Just leaving Oughterard. Denis is driving the bus. Trying to blog from a phone on twisty roads - so this will be brief. Fantasitc day, weatherwise, sunny, no wind and plenty of salty sweat. As Denis said "there's a world of pain out on that course" - and that was yesterday during the recce run. The pain increased for each half as the course got hillier and the miles took their toll on my legs - 1:43 for the half, 3:29 for the full and 5:29 for the ultra. John D was two minutes ahead @ 5:27 and Denis 6:29. We're all delighted with our dip into the ultra game. Thomas had a fantastic run coming in well ahead of me and smashing his PB. One final note is a huge congrats to Eagle's Annemarie Holland who won the womens event in 5:40 (I think). More later - much later! Ps: The winner smashed the 4:10 record coming in a few minutes under 4 hours - thats sub-2:40 Marathon Pace including the hilly final half marathon. Correction 4:03:29 (2:42 Marathon)
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.