Marathons, medals, DOMS and blues

It’s hard to believe that a week ago today was the night before my first marathon.  Hard to believe that a week ago tomorrow I ran and finished 26.2 miles.

Hard to believe but not impossible because all the evidence is there to prove it! The medal, the DOMS, the blues…they’re all real!

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This is my marathon…Dublin City Marathon 2015 Race Report

Those are the words I kept saying to myself yesterday as I ran the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon.  Over 15,000 people took part in the marathon yesterday and I was one of them.  As I ran, I passed (and was passed by) many people; I started to think to myself that we’re all here with a story. We all have our reasons for running this marathon, our own journeys that got us to this point. Being part of that crowd of marathoners and processing my own race, all I could think was ‘this is my marathon’.

I finished my marathon in a time of 6:51:15, which was twenty minutes off my target time of 6:30:xx but I’m absolutely delighted and proud of my achievement! The key word for me is finished!

My race report is going to be a little different. I won’t be giving a mile by mile replay like I normally do. Some miles were boring, some were exhilarating, some were exhausting! Instead I’m going to trace my way around the course and note thoughts, feelings and experiences I had on the way.

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…is a marathoner!



Race report to follow!


Tomorrow.  Tomorrow, I run my first marathon.

I just wanted to post one last time before the big day, let you know how I’m doing.

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Making a list…checking it twice

So earlier in the week I posted this photo on twitter.

There seems to be a bit of interest in it so I thought I’d post the full thing here and explain a few things here and there. It will also help me clarify things for myself, and it may prompt me to remember something else I’ll need to add!

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7 months, 575 miles, 145 hours, 49 minutes and 32 seconds later

It’s over. I’m done.

After 7 months, 575 miles, 145 hours, 49 minutes and 32 seconds of running, my marathon training is over.

It’s hard to believe but the numbers say it all. I did it!

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Sports Massage: Touched for the very first time!

Back in August I went for my first ever sport massage. This was to help keep the legs injury free while I upped the intensity of my marathon training, hitting longer and longer distances.

Despite my initial nervousness, it turned out that the sport massage was just what I needed.  But I almost didn’t go, so before I tell you about the sport massage itself, I want to tell the whole story.

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On running for the Dublin Simon Community; with guest writer Alison from DSC

This is probably the most personal post I’ve ever published on my blog. For one thing, I’m introducing myself (hi, my name is Carrie; nice to meet you!) but I’ve also invited Alison R. from Dublin Simon Community to say a few words about the charity, and what they do to help the homeless. What she has shared is amazing, and her story is really inspiring and gives me so much hope for the people DSC are trying to help.  But first, let me tell you why helping the homeless is so meaningful to me.

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I’m This Fat Girl Runs….AMA!

Tomorrow will be 4 weeks until my first marathon. I’ve had an amazing year so far of preparing and training and a big part of what’s helping get to the starting line is the community of runners on twitter.  I really enjoy interacting with you all; asking questions, getting advice and giving encouragement.

I realised lately that mostly I talk about running, and occasionally a band or gig I’m going to. So I thought what better way for my running friends to get to know me a little better than to do an AMA style blog post.  I got a lot of great questions so I’m going to answer them here.  I hope you enjoy the post!

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Upcoming AMA blog post!

This Sunday I will be posting an AMA style blog post.  Ask your running or non-running questions in the comments below and I’ll answer them then!



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