Rob’s Cork City Marathon blog: Week 8 - Staying positive when fatigue creeps in

I’m currently battling fatigue and it’s beating me. I won’t let it win though.

I recently did both the Manchester and Limerick marathons in the space of two weeks and I have to admit, I’m feeling really tired at the moment.

Limerick, last Sunday week, really took it out of me.

I have a slight dullness in my right calf muscle presumably caused by wear and tear and and my energy levels are flagging.

I had a four mile run planned for last night and when I got home from work I had little enthusiasm for it.

Forcing myself to head out, I struggled for the whole run with back ache and my calf.

In between Manchester and Limerick I was flying.

Even crossing the finish line in the Treaty city I was buoyed by a personal best and thought I’d be okay in the weeks ahead.

I’m clearly suffering the consequences but I’m in no mood to panic. I’ll treat the injuries with rest, stretching and exercises and I’ll look to peak my mileage exactly two weeks before Cork.

This means I’ll need to run an 18-miler this coming Monday.

The thought of that fills me with dread at the moment but despite my niggling problems I should be fine if play my cards right.

We all have down days but it doesn’t mean race day is going to be a disaster and I’m staying positive.

Saying that, I probably won’t attempt to do three marathons in the space of six weeks again!

I think two or three a year is a enough for me.

I marvel at the people who have hundreds or marathons under their belts.

It’s a fantastic achievement to do just one but there are people like Gerry Forde and Kay O' Regan who have hundreds each done.

These people are superhuman and don’t get the recognition they deserve. It would be great to see the achievements of Ireland’s most prolific marathoners celebrated in some way.

Stop the beat

Stephen Rogers’ excellent interview with 134-time marathoner Rory O’ Connor in the Irish Examiner got me thinking this week.

I see so many people out running with earphones stuck in their lobes. I can’t understand it. There are already so many dangers on the road and you are blocking out warning sounds so you can listen to Maniac 2000?

It’s ridiculous.

Even on race day when the buzz of the crowd and the runners around you are huge motivating factors, people are listening to pumping electro dance in their iPhones rather than soaking up the atmosphere.

You’re missing out on so much by blocking out the sounds around you.

Do yourself a favour and save the tunes for the treadmill.

Rob is running the Cork City Marathon this year to raise funds for the Mercy Foundation Cancer Appeal. You can visit his charity page and donate here

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