Bacon and eggs V’s loaf of bread. Stay with it. You’ll find out 😉
Third in the Dublin race series for 2015, conditions were as close to as perfect as one could ever wish for. No wind, rain or too much sun to wreak havoc on the mental strength.
The first 10k of this training phase for the Dublin marathon was on Wednesday evening and after a sports massage on Monday it was drastically better than expected (N.B. ***Get the legs worked on people if they feel heavy or sluggish. Plus get on that foam roller. It makes a huge difference. ***) . A tough training week it was but today was about testing where we are and how progress has been.
To put you out of your misery, it’s good. Very good. The first 3 or so miles were tough. It was definitely in the head that this may just be too much to get a viable time today but it was just a matter of getting into a rhythm and adjusting to the pace. Definitely the psychological games were up and running (pun intended). At 4 miles the bacon and eggs (legs) were beginning to feel quite comfortable to much relief.
As we made our second approach down Chesterfield Avenue there was another factor playing on the mind. Every time I run on Military Road and Upper Glen Road I’m out of breath. I can only ever associate this route with short distance running and being truly gasping, then letting it get the better of the loaf of bread (head). Not today however. At one point the clock read 12.43km ran in 57 minutes so being 0.43km ahead of a sub 1:20 was very nice, also knowing that there was still enough energy in the tank to go to the end. Choking today was not an option.
Crossing the line at 1:17:39 felt great. There is definitely room for a new PB next week at the Tullamore half marathon if I go easy on the training and the bike. 1:42:34 to beat from Wexford in April 2014. Kinda tired of that time. Let’s make a new one. What’s great about Tullamore is that we get to finish by doing a lap of the athletics track to finish. It makes the adrenaline flow and I get a great kick out of that. So I will update next week folks.
Separately, somebody posed the question yesterday, “what do you actually think about when you’re running? Work? Time? Food? The fact that you’d love to be in bed right now?” Being one who is so consistently conscious of how fast I’m going, how much pain I’m in, how drained the legs are, the mad run on other people and having enough change for the bus there was an element of jealousy at how others can switch off and run miles before assessing their state. So I’m interested to know, what do you think about? Can you switch off?