Dublin Marathon

Only 6 weeks to go..Gulp!!!

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12/09/2002 at 11:13
The New York Marathon boys & girls have got their act together and got a really good thread going. What about the Dublin crowd. Snicks, Dog Walker etc... We haven't got long to go either (sorry to remind you all), so how's it all going?

12/09/2002 at 11:55
Oh God Jason. I knew someone would ask soon. Very mediocre on the training front. I managed a good 15 mile run on Sunday, but that's the longest I've run. I'm getting out at best four times a week, and as I've jacked a few classes, I'm paranoid my overall fitness is down. But on a positive note, no injuries (apart form a niggle in my left buttock!), and still relatively fit, oh, and I've booked my flight. Windsor is going to be telling. It will reveal if my fitness really has dropped off...How about you Jason? Are you doing Windsor as a fitness test, or are you going to chuck in a couple of extra miles before or after?
12/09/2002 at 12:10
God, is it only 6 weeks!?

Training has been going quite well for me, although I am about to enter the toughest three weeks. Did an 18 miler on Monday in the lashing rain which went okayish and did a few hilly runs in Dorset last week which should help me somewhat. Most of my injury niggles have now been sorted out (amazing what having a young female physio rubbing your groin can do! Perhaps it'd work on your butt cheek Snicks!!!) so I'm in decent shape I think. Well, certainly better than I was for London anyway!

Hotel and flights booked. Flying out of Luton on Friday evening and coming back on Tuesday morning (might be Air Ambulance home after marathon on Monday!) Am staying in Lower Gardiner Street which is quite close to the centre. I think we should decide when we are going to get together and what to do...anyone fancy a pasta party one night?!
12/09/2002 at 12:14
I think a young man would do a far better job on my bottom, DW. Oh my god, You are in shape!!! Not competitive, jealous type at all DW, well done. As for pasta, defo up for it. I'm also going back on Tuesday am, flying with Ryan Air to Luton at 11.30am
12/09/2002 at 12:20
6? I thought it was 7!
Runs up to 10 miles no problem longest at the moment 18 a couple of weeks ago but hope to increase that this weekend. No real injury worries yet but 6!! weeks is a long time.
I have managed to persuade one of my workmates to go for it in Dublin too, drinking/recovery buddy for the Monday afternoon and onwards.
Am due to arrive Saturday afternoon till Tuesday, staying at a hotel in Amiens St wherever that is, in Dublin somewhere.
12/09/2002 at 12:27
Training is going ok. My plan is to do 16-18 this Sunday, followed by the Maidstone 1/2m and 10k the following week back to back (18 again), then try and have a good run at windsor.

I haven't done a long run for about a month, and I'm getting panicky now.

I'm flying out on the Saturday morning and coming back on Monday night (probably a serious error of judgement there).

A Saturday night Pasta party would be good.

I can't remember but I think there is a 10k on the Sunday before the martahon to meet fellow runners and blow away those cobwebs. Any one up for it?
12/09/2002 at 12:57
There's definitely a breakfast run of some kind. Yep, I'll be up for it Jason L.
12/09/2002 at 14:26
I managed to get round London, by cramming all my training into the last 6 weeks, so Dublin should be a doddle!
12/09/2002 at 15:11
Snicks, you'll get a lie in on Tuesday morning then - we're on the 08:30!!! Perhaps you can find a nice little Irish Leprechaun to work that buttock for you!!!

Never been to pasta party before. How do we organise it? Just find an Italian restaurant nearby or something?!

When is the 10K Jason? Is it the day before the race? Is this the same as the breakfast run Snicks is talking about?

If anyone is into horse racing, there is a meeting at Leopardstown (very close to Dublin I'm told) on the Saturday which we are considering going to.
12/09/2002 at 15:35
DW, I'm sure the 10k and the breakfast run are the same thing. Did you run in Regents Park today?

Snicks, don't worry about your training.
I'm sure you'll get a n ew PB @ Dublin.
12/09/2002 at 15:49
Jason, yes I had a gentle 5 mile trot around the park - it's a lot hotter than it looks out there. Are you still up for tomorrow lunchtime? I'm not sure I can manage a 10K the day before a marathon if that's when it is. I'll cheer you on and pass you jelly beans or something...

Snicks, I agree with Jason - whenever you give it the old "oh, I'm so unfit" or "I drunk too much red wine last night" you always end up running a PB!!! Seriously though, you'll be fine.

