weeks 7, 8 and 9 – a summary of the missing weeks

These are the runs I did but couldn’t log while my server was down. I’d like to add some photos but that will have to wait for another day.

4th march ’15 (Wednesday – long run week 7)

distance: 16.53 km
time: 2:05:30
average pace: 7:36 /km
fastest pace: 6:02 /km
total ascent: 182 m
total descent: 300 m

Wonderful crispy morning. It was cold enough to require hat and gloves for the first 30 min. I left before 8 am and did my first ever mostly road run.

Lots of icy puddles but hardly any traffic. Still, I was glad when I turned off the road and headed down to the beach and the forest. There was a km of very slow progress between 9-10.

It was a real confidence booster though. It’s easy to run on roads if anything maybe a tiny bit boring. I got compensated by running through the park and along the river in Courtown for the last few km.

The shoes were perfect. I feel good about the race in five weeks now.

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7th march ’15 (Saturday – week 8)

Week 8 is a week off, so I will take it easy this week with just a few jogs, some walking and a 10 k long run.

Distance: 7 km
time: 58 min
total ascent: 118m
average pace: 8:20 /km
fastest pace: 5:52 /km

5 km run and then 2 km cool down with fast pace (can’t call it sprinting, sorry) followed by 1 min walk.

It’s a pretty mild day out there but as dull as dish water. I had an exhausting Thursday/Friday and really didn’t feel like running this am. Got it done though.

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10th march ’15 (Tuesday – week 8)

Distance 6.10 km
time: 1:20:00
ascent 180 m

It being my week off I decided to go for a walk up the hill to see how runnable the tracks are now that the felling has finished. They aren’t runnable, the tracks, on large stretches. I guess I’ll be road running between now and the HM.
Maybe just as well as part of getting ready for Connemarathon is getting ready to run on Irish roads, too.

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11th march ’15 (wednesday – week 8)

Distance: 9.71 km
Time: 1:09:33
total ascent: 118m
total descent: 237m
fastest pace: 5:15 /km
average pace: 7:10 /km

After a truly miserable morning the sun came out at lunchtime. The weather people got it right again, wow!

I took to the road though, there was enough surface water just on the tarmac to let our road look like a little stream. No point of ruining a good run with insane mud… Nor the new shoes ;-)

I headed down to the beach and one of the streams was so high I couldn’t cross it so I turned back onto the road and did a there and back in previously unchartered territory (I hadn’t been down that particular road before except in a car). It’s a very narrow road and people drive way to fast. When I had enough km on the clock I turned back to enjoy the fantastic beach one more time.

It was just magnificent down there today.

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13th march ’15 (friday – week 9)

Distance: 7 km
time: 54 min
average pace: 7:43 /km
fastest pace: 5:16 /km
total ascent 178 m

I was suppose to do an easy 5 k jog today. I couldn’t resist the hill though, the sunshine and general temperature were just too perfect. It was muddy muddy muddy from all the rain lately but I didn’t care until I was at the top. And then I did ;-) so I desiced to stick to the mud free paths and the road. I finished running the long way down and around the hill on the road adding a steep ascent back up to the house at the finish.

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15 March ’15

Distance: 5:82 km
time: 45:22 min
average pace: 7:47 /km
fastest pace: 5:59 /km

Morning run under a tupperware* (was tubber ware ;-)) sky followed by another .82 km walk home – felt pretty lousy with some nasty tummy craps. The first run (ever?) without a single photo.

It’s done, that’s the best part of it. :-P

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