All by myseeelf! Frank Duffy 10 Mile race report

Today I ran my longest race since beginning Project Speedy; the Frank Duffy 10 Mile, part of the Dublin Marathon race series.

I had a lot riding on this race; some personal and some physical. For me it was yet again another big test of my abilities and training. In the week leading up to the race I was constantly asking my coach various questions, making sure I understood the strategy and that I was really prepared for this.

It didn’t help that the day before the race the weather turned stormy and the day of the race was predicted to be stormy, windy, rainy but humid.

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Shall I compare thee?

Sometimes, I compare myself to others and spiral into negative thoughts about myself. Here’s how I get out of it!

Shall I compare thee?

10 days to 10 miles

In 10 days time I’ll be running my first 10 mile race. the Frank Duffy 10 mile, part of the Dublin City Marathon Race Series. It’s also the longest race I’ll be running since I began Project Speedy. I know how 41 weeks of training in my legs.

Has it really been that long? When I decided to concentrate on speedwork training, last November, I wanted to give myself at least a year to conquer my goals. 41 weeks later and here I am. Boy, does time ever fly when you’re having fun

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Break on through to the other side! Volunteering at the Rock n Roll Half Marathon!

Last year the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon here in Dublin was my first ever half marathon. This year, it was my first time volunteering at a race. It was a fantastic experience and more than anything it really opened my eyes to what it takes to put on a race. As a runner, and racer myself, the day gave me a whole new appreciation for race organizers and volunteers.

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What is This Fat Girl made of?

Vlogging about my recent body composition test.What happened, what were the results and what am I going to do with the information?
What is This Fat Girl made of?

3 years a runner

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 3 years since I went for my first run. Nervous, self-conscious, unsure; what got me out the door was a sense of now or never.  I had to at least try running; and in trying discovered I love it.

I love running. I love the sense of achievement it gives me. I love how I feel so strong and capable when I’m running. I love pushing myself in a race; and I really love getting a PB in a race. I love the community I’ve discovered and the friends I’ve made.

Running is such an important part of my life now, I can’t imagine being without it.

If I could go back to this day three years ago, I would give myself the biggest ‘thank you’ possible. I would tell myself that it will be hard but it will be so, so worth it. I would tell myself to never give up. I would tell myself…

Actually. You know what…I did tell myself all these things. I still do.

Da do run run! Gait analysis with Brooks Running

On Thursday I went over to Run Logic for a free gait analysis with Brooks Running. They were offering a new kind of analysis on the day, and I wanted to give it a try and see what came of the results.

I got there, a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect; and I’m also shy so meeting new people was daunting! But I got over that, changed into my running gear and hopped onto the treadmill.

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Are you gonna eat that?

I just posted my third video log, talking about my attitude towards food (particularly as a runner) and inviting you to help keep me accountable.

Are you gonna eat that?

In other news, I am working on my next running post about my recent gait analysis and will post that tomorrow. It was a fascinating experience!

Where do I begin?

My second video log, giving a little bit of my history; where I’m at, how I got here and where I want to go.

Where to I begin?

I would run 500 miles…

Today I ran my 500th mile of the year.😀

I’m really happy with my progress with Project Speedy, and part of that includes some pretty decent mileage every week. It’s possible that I might hit 1000 miles by the end of the year, particularly as I’m training for a 10 mile and half marathon later in the year. It’s not the be all and end all goal but it would feel really awesome if I could do it.

Anyway, I just wanted to share the milestone!

500miles

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