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Stats, Trails and more Miles

Time To Up The Mileage

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Stats, Trails and more Miles

Time To Up The Mileage

So it’s roughly one month, since my last running post; also the exam season is done and dusted, and I finally have some free time on my hands. Over the last couple of weeks, I have increased the frequency of my runs, although they been relatively short in length except intensity has increased. There has been a marked improvement in pace and overall form, but I should start to structure my runs a little more now and start ‘training’ rather than just run. I still find myself having difficulty maintaining a constant pace - with a continuous juxtaposition happening from fast to slow repeatedly, as I realise I am not at the right pace - that said it is only a minor issue for now.

Given that most of my runs as of late have been between 2.5km - 6km, I think its time to start adding some longer runs to my routine. My ankles have stopped giving out, and everything seems to be going well, so its probably the perfect time to up the mileage. Preferably, for my longer runs, it would be nice to go outside of my regular routes, to add some variety - lately, it has become monotonous continually repeating the same loops. Hitting the trails again might be a good idea, especially with the weather at the moment. ☀️

Djouce Woods

Recently, I have also decided to expand my programming experience by learning the statistical computing, R-programming language, which so far has proven to be insightful. Even though I have spent a couple of weeks with the language, I can already see the benefits of its applications. So far I have applied it to some of Garmin data, to create some running stats!

Pace by Distance 2019 (so far)

Pace by Distance 2014-2019

The statistics appear to agree with what I had mentioned earlier about my training being within a short distance range, and the with improvements in pace made over the few previous months. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough Garmin data beyond this year to generate any significant statistics. But I surprisingly enjoyed this programming exercise, and hopefully, I’ll find new compelling ways to apply what I have learned again soon.

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Dylan Grimes Larkin
Environmental Science & Technology Student

Dylan is currently studying for his undergraduate BSc. in Environmental Science & Technology at Dublin City University. He is passionate about Science Communication and research, and he is a Co-Organiser of PubhD Dublin, a non-profit organization aimed towards bringing research to the public.

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