Mark, missed you tonight because you were going so fast !! Yeehaaaaa!!!!!! Well done
Ricky , she is real but as you can see she's not a big fan of the heat
Well after three weeks away it was great to catch up with everyone tonight. Fantastic weather and brilliant atmosphere and loads of forumites in attendance.
TG, I hadn't realised that was what happened. I saw the 'officials' telling you and Andrew that you had to go round to the back and I was shouting to you to come and walk up to the front but you didn't hear me. I didn't have my hi-viz bib on at the time but I still managed to convince everyone that you and Andrew were 'lead runners' and had to be at the front so they were going to let you through. I saw Andrew jump down from the fence and wondered what had happened to you. C75 was almost turned back too. (Congratulations btw C75).
Martin, you're being too hard on yourself. You've done fantastically well in the past few weeks and a lot of runners would be in awe of what you have achieved. Enjoy your well deserved holiday. Your two sons did very well tonight too - you must be very proud of them.
Kenny, big thanks to you and the Purple gang for the hospitality, and well done on your run. The new shoes obviously worked.
Alwyn, Ricky, Alan B and anyone else I've missed - good to see you.
Mags, as always you are a star, well done to Stuart tonight
Boys did really well Mags thanks
Thank you Mags, Welcome Home!
Mags I just realised when I got on top of the fence that I was about to slip and it was a long drop then there was the stark realisation that a lot of people were watching me!!
I think I may have seen Alwyn on the pitches doing drills warming up last night though wasn't sure??
Good running everyone. Martin very easy to get sucked into all these events - don't be too hard on yourself. Freshness is a big factor in racing well too.
Mags, good to see you again last night and thank you for introducing Martin.
Martin, as Mags said in her post, don't be hard on yourself. The marathons were your training focus and if you target a HM later this summer, you will 'knock it out of the ballpark'! As TG says, freshness is required to run your best.
TG, sounds like a bit of drama at the start of the 10k - glad to hear you survived unscathed and went on to run another great race (yes, that was me on the pitches beforehand).
I'm a bit gutted this morning as I'm 'missing-in-action' from the results posted on Ryan's nirunning website. I've emailed Glenn at championchip and hopefully it can be sorted out - particularly as I managed to tough out a small improvement on my Omagh gun time to improve my best-of-3 aggregate by 35s (you were right, Ricky!).
The second half of Lisburn is tough. I was having a real mental battle with myself to ignore the voice in my head that was telling me it was ok to slow down due to the heat and the hills. As Martin remarked, that wee uphill section through the industrial estate pulls it out of tired legs! Having ground it out and emptied the tank in the last mile, it would be upsetting not to have the effort officially recognised.
Hope everyone recovers well from last night's efforts.
Hi everyone it was great to meet a few of you last night. TG I though it was you stuck on top of the fence I think it was caught on camera so watch out in the local papers.
It was tough going in the heat and I was glad I was heading off left after 5 miles. My leg felt great at times and I felt a bit of stiffness at others but I made it round in 61:50 and was happy with that as I've only had three runs in the last month. Physio this morning and he is happy with me running as long as I'm not in pain and doing too much.
I really happy with the new trainers they are really light and very comfortable. They are Sketchers GoRun Ride. When I was given them I thought I'll never be able to run in them. But happy with them for the shorter stuff.
Martin it was tough conditions last night and you have two marathons in the legs. Hopefully it won't be as warm at Dervock and you will see the benefit of all the marathon training at the shorter distance.
Great stuff TG, Kenny & everyone else last night. Well done Martin for hanging in when it got tough, so soon after two good marathons. I'm just glad I took the night off.
Alwyn I'm sure you'll get it sorted. Never a race goes by where there's not that wee voice in the head but that's one of the things about racing hard - you know by the end of it you've beat that voice!! I was reading a cycling book recently where the guy described that exact same thing.
Kenny yes some papers may have that - not looking forward to the photos! Glad to see you're back at it.
Kenny, it was good to see you back in a running vest last night and good news that the physio is giving you the all-clear to keep at it.
