Took part in the Causeway Coast 10k on Saturday... managed to finish 12th in a time of 54 mins ... Really enjoyed the run and will definitely going back next year, never experienced anything like it before... first 5k was a nightmare, up a hill, down a hill, over a stile, up some steps, really takes it out of the legs but after the half way point its fine, scenery was something else!!!
A nice easy 7 miles this morning in the dark with frosty, foggy air. Really enjoyed it.
Did club intervals last night and took it a bit easier as I had a sports massage on Monday.
Good luck C75.
Trained three night this week got soaked each time looks like the winters here.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend.
Good luck C75!
I ran Queens parkrun this morning, my first ever one! Managed a pedestrain 25:58. Quite pleased to be honest. Hard work ahead to break 45 for 10k, all starts on Monday with 5x1k fast. Wish me luck!
Hi guys, any other newbies here? 30, was decent at track, xc etc in teens before beer, fags and sausage rolls intervened; 10 weeks off the cigarettes and been running since august, insanely happy with myself for managing 29:14 5k today! anybody doing portrush parkruns? planning on having a go at the end of this month
Hi Patrick stick at it. Give Portrush a go something nice about the sound of the sae when you are out running. It will be Christmas before I get a cjance as I am tied up with kids training on a Saturday morning.
18 Miles with the Dublin gang this morning. Tough going as it's about 7 to 8 years since I did that milage but I got there. Lovely morning for running.
Welcome Patrick, you're doing really well. Paul OH - nice to have met you at W'works yesterday. Just in from my last 20miler for Dublin, it was a really beautiful morning. How's everyone else getting on?
Hi Irene, it really is a seautiful day today, it's lovely to feel the warmth of the sun again. I got in a slow 20 mile run early yesterday morning, but it was cold and I wasn't really in the form for it. This morning I went out just for a wee recovery run but ended up doing 14 miles as it was just so nice outside. So feeling good about this marathon at the moment and just hoping I'll still be feeling like that on the day and that the weather will be kind to us.
Yes Paul, would be lovely to get a morning like today. I've done it twice before and both were cold, bright mornings which were great.
Cheers guys, was a good day for it wasn't it? Managed 5k again this afternoon but 1st day back to back and feeling it now Live in Tyrone but Portrush only about 45 mins away
Patrick, keep at it, went off the smokes in march 2011, still off them, so from 40 a day habit to running my first 5k in march 2012 (26:XX) since that I have ran,10ks, 5 milers, 10 milers, half marathon and today a PB in 5k (23.13) and never felt better, so good luck its always worth it!
Got a nice 16 miles under the belt yesterday still keeping the Heart rate mointoring going and feeling stronger with each run. A spring marathon is looking good if I keep this progression going. Welcome Patrick, well done and I look forward to seeing you progress.
Hello, Folks - checking in after a few weeks: it's always amazing to read how many varied training runs/races people have undertaken. Big respect to Paul D on completing Causeway Ultra - would love to hear more, if only to put me off the notion of ever attempting an Ultra!!
Reading with interest how the fellow Dublin marathoners are getting on. Also, did my last 20miler Saturday morning: along the Lagan towpath from Lisburn Civic Centre to Stranmillis & back. The run further confirmed that my dodgy hamstring is well on the path to recuperation but threw up another concern about my marathon debut: as Paul D commented it was cold early Saturday. I run very 'hot' and always sweat excessively so despite air temp, I choose to wear only a Helly Hansen l/s top. Combination of it soaking through and air temp left me chilled to the core such that hot shower afterwards had to be supplemented with an hour under the duvet before I warmed up again! If Dublin is forecast cold, may have to rethink clothing options. Although given the pain I imagine I'm going to be feeling in the latter stages, feeling cold would probably be a minor issue! Any advice from marathon veterans?
On a totally unrelated point, I know reference has been made previously to Ryan Maxwell's NIrunning website but was thinking again yesterday, as I read his Twitter updates & the comprehensive and prompt reviews of the weekend's racing on his site, that his efforts really deserve the support of the local running community. I'm sure the word about NIrunning is increasingly 'out' although the lack of posts/feedback on the Forum section suggests people already well catered for with this Forum and their own club Forums? (yes, my Coleraine Inst Latin teacher would turn in his grave at my not using the correct plural form but 'Fora' just sounds wrong!).
Re: NIrunning, I tried to leave a comment on one of the "fora" but for some reason couldn`t leave one????
Hi Ray you have to register before you can leave a message.
Alwyn I have a similar problem. I sweat quite a lot and my core can get really cold. Sometimes in the winter it can be really painful and has cause me to cut long runs short. I'm not sure what the answer is.
kenneth i am registered on the site. still no joy!
Alwyn, I did Latin too.Quite liked it, But my daughter advises me that 'forums' is now accepted in everyday language so has become grammatically correct.
On the cold weather clothing bit, I wear a winter base layer under a long sleeve shirt. It isn't breathable and traps sweat which works fine only as long as the core stays warm. I'll try a breathable base layer and see if that feels warmer.
You were asking about the ultra. It took me nearly 9 hours so was 'running' at an average of just 13 mins/mile. You could walk faster. I hadn't trained for it and just aimed to keep within the cut off times. HMM was winging it too, but he finished well ahead of me. The last 13 miles, after the turn around in Ballintoy, just got more and more painful;, Even walking hurt so it was easier trying to keep running. Would I do it again? You bet! It was well organised, the company along the way was brilliant, the sea and the views were awesome and the feeling of achievement when crossing the finish was immense. I wouldn't like it do it in bad weather though and would recommend to anyone to book on to it as late as possible.to be sure of the forecast.
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