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Wexford 10km

April 22nd, 2012

A wet and cold morning in Wexford town today, but there was a great crowd for the race. It was interesting to see the chap Garrett Doherty, from Donegal, runthe whole Half Marathon backwards with the help of two guides, I must say he was flying from the start.

The crowd was really bunched at the start so it seemed to take a while to get started. The rain, when it came was cold, but really once I was in the swing of things I didn’t notice so much.

There was only one long hill to this course so overall it was flat enough and in the end the clock had me at 0:44:12 and from the tag 0:44:05. That was just fantastic a personnal best I’m over the moon ! I placed 27th out of 361 which I’m also pretty happy with.

The SplashWorld 10km Tramore

March 25th, 2012

First run of the year and I start with a tough one, the hilly (which I only found out during the race) SplashWorld 10km out in Tramore Co. Waterford.

Still off the watch I clocked a time of 45:38 and from the official timing, I was set at a time of 45:49, and placed 60th out of 205 runners/joggers/walkers.

I’m still pretty happy with that.

Start Line of the SplashWorld 10km

Start Line of the SplashWorld 10km: I'm in there on the left

On the run, the smarter way

July 5th, 2010

In the twilight of footballing career which has spanned two decades, well okay career is a very strong word to use there I know, but anyway mid summer last year I was starting to feel a little bit at a loose end when it came to some sort of pre-season training and so I started a little road running.

Now it’s a nice short around the block run which I must admit for ages I didn’t know how long it was, nor how long it was taking me to complete it, so I started with a simple stop watch and the first time to pop out was 20:24. Yes that’s twenty minutes and 24 seconds, which I recorded by writing it down into a day planner for 2009.
Now the runs were a little lonely so I started to bring along my iPod (Touch) for the sounds, which helped greatly, and I managed to work the time down. Then I invested in a set of JailBird Bluetooth stereo headset which gave me so much more freedom when it came to the act of running. I’ve been very happy with this purchase.

However then I thought hey, their should be an app for recording running routes and times, and when I looked there are a good few available, but unfortunately all for the iPhone and not the iPod Touch.

I’ve kept running infrequently over the winter and then this spring of 2010 I found that the Palm Pre is a great running mate, tunes, phone and a nice stopwatch where I could email the running time which I found to be a nicer way of recording my times. However for some months no Palm Pre app for recording the route via the GPS coordinates.

And now to the point of this post, finally SmartRunner have an app for this and I used it for the first time yesterday and I must say I’m delighted with the outcome (if not so happy with the actual run itself).

Now I have a clear way to record the distance and time of the run, but also some ideas about the elevation of the hills and my pace during the run. I must say I like what SmartRunner have to offer and will use to full effect over the summer pre-season training.
By the way the time and distance is way off world record time by some 7 minutes, so I have some work to do!