Talking to Mags last night, it's really tough when people can't run through long-term injury and those of us who moan and get dispirited by worse-than-hoped for performances would do well to remember how lucky we are!
I got an email back from Glenn and my result will appear in the next update tomorrow. Thanks also to Ryan @ nirunning who helped pinpoint me via finish line photo. For information, Glenn said he had picked up my chip at halfway but not at the start or finish. I asked him if the fact I wore the chip on a chip strap around my ankle might have contributed to the problem (although I had done same in Larne without issue). His reply: "Those chips don't work as well on the ankle strap as they need to be flat on the shoe to be detected reliably. The ankle strap ones are long and thin and read in any orientation but the ones for marathons are round like a polo mint and thus only read when flat."
Thanks, TG, "knowing by the end of the race that you've beaten that wee voice" - that's the thought I'm going to try to hold on to when it starts up again!!
Nice to see you again last night Mags -Stuart did fantastically well.... he passed me just after the 9 mile mark obviously pacing his race much better than I did! Had a chat to him at the finish and good to hear he is starting Dublin training next week!
Martin - 2 Marathons in very respectable times so close together is a fantastic achievement so I wouldn't be too hard on yourself... if you go out too quick the Lisburn course will beat you. It beat me - I was walking through part of the Industrial estate at 11 miles and dropped 2 mins on that mile. Heat, hills, too fast first half, and in your case 2 mara's in your legs, all conspire against a decent time for anyone on the Lisburn course. Can't open that pic of the dog for some reason but I believe you
Great news Kenny on the injury and great 10k run.Mark well done on toughing it out - hope the Achilles is feeling better today.Alwyn I noticed you were missing in action this morning and have to admit I did wonder if the ankle chip strap had caused a problem.... so the lesson learned is to bin it going forward?! Stonking run from you as usual and glad Glenn got it sorted for you.If it wasn't hilly enough at Lisburn for anyone it's Ards tomorrow week - entries close tomorrow. Good spread afterwards I believe unlike Lisburn which was a poor show - not even a Banana in sight!
Also a reminder for all doing/considering doing Dublin - 18 weeks from Monday! (for those who usually follow an 18 week training plan)
Ricky thanks for the Dublin promt I had better start thinking of training plans its not that far away.
I really struggled at Lisburn and limped home in 1;43.?? nearly 5 mins off Larne. I just could not get any speed or endurance in those legs of mine. I was very pleased with my daughters first on road race 53 mins in the 10k after 4 months running Great to catch up Mags and Kenny and I am hoping to do the Bridges race next week so I hope to meet some more of you happy recovery
12 mile this morning wet and windy hope Thursday nite better for round the bridges
John, that's a great time on a tricky course, well done to your daughter
Gregory, it's horrible out there
Still resisting the urge to go running determined to rest for a week then some light miles in the sun when I'm away
John - that's a great time.... nearly everyone I spoke to who ran Larne was at least 3 mins slower at Lisburn including myself so don't be too hard on yourself.I switched my Long run to yesterday as I saw the wonderful forecast for today - being a glutton for punishment I ran a very hilly route (almost twice the elevation of the Lisburn Course according to my Garmin) and managed 15.2 miles .... dodged the showers and had an enjoyable jaunt - was fairly warm & sunny though a bit windy at times.Martin - the rest will do you the world of good... running in the sun on hols is great... good way to explore also - just make sure you don't explore too many tavernas along the way
Ricky, you know me too well, thats the first thing on my agenda , nice wee coastal run out to the next beach area which apparently, has some lovely restaurants, nice run for me, extra husband brownie points , it's a win win and there's beer at the end
My injury is playing up again. I went down yesterday morning to run a few miles with Andy Deal who was doing a 24 hour challenge on the Portrush Parkrun course. He couldn't have picked a worse weekend. I was fit to run out to the White Rocks with wind on our backs but had to walk into the head wind. I managed one lap and dropped out but was at the finish to welcome Andy home. He completed 26 plus Parkruns 82 miles. Well done Andy.
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