Sunday, August 15, 2010

Going to Melbourne! (probably)

It took a series of things for me to decide to run Melbourne.

Firstly, I was keen to be there to celebrate Clown's milestone birthday. Then I thought... if a middle aged guy like him can still run Marathons, so should I.

Second, I've not had any time off since Boston, and don't have any planned until New Year, so a weekend away is due.

Thirdly, I read Sling's post about entries running out, and thought I better sign up just in case.

Luckily, although the website says the field limt is 4500, I was allocated number 4591 - so either they exceeded the limit, or not all of the low numbers were allocated.

In the 2 weeks since my last post, I've run about 70km each week, all slower than marathon pace, average 4:37. I've set no specific goal in training or on the day, we'll just see how things pan out. Just need to arrange the flights and accomodation

Meanwhile a very long weekend at the new house has seen a transformation from dusty wasteland into huge lawn and neat garden bed. I might have to look into Jim's mowing!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Winter of my discontent

It felt good to get a couple of runs in this week.

Despite my best intentions, 2010 continues to be my annus horribilis in terms of running.

Since my last post I have suffered from my winter occupational hazard - recurrent viral infections. The first two were minor colds requiring a couple of days off running, but the third was more severe - a glandular fever like illness leaving me sore of throat, swollen of neck and enormously fatigued.

I didn't take a single running stride for two full weeks - which I think beats my post knee surgery recovery from January. When I did get back to running this week, my muscles were aching - abductors, adductors, flexors, extensors - you name it!

It is a great frustration, particularly seeing my running peers in 'all time best' form, and not being able to join in for training sessions and club races.

Luckily the rest of life is going well - the new house is finally ready and in a couple of weeks we'll move in, after 16 months living with the in-laws. I have had more time and energy to devote to work, especially after hours, than I did when training more. I tend to have a bit less patience and more irritability with higher mileage training, something Noakes talks about in 'Lore'.

Anyway, C2S marathon will be a no go - the bit of residual fitness I'd been riding the first half of the year is well and truly gone now, and it will be a week or two after moving in, and I'll have a long list of chores from Mrs Epi which will be tough enough without post Marathon fatigue. I might run the half with my brother in law.

Looking forwards, I'm not making any more 2010 race plans for now, that might just be tempting fate. Lets just hope that, like the speech in the title, the winter of my discontent is over.

Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York (Richard III)