Had a break in this blog due to not renewing the domain, finally got it back and I’m sitting here 3 weeks after the Dublin Marathon 2013. My goal was to beat 3 hours this year and in the end I ended up running 3.04.00. The wheels came off with 4 miles to go and to be honest I never felt really confident I was gonna do it. I’m quite happy with the result, a big step up from 3.15 last year and happy with the training.
Yes I could have been more disciplined and trained more, eaten better, cut out alcohol but I’m not in a place where I’m prepared to do that right now! The conditions itself were better than expected but was still tough, there was a good bit of wind and it was warm enough, nice bit of sun. I did miss a drink at half way and was pretty thirsty at mile 19, I’m sure that this was factor in my declining times near the end. From early on, I was constantly a few seconds behind my pace goals, for example at half way I was 20 seconds behind and always trailing the pacers. I was running with my trainer Kevin which was good, nice to have the company of an experienced runner.
My preparation was better this year bar the scurry to the start, I had a good sleep, for breakfast a small bit of porridge with water and half cup of coffee. There were no toilet breaks this year which was great and I had some great help from my sister Sinead and my fiance Eimear who had gels for me around the course. Eimear somehow manged to get to mile 10, 20 and then to the finish and it was great to share the experience.
At mile 22 I knew the tanks were emptying and I subtly starting slowing down. That was a tough part, watching the pacers move away but a strange relief as I knew the sub 3 was not on this year, that I wasn’t even close to feeling it was on today and to let it go.
So to sum up this year, I’m really happy with the improvement, how I enjoyed the running more and didn’t put too much pressure on myself as last year. It was different when coming around to the finish, my last mile was an 8 minute mile, I was really struggling and there wasn’t as much emotion as usual on Dame St, more a feeling of well that’s how I expected the race to go and it’s done now. I’m not sure if I’ll run it next year or attempt to beat the 3 hour mark in the near future. Gonna take some time off serious training and get back to playing a bit more squash, soccer and a few runs here and there, see how that goes for a while:)
But if I were to attempt another sub 3 marathon!, I would repeat the light breakfast, make sure my half marathon is well in the 1.23s, do more long tempos, cut out the alcohol, do some upper body strength training and make sure I was hydrated better in the race. Also 6.50 pace is not fast enough to get around sub 3, in the end I ran 26.41 miles so a better pace would be 6.48. That’s all!