My 2 previous Dublin marathons left me wasted well before the finish line. Today was time for revenge.
1) I was going to beat the course and
2) I was going to enjoy doing it.
Conditions were perfect for running, mild with sunny spells and little wind. While my 7:00 opening pace did not materialise I wasn't too far off the mark and from the few clocks around the course my splits were approximately:-
10k - 44:xx
21.1k - 1:33:3x (Halfway)
30k - 2:12:xx
Finish - 3:09:23 (3:08:58 on the Garmin - 7:12 pace)
My fueling strategy went to plan as I loaded up with sugar right to the 24 mile mark. It was only the last 2 miles that felt tough as my pace slackened to 7:40 minute miles.
My average HR of 160 (despite it rising above this earlier than expected) suggests that my heart is stronger than my legs - so there may be room for improvement.
Time for a shower and the drive back to Cork...........I hope my legs survive the journey!
Mon 26th October
26.2 miles in 3:08:58 (07:12 PACE @ 160hr) - Provisional result of Dublin City Marathon - beat my PB by 8 minutes.
I started running shortly after my 40th birthday to train for the "once in a lifetime marathon" (mid-life crisis and all that) and haven't been able to stop since. This blog charts my progress as I attempt to go farther and faster than I have ever gone before.