Friday, April 30, 2010

Getting out of Dublin!!!!

In the car on the way to cork for the bank holiday weekend. Peter and berlino are here. Traffic is brutal!!! I think everyone is trying to get out of the pale for the weekend (can't blame them!)
I got up at 6.30 this morning to be with the doc at 7.30. Had to get loads of needles in my back and bum to loosen out hamstring. It was not a lot of fun but I feel much better now and can't wait to run tomorrow.
All the radio stations are talking about Gerry Ryan. It's very sad news. His poor family.
Bye for now

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Easy week...

This week is a bit of an easy week. I'm training but the workload is smaller. I guess its what we call recovery. I'm in the gym loads doing all the little exercises that hold me together (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday!!!!) I've had a bit of a tight hamstring so I'm going to get that looked at by the Doc this evening. Sean and Mark are very cautious with anything that starts to niggle at me. I had a problem with my back in 2006 and ever since I get some nerve pain in my hamstring and groin on the right from it so it's important that we keep on top of it.
In other news I received my racing spikes from Saucony and they are really really nice. They feel great on and look really good. It's annoying it's recovery week because it means I won't get to take them for a spin until next week.
I gotta go get ready for the gym.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Light at the end of the tunnel......

I've just handed in my 4 pieces of work that I spent the whole week stressing about. Plus tonight was my last ever lecture for this management course. I have an exam in two weeks and then a thesis to submit but I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. Hooray almost done......
I'm fairly tired from a week of typing/stressing. I'm looking forward to chilling out this weekend. This week was a week when I had a lot to get done and of course then I was in high demand for people ringing talking about stuff that I really did not have time for this week. Note to self if you don't know the number calling do not answer the phone!!!!! Lesson learned.
I gotta go rummage and try find something to eat. The cupboards are pretty bare after a week of head in the books.
The most exciting thing that is happening this weekend is that my little training group are coming to the house and we are gonna paint the bathroom cook some dinner and watch a DVD. The lives of runners are not very exciting.
Bye for now
Derv x

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Dog, the Man and the big Trophy

Today I was not at the races. The one day I didn't get to go (training and studying) this was the result......Go Golden Silver go......

Monday, April 19, 2010

At least I have a study partner...

Good work Team Munster

Did our relay yesterday and we ran 44.9. This in the scheme of the world is not very exciting but put in context it is really good. The qualifier for the team for euro's is 44.50 and the Irish record is 44.4. Yesterday all of us ran as hard as we could but nobody has done any speed work yet and we only practiced a little bit the day before. I was really pleasantly surprised that the team dipped under 45. I really think that breaking the Irish record is well on the cards and I'm excited about how fast the team will go during the season. We beat a few boys in the process which is always fun.

The sports day was great yesterday. Leevale do an amazing job of organizing the day and all the kids seemed to be having loads of fun.

Now I'm back in Dublin and I'm under serious pressure. I have 4 assignments to get done this week and an exam in 2 weeks. I'm almost finished my Masters in Management but I have a fair bit of work to get through first. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel but it seems kinda far away. Right now I'm kicking myself for being so laid back all semester because now I'm!!!!

Oh well I better just man up and get it done......


PS if anyone fancies a week in my house doing project management and business law assignments with me please feel free to call!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Outdoor season begins....

Tomorrow I will start to do a little bit of racing outdoors. I'm running the 4x1 at the Leevale open sports. I'm really looking forward to running even if it is just a bit of fun. Ailis McSweeney, Kelly Propor and Niamh Whelan are on the team. We are racing in a mixed race against the boys. Today we met at the CIT track in Cork to do some practice. Terrie Cahill is our coach this year which is great news because she is a super coach and I think she will be able to get loads out of the Irish women's team by the time Barcelona comes. Practice went well and hopefully we can do a half decent time tomorrow. The weather was amazing today in Cork so fingers crossed its as good tomorrow. The relay team is a sort of Munster relay with two Leevale girls and two Ferrybank girls. The other Irish girls who are in the mix for the squad are out of the country so team Munster has to show how tough we are!

It's good to be home in Cork for the weekend. Time is going way too fast though.

