|Total Miles Run:||2,467||2,209|
|Number of Races:||18||16|
|Max Distance Raced:||42.2km||10km|
|Min Distance Raced:||3km||3km|
|# PBs:||4 (5km, Half marathon, 10 miles, marathon)||4|
|Countries Lived in:||1||2|
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Where has GMap-Pedometer been all my life? It's soooo much easier than mapmyrun to map out a good route. While trying to make the last few hours of work before Christmas go faster I've mapped out tonights 10 miler (OK 9.5 miler) from work. Come on clock... move faster!
Monday, December 21, 2009
My attempts at running on holidays have never really been perfect. In LA there were fires which meant the air quality was awful and outdoor sports were a no go, Mauritius had very, very narrow winding roads with no footpath, Seville was over 40 degrees Celsius, meaning that the runners never left my bag and while running in Rome someone fell/jumped off a bridge and landed about 300m in front of me. Yet I persevere, and on my recent jaunt to Poland my running gear came with me.
I didn't really know what to expect - would there be parks? I knew there was a river that I could run along. But would it be too cold? Temperatures in Warsaw can reach -30C. Snow and safety were my remaining concerns. As it turned out the weather was ideal for running. A few degrees colder than Ireland but crucially no wind. I got away with the same running gear I wear in Ireland and probably felt warmer when running around Warsaw than I would when being blown about the Phoenix Park. Running was absolutely effortless in the crisp cold conditions. I'm beginning to think that Ireland and England are the only two countries that suffer from wind year round!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The spikes have been put away (unwashed) not to be taken out until next year. That sound's great until it sinks in that next year really is only a few weeks away. After 5 cross country races in about 8 weeks I'm going to enjoy these remaining mud free days of 2009. What I'm most overjoyed about is that after these races I haven't picked up a single injury. After both cross country races last year I ended up taking a few weeks off because of one ailment or another, just like the year before. On two occasions this year I've had back to back race weeks, which I've never done before, and in both cases the second race has been far better than the first.