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Gaol break half marathon was tough !

March 24th, 2013

My first half marathon was tough, purely tough out. The up hill climbs of Wicklow just didn’t seem to end and to boot I forgot my normal running shoes, which worried me at the start, and then mid way through the run everything seemed fine, but by the time I got the end, the feet really did truly hurt. On reflection everything about this race was tough !


Wicklow Half Marathon

The trip to Wicklow had us over the hills and far away, as we attempted to use a different route to get to Wicklow town, but we turned off the M9 too early and ended up having to going over some mighty hills, snow and all was seen.

We made it on time, but the bitter cool was plain to feel, so a full warm up wasn’t too easy. I was a little surprised that the rally point Wicklow Goal, was in fact away from the start line, I wasn’t expecting that and for the start of this race I got stuck a bit at the back of the pack. There were also so many starters for the half marathon (418) it took some time to get through the pack and it was at the 2km mark before the run started to really get in to its stride.

The up hill runs started around the 4km mark and never seemed to end although re-looking at the course it seems to indicate that we got to the top at the 10km mark. Having said that even with the uphill burn I was on target at the 10km and things seemed to be going fine until the 14km mark, I hit a hill at this point and my legs just seemed to go to lead, from there on in the run was tough.


Miguel running to the finish line

Miguel running to the finish line

There was nothing in the tank until the last 1km and as I started to up the tempo I could feel the cramps coming in, but I pushed on through. I had supporters at the finish line, Mam, Dad and little Daniel, I knew they were all frozen to death, but they stayed and cheered on any way, that helped with the final spurt to the finish line!

Now I aimed for 100 minutes I got there in 101 ! On the watch 1:40:11 and from the timing chip 1:40:07. I’m really, really happy with that time, given the last 6km or so were so tough.

Rafa, Miguel and Daniel at the finish line of the Wicklow Half Marathon

Rafa, Miguel and Daniel at the finish line of the Wicklow Half Marathon. Poor Daniel is frozen.

It will be back to the 10km runs for a while I think.

Carrick AC Winter League #6

November 13th, 2012

On the watch 20:00 and from the official timer 20:01. Ahh a bit off last weeks time (off by 23 secs). I know why, I was too fast in the first 1.5km trying to keep up with another runner. I thought I was ok but when he kicked at the turn I was left behind and I really didn’t recover too well after that.

Points wise I was allocated 49 points, which is about the average amount I’ve been getting that last few weeks.

Carrick AC Winter League #5

November 6th, 2012

On the watch 19:36 and from the official timer 19:37, but overall there’s an improvement (13 secs) which I feel great about.

On the scoreboard though not so good, I was allocated 40 points. There were 77 runners in total so that’s not a great score, in fact I’m even a little confused as a chap that finished just 7 secs ahead of me was allocated 10 points (the lower the points the better). Oh well he must have had a better improvement of his time than I did, and anyway it appears in these races that your always up against yourself, so I should just concentrate on that.

Carrick AC winter League #4

October 31st, 2012

Started off strong and felt happy at the half way stage. Faded a little on the next bit the course and could have finished stronger. On the watch 20:11 which was off my best time by some 22 secs. Wow I didn’t think I was that much off, time to aim higher for next week.

According to the points system I was given 57 points, which I must be honest I don’t total understand yet, but the overall goal is to have the lowest score possible at the end of 10 runs (well best out of 8). Given that I missed the last two runs I have no clue how I’m fairing though.

Clonmel Carers Association 10km

October 21st, 2012

This is a tough one the Carers Association 10k Run Clonmel 2012, there’s a hill in the middle of this course that just seems to go on forever. I knew it this year though, and I think I broke it in the end.

The start line of the 2012 Clonmel Cares Association 10km

The start line of the 2012 Clonmel Cares Association 10km

On my watch I finished at 45:46 and off the official timing sheet [xls] it was 45:50 on the clock but 45:46 off the tag. I placed 43rd out of 378 runners/joggers/walkers.

Overall I’m really happy with the run, and it was 1:39 quicker than last year.

