I'm signed up for Seeley as well. Looks like its going to be a cold one!
HMM - I hadn't considered doing a parkrun before it but its in my head now..
Not sure if I'm going to make the Seeley as I have a problem with my balance and I'm struggling to run in a straigh line. If I don't run I hope to up to support.
Alwynn read your article big improvement in such a short time well done.
mark some good pics.
thanks, guys for the encouraging remarks about my article in NiRunning - I enjoyed writing down my experiences as both a reminder to self of progress made and hopefully as a future source of encouragement when my enthusiasm for running may wane.
Ken, sorry to hear about your balance issue - hopefully it clears up as soon as it appears to have struck you down.
Club session last night, round the pitches in very wet & heavy going - gave me an insight into what you XC mudlarks love contending with! It certainly pulls on the hamstrings and calves - decided to rest up today.
Great article Alwyn. Shows what can be done if you have the right attitude, even with the odd setback.
I tweaked my left hamstring last night at interval training but hope to be ok for Saturday. Using foam roller, ice, deep heat,ant-inflamatories and resting for 2 days. Will see how it is on a small warm up before the race and will decide then if I should race or run round at a slower pace with some of the other club members.
Hope you are feeling better soon Kenny.
Thanks, Rodney. Hope your self-treatment works well enough for your Plan A on Saturday.
I 'm also nursing a slight hamstring tweak this past 48 hours after interval training on Tuesday - just when I was starting to think my hamstring had strengthened & repaired nicely. No problems at all with it during Dublin.
I have in my head a determination to run a steady first half on Saturday and try to up the pace for a good negative split but from what I hear, Seeley can be a bit chaotic early-on! I will try to use any lingering doubt about my hamstring to take it out steady but race-craft & disciplined pacing are still major learning curves for me.
Any improvement with the balance, Ken?
Martin, sounds like a good turnout for the Run-for-Mark event.I ran a couple of the 26Extreme night 10Ks at Stormont last Winter and, as you say, it's a great effect with the headtorches - all the more given the numbers last night.
Not so many bright spots where I spent last night - at Windsor Park! Still trying to work out how 7 (or was it 8?) extremely close-range chances all went wide/over - very frustrating!!
HMM/Martin - It wasn't just you that thought you'd got it wrong last night. The rules kept changing by the minute. I was marshalling the start with Joe Quinn and when it started we were both surprised the way it happened. I just felt for all the 10k runners that were hanging around for 12 minutes in the rain after the 5k run had gone. I had an even bigger headache at the finish but think it is all sorted now. Glad you enjoyed the run anyway - that was my regular Friday morning pre-work run prior to injury.
Just in from making up bags for collection for Seeley Cup. 923 entries - that's a lot of bags! More to do tomorrow.
Alwyn I loved your article - very inspirational.
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