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I'm not really THAT bothered about it...i know what i had done training-wise, diet-wise,etc to get that result and am still over the moon...but it was just a shock that people think that way.
At the finish in Dublin my pal,who was doing his first marathon and finished in 3:41, was delighted for me. And my wife, who saw all the dedication i had put in, was totally ecstatic as i had told her i would be around the 3:30 mark, but maybe slightly over.
Carrying on about the weight thing..i was 17 stone when i started running last year..was 13.5-14 stone when i ran my first marathon in April, then got to 12 stone for the dublin one and felt better. Now my aim is to get to 11 stone or just below for the London marathon next year...although my wife will probably moan that i look ill...??!!!
I'm sure we would have been within sight of each other at some point Dave. I was wearing a neon yellow outfit (although so were hundreds of others) Amazing effort from you to get 3.15 though. I think I could probably gone a couple of minutes quicker in retrospect as there was juice left in the tank but it leaves me with somthing to play with next time.
I've not been back to work yet so not had the "easy marathon" chat yet. Pretty sure its what I will be getting on Monday. All my mates appreciate the work I put in so they know there was nothing easy about what I did.
I plan on my first run tomorrow. It will be nice to go out with no pressure and I can just run as slowly and as short a route as I want. The quest for sub 3.15 begins now!
Interesting thoughts on weight. I am 5 9" and 12 stone although I do gym work to avoid the skinny runners look and make sure I keep a decent shape.However I agree if I got to 11 stone it would benefit my running. Just need to work out how to get that stone off as 12 stone seems to be my fighting weight!
Think I must have been running along with as well Dave, managed to come in at 3.17.48. If you heard the shouts of come on Karl, well done Karl then we were together. wasnt until i was back home I worked out which runner he was but it makes the point of how useful it can be to have your name printed on your vest for extra support!
Had a great day, have gone from the never again to looking at autumn marathons. At the moment the plan is to focus on halfs next year, hopefully go sub 1.20 then have a crack at a sub 3 in 2014
I too had a PB in dublin (albeit a good hour after you all finished!) Loved high fiving those kids too. Amazing city, amazing race.. see you there next year?
Sound advice Muzza. Who am I to argue with someone who has run 77 marathons. I will try and add that type of session into my next marathon plan.I must admit speedwork is the one part of running I hate but I fully appreciate its what I need to keep improving. I'm just delighted this year after the marathon I have been able to get straight back out and keep running. I was out for 2 months last year after the marathon. So are we all back to Dublin next year?
Will was right, I was wrong its 77, Lost count!
I am thinking of doing Barcelona - I will see you in the George Payne Bar to celebrate Paddy's Day after the race
It is not far away at the Top of the Ramblas http://www.thegeorgepayne.com/index.php/en/location.html
There is a Barcelona 2013 thread on Runners World but it is a bit quiet at the moment
It was where we all met up in 2011 - It should be good craic on Paddy's day
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Good luck everyone. It looks like I spoke too soon when I said I'll be running. When I tried a test run today on my treadmill, my ankle was still giving me a lot of pain even when taped up and had a skinful of ibruprofen, so I won't be running tomorrow. I couldn't get above walking pace before it got painful in the actual joint. I'm gutted. My first marathon isn't going to happen, I've done all the training and there's no other marathon to book into at this time of the year.
Good luck everyone. It looks like I spoke too soon when I said I'll be running. When I tried a test run today on my treadmill, my ankle was still giving me a lot of pain even when taped up and had a skinful of ibruprofen, so I won't be running tomorrow. I couldn't get above walking pace before it got painful in the actual joint.
Dublin Marathon The 18th of November at 9.30am has been confirmed as the start time for the Marathon in the Phoenix Park for the Irish runners who were disappointed at missing out on running New York last week. Registration will open at 8am close to the Phoenix monument in the park, please bring some form of photo ID with you. The race will start outside the American Ambassadors Residence at 9.30. To book your place please send details of your New York number to email@example.com, as a new race number will be issued to you for the event. Why not ask if you can join as you were injured for the main event