Carrick AC Winter league #2

October 16th, 2012

Missed this week as I was in Brussels.

On the site I haven’t been assigned any points but I think an additional 50 pts will be added which places me way down the table.

Danesford 10km

October 7th, 2012

An undulating course greeted me for the Danesdord 10km run. I was happy at the half way stage but by km 6 & 7 I faded away and even with a sprint in the final km only managed 43:45 (watch) with an official time of 43:46. Ok not my best time of the year, but then again not too far off my best of 43:30 from back in May. I placed 23rd out of 189 runners, walkers and strollers.

On a better note it was great to see Deirdre Uí Dhubhda there for her run which she completed with Meadbh (her dog) in tow.

Deirdre Uí Dhubhda

Deirdre Uí Dhubhda running with Meabdh

I must say that was no mean feat !

Kilsheelan 10km

September 23rd, 2012
Kilsheelan 10km by miguelpdl
Kilsheelan 10km, a photo by miguelpdl on Flickr.

Had a great run this morning in Kilsheelan (Tipperary, Ireland). Measured 43:12 on my watch and the time keeper shouted 43:13 as I crossed the line. Shaved 17 secs off my PB and I’m really happy with the event. I was hoping to break the 43 min barrier, but what the hell this was the best run of the year so far. Made a decision not to us the GPS tracker on this run, and I didn’t find it had too much of an effect as each KM was well marked along the route.

Having all the kiddos cheering at the end was fantastic too. Must say the after care in the town hall was just brillant as well.

Morris Oil Piltown 10km

August 3rd, 2012

After a great summer, were I kept up the training even in the searing heat of Spain, I’m back to race in the Piltown 10km. I was looking forward to this one as I lived for sometime in Piltown, and I even train on the bog road from time to time, so this was really a home town race.

Ok I must admit I was looking to even top my most recent result from my Stoneyford 10k, however as the race drew nearer, it was clear that that afternoon I would have to return directly from Belfast, and the 4.5 hour drive didn’t do much for my legs that’s for sure.

I made it to the start line in Kildalton College, it poured rain, but still there was a decent crowd there, and I think everyone just wanted the race to start and when it did, boy did everyone go for it, damn the first 2km was fast, too fast in fact I hit a small hill and blew a cylinder, from there on in I just couldn’t get into my stride.In fact looking at the charts the 6 km mark was my worst point.

I tried to up the tempo once I got onto the Bog road, but a few people caught me and even their encouragement didn’t move up my tempo.

Adidas miCoach track of the Piltown 10km

Adidas miCoach track of the Piltown 10km

On the watch I clocked a time of 45:04 (although the GPS on the phone was a pain as it kept dropping out), and on the official timing sheets I was given a time of 44:47 and placed 80th out of 192.

I must say I left the race feeling disappointed I wanted to at least hit a personal best after all the training put in over the summer break, but on this occasion it wasn’t to be. However on reflection it was clear that this was a race, a real race as in there were very few walkers, joggers, hence the quick pace at the start, I shall learn from this. Onwards and upwards towards the race in Kilkenny in September., it’s obvious that some constant training is needed in the next few weeks.

Stoneyford 10KM Challenage

May 20th, 2012

Back to race pace again and this time in Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny and the Stoneyford 10km run.

The finish line at the Stoneyford 10km run

The finish line at the Stoneyford 10km run

The first 2.5km was a bit funny as we ran up the street and then round some bails and down the street again and the crowd was a little too bunched to get around those bails, but once we hit that first hill the groups of people really got stretched out.

Nice course, well in fact it felt more down hill than up. The watch had me at 43:30 and from the results sheet [pdf] I had an official time of 43:35. Wow thats a personal best and some! I’m proud of that.

Adidas miCoach track of the Stoneyford 10km

Adidas miCoach track of the Stoneyford 10km

I placed 39th out of 335 runners/walkers/strollers. Kate also helped with the counting of the finishers at the end.

The only sour note was in the final 2km spotting a chap being picked up by an ambulance. He was panned out on the road, completely out of breath.