Posted: 30/10/2013 at 17:25
Good racing, everyone.
Unfortunately, Dublin didn't go too well for me despite all the good training I had put in. But I guess anything can happen when you run a marathon.
I found the headwind along the looong drag after Kilmainham Gaol really tough going & it really slowed me down. I was glad when we finally turned out of the wind and looking forward to getting back to my planned pace. Unfortunately my calf 'went' just after 17 miles so I had to walk much of the rest of the route, with the exception of the last 2 miles which I managed to run at race pace with a sprint fiinish.
I made sure I soaked up the atmosphere, interacting with the crowds; doing a really bad Irish Jig; blowing kisses at my adoring fans; telliing people to call me 'Hopalong'; hopping a bit; waving and giving a few 'low fives' to some kiddies.
I loved the Irish accents and friendly greetings/encouragement. Especially the guy that told me 'It's only yer leg' when I told him why I wasn't running & who then made me start running again for a while.
I finished in 4:57 - not bad considering I walked about 7 of the the last 9 miles.
I was very emotional at the finish - in the same way as I did for my 1st marathon i.e. the pleasure of completing a huge challenge. No feelings of disappointment.
After crossing the finish line there was a totally strange co-incidence which was truly lovely. I was chatting to an American lady for whom it was her first marathon. She just happend to mention that she was due to run Dublin 9 years ago had to pull out due to injury. When she told me this I realised that she was the lady I had spoken to in a local running shop in Hove about 7/8 weeks ago.
I'm not at all disappointed by my result as I know that it was just an unfortunate injury which could have happened to anyone and 7 miles of walking was bound to affect my finish time by quite a bit. Plus I got another lovely huge marathon medal to add to my collection.
I had a lovely time in Dublin and managed to get some serious sight-seeing in yesterday. Probably not really what my calf needed, though.. . I missed out on a few of the sights but maybe that's an excuse to go back again!
I have been iciing my leg today. it hasn't dropped off yet so the guy that that told me 'It's only yer leg' was right!!!!
Hey ho! Just one of those things.
The only disappointment for me was that by the time I finished there were no small race shirts left. The medium is huge and totally swamps me.