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05/07/2005 at 20:25
Hi guys, off on paternity leave, still managing to fit a few runs in between feeds but feeling very tired. Going to enrol this weekend for Longford to give me the boost that I need. Will definitely be doing the 10 mile race in Ballyclare, considering I'm originally a Ballyclare man. Feel pressurised however because I ran a PB there 2 years ago and you are always disappointed when you fall short of your old times.


What sort of schedule would you recommend for running for Longford, considering the limited time?

Jim

05/07/2005 at 23:30
Jim - I enrolled for Longford yesterday. I ran 30 miles last week, I hope to do 35 this week and step it up to about 47 per week until mid August.

I would like to break 4 hrs, but I know that if I get to 4hrs 15 mins its more realistic.

I need to to be running at a faster pace in order to break 4 hrs.

My best half marathon is 1 hr 51 mins for Stranraer. It would be difficult to run another 13 miles in 2 hrs 9 mins, afterwards, but you never know - We can all dream.
07/07/2005 at 00:18
Hello all-back over in Norn Iron for August. Be grateful if anyone can let me know what races are on? I ran Cookstown last year and will do it again. I've heard there is a 15k in Letterkenny but can;t track this down.
thanks
07/07/2005 at 10:17
Hi Bronwyn welcome to our thread.
14 August Letterkenny Summer 15K 11.30am B. McDaid 086 811 3947 the link is below.
http://www.lac.ie/grand-prix-05.htm
For races in the North go to the NIAF web site http://www.niathletics.org/ Were are you from are you comming across on holidays if so when and we can keep you up to date on any races which may not be on the NIAF website.
Seamus the serious training starts now if we are going to get selected for London 2012. Good to see that London has been selected maybe be able to get across and see some events without having to fork out a small fortune.
Hills on Tuesday tough but survived going to do about 7 miles this evening.
07/07/2005 at 10:46
Seamus-i would also love to break 4hrs best time is 4hrs 3mins set in my first marathon belfast 2002;the four marathons i have run since have all been slower.

don't know if i could fit in 30-40 miles a week with the long hours i work will start to build my long runs on sundays from 10m to 20m until two weeks before marathon and fit in speed work on week nights.

07/07/2005 at 15:25
Well Kenny - Good to hear that you're improving. Its good that London got the Games. It will have positive spinoffs for everyone.

Sad to hear of the bombs in London this morning. Some poor people have lost their lives and others very seriously injured.

Jim - So long as you do long runs you'll be OK. I did Dublin last year in 4hrs 4 mins and when I looked up my training diary, there was only one week that I did over 40 miles. Maybe the less miles the better.
07/07/2005 at 15:49
Seamus just when London was on a high they get hit by these bombs sad that these innocent people have lost their lives.
Jim if you build up you long runs and through in a couple of other runs during the week you should be OK. The important runs are the long ones. You may not get the time you were looking for bur you'll get round OK. Good luck with the training I wish I was able to do it too.
10/07/2005 at 20:00
Hi everyone ran the Dervock Half this morning very warm but I felt not too bad on the way round and was quicker than I was at Lisburn.
Has anyone been out over the weekend.
10/07/2005 at 21:15
Good to see you are all still here, am afraid that work has got the betterof my posting recently.

frotunately my runnign has not suffered as much, managed 48 miles this week, with a 14, a 17 today and some hills and speed aswell.

Portaferry 10M next week, a testing littel jaunt so it is.

Lovely outat the moment, the colour is coming back, should make up for the lack of a trip to the sun this year.

Seamus not really training per say for Longford, just looking towards cardiff and getting the basics in, am just going for the runa dn will see how i feel on the day, hopefully good!!
10/07/2005 at 22:47
hi everyone ran a hilly 10 miles this morning'still not feeling great'every run seems to be a struggle.

i think i have put weight on and this is making me out off sorts going to look at my diet
10/07/2005 at 23:11
Kenny - That's good to see your form is improving. I did 13 miles this morning but it was quite slow 2hrs 3.5 mins. I had a few glasses of wine on Saturday night and on Sunday morning it was 23 degrees.

