Posted: 25/07/2015 at 14:16
Yesterday was a bust and wet day so no running.
Travelled down to south west Kerry to visit my brother and his family. Kids having a great time. Cannot go much further west in this part of the country. If you do you are in the Atlantic !!
Fitting running in on holidays is always a challenge and doing long runs in unfamiliar territory is always challenging.
Got up this morning and headed off not sure if it was an 8 mile run or a 14 mile run.
It is rater hilly being mountainous so my strategy was to find a road that was not too hilly and stick with it for as long as possible before turning back on myself.
Found a road that slowly climbed up around the mountain. Took it for 4 miles. Had some loud dogs give me a noisy welcome at various points. At 4 miles and having climbed quite a lot I turned back. When I found the main road again I took another road that looked flattish. It also climbed and I even had to contend with cows being moved down the road for milking. Loads of sheep in the fields too.
I was not exactly running slow and probably was going too fast for what is supposed to be a slow run.
After about 2 miles on this road with it continuing to climb, I turned back and headed for the town. 12.5 miles as I entered the outskirts of the town. Found a road that looped around and took that. WAs getting tired as the hills had taken alot out of me and with no food taken on board before the run I think I was running low on energy levels.
!4 miles on the watch as I got to the bottom of the hill up to my brothers place. Decided to walk this as the legs were well and truly done in.
1:51 on the watch so just under 8 min miling all in.
We are heading back to our 'home' town of Kinsale tomorrow and I will get an 8 mile run in there to finish off the week with 40 miles. I was hoping to get a 5ft run in this week but just could not do it.
However I am not going to stress out about this too much. I am running strong early in the training plan and enjoying it again which is the main thing.
How is everyone else doing this weekend ?