Dyspraxia and Running

When people hear that I am a Dyspraxic a normal response is but you run. It almost appears to some that having  no coordination issues means I cant run.

To me running is very important for a number of reasons.

    1. It is my me time
    2. Its helps clear my head
    3. It keeps me fit
    4. It gives me something to aim for
    5. It is a social outlet

Not included in the above list but an important one when running a race or with my club im just Philip, no body sees the dyspraxia.

Certain aspects of the dyspraxia will appear but with proper training you can learn to deal with them. I dont think i will ever get use to being stuck in the middle of a large crowd. This makes staying near the pacers at large event very annoying. I either stay just in front of them and try to keep them within a certain distance but out of sight out of mind I have run to fast before by not looking back often enough. If I hang behind the pacers there is always the worry they cut the time to tight and I miss the target.

Running around a track is not very good for me as I tend to get bored easily and my pace will always suffer. So my new game weather on track or road is pick someone ahead of concentrate on catching them. This way i tend to forget i am running a track or course and concentrate on the person im chasing. Just be careful who you pick I made the mistake a few years a go picking a young lady to try and catch during a race. Turns out she was an underage international runner. She took gold that day, I kept with her for about 1400m and needed to lie on the ground for 20 minutes after to recover.

Spacial awareness would be another impact that would always impact. I have on a few occasions tried to go around someone in a race and misjudged distance and ended up running into them instead, During one race I went on a mound on the side to go around someone and hop off the top and fall onto them knocking us both to the ground. Not the best way to make friends.

Waterstops are my bain during races. I am yet to master the whole running while drinking from a cup skill (bottles I can just master after 5 years). In most races I tend to pull in have my drink and continue. Its safer but I lose 10-15 seconds per stop over a marathon that can add up to a few minutes and cost you a PB.

Training plans can be very fun. With me the KISS principal is golden. Keep it simple. Doing my intervals with a club is handy as a run to the whistle and follow the crowd. Doing sessions where pace and distance changes a few time will never work. I get confused quite often.

Facebook tells me I ran first competitive 5k race 6 years ago today. I ran 28:07 that day. Somehow I am yet to trip over myself during the race which is a real achievement I think.

Overall I dont mind dealing with the few small issues above as overall running has given me a lot over the years and hopefully for more years to come.

Running is nice i believe for people with learning difficulties as most races and parkrun cater for everyone so even if you are finishing down the field its you race and no one else. You are only there for what you can see what it is worth to you. If that is completing couch to 5k, running 100 parkruns or wearing your country singlet there is someone thing for everyone.

As ever if you have any feedback on the above you can tweet me @pslattery2014. If you are dyspraxic and run do you agree or disagree with the above.

Running weekending 15th July

This week has it all work was the quite part of the week.

Monday- In a rare treat I actually got a easy run in on Monday, I got 7.2k covered in 50 minute easy run which was a nice way to de-stress

Tuesday- I went to do my normal interval training at the club but was unaware the training time had moved. I arrive just before 7.30 to find the session half over. As a result I did 3x 5 minutes with the group and 3 on my own. My watch also decided not to charge for me, as a result the 3 on my own where timed using old fashion methods of a stop watch on my phone. For distance I was trying to get to the same finish point each time.

Thursday- was a 36 minute runmute. I got a day of green lights here so my pace was a little faster then normal. I got 7.3k covered in 4.46 average pace. I am really enjoying the runmutes and look forward to them each Thursday. Not so sure the person who gets to sit beside me on the bus afterwards thinks the same way.

Saturday- Was a tale of two 5k runs. In the morning I ventured back to Dundalk for parkrun as the VHI was in town. In the afternoon it was back to Leixlip for pop up races day of Irish pb’s. The plan for parkrun was to go easy so I had plenty in the tank for the race in Leixlip. I went off nice and gentle for the first km. I looked down at my watch to see I was doing a 4 minute km pace. Little fast than I had been planning. I slowed down a little and David Gillick caught up with me. I decided to pace of him for a while and let me push me on. I stuck with him the about the end of the 2nd lap. Here a few fell back, he slowed to encourage them along so I stayed at my pace and continued on. I crossed the finish for 12th and a time of 21:45.

