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25/07/2005 at 10:14
Ladyluck glad to hear you are feeling better nine miles is a good run. The Riada run you can enter on the night.
Seaamus you were going well 1:46 is a good time for that course. I saw you in front of me till about the 2mile marker then you pull away. I had a good run 1:51 felt strong but tired a bit at the end but was 16 minutes faster than Lisburn. Medication kicking in now looking forward to Ballyclare. Good run well organised this year wilth bottled water were else would you get a half for £3.
Jim thats good running was it not very warm when you were out.
Anyone heard from Baldy did he do Portaferry.
25/07/2005 at 11:40
Well done Seamus on ur PB of 1 46, that was a big difference on ur previous PB. Kenny glad to hear ur done the Dervock and got a great time especially with it being so hilly. Was that a PB for you? Seamus you need a medal for keeping up ur training at the moment never mind running a race. How is mummy and baby keeping? Hope all is well. Tonight going to do a recovery run of 3 miles easy. Legs felt a bit heavy yesterday and still a bit stiff today after 9 miler on Sunday but I am sure that is normal. Is is ok to progress by adding a mile onto my long run every week? Was kinna thinking if the Great North Run goes well I cld maybe do the Dublin marathon. Am I being too optimistic?
25/07/2005 at 11:52
Ladyluck my PB was set many years ago before I got married at 85 mins. Got married and my running went down hill. Four years ago I ran Dervock in 1:42 and if I could get anywhere near that I would be happy. Would like to get under 1:40. Every time I seem to be making progress something crops up but I'll keep pluging away.
I am not sure about Dublin maybe just a little to soon but you could keep building up and make a decision closer to the time. Have you ever ran a marathon before? I have ran 2 and have had a good years running behind me before I've ran them.
See you Wednesday when I might have a bit more time to chat.
25/07/2005 at 11:58

Hello everyone - glad to see you're all still at it. I'm doing 5K on Saturday in a charity triathlon relay event in Castlewellan - any advice on how fast to run a short race - other than, as fast as I can? Or is it as obvious as that......
25/07/2005 at 12:09
Glad to hear from you again Chris. 5K's are hard. You have to more or less go out and blast them but the good thing is they are over in about 20 - 25 mins. Good race to improve your speed.
25/07/2005 at 12:40
That is my thoughts Kenny. Might focus on doing the Belfast Marathon instead. I have never ran a marathon before, in fact I have never ran over 9 miles so next week is completely new territory. I have only ran in 1 race due to my injuries and it was the 5 mile leg of the Belfast Marathon Relay so quite excited but a bit nervous about taking part this week. will probably be one of the last ones to cross the finish line. Prob do 9 minute miles. I know it is not great but I am just there to get my first medal (sad I know).
25/07/2005 at 13:54
Ladyluck I think Belfast is more realistic
a good winters training behind you will leave you in better shape to tackle the 26 miles. On Wednesday night run the race at your own pace and don't worry about being last I've been there and got the tee shirt and you get as much respect as anyone one else for getting out there and completing the course. The last man home last year took 50 minutes and I think he got a lift in the police car. In race conditions you tend to run a bit quicker than in training. Just go out give it your best shot and enjoy it.
25/07/2005 at 19:28
Kenny - You had a great run doing it in 1hr 51mins. When I did that in Stranraer I couldn't beleive it.
You can reach that 1hr 42 again Kenny.

Some days everything just clicks and that happened me on Saturday. It might be a few years before I have a run like that again.

Jim - That was a great time for your 15 mile run - keep it going.

ladyluck -Good to see that you're enjoying your running. The best of luck in Ballymoney on Wednesday night. I might see you there.

Chris - I run to music and it helps me to improve my times. I've done this since last November and I couldn't run without either a radio or tapes. I did a hill run this evening and my wife made me up a tape of fast songs - my time for the hills went down from 67 mins to 63 mins. I'm taking the same tape to Ballymoney for the 5 mile run. I hope it improves my time (PB for 5 miler is 39 mins 3 secs.. I will let you all know if it does on this thread.
26/07/2005 at 12:02
Seamus I'll keep plugging away. If I could get a spell with no injury or medical problems I could get back to low 1:40's but something always crops up when I am going well. I have run on the cross country with music but don't feel safe running on the open roads as I like to listen out for traffic. What type of music do you listen to.
Good luck tomorrow night the way you are running you should break 39 unless you are still suffering from Saturday. But when you are on a high from a good run you can sometimes push yourself on.
26/07/2005 at 14:02
I really do hope I am not last tomorrow night, even second last would not be too bad. Will be nice to meet u Seamus if u r there. U can help cheer me across the finish line. How many people usually enter?
26/07/2005 at 14:35
Kenny - any type of music, pop/rock music, Status Quo, Wizard, Roy Wood, all the 70s/80s stuff. I'll try my best tomorrow night.

