Tommygun - I did 39:59 at Seeley but I'm theoretically aiming for 80-82 minutes for Larne, I've done 1:26 on my own on a fairly hilly 13 mile course around home recently so I think with a three months to go, and under race conditions it's doable - but then I'm an optimist! You should be one step at least ahead of me!
Don't worry I haven't done it since and that was two weeks ago - after a light week! 10.6 yesterday at an easier 6:59 pace but slacking off a bit next week to get ready Race over the Glens on New Year's Day.
Whose going to be running on Christmas Day - I will I'm diabetic so it'll mean I can eat more!
I'm fond of the Knockagh Riad myself, No Pain, although not in this weather. It's hard to beat being up there on a sunny morning.
Yes, I had to google wpfg as well. It's big. I see there are tieing in with the Belfast Triathlon, which seemed to go well last year when held for the first time. We went down to watch DS expecting him to come out of the water a deep shade of brown. He was a bit green around the gills, but otherwise ok.
No ROTG for me I'm afraid. Unfortunately I've joined the ranks of the walking (limping) injured at the moment. Possibly a tendon injury but perhaps a stress fracture above an ankle. I doing little mileage now and it came without warning so can only guess it was due to a combination of new shoes and running on a cambered footpath. Just when I was about to congratulate myself on a good year. C'est la vie. So no running for a while and just hope it heals ok.
Welcome to the forum NP, PC and anyone else I've missed. Looks like everyone's getting ready for the road ahead to Spring Marathon success. Over Christmas I've Cracker, Greencastle, Lough 5 to do and then ROTG. Looking forward to January and start training. My schedule for VLM starts on 21 Jan, so a few easy weeks of building up miles and get into the habit of training instead of just racing.
PC - ref shin splints - new footwear should help and a good rest period. I'm no expert but being prepared to really rest and allow the body to heal properly is something which I see both novices and intermediates struggle with.
Hope you all have a great Christmas and no doubt will bump into many of you over the next few weeks.
PS Alywnn - hoping to get run in Mournes sorted for mid January - will be in touch.
Welcome back BVRB. There are some nice trails in Roe Valley Country Park and Kenny Bacon from Springwell Runners will be in a good position to advise. Also try Downhill Desmene - another great wee trail course. Try parking at P'stewart Strand and run the coastal paths which you can run for miles.
If you are here for New Years Day then Race Over The Glens is a must do race for you. I plan to be at Greencastle on Boxing Day for the 5 mile road race. Or if you are keen to go off road then the Turkey Trot in the Mournes on Boxiing Day is great but quite a hike and a there's a 10 mile off road race in Castlewellan. Finally try Cam Forest about two miles from Limavady on the road to Garvagh.
Also if you head towards Ballykelly and go inland there are great wee trails I run on in Loughermore Forest and Ness Woods.
Well done Patrick. I'd get a physio to check them out.
I'll be out tomorrow with a girl from the Club who is running at least 3 miles everyday during December in memory of her friend who passed away this year. We had a nice wee run round Castlerock finishing down through the forest back to Castlerock this morning. Unseasonably mild.
BVRB there are some great beaches locally to run on and their is Portrush Parkrun on Sat at 9.30 5K on the beach. Roe Valley, Ballykelly and Downhill Forest.
Merry Christmas everyone.
It's normally this time of year that we get ready for the Spring training that lies ahead. Thought it might be time to ask our forumites (and lurkers) to share highlights/toughies of 2012 and your running goal(s) for 2013.
Ok HMM. I've 3 highlights:
* crossing the finish line at the Mourne Way Ultra. I was just so glad to see that after 52 miles.
* running along the beaches at the Causeway Ultra watching the awesome power of the sea that morning
* crossing the finish line at the Dublin marathon in a half decent time after my 4th attempt.
For 2013, my running goals would be a sub 20min parkrun and a marathon time closer to 3.30. For the moment though, due to a frustrating wee injury, running is becoming a distant memory.
Since I only started running everything was highlight in 2012, though I enjoyed slipping under 40 by a second for my first 10K at Seeley.
Targets for 2013
- a few 1/2 marathons - aiming for 1:25 maybe less.
- 5K/Parkrun - sub 19.
- 10K - 36 mins
And you never know - might go for a late entry for Dublin (though probably not).
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