Hi Paul, hope you get back on the road soon. Plan to get a few C'way Ultra training runs in with you/Jim and a few other this Summer if you are able. Martin - yes I'll try to post some elevation stats over the next few months. I already run a fair bit in Derry as I'm up here quite a bit visiting family I plan to get around all the course over the next while. No snow up here at the moment but the morning may be a diff story. I love snow running.
1st Jan 2010 - Trostan Run (ROTG cancelled)
Now that's proper snow!Out this morning for a back road 11 miler (8 miles LSR pace/3 miles MP) - roads clear, just some snow in the verges here and there. Thats 3 weeks Marathon training done - 15 to go! Have to say I am enjoying it and it is great for focusing on your running!
Just looking ahead to the half marathon series for this year and the 2 new races look interesting. The 1st one is from Dundalk to Newry on the holiday Monday, the 18th March. Not everyone here gets that day off work but the organisers are expecting at least 1500 participants so it could be very busy. Is it along the old road from Dundalk to Newry?
The 2nd one is on the Sunday 18th August at Groomsport. The Ireman 226 challenge and the Half Ireman will be taking place there the same day, so I suspect the half marathon will be timed to take place just after the Half Ireman swim - while they are out on the cycle course. If Glenn is using the same course for the half marathon as the run course for the Half Ireman, it's very different to the normal road course. It goes along footpaths, through a caravan park and along a narrow coastal path and beach. The path is tricky enough, and there's little room for passing, but the scenery is lovely. The Half Ireman run is 2 circuits of this course.
At the moment the only running I can do is in the pool at the gym (which is a perfect 4 ft deep throughout) but hoping to be back out on the road for the start of the series this year. Looking forward to it.
Good luck with the comeback Paul.
Not much snow in Ballymoney yesterday just a light covering enough to give you grip. I managed 6 miles I had too many clothes on and was over heating. The legs are still heavy especially when I hit a hit after my manflu.
DUndalk NEwry is the days after the Jimmys 10k....don't know if I've a 10k and 13.1miles in me that after!
Nitemare getting out of Lisburn tonight - took an hour to get out of the town! Glad todays a rest day & hope the snow is away by tomorrow night.Dundalk - Newry half .... sounds hilly! Cooley mountains are between them so fair bit of climbing with a final freewheel down into Newry I would think?
Out with the beginners last night. A flurry of snow but it did lay until later.
Ricky if frustrating just sitting going nowhere.
This morning there was still 2 - 3 inches so running was looking doubtful today.... thawed a good bit and roads & pavements fairly clear this evening so I got my 5 mile tempo done afterall - 7.46 pace.... starting to freeze so slippery in places but got away with it!Hope you stayed upright Martin!?Kenny - a few inches of snow and it's chaos.. same every year. Cars couldn't negotiate even the gentlest of inclines - bumps, bangs, abandoned vehicles galore...just jammed the whole place up. Winter tyres should be compulsory IMO - I use them every winter on my RWD car and never have a problem in the snow. (good in the cold/wet slippery condx too)
I managed a steady 5 miles last night. Slippy in places so had to abandon the speed session as it would have been too dangerous.
Ricky it's a good job we don't get too much snow.
Ricky I was a bit like Kenny last night , 4 miles trying to avoid the patches of ice , ground looks a bit better today so should hopefully get a bit more done without breaking my neck !
I ran towards the city centre at lunch from the towpath direction in Belfast.
I'm not sure I would recommend coming any further than the ormeau bridge but down by there is fine. If you pass the river to maysfield and up ravenhill it's grand but ormeaua park closed.
thanks TG , I think I will have to run a little closer to the city centre tonight , paths and roadsides where I am are still treacherous , I love the towpath in good weather , I did a lot of my marathon training in the summer over there.
TG, just ignore the sign that says the Ormeau path is closed! I ran through there today and the paths are fine. A lot of standing water on the grass, though.
Too late Paul!! The pavements weren't bad there so I guessed it'd be ok.
I'll be glad to see the back of this snow. Up my direction it is not good and has led to a few "interesting" journeys home!
Nice run Martin.... back to normal here too - got a 6 miler done tonight with no snow, slush or ice in sight Rest day tomorrow, another 6 on Saturday & 16 mile LSR on Sunday which I'm looking forward to
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