half v. slow - then a few short outings and that's it......drank too much vino on Saturday, which may have wrecked the water-loading programme.....

Everyone around me seems to have either a cough or a cold, so it's probably only a matter of time before I succumb too...

Look after that leg Kenny

Glad to have discovered the Belfast marathon thread - with only seven days to go......
25/04/2005 at 11:34
Hi Chris you'll have to lay off the vino to Monday night.

The leg feels OK going to try it out tomorrow night but won't be doing anything silly. At this stage all the training been done anything I do now won't make me go better next Monday.
25/04/2005 at 11:38

Kenny - what are you doing about water/energy drinks etc for the race - will you rely on what they provide, or bring your own? I don't fancy wearing the belt for the race, but if I get tired I want to be able to get something in me quick.....
25/04/2005 at 12:08
Chris I am going to wear my belt with a bottle of Lucozade and a few gogels. I am hoping to get somebody about half way to with another bottle. This along with the cup will hopefully be enough. I'd rather not wear the belt but will fell happier carrying something.
Has Angie got any idea what the weather is going to be like or is she still sitting on the fence.
25/04/2005 at 19:53
I also will be carrying a waterbelt and have 4 or 5 carbogels with me to refuel every 45mins.

The best of luck to everyone in the last easy week.
25/04/2005 at 22:19
Sorry guys dont do belts, have nike baggy running shorts which have a handy pocket in the small of your back, fits 5 high 5 gels nicely. should have water at each relay change thanks to friends!!

Still deciding on which trainers, usual racers or slightly more cushioned pair, dilemmmas!!

Taper has started, gentle 5 tonight and was up at 6am, only 7 early starts left:-)
26/04/2005 at 08:12

I'm on early shifts this week - up at 0500 -does this mean I am accidentally adding something to my taper? Should I get up early on Saturday and sunday too (and especially on Monday........)?
26/04/2005 at 08:21
I was last in Northern Ireland 4 years ago. I managed some nice runs around Portstewart (along the beach and pass the Convent) and Portrush (got lost on the golf course).

Hoose-Goer, what did you graduate in? I graduated from Coleraine in 1990. Maybe we shared a beerin "The Derry" once or twice!!
27/04/2005 at 12:19
Hi James I just ran at about marathon pace, the rest of the gang did 10 400 with a 1 min recovery. I ran just short of 5 miles. I could still feel the achilles. I iced it when I got home did a few stretches and then put a warm pack on. Peter massaged it for me this morning and I am going to see him tomorrow night. Resting today will stretch tonight and use the ice pack again. Will try another easy run tomorrow night. The cold is finally getting better.
27/04/2005 at 15:52
OK ignore me then I don't mind!

(Just kidding....)
27/04/2005 at 16:06
Hi Moriaty
Portstewart beach is were I began running many years ago. I started running as far as I could then walk and run back to the car it was a great feeling the first morning I made it to the Barmouth and back without stopping.
I have been working in the uni since 1988 in the Psychology Dept. What did you study when you were here?
Hoose-Goer only drops in now and again so he's probably not ignoring you.
Are you still running?
27/04/2005 at 16:20
I was only kidding about the ignoring thing...

I was in the philosophy department.I was seeing for a while a lady who did psychology (her name was Lindsey).

Did you know one of my ex-tutors (who became one of my closest friends) Stephen Mills?
27/04/2005 at 16:29
No I didn't know Stephen Mills.
Were do you live now?
27/04/2005 at 16:35
I live in West London (Ruislip) .I left Coleraine in 1990. Took my wife back on a visit a few years ago and took the opportunity to do some decent running whilst I was there (that was the summer of foot and mouth so it was, er, interesting.....)

Do you have any contact with the philosophy lot? When I was there Terry O'Keeffe was H of D and there was a wonderful eccentric called Jim Brown.

There was also a half decent runner called Ken Jones but I expect he's retired by now.

27/04/2005 at 23:30
Hi everybody.

Moriarty welcome to the forum and may you have a good year's running - it good to share our experiences on this thread. I used to run the Benone Strand above Castle rock - running by the sea is good for the stress relief.

Well Kenny - I'm glad to hear that your cold is mending - I hope the achilles tendon mends quickly as well. I usually run a cold shower over my legs after every training run - they say it prevents inflammation in tendons.

I did 5.3 miles on the treadmill whilst watching the first half of the Chlesea/Liverpool game. Kenny - I told you that Liverpool can win the Champions League. They're nearer to the final than Chelsea are at the moment.

Well Ian and James - How's the running going - It coming near marathon time . Good luck to you all.
28/04/2005 at 09:41
Hi Moriaty I don't have much contact with the philosophy lot. I knew Ken Jones through running. He retired now I am not sure if he is still about or if he's moved on. He was a good runner and triathlete.
Jim Brown is also retired and Terry O'Keefe is still about.

Seamus five days to go I am feeling a bit better going to try an easy 5 miles tonight at marathon pace the go for a massage. Hoping that a few day more and I'll be OK for Monday. Seamus I think Chelsea are still the favourites and Liverpool have a lot to do to get through they will have to play a lot better at Anfield.

See you later James.

Chris 5 days to go has Angie given any clues as to what weather we can expect on Monday.

Ian are you still on course for a sub 3.00 hour marathon.

28/04/2005 at 09:50
Kenneth and rest, BBC weather forecast predicts sun and only light wind for Monday. Weekend appears to be rainy and bad. You never know with forecasts though...
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