I am in Belfast but originally from Omagh so I went down this weekend to get a long run fitted in as part of the Belfast Marathon training. Belfast's pavements were a mess and I did not want to even contemplate doing 18 miles on a treadmill . The Omagh half has a some short hills but nothing in the league of Ards or the Hillborough Road at Lisburn. I have did it a few times, infact I did it as part of my training run yesterday. There are long inclines in some places which would be similar to the Antrim Road in Belfast but there are also a number of smaller sharp hills like you would see in the country roads if you have did Lisburn. If anyone has did Ards Omagh should feel a nice run in comparison. Personally I find going fast down the hills worse on my knees.
I did a 6 mile out and back along the coast from the leisure centre yesterday, & I can 100% now say that it was the right decision calling the race off. There is still no snow at all along the coast but the cold & gale force winds were shocking. We would have had people ending up in hospital, some of the worse conditions I've run in along the coast!! Now to try to get a long run done in similar today!! Country roads are full of snow & coast road is baltic - don't think its going to happen this weekend!
Cheers Indo - I have done Lisburn but not Ards.. Omagh sounds like a reasonably fast route then, great thanks for the info - looking forward to it.For anyone that has done Omagh previously - where is best to park and is there shower facilties post-race?
There is free car parking at the leisure center but I would get there early.
Glad to get out Saturday for my 16 mile run in Warrenpoint ,floods down here have been real bad but took the road to Newry and got my run in. On the last mile or so it snowed with the wind in my face but coming around the corner and seeing Narrow Water Castle just gave me that boost. Really starting to think hell I can do this Belfast Marathon now out on mon,wed,thurs nights and big runs on Saturday and feeling better all the time and looking forward to runing now each time think I have got the bug now. I look at posts here too and the advise and hearing on peoples runs etc really does help so thanks everyone. My 20 mile will be from the Kilbroney park in Rostrevor home of Youth Fest NI which I Co- Founded a free youth fest for tots - teens to the Southern Area Hospice in Newry. I am running on behalf of them both for my 40th Birthday Marathon.
Some good running over the weekend despite the conditions.
We're very lucky up here in the North Coast to be snow free. I managed just over 9 miles yestyerday. The sun eas shining but it was very very cold. Wraped up well and at one staged felt I had too many layers on but once we turned into the wind I knew I had made the right decision. Nice run home with the wind on our backs for the last couple of miles.
Kevin - good running on Saturday. Weather made it tough - I went out intending to run 22 in place of postponed Larne HM but called it a day after 18. That wind was tough.Sounds like you are progressing well towards Belfast and for a great cause & milestone birthday too!Sean - 23 miles was a great long run ... no wonder the legs are feeling it! You are in a good place for Belfast.
Kenny you are escaping the snow up there as are we in Moira - however 20 mins away in Dromara there are 10ft snow drifts! Good to see you are getting the miles in.6 mile tempo session on the treadmill tonight for me - couldn't face the cold & the dark
Bloody hell Martin - 13 miles on a treadmill sounds like hell on earth! Fair play to you - scenery must have been *ahem* distracting....
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Ran jimmys myself yesterday. Good wee race- definitely a tough one. East down do a great job with this race. Good to see leek, if he's still lurking, getting back towards his old self after injury. Thought i was in better shape than my time but first race of year so something to build on. Well done martin and great job as ever mags.
Thanks TG, a long, slow process getting back.
You ran well at Jimmy's, its not an easy course!!
Going to give Queens 5k a lash, looks like we'll be finishing in the dark, I thought it was always the week after the clocks went forward!
some miles being logged by everyone on here! had the weekend off due to the weather so only got in a 45 min tempo on treadmill tonight...looking forward to queens 5k and hopefully a good long run on saturday if snow clears enough!
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