Thanks Shades, I do indeed feel much better, although I was coughing a bit on my run this morning (4.5 miles, steady pace). It's not a productive cough and if it was I'd stop running, but I think/hope I am okay to carry on. But a nagging doubt is that I should stop until the cough has totally gone, which I suppose may be another several days. Hmmm.
But my run this morning had a couple of slight inclines in them and I was actually okay on those. Today, my cough was mainly in the first half mile and the last half mile.
Anyway, I'll have a rest day tomorrow and then see how I am on Saturday. If okay, I'll have a trot around parkrun, and then decide about the race on Sunday.
Regarding Dublin, I see there is a government-ran 3-day pass, which I may get. It includes transport to and from the airport, a walking tour (which looks very interesting from the reviews on TripAdvisor), entry to a museum and also allows me to use the buses and the "hop on and hop off" bus for the duration. It's €33, but I think I'd easily make it pay. I've just emailed them asking them to check when the ticket starts/stops, but if I can use it to get both to and from the airport I think I'll go for it as my flight times would make it viable. Then I wouldn't have to worry about getting around the city as it'd be sorted.
Thanks for that, Shades. I'm staying less than a mile from that road And thanks also for the link about busses.
After my run this morning, the weather was beautiful so on a whim I took a drive up to Dorset to visit a couple of National Trust places. I had a wander around Corfe Castle and also some trails nearby, and then went to a place called Kingston Lacy, which is an old house set in gardens with a trail path around. So I've walked about 5-miles today as well as my run (all at a very, very steady pace!), and I do feel okay. I hope to get out for a run tomorrow AM.....fingers crossed!
Shades, I've found a guesthouse in an area called Donnybrook near the Royal Hospital - do you know it? It's just outside the main city centre. I haven't looked for running routes yet, but there are a couple of parks near to the guest house and it's also close to River Dodder so I'm hoping there are some running routes nearby. If you know of any routes, that'd be great
Shades, yeah it's definitely getting lighter in the mornings and also the light is lasting longer in the afternoons. Good news
Ian, it sounds like you're up for the challenges you've set yourself this year, after your lay off!
I went for a shortish walk yesterday (stopping at a cafe for a nice coffee and some soup...!) and felt okay, and also was fine throughout the day so decided to go out for a 3-mile very gentle run this morning. It was just a flat route and was purposefully slow and steady (over 11min/miles) and it went okay, although in the last 1/4 mile I was coughing a bit. Let's see what I'm like tomorrow - if I feel okay, I may do a 4 or 5-miler. We'll see.
Yesterday I did, urrrrm, "accidentally" book a trip away in March (after my marathon). I was casually looking around on SkyScanner for flights from Bristol (not a good idea with a credit card in easy reach) and I've booked 4 days in Dublin, and then fly to Venice from Dublin for another 5 days I'll be in Dublin on my own, but I'm meeting up with a friend in Venice who is there for a conference beforehand, so we'll be sharing the driving to/from Bristol airport as we fly in and out on the same day. I've been to Venice before but never Dublin (never been anywhere in Ireland, actually) so I'm looking forward to it and I've found a well priced hotel so it's all sorted. I'll be taking my running stuff
There really are some absolute bargain flights once in Europe. For example, Sofia to Milan for £8. Flexibility is the key (i.e., not really having specific destinations in mind, and also flexibility on days to travel) but I couldn't make that work for this trip, but maybe I'll sort another one later in the year. However, I got my three flights (Bristol-Dublin, Dublin-Venice, Venice-Bristol) for under £90, so happy enough with that.
P&D say to warm up thoroughly, and then run three high-intensity 600m repeats up a moderate hill, jogging back down right away after each one. They say that if you run these 600s all out, your HR should be within two or three beats of maximum by the end of the third repeat.