Ah ok - the park run phenomenon... I can see why that would work TG. I still haven't done one - work keeps getting in the way on a Sat morn. Why doesn't someone break the mould and do a Sunday morning? Surely there's enough of them in Belfast on a Sat to make moving one to Sunday a good idea?
Ok Martin - well done on Dublin. I think sub 4 is well within you! Will there be pacers @ Belfast though - don't remember when I did it? (seven years ago though so maybe this has been one of the benefits of progress)I used Hal Higdon on my previous (& only) attempt (Belfast 2006) so am using it again. Also the HH Int 2 plan although I have tweaked it a little by increasing each LSR by a mile or two and introducing 2 speed sessions midweek (tempo run & hill session) in place of planned easy runs. Also do some strides after my final midweek run. I'm aiming for sub-4 with this.Larne at the end of March will be a pretty good indicator for us!
Had some water TG but too busy chattin to Alwyn and forgot to drink as regularly as I normally would. It was baltic cold with the wind so didnt feel thirsty either.We did a couple of tours of Lurgan Park and saw XC course from yesterday - to say the "going was heavy" is an understatement - don't know how you XC boys do it!I'll set the alarm next sun and have some museli & honey & toast..... maybe a banana for luck...... and I'll bring a few gels this time.
Porridge and honey for me on a Sunday morning carry a gel in case I need it. It's was probably a bit of dehydration as well Ricky. I used to run without water at this time of the year but you sweat with the jackets etc so you need to keep taking liquids.
We are starting to pick up some members from the Portrush Parkrun.
I measured the Roe Valley Trail Run on Saturday. The course is more or less the same as last year and is in good condition considering the amout of rain we have had recently.
Another 8 miles yesterday morning beore the rain came. I'm struggling on the hills at the minute so will have to get a bit of hill work done.
Kenny - good to hear your balance issues appear to be behind you and you're starting to clock up the miles again!
Hope you get a good entry for Roe Valley. I enjoyed it last year but it clashes next month with the Irish Cup 'tie of the round' between Ballymena Utd and Coleraine when I hope to see the Bannsiders "run" rings around the Braidmen!
Good to hear you're recuiting from the Portrush Parkrun - I was watching the XC at Lurgan Park on Sat and there was an impressive turnout from Springwell.
Of course, usual very strong turnout from North Belfast, TG!
In fact, great turnout from a lot of clubs which highlighted the very poor showing from Dromore AC. I know a couple of our top performers are injured at the minute but it should still be a cause for some concern and debate at training this week. Personally, I still don't feel I can run at a level to take on the hardy perennials who plough their way through the XC tracks - although I had considered entry to the Lurgan event until I pulled/strained a muscle in my lower abs during a speed session last Tues on snowy, heavy pitches. Definitely have XC participation on my target list for next Winter!
Enjoyed a nice slow LR with Ricky W yesterday - although with him finishing light-headed and my ab-strain bothering me a little towards the end and particularly afterwards, I suppose we proved that LSRs should always command respect in terms of prepartion and being fit-to-run!
Very cold wind and now rain here in Lisburn so happy to take a day's rest.
Alwyn the balance issue has cleared up and I can now run in a strsight line. I'm still having the ringing in my ear and this causes problems when I'm in a room and a number of people are talking. You should give the XC a go it's good strength building. A lot of our runners hadn't run any until this year. It's amazing the power of chocolate cake at the end.
I had manflu at the new year and it has left me struggling on the hills. I can cope with the flat and downhill but just die when I hit a hill. I am hoping to do Larne this year and was getting stick yesterday because I hadn't my entry in. it's pay day this week so I'll have to think up a new excuse.
I agree with Kenneth - y'all need to get some spikes and try XC! I only started running last Spring but I was determinded to do some XC over the Winter - so I bought a pair of spikes off ebay for a fiver and did one in Ballyclare, Antrim and Lurgan on Saturday and I really like doing them - they're tough but not perhaps as tough as they look once you get going - i.e once you get wet and muddy you're wet and muddy!
I think Lurgan on Saturday was my favourite course so far (though Ballyclare was probably easier) - really liked the wee 'technical' bit up and down through the trees before the finish. Alwyn with regard to pace I ran 6.53 minute/mile on Saturday and was just above the mid point of the finishers if that gives you an idea of the pace.
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