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3 buses and 3 mile run after Dundalk I arrived at the track for event number two. I signed in and cheered on the runners in the 23/24 minute groups. Once they finished I went for a quick warm up and headed to the starting line. I stayed with the pacer for the first 7 laps keeping him very close but after that I lost a little steam. The drifted from starting around 1:38 per 400m to a 1:45 on lap 10 being my slowest. For the final lap I decided to leave it all on the track. I sped up from the moment I heard the bell. As I came around the final bend, I saw 20:40 on the clock and turned into Usain Bolt to get under 21 minutes. Thanks to a 1:28:59 final 400 I made the sub 21 in a time of 20:28:01.
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Till next week if you aint enjoying it; you aint doing it right.

Fortnight ending 4/2/18

Have to do a two week catch up. Last weekend got away from me. Between work and a small out of the flu running took a back seat. week 1 was not bad but week 2 was a weekend warrior.
Tuesday week 1 starting with a 6k tempo. this was completed in 27:44 with a 174 average heart rate. The tempo runs are getting a little easier now so it may be a sign to pick up the distance.
Wednesday was a recovery run. still not got the aim of getting u early for these so was an after dinner run.
Saturday was back to my easy parkruns. while all other runs are done via heart rate but parkrun i slow down by chatting my way around the course.
Sunday rather than a long run it was doing the Charlie Curran 5k as a race. While the started off well i set off with the 20 minute pacer. At the end of the first km i was on 3:51 but the pacer was a good 10 seconds ahead of me. I pushed as much as i could but the sub 20 was not in me. I crossed the line in 16th place in 20:54. This would be my 4th fastest 5k time. While at the race i treated myself to a new medal race from Display king. Also in the mega draw for the charity entries i won entry into this years DCM.
Thursday week 2 was in for my VO2 ahead of training. My VO2 was up to 158 with my longest test to date. The only downside was my endurance zone end dropped from 166 to 151. Hopefully from training for Cork i will be able to get it back up to the same level.
Saturday was back to parkrun for an easy parkrun. 26.50 was the time for this run. These are a nice way to fit in easy runs especially if i miss them during the week.
Sunday was 16k LSR off the new zones. Compared to the old zone this did feel like a very slow run. the average heart rate was 148 this time compared to 162 last time out so this new zone will take getting use to but it should help in the long run.
This week i also joined Celbridge AC so will be attending my first training session this Tuesday. The hope is that with a club behind me it can help my training move onto the next stage. Due to the last two weeks being a little to light my average has fallen but with the plan for the year as it is i should be able to make distance up again.

weekending 21/1/18

This week started with an easy 5k bright and early on Monday morning at 5am. Heartrate was in Zone 2 for the full run so it is getting more used to running at the slower pace. The average HR was 128 bpm.

Tuesday: was meant to be a 6k tempo but after nearly fall a number of times from the bus stop to my house I figured the snow may have beaten me on this occasion.

Wednesday: was another 5k easy done in a similar time to monday but as an evening run. The average HR was 131 bpm yet again stayed in the right zone for the run.

Thursday was a 6k tempo run. Little faster then the week before off a similar heart rate. will be nicer once the evening get brighter so i’m not doing these runs in the dark. Average heart rate here was 170 for the tempo portion so it will be possible to push a little harder next time to get it up to around 175bpm.

Saturday: Was a working day for me as I was RD in Castletown for the VHI Roadshow and David Gillick so no running done for me but it was a great morning overall.

Sunday the week finished with a 14k LSR. This weeks run was about 5 mins slower then the week before not sure do we blame that on the weather or me being out the night before. Heart rate I was happy with as it came in at 162 for the long run portion 165 being the end of the 3rd Zone. I took my normal route from Celbridge to Leixlip and up to Castletown House.

Next weeks long run will be replaced by a 5k race as I take on the Charlie Curran 5k. But i plan to get two easy runs and two tempo runs in during the week.

