Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Feb 7th to 13th and 14th to 20th weeks' summary

Monday - Day off
Tuesday - 10 miles in forest
Wed - AM circuit class in fitnessworx, PM 7miles in forest 3 fast laps with robbie then 1 easy
thursday - Day off
Friday - cycled to and from tracton forest 40 mins each way with 5 miles on trails (right foot a bit sore today. tendon is swollen)
Saturday - 7.7miles in forest
Sunday - Day off
Total - 30miles
Not the best week in the world but i was feeling the tiredness from the previous weekend and also my right foot which is pretty sore at the moment. the tendon going from the front of my right shin,down over the front of my ankle and in to my toes. the second toe on my right foot is also a bit tender and swollen on and off. however these niggles dont seem to bother me when im actually running.

Monday 14th - AM 1hr 40min on Mountain bike in forest, PM 6miles in forest
Tuesday 15th - 8 miles on road
Wednesday 16th - 7 miles on road in Cobh
Thursday 17th - AM 8 miles road and forest PM cycle to work
Friday 18th - day off
Saturday 19th - 26.71miles on Ballyhoura MTB trails (4hrs 30mins) + 40mins to and from start of trail on Mountain bike.
Sunday 20th - 8 miles on road and forest
total - 64miles

This is my highest weekly mileage of the year and i suppose it shows that im going in the right direction for Lakeland 100. I will try to get at least 1 if not 2 more long runs before the Wicklow Way ultra on March 26th. After that i think Im going to have to introduce some back to back long sessions, for example something similar to my recent Ballyhoura runs followed the next day by a long hike /run of 4hrs + over more open mountain terrain, like the Galtees or the Nagles, both of which would not involve too much driving to get to.
The right foot that has been giving me a little hassle recently is no worse than it was and i was reassured by a recent visit to the Physio that as long as i do the strength work that he has prescribed along with regular icing, the problem should dissipate over time. That was music to my ears, and my mindset went from the negative thoughts of thinking i needed a full week off running on monday morning to flying out the door as soon as i got back from the physio that same afternoon. Just goes to show how easy it is to let negative thoughts take over.

Lastly im excited about trying out a new pair of brógs that im waiting on to be delivered, as seen here being test run by minimalist advocate Michael sandler(actually i think he is using the older model but there is feck all difference apart from the colour i would imagine). i will probably only use them on the road but when the forest drys out a bit in the coming months they might get some usage there too! Roll on the dry sod!

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