Northern Ireland Running



  • Believe me Kenneth sometimes it takes a lot of willpower. Weekends not as hectic though so can do long run during the day which is great. I am going to try a 5 mile run tonight, injury permitting. Just hope I am not pushing 2 hard 2 soon. What is the recommended increase of mileage after an injury?
  • Ladyluck they advise uping the millage by 10% a week. Great weather for running even at 9pm its still warm. When I started back running about 5 years ago I used to get up early and do my run first thing in the morning left you feeling refreshed going to work.
  • Hi Kenny, Ian, Ladyluck, Chris and everyone - Its very warm this evening - I'm going for a 5 miler tonight - I'll leave it until 10.00pm.

    Ian - You've scared me when you mentioned that a runner died after/during the Lisburn. I did notice the medical services attending to a runner after about 7-8 miles.

    I'm coming 50 and I wouldn't want that to happen myself or anyone else.

    I've noticed lately that I get sickish after a marathon or even a half-marathon. It lasts about 5-10 minutes and then I'm ok.

    I do 4 marathons per year - they're well spaced, March, May, August and October. Is this too many for a 50 year old. I do enjoy them?

    Does anyone else get sickish after a hard run?
  • hi everyone hope you are all enjoying your running.

    Became a father for the first time on thursday night.A wee boy we are calling him Joe ;I am so happy.

    To early to say what effect this will have on my running.hope to do a 6 miles on sunday morning before mother and baby come from hospital.

    would still love to do longford in august as i love doing marathons and have never run it before hope this is still possible.
  • Congratulation to Jim and your wife on the arrival of you baby boy Joe. You'll be able to train away Jim as young babies usually sleep quite a while during the day and you can do your training during his respites.

    Kenny and everybody else - How's the training going?

    I did 10 miles tasterday in preparation fot the Limavady run. Hope to see a lot of you there.
  • WombleWomble ✭✭✭
    Don't worry about why I've popped in here. I just have. You seem quite nice people though :-)
  • well done jim and mrs jim hope baby joe keeps you up all night, causes you constant nightmares and worries and costs you a small fortune. After all why should you be any different from the rest of us;-)

    training is going fine, a nice 17 this morning b4 it got too hot nad feel great tonight.

    Seamus dotn worry, my thoughts are if its gonna get ya, it'll get no matter what!!! and feeling sick just tells me how hard ive trained:-(

    im doing redburn forest on wed night then the bridges in limavady thurs so will see you all there.

    Kenny, hope you have requested sun and not rain for thurs!!!
  • Hi everyone. Congratulations Jim, hope wife and baby Joe are keeping well.
    Training away using the heart rate monitor to make sure I don't push myself too hard. Did 10 slow miles this morning had a stretch and cold bath after.
    Seamus I believe that when your time is up its up so I would carry on doing what I enjoy. Feeling sick tells you you have pushed youself to the limit.
    Baldy can't promise you sunshine as I have no contacts with him above. Hopefully it will stays fine so everyone can have a good run. Rain is always warm at this time of the year anyway.
    See you all on Thursday.
    Hi womble are you a runner.

  • congrats to Jim and as the mother of 3

    ROFL at "You'll be able to train away Jim as young babies usually sleep quite a while during the day and you can do your training during his respites"

    sorry Seamus but mine didn't do that, you were obviously lucky

    Does anyone post from Donegal?

    will be in Derry and Donegal (and Gallway but i think that is pushing it a bit)
    Are there any plodder types like me in Derry that i could meet up with for a run whilst i am there.
    Email me if so
    Mr L's family live right near the "new bridge" - "QE2 bridge" whatever.

  • Congratulations Jim to u and ur wife on ur new arrival. Bet u fell in love with him at first sight. My youngest is now 15 months and I can honestly say this last year has flew in. You will be able to fit in the running but it does take a lot of planning but you can make it work. Hopefully u will be doing plenty of night feeds and spoiling ur wife rotten. That is what my hubby done so when he was going off for a run I didn't resent him. Good luck.
  • Hi everyone had a look at the weather forecst for Thursday not looking to bad chance of a shower maybe.
    Jim when my kids were young I used to do the early morning feed 6.00am and the go for a run as it wasn't worthwhile going back to bed.
  • Thanks everyone for your well wishes. mother and baby are doing fine. I have managed two 6 mile runs since his birth. am feeling quite good but don't know which race to do next. Understandably, I don't seem to be able to focus at the moment.

