If you haven’t already heard, I’m running my first half marathon this Sunday tomorrow! It’s the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon here in Dublin.
This is rather a big milestone for me in terms of races. The longest race I’ve done so far is 10k so a half marathon is a big step upwards! My bags are packed, my fuel bag and my post-race bag that is. So I think…I’m ready to go!
After the success of my 10k PB earlier this month, I felt more anxious than I should have about today’s Irish Runner 5 mile race. I just didn’t want to get too confident and then have things go badly; because things DO go badly sometimes, I wanted to be prepared for that. I wavered between being hopeful for a good race and being worried it would be a bad one! This race was a big deal for me, being the first race in the Dublin Marathon Race Series it made training for the marathon that much more official in my mind.
Anyway, I gradually got myself into a mindset that ‘what will be will be’ and focused on my training and making sure I hit my distances, especially the long runs. Given that I’m currently running 9 mile LSRs, a 5 mile race really shouldn’t be a problem.
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!
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!
Yesterday I ran my 10th ever race, the AXA Raheny 5 mile road race. It has been one of my more enjoyable races to date and was both challenging and fun.
Going into the race I wasn’t feeling too confident, having been sick again over the Christmas holiday and having run far less than I planned in the first couple of weeks of January, I was questioning my level of fitness and whether or not I could run the whole thing. I never once thought of not running this race though, just wasn’t sure what my race strategy would be.
The Donore Harriers Jingle Bells 5k was my last race of the year so I decided to forget about trying for a PB and not worry about my time; I just wanted to relax and enjoy the race. It worked! I really enjoyed this race with its festive atmosphere, beautiful scenery and easy route.
I had a few experiences along the way that reminded me how much I love running and how much fun it truly is. Not just for me apparently, but for others too.
A year ago this weekend I ran my first ever race, the 5k Mo Run. You can read my race report if you want, and you’ll see that I was pretty nervous for the race, but also excited. I ran/walked that race in 46:15.
This year I decided to run the 5k again, for nostalgia mostly but also to hit a target time that thus far, I have been unable to hit.
It was pretty awesome. I gotta say! Despite the torrential downpour at mile 4, it was one of the better races I’ve run. I mean that both in terms of how it was organized, and how I did. By that I mean I’m excited to say I finished the race with a PB!