Marathoner in Training!

So…this happened!

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Si, me and ASD in London

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Yes, it’s true! I’m running the Dublin Marathon this October 2015.  EEEEK!

Big thanks to ASD & Si from @100kmtoBrighton for helping me with my reveal! They were the first of my twitter friends I told (when I met up with them in London) because they have played a big part in inspiring me to run a marathon!

So this is why I haven’t been running this month! It’s going to be a long, tough, crazy year of running ahead and I decided on this impromptu break so that I’d be fresh for training to start in April. I didn’t want to burn out before I even began!

You see, I’ve known I was going to run a marathon for a long time now, well over a year in fact.  Everything I’ve been doing the last year has been to prepare me to start training for a marathon.  I started going to a personal trainer, Michael from @myptdotie to help me get in shape so I could tackle the training.  I also hired mentor/coach @Shona_D_Thomson to help with putting together a training plan and to support me during the lead up to the marathon.  I know that with these two on my side I cannot go wrong with my training! So long as I follow all their advice, which I will!

Why keep it a secret for so long? Mostly because I wanted to be in the right head space and be absolutely 100% certain that I was prepared to take on the training! I needed this ‘dressing room’ time before ‘running onto the pitch’ with it!

In the coming weeks I’ll be writing more about my decision to run a marathon and the lead up to my registering for it but right now, I just want to say how excited and nervous and terrified I am but how confident I feel that I’ve made the right choice.  In my head, I’ve already crossed that finish line!

I could use all the good luck and positivity I can get so please leave some in the comments below!

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Placebo, London, running and happiness headaches!

That was one of my last tweets from London, where I just spent two days having the time of my life.

You probably (if you follow me on twitter) know that Tuesday was devoted to seeing my favourite band, Placebo, play at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.  I had an amazing time, both in the queue before the gig and at the gig itself.  It was unforgettable and epic and awesome! Of the few photos I took of the gig, this one is my favourite:

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But, as this is a running blog, I’m not going to go on and on about Placebo and the gig (even though I could, just ask my friends!).  It’s the second day I spent in London that’s relevant here; on Wednesday I became a running tourist for a day.

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Lessons learned at the St. Patrick’s Festival 5k!

On Sunday, 15th March I ran the St. Patrick’s Festival 5k. I didn’t get a PB like I hoped but I did learn a lot of good things that will help my future running/racing plans. I can’t say this was my favourite race of all time, but I think it was the most beneficial one!

Before the race I took my usual photo of the start line, which was also the finish line!

The start and finish gantry

So what did I learn from running this race?

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