I needed to make a trip to Dublin for work...it came up about a month ago. Toni, being the maven of frequent flyer tickets, managed to snag a ticket for herself so she could come too.
We left last Friday evening and had a weekend to spend in Lewes (in Sussex, south of London) visiting Toni's cousins before taking Ryanair over to Ireland. I had not seen them for 8 yrs and the small babies they had then are now in school.
One of the cousins, Rachel, hosted a party for us the evening. We arrived at her wonderful house custom-remodeled by her husband Russell. (He also builds treehouses!)
|Russ and Rachel|
My schedule called for a 10 mile run that morning, and I'd missed my Saturday run (stuck on a plane of course), so I decided to try to go out an hour earlier to log some miles. When the alarm went off at 6am it took all my resolve to get up and out. My body was pretty confused about what time it was but I knew that a run was just the thing to inform it that it was now daytime.
I did a 3X1.5 mile loop course around Lewes itself...no traffic on Sunday at that hour so it was quiet and easy. It was cloudy, cool and very humid...I was feeling the effects of the jetlag and party so I trotted along at a dirt-slow 12:00 mile pace.
|high point is "black cap"|
Eventually time to pop over to Rachel's house and on the final approach Charlotte tooted her horn as passed by in her car....she had clearly made it out of bed and headed over from her house in Uckfield nearby. (A funny name for a town..they say the "F" is silent ;)
Rachel was ready to go and we headed out with the goal of running 5k to the top of Black Cap, one of the hills on the downs surrounding Lewes. We went up and up, not a huge slope but a continuous climb. Eventually the houses dyed out and we were going "up the downs".
|The misty downs (Rachel and Charlotte barely visible|
due to super wide-angle cellphone lens)
|At the top! |
(after about 550' of climbing)
Later we had a pub lunch (yum!) and all went for a walk...seeing stuff like this.
The berries were ripe all over the place..
And everybody chowed down..
I thought this sign was funny...
We had a great dinner with Charlotte and Phil and Louis at there new house...
on Monday morning it was off to Cork, Ireland for a bit of sightseeing before getting down to work on Wed-Thu-Fri in Dublin.
What with all the travel I did not get as much running as I'd hoped but I did get two treadmill runs in. We flew back on Saturday and I slept a solid 12 hours from 7pm to 7am Sunday.
Sunday I felt great and went out for a 15.3 @ 9:58 on my wonderful baylands. The weather was perfect: cloudy and cool and the tide was out so lots of birds feeding on the mud flats. I have missed my long runs! The HRs were indicative of being well rested, very little drift..so I'm in the same shape as I've been for the last year... I think I could have done a 10:00 marathon then and there, no problem.
Last Sunday: 10.65 miles @ 10:00 to 12:00 m/m , 600' hill
Wednesday: 7miles...75 min on treadmill @10:00 m/m with 40min @ 9:00 m/m
Friday: 3 miles...30min treadmill @ 10:00 m/m
Sunday: 15.3 miles total at 10:00 m/m average, w/3 @ 9:30 m/m
(treadmill runs done at +1% grade)
Sunday to Sunday about 36 miles.
Let me apologize for not keeping up with blogs on the road and making comments. I will catch up eventually!