107/1600k run for the year see ye all next

20 January 2018; Event Director Philip Slattery during the Castletown parkrun where Vhi hosted a special event to celebrate their partnership with parkrun Ireland. Vhi ambassador and Olympian David Gillick was on hand to lead the warm up for parkrun participants before completing the 5km free event. Parkrunners enjoyed refreshments post event at the Vhi Relaxation Area where a physiotherapist took participants through a post event stretching routine. parkrun in partnership with Vhi support local communities in organising free, weekly, timed 5k runs every Saturday at 9.30am. To register for a parkrun near you visit www.parkrun.ie. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
20 January 2018; Vhi ambassador and Olympian David Gillick with Event Director Philip Slattery after the Castletown parkrun where Vhi hosted a special event to celebrate their partnership with parkrun Ireland. Vhi ambassador and Olympian David Gillick was on hand to lead the warm up for parkrun participants before completing the 5km free event. Parkrunners enjoyed refreshments post event at the Vhi Relaxation Area where a physiotherapist took participants through a post event stretching routine. parkrun in partnership with Vhi support local communities in organising free, weekly, timed 5k runs every Saturday at 9.30am. To register for a parkrun near you visit www.parkrun.ie. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
20 January 2018; Vhi ambassador and Olympian David Gillick with volunteers after the Castletown parkrun where Vhi hosted a special event to celebrate their partnership with parkrun Ireland. Vhi ambassador and Olympian David Gillick was on hand to lead the warm up for parkrun participants before completing the 5km free event. Parkrunners enjoyed refreshments post event at the Vhi Relaxation Area where a physiotherapist took participants through a post event stretching routine. parkrun in partnership with Vhi support local communities in organising free, weekly, timed 5k runs every Saturday at 9.30am. To register for a parkrun near you visit www.parkrun.ie. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

2017 Round up

2017 can be broken up into 3 parts;

  1. The Warm up
  2. the race
  3. the demise

The Warm up

Early in 2017 I set 3 target for 2017 they were

  1. sub 20 5k
  2. 4 half marathon in 4 day
  3. Raise 3k by doing number 2

As you can guess 2 and 3 went hand in hand. Number 1 would be tricky as normally you can focus on either speed or distance and this year distance would be the important part.

Running 4 halves in 4 days would be tough as it would be my first venture into a multi day race. Also added in i would have to do the above 3 while working full time and studying for my final tax exam.

For January the plan was to keep ticking over. I started off with a parkrun double on New years day first time it was possible in the 26 counties. Was very nice way to start the year. Overall january was a simple start to the year 7 activities and 50k travelled. I was more interested in setting up for the year ahead.

This easy plan continued into Febuary with 7 activities and 44k as my months work. I also entered my first BHAA race in the Garda 4 mile cross country. I also ran my 50th parkrun meeting the head of parkrun and founder Paul Sinton Hewitt. I may have been fangirling a little that day.

In March the gentle start was over with my mileage jumping to 110k in march over 14 activities. Two interesting events came in March i was back to my 5am runs before work and also due to bus strikes I ended up running into work on the 31st. giving me a nice 13.1 mile run before i even got to my desk.

April was a similar level to March with 12 activites and 109k distance covered. While the mileage had increased it was more about the base work still June/July would be the real fun.

May was a month that would really test me as I also had to do my final tax exam along side running. The distance picked up to 129k for the month while interval sessions made their way back into my life. I also ended up as tail runner for once race as i tried to mix and easy run and a race never a good mix.
At this stage the fundraising was going well and my singlet sponsors were all signed up abd I was well on the way to my target.

I always promised June would be an interesting month. Running a half marathon is one thing getting back up and doing it again the next day is a totally different story. So i started June of by being guest Run Director at St Anne’s parkrun but also doing two long runs back to back on the Saturday and Sunday. Also in one of my brighter moments I decided one day to run to waterstown park to do a freedom run with a group from the UK. I slightly judged my time wrong and was about 10 minutes late arriving so had to join everyone in mid run opps. But i covered 144k in 17 activities in June. Things where looking very good for August.

July is where the wheels started falling off. The plan was to complete 3 half marathons in 3 days at the start of the month. This I did manage but i seemed to get very last after that only completing 3 from 16 activities for the rest of the month. My thinking for this may have been personal and a small bit of depression from work not going well. But I did manage to pass my final tax exam. I did make sure in July that my long runs were not missed. But i did take one sunday off from a long run to do the Celbridge 5k.

The Race

August could only mean one thing it was race month. Very little else was done in August bar the race for two reasons. 1) I was tapering 2) I was job hunting. On August 16th I headed up to Donegal to the inishowen peninsula for my race. 2 nice shiny singlets already to go. I went for a leg loosener 5k on the Wednesday. My plan was to run around 2:10’s for the first 3 days and go hell for leather on the last. This was based on the training runs I had completed. 11 O Clock on the Thursday we were all set to go. 780k run since January was all for this moment.

