Dublin 2012

Let's get this thread up & running!

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01/07/2012 at 16:22

At the risk of stepping on some toes, thought it may be an idea to start a new Dublin 2012 thread under 'Events'. The original discussion seemed to have got a bit lost under 'General'!

Training has now started in earnest - & I STILL don't like hills!!

Good luck to all


01/07/2012 at 19:28

No toes being stepped on here, glad we have a thread in the right place Flights, hotel and entry all booked. Training starts in earnest next week. Orange pen start for me....let the journey begin!

gingerfurball    pirate
02/07/2012 at 11:25

Morning all and thanks Puffling for starting the thread...I have done Dublin twice and have attempted to get there on two other occasions but life got in the way.

I've done 6 marathons and I think 6 or 7 HMs - MrGFB and I are doing the midlands HM in Portlaoise in August.  Then probably this http://www.mooathon.com/ in September...if things go to plan I should be aiming for Dublin this year - hubby can't as he's doing the Lanzarote 70.3 in November.

Hope we get a good crowd in here

03/07/2012 at 10:48

Second time for Dublin (2010). Aiming to do Cardiff HM 2 weeks before as my last long run before tapering - will make a change to run a fairly flat course as most training seems to be done on 'undulations'! - well actually - Devon hills!

Lovely wet, muddy run in woods last night - head high foxgloves & birds singing.  Sessions like that make up for all the rubbish runs I beat myself up over!


03/07/2012 at 11:11

Havent really looked that closely at the route yet, but very happy to hear words like fairly flat. Hope to put ghosts of marathons past to rest this time around having previous had so so maras in london and stockholm. Whats the course like for supporters trying to watch from a couple of places on the course?

Kind of tempted by the mooathon, well the semi skimmed one anyway but I think that will have to be another year.

03/07/2012 at 16:08

i said never again but im back for the 4th year, for newbies its a great course with great support, plenty of good vantage points for spectators,not too hilly either,last year bucketed so hopefully we wiil get a good day this year.

gingerfurball    pirate
04/07/2012 at 12:44

It's been monsoon weather for the two times I've done it - my birthday is two days later (Halloween..whoooo!! ) so we might take a couple of days after to celebrate

04/07/2012 at 13:50

I'm in for this.Will be my first marathon outside the UK, but as I now live in Ireland I suppose it's a home one now.

Start my actual marathon plan next week.

See you all in Dublin!

07/07/2012 at 19:12

First week of training was gone pretty well, if i count tomorrows run i will have logged 53 miles this week. I feel i have the speed for my target time its just the endurance that needs the extra work. Hoping to average 50 miles until Dublin. Usually i manage several good weeks with 50 miles but then a so so week that pulls the average down. Hopefully the low weeks are a thing of the past.

Anyway, good to see we are starting to get a little group together now. The forum Dublin Mara startlist:

Puffling, Gingerfurball, Kev, Iainment and CSC.... anymore lurkers outthere?

09/07/2012 at 12:17

I'm not sure if I'll be running that much in a week, let alone on average!

I am following the Non-Runners Marathon Trainer schedule as a way back into running marathons after a long time out.

Started from scratch run/walking in March, now up to 4 miles running. This week I'm in the RunKillarney 10k which I'll pootle round, with walk breaks if necessary after 5 miles, as 5 miles is my scheduled long run this week.

gingerfurball    pirate
09/07/2012 at 13:30

I've yet to "run" a marathon - I have run/walked all 6 (and the HMs too) so any run I do now is the longest run I've done in total.

This last week was a bust though - I seemed to pull my hamstring just before my run on Tuesday  so I went for a limp instead...I decided to rest it on the Thursday run and just didn't have time at the weekend (I normally don't make excuses and I've been following a schedule for the last 11 weeks and have only missed 5 runs in total so it's not the end of the world)

This week I've got a 5, 4 and 11 to do. For a marahon I'll probably peak in the region of 30 mpw - that means I can get round the marathon training and still have a family life!!  (We have two kids still living at home - 19 and 20 - both at Uni) and 1 daughter married with a 3 year old and another on the way - we're self employed too so time is precious!! 

10/07/2012 at 21:20

3 miles from the pier to the fire station and back. Weather grey, raining and warm. Enjoyed it.


11/07/2012 at 09:15

Looking to do dublin as my second marathon ( 1st was Fort William this april). As a few of you have been before looking for any info about where was good to stay (or even avoid if there was any bad experiences). Hope to book it some time over the next few days...but have started a training plan this week after getting back my holiday.

11/07/2012 at 17:51

4 miles in beautiful Doneraile Park. Lovely weather and a big,for me, climb at mile 1 to mile 2.

Felt good.

Edited: 11/07/2012 at 18:00
11/07/2012 at 19:28

Perhaps I should have kept quiet about my desire to hit certain average milage, second week and its already starting to look a little tricky. Even without kids and a job that i dont have to worry about once i have clocked out its not easy keeping the total up. Im also looking to "run" my first marathon and if all goes well aiming to get a GFA time to qualify for London.

Good luck at RunKillarne, Lainment.

Welcome to the thread Dave, dont know if it was a good choice or not but we will be staying at the Ashling hotel.



11/07/2012 at 23:53

Have updated my user name. Due to confusion above.

12/07/2012 at 05:20

If only evertything else that confuses me in the world was as easy to change....

12/07/2012 at 10:24

You're not wrong there.

12/07/2012 at 13:38

Think tonights run will be wet & soggy - puddles & squelchy feet!   Things all going to plan.  Thank goodness for 'my hero' Hal Higson, whose training plans have seen me round many a Half & Dublin Mara 2010.

Have stayed at The Arlington by O'Connell Bridge several times. Really handy for all the sights & Temple Bar. They put on a wonderful race day Marathon breakfast from 5.00am with oodles of porridge, honey, toast etc to 'carb up' on!  Think there are loads of cheaper places - but we love it!

Happy training to all!


12/07/2012 at 19:45

Sounds like a great breakfast before marathon....cheers puffling!

Also following Hal Higdon training plan...just about to set off on tonights training run, it is lovely and sunny here with blue skies ( rain is supposed to be back tomorrow!!?).

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