stpatsfc.com brings you the latest on pre-season training, Andy Haran's crossing and Ryan Guy's shoe with day two of Brendan Clarke's pre-season diary.
You know when you're in the deepest sleep possible and your alarm goes off and you wake up not knowing whats going on. Yeah? Well thats what happened me today.
After a few seconds your senses start coming around and you start to wonder why your calfs and hamstrings are a bit sore. Then you cop it. PRE-SEASON. And its only day two.
When you drive into our training ground in Celbridge, the road up to the changing rooms is lined with trees. On the other side of the trees is the training area.
Every morning before training, every player drives up the road trying to catch a glimpse of what the Manager has set up for us. Can you imagine our horror when we got to the top of the road and saw that Anto, the clubs groundsman, had marked out a 400 metre running track.
Ryan Guy had just arrived before me and as I got closer to the car park there was a purple glow coming from his feet. I can't believe he's still got his purple velvet slip-on shoes. Well I say purple but he's claiming they're burgundy. I'll let you decide.
I thought married life would've knocked some fashion sense into him. And if married life didn't, I definitly thought Mrs. Guy would have.
After getting our training kit and heading down to the training ground, we started of with a jog and a stretch as a warm up.
When we'd finished the warm up we moved onto the track. It was another interval run but it was different from yesterday. Yesterday, the intervals were timed but today, they were over distance.
We did 7 intervals of different lengths. We did these twice. They were tough, very tough. I was actually quite close to spewing but didn't quite get there. It must've been that slice of toast I had before leaving the house.
Onto the football then and it was more technique, close passing with both feet, control and heading.
It was good to concentrate on the football and try pushing the running to the back of your mind for the time being, although sometimes its hard to concentrate when the the service to you isn't up to scratch. (*cough* Andy Haran *cough*)
After the football, it was back to running to something similar to yesterday's running on the temporary runway. Except today's was tougher.
We did 8 runs of different lengths. The hardest part of the run was when you turn on the 100m line, you are turning into the wind and you feel like your legs are going as fast as they can but they're not moving anywhere near as fast as you think.
Then your head starts swaying around like one of those nodding dogs in the back of cars and the finish line just seems an eternity away.
We finished with another jog and stretch. If I struggled to get out of bed this morning I'm not looking forward to tomorrow morning as we've been promised by Pesch that it'll be just as tough as today, if not tougher.
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