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Wexford 10km

April 26th, 2014

At last really feel back on track and this run in Wexford town has come at a great time in my schedule. It was an early start to get to Wexford but it was nice to be able to relax once on location and to grab a fantastic parking spot close to the finish line.

There was a great buzz about the Talbot Hotel which is near the starting area and I was a little surprised at the number of familiar faces at the start line.

I managed to grab a nice position at the start avoiding the big crowds of people and once off I got into a steady rhythm very early into the race and really just took it from there.

Taking a stroll in Wexford town

In fact the majority of the race was quite lonely I had carved out a bubble between those ahead and those behind and it wasn’t until the last 2km that a chap really pushed me, which was great really.

There was plenty of encouragement from the crowd in the last 500 metres and I brought it home in a time of 42:13 which was two minutes quicker than what I did in 2012 (44:12), which I have to say I’m super happy with. Also place 23rd out of 515 runners, which isn’t too shabby either.

SplashWorld 10km

April 13th, 2014

What a disastrous couple of weeks since the 1st run of the sesson in Mount Juliet. I now know I really shouldn’t have done that run, the calf injury just was too much.

Now it’s been weeks of frustration as my training plan had to go out the window. It also took weeks for my head to get around this injury so I entered this SplashWorld event with trepidation.

It’s been a few years since I did this race and I hadn’t realised that the course had changed to a more flatter one. 2 laps around the main sea front area of Tramore.

At the start I managed to get a good starting position and away we went at high speed. Although I was determined to stay on a predefined split time as I didn’t want to over do the come back race. Things were good to the half way point then the energy drained a little and the last 2 kms were tough going but end3d with a time of 41:42 which is just 8 secs from my PB and a whole 4 mins 07 secs faster than the time I did here 2 years ago.

So finally I feel back on track.