Its been 2 months since I started running in these runners and I’ve run 4 races, set personal records and ended up in the back of an ambulance after one of them. My first race outing in these runners was Thoroughbred 10 km in Kildare , I broke 40 minutes for the first time and vomited after it proving I pushed myself as hard as possible or maybe this was a warning of things to come.
Next up was the Irish Runner 5 mile in the park, again I ran a personal record (31mins 50 secs). These runners were serving me well. Training was good and my legs felt strong. It was time to up the training mileage in preparation for the marathon in October, and that’s exactly what I did. In the meantime I entered the St. James Hospital Liberties fun run – a six km race in aid of the hospital I work in …….. an obvious option that I was looking forward to running.
So as the “race/fun run” approached the slagging and goading started “what time are you going to do?” …… “will you beat so and so? ” But as I’m very mature and run just for the enjoyment I brushed it off and assured my work colleagues I was not competing, I was running it for the craic. Regrettably I am both ridiculously competitive (mostly with myself) and immature.
At the start line I almost had myself convinced It was only a “fun run” and “who needs to beat work colleagues? Who cares?” …. Well when the start gun went I realized I cared ALOT and the inov-8s served me well bringing me to the 1 mile mark in 5mins 38 secs. I was motoring, the weather was sizzling and I felt great. Mile 2 was much the same, a bit slower at 6mins 04 secs but I put that down to a slight incline and powered on. From here on in for the remainder of the 1.75 miles it’s all a bit hazy, my dependable garmin recorded a 6min 38 sec 3rd mile. I have only 3 distinct memories of the remaining 0.75 miles – wondering why I was running so strangely but not being able to fix it, meeting my lunch time running partner Noel about 100m from the finish and finally the announcer at the finish line calling for the paramedics and wondering what poor fella that was for …….. 10 mins later I woke up in the back of the ambulance!!!!
MY Excuses – yes it was a midweek evening race, it was hot and I probably hadn’t hydrated and eaten as well I should …… but maybe I ran too quickly. 45 minutes later I was released to the “care” of my wife who was worried my heart was going to decide to pack in as apparently looked green and wasn’t making much sense. It was a wife enforced visit to the doctor the next day – had the ECG and bloods done and was given the all clear after the weekend.
All good so to return to training and get back running?? yeah absolutely, but my confidence had taken a huge blow – why had this happened?? I have run quicker with no ill effects, was I really OK to get back to a running schedule. So I didn’t, I took it easy and I bloody hated it. i don’t run hard everyday, obviously but I hate doing junk miles because I don’t have a huge amount of spare time to get the mileage in. But I tipped away for a week or two until I just got annoyed and did a toughish interval sessions ( yasso 800s). All good, so I was back to normal training
The last run I did in the inov8s was the rock and roll half in Dublin, again my wife Michelle and daughter Molly were at the finish line and i didn’t want to ruin the day by vomiting or fainting (or worse) so I took it easy and set a limit of nothing quicker than a 4 min 20sec /km pace. I averaged 4min 19sec per km finishing in 1hr 32 min 08 secs – so not too bad. I’ve enjoyed these runners and set some personal records in them. They feel light and give good feedback on foot-strike. Will i choose to use these in the marathon? Yes I possibly will, if i can salvage them after my wife left them out in the rain for 2 nights because they were smelly apparently. But more pairs of runners to try out first.