Day 1 was amazing what ever troubles I had were left on the streets of Inishowen. Day 1 ended in a time of 1:59:59. I felt as good at the finish line as I did at the starting line. Home to rest up for day 2

Day 2 was tougher then Day 1 but that was expected as it was alot hillier than day 1. Got some nice help along the way from Inishowen AC who gave me a lot of support of the weekend as a whole. We also passed an area that was used in the star wars film but that fact is wasted on me i would not know Luke Skywalker from R2D2. Day time I finished around 2 hours 3 minutes. But I had been warned Day 3 would separate the walkers from the joggers.

That day 3 did, Monmore Gap was put in place to test us all. Most people did not even try to run it that included me. I walk Monmore Gap saving the energy for the rest of the race. Which played it part as I finished the race about 30 seconds slower then Day 2.

Day 4 a cheering squad arrived for me. My brother in Law and his parents came to join me for the last day. My sister nieces and girlfriend come along to cheer us over the line. After the day before day 4 seems easier as it was pretty much all downhill. My first two kilometres were 4.15 and 4. First 17k on the Sunday was a dream but then it got very tough. I think the pace may have been to fast to that point. Also an issue was the last 10k of the race was pretty much a straight line along the coast so was tough going. But 1:46 after I started I finished in Red Castle car park. Overall it was a sub 8 time for the 4 days and €3600 odd raised for Charity. Which for me was very good going.

The Demise

As you can tell from the end of “The Race” section somewhere in July my mojo left me and I was not running much. weather this was depression from work or simple the long training year taking its toll im not sure.
After the quad i went to France for a week despite the blue skys and sandy beeches I managed one 5k over the week and that saw out my August. 123k run in August may sound like a good month but remember 84k of that was run over 4 days.
In September i did try to keep up my long runs as Dublin was still to be run getting a 18 and a 20 mile run completed. Aside from that i managed 6 5k runs but the feeling and want was not there.
In October I managed 3 5k runs along side 2 8-10 mile long runs aside my Dublin Marathon its self. I was not helped by my ankle acting up during the 10 mile run which was part of the reason for a less training as I hoped by cutting back on the training I would still be able to complete Dublin.
I will do a separate post to talk about Dublin but overall was not a good day but i got around which was the main thing.
In November as i wanted to rest the ankle while i was getting it looked at i only managed one 5k run in the month.

In December I aimed to put a little more distance on the ankle to see how it was after the treatment. So I attempted a tempo session on the 5th while i was felling alot better then earlier session a temporary blockage in Castletown led to an early finish to that run. The following saturday at parkrun i tried again to put speed on again and managed ok over the 5k course finishing in 9th in 22.23. The following Sunday I distance on the ankle and while it was a little iffey it was only for the last 500m but overall the 10k was good.

Christmas week i ran my normal parkrun in Waterstown. It was tough going but that may have been the take away the night before rather then my running ability. On the 27th i then did an easy 5 mile just to keep the legs ticking over. Then on the 28th something strange happened my plan had for me to do 6k tempo run. Two things came out of this run. I did the 6k without stopping which is rare for a tempo run as its pushing at a high pace. The 2nd is that i enjoyed the run and at no part did I think i would not complete the run. So perhaps as we see out 2017 I may have found my mojo again.
I did my final parkrun of the year on December 30th at Castletown as an easy run finishing in 25:40.
I closed out the year then with a 12K long run on new years eve.

So as the finishes i seem to have my mojo back we will see when I add work back into the mixture next week also hopefully my ankle injury stays in 2017 but I will aim to do more prehab in 2018 to ensure this.

Running week ending September 24th 2017

So the countdown to Dublin City Marathon is truly on. This week marked my longest long run. The 20 mile run is now done.
The runs this week improved slightly. I managed to fit in my interval training on tuesday doing 4*400m in standard time 1:26,1.27,1.30 1.31.
But missing the rest of the week played havoc come Sunday. The times for my 20 mile run were up and down. 1st 10k was around the 6 minute/km mark. 2nd 10 were around the sub 5.30 mark but started to snick up in the last 2k. The last 7k 8 of them were the wrong side of 7 minutes as my heartrate kept jumping above 160 bmp so have to resort to walk running to keep it down.
But like most things it came to an end. Next week will start the step back as my final long runs go 18 mile 15 mile 13 mile and 8 miles the week before Dublin.
Hopefully i will get more runs in this week as CT deadline has passed and im settled into my new roles in BDO and Castletown parkrun.
Just to note the fundraising has not gone away. Im now €265 away from the 4k mark and would love to hit this for Dublin. Here is the link if anyone is feeling generous and wants to make a donation no matter how small.
https://www.idonate.ie/…/11361766_philip-slattery-s-quadrat…