Ian 48 miles in a week is good - that's my peak marathon training.

Jim its hard to keep the weight down, when you're lighter you definitely feel better at the running.

Kenny - Where's the Dervock registration at?

Also how do you get to Dervock from Ballymoney?
12/07/2005 at 11:40
Hi everyone great weather for running even though it is warm. Went out yesterday at lunch time very warm but I was glad it was a slow recovery run and I could go out and enjoy the sunshine. Went out this morning and did 7.5 miles felling a lot better than I have for a while. Don't know if I am ready to race yet.
Seamus Dervock is a village outside Ballymoney. If you travelling along the by pass Dervock is the second turn on the left after the Portrush Road roundabout. If you are comming from Kilrea direction go straight through the small roundabout at Matthenson's Chemist at the bypass turn left and Dervock is the first turn on the right it is well sign posted. Dervock is about 4 miles from by pass. Registeration is in a caravn in the park in the centre of the vallage. Travel down into the village you will see a closed filling station on the right the park is on the right a short distance after.
Donna how did you get on at the physio?
Baldy good luck Portaferry its a long way for us to travel to race keep up the training.
Jim its hard keeping the weight off. When I was training for the marathon I cut out eating after I finished my tea it worked for me. I also think if you are training for a marathon you are more careful about what you eat. Good luck with the diet.
12/07/2005 at 23:22
Glad to hear ur form is getting better, hopefully u will be racing soon. Went to Ann, thought she was fab. She was clearing my lymphs in my legs which was very uncomfortable, kept crawling up the bed. She also give my calfs a good spors massage. I am now doing isolated stetches and for the first time in such a long time I ran 6 miles with no tightness. I am so chuffed but trying not to get too excited. My fitness has suffered with the interuptions of injury but hopefully will soon come back. I am back with Ann this Friday for another painful session but it is so worth it. Been off work on hols and to be honest have over indulged which defo effects the fitness levels as well.
13/07/2005 at 20:45
Donna for a wee woman Ann can inflict some pain but its worth it if it sorts the problem out. Hopefully another visit wil do the trick and you can get back to some consistant training without the worry that the calf will start playing up.
13/07/2005 at 23:15
Kenny and everyone - Hope your training is going well. This evening was good for running - I'm only in about an hour from a 10 mile run. It feels good after a run.

I'm looking forward to Dervock and Ballymoney. It hard to keep the speed work going. Good luck to everyone.

Ladyluck - I hope your injury is on the mend for good.
14/07/2005 at 21:08
Hi everyone hope the training going well. Weather a bit better for running. Had a good run tonight ran the Riada % in 40.34 my best run for a while feeling better every time I go out.
See you in Dervock Seamus havn't made up my mind whether I will run or not.
14/07/2005 at 22:38
That's a great time Kenny - and in a race you'll improve on it further. I always feel I'm at my maximun speed at around 8 min miles.

Dervock should be a good run - If you feel OK you should run it Kenny.

I'm finding it tough to keep the faster sessions going. Plodding is quite relaxing. Roy Keane would say that there's too many runners that like the comfort zone.
15/07/2005 at 09:09
Seamus its much easier running with a group because they tend to drag you round. Speed work especially is a lot easier. I find when I am out on my own I would drift into the comfort zone.
I don't know if I could go much faster at the moment Seamus but another week on the pills might make a big difference. I have noticed a big improvement in my running over the past week or so. I still tend to tire or run out of energy towards the end of a long run. It may be dehydration as my condition make me sweat a lot. Have to try and drink more a couple of days before.
Stick with the speed work you should start to see an improvement.
15/07/2005 at 10:58
Thanks Kenny - I will try. Its good to see that your form is improving.

Yes Kenny - I run on my own and althiugh I try - its hard to always push yourself to the limit.

15/07/2005 at 17:14
Was with Ann today again, she thought this appoint wld be my last for a while and u r so right Kenny about the pain thing. Thanks Seamus, hopefully this is it (fingers crossed) Cant run for 48 hours but will try 7 miles on Saturday hopefully outside. Hate running indoors in this weather
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