ladyluck - you'll do OK. I remember my first 10K in Maghera in 2002. I finished it in 59 mins and felt very good.
26/07/2005 at 14:52
Hi ladyluck last home usually get the biggest cheer. I used to worry when I went to races about finishing last but when it happens a couple of times you get used to it. Its about you yourself achieving what you set out to do. When I ran the senior x country championships in February I was lapped by everyone except one runner. A couple of weeks later a runner stoped me in the street and congratulated me because I had the guts to go and give it a go while better runners stayed away.
Last year we had 100 runners hoping for a few more this year.
If you are looking for Seamus he is tall dark and handsome in other words he's over six foot.
27/07/2005 at 10:29
Thanks for the words of encouragement. Kenny what time to I have to be there to register. Can't believe how nervous I am but I know if I get 1 run behind me the next one wont be so bad. My hubby was going to run it with me for support but he went out last night for a run and pulled his calf muscle so he is going to wait at the finish line with the kids to cheer me on which will be great.
27/07/2005 at 10:34
Registration is open from 5.15 at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre. Looks like its going to be a good day. You'll be OK once you get going. Its good that you will have a few supporters at the finish to cheer you home.
27/07/2005 at 22:51
Kenny - That was a well organised race from start to finish. Pass on my gratitude to all the other people involved.

I managed another PB of 38mins 21 secs for a 5 miler. I am definitely taking to the fresh air around Dervock/Ballymoney area.

ladyluck - How did you get on? I was looking out for you but didn't see you. I hope you enjoyed the run.

I think the next run is the 10 miler in Ballyclare.

The best of luck to all in the training.

Kenny - Is James still running? - haven't heard from him for a while.
27/07/2005 at 23:13
Hiya seamus. Think I done it in 43 mins 40 secs (this a guess, wld love to my exact time) but had an awful start. My sister had an awful run and had to stop after 1 mile so I was going to bin it as well "we came together we leave together" scenario but she convinced me to run on. At that stage I was last and the back group was about 50 mtrs infront so I literally sprinted the 1st 2 miles to play catch up then evened out the pace after that so all in all delighted with time. Disappointed didn't get to catch up with anyone from the forum, baby was due his feed and bed so had to leave quite soon after finishing. Congratulations on 38mins 21 sec. Wonder how Kenny done? Ps absolutely loved it tonight, really enjoyed the experience, totally got the bug.
28/07/2005 at 10:02
Donna your time I have recorded was 43:15 which was good considering the circumstances. Is your sister OK? Missed you on the night busy on the computer would far rather have been running, less stressful, but when I agreed to do this I wasn't feling too good.
Another good run Seamus I don't know if I'll ever catch you again.
5K in Muff on Saturday was thinking about giving it a blast. If not will be in Ballyclare just hope its not as warm as last year.
James hasn't been doing very much since Edinburgh says hes going to start serious training next week. He has no computer at home and they were having problems with viruses at work so big brother was watching what they were doing on the computers. Will tell him you were asking about him.
Glad you both enjoyed the race keep up the training
28/07/2005 at 11:14
Thats even better Kenny, every second counts. My sister is fine, I hope it didn't put her off though. She always ran competively when she was younger but give up running 15 years ago but always kept herself extemely fit through other means. She only done 2 runs on the running machine before Riada after the 15 years of a break but I thought because she was a fit girl it wld have seen her through. Stupid of me I know. I was just so keen to see her out running again. I am going to run with her on Sunday hopefully to get her used to running outside again. Bet u were disappointed u couldnt run last night. Was looking out for you at the finish line. Was also looking for this tall dark male (seamus) but there was quite a few of them so didn't want to take a chance. Me and my hubby were thinking about the Cookstown 10k. Do u know any details on this?
28/07/2005 at 11:16
Kenny - You will catch me sooner rather than later. I 've never ran a 5K before. I'll concentrate on the longer distances.

There was a great turnout last night.

Donna - I hope your sister is OK. You did well catching up on the rest of the runners. Its good weather for training.
28/07/2005 at 11:25
Thanks seamus. Will let her know youse were asking for her, it does help. That is the best about speaking to other people that run, they can sympathise when things arn't going so good and and genuinely happy for you when u have done well. Some of my friends and family just think I am mad when I speak to them about running and if I am injured it is like confirmation to them that running IS bad for u.

Where can I find the results of last nights race. Wld love to find out how many people I passed. Felt like Kelly Holmes (I wish). I was going to be happy as long as I didnt come last so last night give me so much confidence.
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