Lovely race at the 5 mile santa at Hazelbank for action for hearing loss this morning. Great atmosphere, well organised and for a good cause. Nice to be at a more relaxed event with loads of families there. Especially after all the seriousness of Seeley yesterday. Nice to speak to see Martin there, I hope your son stopped puking before you took him home, lol. If that's what it takes to beat his dad. ..... Massive thanks to Mags as usual doing her usual work horse role. What would ni running do without you.
Seeley is one of those races, that the only reason I do it, is because it's Seeley, lol. I don't want to another lap of Ormeau for at least 6 months. Was a bit disapointed that it was gun start, rather than a mat. I assume it's because of the difficulty of closing the road.
Awh Martin you'd be grand. The route doesn't go over any summits, just the foothills and saddles. It's hard work, but the miles fly by. Don't be too put off by the course maximum completion times either. At last year's Causeway the final finisher came in at 11pm from the ultra. The times are there to deter people from making stupid decisions when entering, but no one will turn their back on you if your a bit over. You will still get supported to the end. Alwyn is right about the leg work though. It was my hip flexors that took the beating.
Ballyclare xc for me today. Mmmm should be an experience. Ignorance is bliss
Good on ya Martin. I did it last year on a whim after Vienna marathon, and loved it. Don't think it'll get rid of a car of hills though. I found out pretty quickly during that face that nearly everyone, apart from the truly hardcore walks up the hills and steps. Which was great, I was left feeling fresh for the whole 50km. I think it took me about 5.30 ish, but I want exactly pushing myself. The atmosphere and scenery were amazing. Not like a road marathon at all. I'll definitely be doing it this year. If you're going to do it, you might as well do the Mourne marathon a month later. It was soooooo good.
What great running from everyone in Mallorca, Yorkshire and Dublin! Paul b, sounds like you're winning your own race, keep at it, London 2015 won't be long in coming round.
I've just about came back to the land of the living after Dublin. I couldn't be more chuffed with 3.40, which was a pb of 13 mins since April. I did Dublin as my first marathon 2 years ago, so it was great to run it again. Had a very different perspective of it this time. It's a great marathon, definitely my favourite so far. Just the right amount of support, that builds up to the electric finish. And what was that weather not like? Amazing, considering how bad it could have been.
So many Nordies at it, and everyone of them always gives you a bit of encouragement in their way past. And it felt like the were a lot that passed me, lol.
As you say Alwyn, it is well organised, but not overwhelming like London. I crossed the line and a volunteer that must have been in his late 70's grabbed me by both arms because I looked like I was about to go down. To me that just summed up the attitude of Dublin marathon.
Next stop Seeley, and I'm actually looking forward to it this year.
Taper, Taper, Taper. It's sooooooo boring. Nothing to do but obsess about whether or whether or not everyone I go near is going to give me a cold this week, lol. #hypochondriacMarathonRunner #antibacterialHandgel