What time is everyone hoping for? (I know it's a bit early to be asking this, but so what?)
12/09/2002 at 16:06
DW, I should be up for tomorrow lunchtime. I'll let you know around 11ish. It depends if I get my current project out the door.

I hoping for between 4:20 - 4:40
12/09/2002 at 22:35
Right Jason L and DW, the truth, I'm hoping for sub 4. But, I'll have to be satisfied with sub 4:06 (FLM time) due to lack of training. I will be a very unhappy Snicks if I do more than 4:06. I've sacraficed a love life in order to get the training in over the next six weeks (there's only so much Snicks can fit into a day).
13/09/2002 at 08:55
Hi fellow Dubliners,

I've found training really hard this time. For London I gave up playing Football and was on a really strict eating regime, for Dublin I wanted to try and train without it taking over my life. It hasn't worked. I've attempted two 20 milers in the last two weeks and have faded at 17 and 15 on both occasions. I'm still doing the same training miles as London but that sub 4 is looking unlikely at the moment.

I've also turned vegetarian since London and I think that is having an effect.

I'm flying out Sunday morning and back on Monday night and staying near Connelly station. Sounds like I'll see most of you at Windsor.
13/09/2002 at 09:24

I'm actually aiming for the same kind of area as Jason...4:20 - 4:40. You can make a lot of progress in 6 weeks training Snicks, maybe more than you think so don't despair. My entire FLM training lasted only 12 weeks, from being a drunken overweight couch potato in January and not having put a pair of trainers on for a year!

Hives, out of curiosity, how has turning vegetarian affected your life and particularly your running? Do you feel more tired as a result?
13/09/2002 at 10:58
Definitely more tired. I'm finding that I get to a certain point and I'm like the bunnies in the old duracell advert, I grind to a halt. I need to change my vitamin supplements to accomadate the change in food habits.

My legs don't feel as strong either, my knees ache and mentally I'm struggling this time.

I am slightly heavier than London and not eating as rigid a regime. Which I'm sure is not helping.

I need to pull my socks up, knuckle down and get on with it.

I feel better for this moan.
13/09/2002 at 13:38
Hi everyone, I think there is a few more of us forumites doing this but no doubt they will come out of the wilderness in the next few weeks. I'm up to 18 miles now although did the GSR last SUnday (which was a nice 10 miler) but managed to "over stress my peroneus brevis" as my physio said this morning (muscle between the knee and fith metatarsal). Was a bit panicky before physio this morning as was unsure whther this was going to kick me into touch for Dub's but he reckons I'll be back running by end of next week. SO instead of the planned 19 miler for Sunday I'm heading to the ECT at the gym. Flying on the sauturday from gatwick, staying at the Clarion hotesl( in the centre of dublin..apparently has good gym/jacuzzi facilities so will be good for post-race relaxation and to keep Mrs W away from the shops for four hours when I'm running!!)and flying home on tuesday lunchtime (i.e. after recovering from race and post-race guiness..). Aiming for sub 4.15 but will be happy to finish (first marathon).
13/09/2002 at 14:30
well dublin will be my virgin marathon.
Only done 1 10k and 1 1/2m before.
doing windsor 1/2 but training is going so bad. I seem to get a very stiff back after about 3 miles which I have tried to run thru, but to no avail. gonna get me some physio next week to see if that helps.
i am a naturaly BIG bloke anyway(6'2" and 15.5 stone) normally find a 8 min mile is my natural pace so was hoping for about 4 hrs in dublin-but think thats out of reach now.
Flying out from Stanstead on Sun Lunch and back on Tues afternoon, so if any Sun or Mon nightg socials are going on give me a shout.
Mrs legless is coming over, but only for the Guiness!!!!!!!!!!!
13/09/2002 at 19:52
Does anyone know Dublin? Is there going to be a get together for a plate of pasta and a half Guiness?
I am staying in the North Star hotel, walking distance of most places I think. If not, maybe see some of you there as we all seem to be finishing at the same time, I am number 400 for that 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
14/09/2002 at 11:34
I'm staying with my friend who lives in Dublin. She's preggas which is good for me, as we won't be tempted to go on the Raz the night before the big day. She'll defintiely be able to recommend a good pasta place, and a post race meeting point. I'm already looking forward to a big fat pint of Guinness after the race. No doubt that will be it, then I'll be flat on my face! I'm about to do my long run, aiming for 3 hours, hopefully 20 miles. Right, there's no more putting it off. I've got to get out there and do it! Hope fellow Dubliners enjoy their longs this weekend. Let us know how you get on.
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