    Speak to you all soon.
  • Good Man Jim - Glad to hear that everybody is well -

    Kenny - Does the Limavady 10 start at the Leisure centre - and what road is the Leisure centre on? - Thanks.
  • Hi Seamus the Round the bridges starts at the Recreation Centre (bowling & tennis). It is on the Killane Road. If you are comming from Dungiven direction follow the traffic for Coleraine. When you get on to the main street keep going past Craigs filling station and a nursing home take the turn off fo Aghanloo & Benone this takes you onto the Kilane Road. Keep going until you see a wooden fence on you left hand side. You will probably see a bit of activity. If you are coming from Coleraine directyion take the second turn for Limavady turn right on to the Scriggan Road at the T junction tyurn left and the Centre is on your right hand side. If you get lost ask the locals they're friendly.
  • I went for a 5 mile run on Sunday. Felt great for 4.5 miles but got a slight tightness in calf for last half mile. Next morning still felt slightly tight but stretched and iced regularly and tightness soon went. Went for a run last night and had to bin it after 2 miles. Calves seized up completely. I was wondering if anyone knew a good sports physio local to Limavady. I was attending a physio for same injury but I am wondering if a different physio maybe spot the underlying problem. This is an ongoing injury. Please help......thanks.......Donna
  • Donna try Ann Bonner out at the old hospital Limavady tel 77768592. She sorted me out after the marathon charges £25 for about an hours treatment.
  • BeansBeans ✭✭✭
    Hi everyone. Although very new to running (shuffling)and still walk/running at the moment, I was wondering if any of you knew of a short race anywhere in NI later in the year? I am talking maximum 5k! I feel I need something to work towards to give me the push I need to start making a bit more progress.
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    Meant to ask also, is it OK to r/w short races like that or would be frowned upon?
  • Hi beans everyone has to start somewhere and having something to aim for is a great help. A full list of races can be found on the NIAF website.
    The only 5K races I can see at the moment are the Bob Mullan 5K series. There are four races left in the series on 13/7, 30/7, 3/8 & 17/8 all at different venues around Derry. more details can be found on the City of Derry website
    In the races so far the slowest time has been between 26 & 34 minutes. Most race organisers are just glad to get bodies taking part.
    Keep a eye in the local papers sometimes you see short races organised by community associations which would not be advertised on the NIAF website Hope this helps.
  • BeansBeans ✭✭✭
    Thanks Kenneth, I will heep a look out for any local races, there was a 10k locally (Enniskillen) earlier in the month but I am not nearly ready for something like that!
  • Welcome Beanz, Omagh harriers are a friendly bunch, they will know of races down that neck of the woods on both sides fo the border.

    Just back from teh Redburn Forest run, just how much up hill can you fit into four miles?? Bl@@dy hell it was hard, resorted to walking up a some of the hills, it was quicker than trying to run, eminded me of why i dont do fells and do do roads. Hopefully legs will be ok for the bridges tomorrow theyre aching now!!
  • BeansBeans ✭✭✭
    Thanks Baldy, I will check them out also.
  • Thanks Kenneth. Phoned Ann but can't get appointment until next Fri. Will crosstrain until then. I was doing well with Orthodics in old trainers but got a foot injury due to lack of cushioning but the old calf injury seemed to have gone until I purchased a pair or nimbus 2 weeks ago. I hate to admit it but I think my trainers are too cushioned because as well as my calves seizing up my achilles felt twingy as well. £90 down the drain... Usually went to John in Huey and Hendersons, Coleraine but he is down to part time Tues & Wed which doesn't suit me. Can you recommend another specialist running shop that could help me out please.
  • Ladyluck - is quite reasonable for shoes if you know what you want.

    Kenny - Pass on my thanks to the organisers of the Limavady 10. It was very well organised and the mile markers were very clear. I enjoyed the run - I could have went faster but there were too many top class athletes in the race. There were'nt enough plodders to keep up with - there were long spells when I was running on my own, like a home training run - but It was one of the best organised races of the year.
  • Donna I wouldn't bin the new shoes just just yet wait and see what Ann says take your shoes & orthodis with you and see if she thinks they are suitable. I usually go into Ronnie in Bishops Sports Coleraine although he doesn't keep as big a selection as he used to. There is also Style and Sport in Ballymena, Angela is a runner so she may abe able to help. Up & Running in Belfast are a dedicated running shop and would be able to advise. As Seamus says there are loads of places on the internet but you need to know what you want sizes etc. Start Fitness have a shop in Newcastle which we usually visit when we are over at the Great North they stock everything you need if you a runner.
    Sorry I couldn't speak to you longer last night as I was under pressure trying to get the results sorted. Computers are only as good as the people operating them and the new program will be good once I get the hang of using it.
    Glad you enjoyed the race Seamus its a good course but you need me breathing down the back of your neck to push you on. I didn't get out of the room all evening. I thought I'd get out to see the finish but it took me all the time getting the entries into the computer. Much rather have been out plodding the streets. Best entry for a good few years so it makes all the effort worth while. Two years ago we were down to 45 runners its taken a bit of an effort to get it back up. I think the number of people running at the moment is up as a lot of races recently have had record entries.
    Keep up the training and I may see you at Dervock Half on 23 July depending on how I feel. Back behind the computer at the Riada on 27 July a good 5 miler if anyone is interested.
  • Kenny - What site do you get the results of the Limavady 10?
  • Seamus they are up on our website link on the frontpage
  • Kenny, great race last night (pass on congrats to the rest of the lads). My best 10M time for 10 years so I'm well chuffed
  • Hi everybody - I did another 10 mile run today in 86 mins. Its hard going duting a 10 miler.

    Ian - Are you started your training for Longford? I've started now and I hope to increase my milage over the next few weeks.
  • Thanks for the info Kenny. Will take shoes and orthodics to Ann and see what she says. So frustrated at mo, just want to get out there and run. Done an hour on cross trainer tonight but it is so boring. Really enjoyed watching round the bridges. Such a lovely night but maybe a bit too warm for running. It was good to meet you Kenny even though u were quite busy. It seemed to be so well organised. Maybe next year I will even get to do it myself. Me, my sis and bro are enroling for Ballymoney 5 miler. No great speed expected with my calf injury, my sis not running for 15 years and my bro just give up smoking but it is the taking part that counts.
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