As Kenneth said its too quiet on here , so I am using this opportunity to use the seasonal emoticons , I have injured my neck so cannot run until after Christmas , but I hope this post finds all you N.I runners happy , enjoying the Christmas season whatever you have planned,and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas
Good to see you at the XC Kenny. Last one of the year so feet up time for a week or two. I found that one a lot tougher than Ballyclare but happy enough with how I got on.
Very quiet on here alright. Usually Rodney and Kenny don't go AWOL at least... Mags doing great work as usual at waterworks keeping the parkrun going with Matt away.
Still here TG. Taking things a bit easier for a few weeks and then plan to do Antrim XC on 12th January. Left hamstring (piriformis) giving trouble so no ROTG fro me as the hills would be too much. After that a half marathon training schedule and see how I can do in Larne.
Hello all! Thought maybe Winter blues were kicking in and everyone had stopped running?! Only joking
Rodney - sorry to hear about your injury - is that a recurrence from previously? My hamstring is a constant concern despite stretching/strengthening exercises!
No word from Kenny on his balance concern - hopefully sorted now!
TG - good to hear your XC runs have gone well. Have you plans to race early in the New Year?
How is everyone finding their motivation levels during these short daylight-scarce days? I have mapped out a provisional race calendar for 2013 and set my 5k, 10k, Half- and Marathon (Dublin) targets. My training partner for Dublin (this year) has today started his 18-week P&D schedule for London! Can't say I envy him over these next couple of months!
Alwyn I've started to rack up the training for my half in March..today started at the fire station on the Springfield up to the Hannahstown road then on up to the National trust then on up to the path between the black and Divis mountain...then further onto the top of Glencairn and down to the Ballygomartin..back along to the west circular to the station....10 miles....seemed a lot more....but felt great at the end of it...
Theres so many choices re races...something that I was totally unaware of before I started searching about!...big choice this year for me is the Dublin rock and roll half verses Cookstown half...can't do both!!!
Hi everyone, haven't been on here in ages, but I think everyone must have the same Winter lethargy!! Still running away & my next race will be the Christmas Cracker at Casltewellan. We have a 52 seater booked from Larne AC, I think at the minute we have over 20 teams entered, so should be a great wee day out. Only downfall is the tough 10 mile run .
Next year I hope to be back marathon running with a spring & autumn marathon if all goes well. I have relatives in Cincinnati so my Spring marathon will be the Flying Pig marathon in Cincinnati on 5th May!! I enjoy trying out different places when running a marathon so thought why the hell not!!! Not sure yet where the autumn one will be, but plenty of time to plan for that.
My other aim is to complete the half marathon series, I would like to do them all but again we'll just have to see how it goes!
Have a great Christmas everyone & hopefully might see some of you down at Castlewellan!!
Alwyn the balance has come OK and I have stoped taking the tablets. I still have a ringing in the ear now and again but can put up with that. I did the Portrush Parkrun on Saturday morning and forund it tough going as high tide was at 7.30 leaving it a bit soft. This Saturday should be better as it's low tide and there will be plenty of firm sand. it's lovely running along the beach away from traffic and the sound of the sea.
I went up to Gransha to watch the cross country there was over 200 runners in the main race and the weather was perfect.
Did a tough 8 miles on Sunday the first 3.5 was up hill and into a head wind but it was a nice run home down hill and the wind on your back.
I had hoped to do the Glens on New Years day but my calf is a bit tight so I wait and see.
News from Dervock is there will be no Marathon this year just a half and 10K.
My plan for 2013 is to give Larne a go and take it from there just hoping it will be better than 2012.
Likewise No Pain. Glad you introduced yourself and that you enjoyed our Santa Run and food afterwards.
hi guys, wanted to ask a bit of advice (apologies if its in the wrong forum), running since the summer, had a few probs with shin pain couple of weeks back, took a week off with a few static bike sessions and started back and was fine. Managing 6-8 miles on average with the odd 5k thrown in, managed 2 and half miles last nght and had to stop, not just a bit of shin soreness, real stabbing pain almost, played football tonight and same thing. Prob is have 10 mile race on sat, best to rest all week and go for it on sat or try and get a few sessions in before weekend?
Patrick sounds like shin splints. I would give the race a miss as the only real cure is rest.
Hill session last night it was a bit icy but milder as the session went on.
It's great to hear about everyone's race plans for the New Year. Sounds like Larne Half is on most people's agenda as the start of the road racing season. I'm hoping to do most of the Half-series next year although I know I can't make Dervock and Newry may clash with a trip to the TT - does anyone know if Newry is likely to be first Saturday in June (with Walled City Marathon now on Sun 2nd)?
With other Christmas commitments, think I may have to give the Cracker a miss but really looking forward to New Year's Day in the Glens.
Good to hear you running hard sessions again, Kenny! Last night, I joined my mate on his VLM Week One: General Aerobic 10miler - which we ran in just over avg 8min/mile apart from a 1.5m uphill drag which I decided we should attack all the way to the top!
Actually - Patrick - I had really sore shins for the first couple of miles last night which drained away as the legs warmed up. I haven't had any shin pain for ages but last night was my 4th day-in-a-row running and I was wearing an older pair of trainers which I suspect have now lost most of their cushioning. Planning a 5m at lunchtime with full wet weather gear and my newest trainers!
Thanks Tommy at Larne I did 1:22 on the new course and 1:20 the year before that was with no taper as I was in full VLM training at the time. Just started to pick the miles up again for April and still think 2:55 or under is possible if it's cool on the day.
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