#medalmonday 1st Dublin Marathon completed. Wow - the weather, Wow - the crowds, Wow - the other runners.
It was a bit of a slog-fest in the second half although I took 24 minutes off my time @connemarathon. Once the competitors started to spread out a little in the Phoenix Park it was possible to get a more consistent pace & get into a rhythm.
I hit my first wall at 27km (which is pretty normal for me) but the cheers spurred me on. I was a bit of a grind from Ashton's up behind UCD, thankfully @paulamcgurdy & the kids were waiting at the top of Fosters Ave which kept me focused & it gave me the energy to keep me moving. I had to stop on the UCD slip road to do some 'surgery' on a blood blister on my middle toe! 🤢
After that I could run again on the balls of my feet so I was able to pick it up again. The whole run from the RDS was surreal with the crowds getting thicker & louder approaching the finish so there was no way I was slowing or going to walk!! As soon as I got over the line I felt so dizzy & sick. I was very dehydrated & over-heated but after a bit of a rest with my feet up & plenty to drink I wasn't too bad.
Amazing job @dublinmarathon thanks to the crew & volunteers!! I could not have done this without the constant support of @paulamcgurdy
Thanks to coach Roberto & all my friends who cheered me along the way!
Thanks to the inspirational @richroll & @thehappypear it was a fully #plantpowered effort!! Thanks to @patagonia_trailrunning for awesome shorts, @garminfitness for keeping me on track @ @saucony@sauconyuk for the 'Ride' of my life!! #runrolyrun#rundublin#rundublinrun#garminforerunner235#beatyesterday#dcm2017#marathon#saucony#patagonia#dublinmarathon#dublin#sunny
Fire!! 🔥 in the very pleasant company of Mr. Donnan & Mr. @wh1ski
It's been a while but I managed to heed the 4:04am alarm call to get down to Greystones to join @thehappypear & the #swimrise crew. Thanks to all for the warm welcome and specifically to @raj_bruv for coffee & @realmenbakebread for delish warm bread & vegan croissants 🥐. So much good healthy food that was generously shared. Beautiful people, thanks all!
#medalmonday We did it!! So I have been saving you all the boring insta training & running pics because I do that over on @lets_run_fathers but here's the fruit of my labour: My first marathon medal at the beautiful, inspiring & hilly @connemarathon
It was a perfect day, very little wind & cloudy, couldn't have asked for better running conditions.
If anyone I knew in London had told me that I would be contemplating, never mind completing a marathon I would have thought they were out of their minds. I had a very fixed mindset, that I wasn't a runner (the shinsplints and sore knees were my proof) and no amount of arguing would change that. Turns out some times things change. I have been on a path of gradual improvement for a good number of years, huge sweeping changes don't seem to work well for me and I regress almost as quickly but if I take baby steps, one foot in front of the other then, there's progress, often glacial but moving in the right direction.
When we left London (July '15), with my bike in storage and living in temporary accommodation, I knew I needed to keep fit some how, so with a new Apple watch strapped to my wrist and the marketing videos of tanned and glistening Californian's running wearing the same watch I set out to run... Well, I couldn't even run 1km without stopping in the beginning and I came back from runs wondering if I'd burst blood vessels or if my red faced exertion would ever go back to normal.
Within 4 months, I was treating myself to an early morning run to break through the 10Km barrier as a birthday treat for myself!! What a turn around.
Already this year I have clocked up 832km of running, so I would most definitely call myself a runner and now I add marathoner to that. I am the fittest, healthiest, probably lightest (but I rarely step on the scales but I'm wearing 31" jeans today) & possibly happiest that I've ever been.
I have learned that your mind can play tricks on you and probably does many times a day, so be prepared to test it, check it and not assume it's always right. Approach every challenge with a beginner mindset, not that it can't be done but with the right approach and hard work it can be tackled.