I will let you know how our relay exploits go.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today's Recipe

I love to cook. I spend loads of time cooking so I thought every now and then I should put a recipe on the blog. Right now I'm waiting for dinner to be ready and as the laptop was sitting here I thought I would blog what I've just cooked and am about to eat.
Prawn and Asparagus Risotta
Arborio rice
Chicken stock
1/2 glass white wine (other half in belly!)
Low fat creme freche
King prawns
Garlic Onion
Parmesan cheese

Melt the butter in a pain, add the onion and garlic. Fry until they are brown. Add the rice. Cover the rice with butter. Add wine. Stir for few minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock. Stir until stock is gone add more stock (do this a few times for about 30 minutes) Add a little parmesan. Add asparagus and prawns. Add creme freche. Add some more parmesan. Stir for another few minutes. Take out of pan leave to stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle some parmesan on top and serve.

This is not one of my healthiest dishes but it's not too bad either so enjoy.

Time for me to go get mine and serve it up here. Cooking for my boyfriend and friend so fingers crossed they like it too.


Monday, April 12, 2010

All the training secrets....

Team Cahill prides itself in new advanced training methods and we feel it is only fair to share these on this blog. So here is a couple of videos with all the running fast secrets.....Enjoy!!! video video

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Hi all,

Everything in Spain is really good. Day one the weather was a little dodgy but it has picked up now and is really lovely. Today was a track session for me and it was the hardest session that I have in this 4 week training block. It is hardest in terms of the distance I had to cover and the speed I had to run. I had to start my session with a dreaded 250 and then do 6 more long runs after that.

I was so completely dreading this. Mainly because the times that I was set to hit were really fast and I was worried that either a. I would not hit them and be gutted or b. hit them and vomit all over the track!!! (yes I do get sick sometimes and it is not nice)
I hit all my target but I felt very very rough. Before the 250 Ian gave me his take on the situation "Look I see it this way you gotta just hit the 250 hard, you can't be a pussy about it you gotta just run hard and bring it home. Don't even think about the other runs just hit it. You gotta get your target" Sean was being far more realistic and telling me "just run strong and run right on the target no faster than what has been set down". So I had these thoughts and as soon as I started to run I'm not gonna lie I just though "f**k it go, you do not wanna go to sleep tonight not nailing this session" I ran for my life. Alas this resulted in me doing my 250 1.5 seconds faster than the target and making the next 6 runs very very hard but I'm happy to report that I got all 6 runs. Days like this are so hard but also quite funny because you feel so bad that you start to think everyone is the enemy. At one point Terrie was asking me how I was feeling and I told her full of anger and rage at her for giving me the session. At times it was not pretty and I really wanted to cry/vomit for a large chunk of the session but I'm so happy with myself for doing it. Thankfully I have very patient coaches who forgive me being angry during sessions!

The rest of Team Cahill is doing good and training very well. On Tuesday Ian had a big lactic session and ran the best he has run for that type of session since he joined the group. Afterwards he was lying on the ground feeling really sick and the little Cahills (Ciaran 8, Killian 6 and Niamh 5) were telling him different foods to try make him get sick. There was a lot of chocolate cake, lasagne, greasy fry and chips shouted at him yet he remained tough and did not get sick! Admittedly I should take some responsibility for this as I had plotted with the mini Cahills to play with him.

We are on recovery day tomorrow. Tonight our apartment is cooking dinner for the Cahills. Ian is on main course and the girls are doing starters, kids food and dessert. I'm looking forward to dinner and just relaxing for the next day.

These legs are tired and need some rest.

Thats all for now

Derv xoxo

Monday, April 5, 2010

New training partners and new venue

Today I am off. The rain/wind/snow of Ireland is being left behind for 8 days. I'm off to Spain. Our training group is going on a little camp for a few days and we are lucky enough to have three new members of our team. The little Cahills will be in Spain with us. I'm really looking forward to being able to train in a bit of sunshine for a few days and get some good work in.
I will blog from Spain.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Derval O' Rourke lane 3 and 4

I tried so hard to resist but I have just polished off an easter egg. It was so good. A lovely cadbury's roses one. I swore that I was far superior to the chocolate and that the fast approaching outdoor season (think very small crop tops and knicker shorts) would make me resist.
Now I am full of chocolate and have to get my bum to the track to do some back to back runs. Today is the only day of the week that I train on my own, no group no coaches. Hence my preparation has involved eating a whole easter egg and dragging out the inevitable session.
Ok there is only so long I can put it off and stay in bed eating my easter egg. Today I'm gonna need lanes 3 and 4 to run in because I have stuffed myself with so much chocolate..........