Thanks for the kind wors Mithril. Much appreciated
As long as you can stick the exhaust fumes
3.5 miles this evening @ 8:43 pace. That was a slow as I could run, legs feeling really good Same again in the morning before the carbo loading begins.
WTD 4 Runs 22.1 miles
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Cmon N, we know you don't believe in all this carbo loading crap
All the best for your wee run. I predict great things ..... in the PUB.
Good luck tomorrow, the hard work is done, nearly, just think of that cool sweet sweet beer waiting at 39.3 miles. Just wait till ye sober up this time to write your report
Best of luck, no doubt the hills around Rockbrook will serve you well.
Enjoy tomorrow. Looking forward to reading your report.
Anyone know how he did?
I think we can safely say he has become a real runner now.
Well, i'm not so sure. there are so many things to improve on. You live as you learn but I am pretty sure i could have easily run 10 minutes faster in different conditions
39.5 miles 39.53 miles in 5.50.43 (8:51 av pace.
This is certainly a different type of race from the norm. There is so much to think about: nutrition, hydration, electrolytes etc. I had listened to a lot of reports before this race before deciding on my tactics. In the end I decided to make 3 drop offs at 13, 26 and 35 miles with a bottle of flat coke and a chocolate bar. I had never drank a bottle of coke in a race before but I have to say the coke was an incredible relief and incredibly invigorating. I also carried 8 gels and 3 electrolyte tablet in a waist pouch which I took at various water stations.
Went out with Oisin 1178 at 8.30 pace very religiously. As you can see from the splits, we were serious about pace over the first 10. after 10 I let feel go my way and ran 10-13 a bit fast, coming through 13.1 in 1:50 xx so we consciously slowed down for the next 13.1 letting a group go ahead of us (we would see most of these later). the next 13.1 were probably the most fun I have ever had in a race. We fell in with an American lad called seamus and paced the miles steady while sharing many jokes and stories. all the while we were passing may ultra runners yet we were running a steady 8:30 pace in beautiful scenery.
I had a drop-off point at 26 miles which consisted of a bottle of flat coke and a chocolate bar. Oisin had the same and seamus decided to use a portaloo at this point. When I got to the table Oisin found his pack straight away but I couldn't find mine and ended up loosing about 2 minutes stationary looking for it. When I got going again I was alone but was happy to have seamus rejoin me while going up leanune hill (oisin would run 1:45. xx after running 1:52 ish for the first two half’s.). Up through the hill was fine, we lost about a minute but I had been prepared to walk here and the hill was a lot less steep than I had been told about. When we got to the top I was feeling aerobically on top of the world. We got straight back to 8:30 pace and I felt I could go on forever.....however there was one problem. I started feeling cramps. I carried 3 electrolyte tablets but had only take one at 16 miles and only finished half the bottle. I felt the problem around 29 miles and took a second....I told seamus to push on at this point and slowed down by about 20 seconds /mile. I took a third and final electrolyte tablet at about 31 miles and was surprised I wasn’t cramping yet. TBH I though I was blessed......then At 33 miles (10k to go) It was like I had been shot by a snyper. I went down in the middle of the road with the worst cramp I had ever felt. It started in my hamstring and went through my side and arm and into my neck. I lay on the ground for a few minutes as the full and half walkers I had passed previously came streaming past... eventually a very kindly Dutch full walker helped relieve the cramp in the leg and i got moving again after a 3 minute walk break . Claralara came passed me at this point after I had passed her 2 miles previously (the princess told me to F*** off after trying to have a chat with her at 31 miles (her 18) )...... I got going again but the pace was now 9:30/ mile as opposed to 8:30. I had to hold the left toe up and land on my heel to avoid recramping for the next 3 miles and to make matters worse, about half way up the hell of the west I got cramp in the right leg as punishment for over compensating ...... had to stop for a second stretch at this point but realised I had over 40 minutes to do the last 5k and still get under 6 hours. I decide the best policy was to walk the rest of the hill (1 mile) and jog the last 2 miles down to the finish. I did this and finished easily under 6 hours (5:50:49) with a smile on my face.... What a great race!! Fantastic organisation and great company. We met up with Oisin, sarsfield rock, amiman, claralara and friend (v sexy) and had a great night out afterwards. This is definitely a smaller marathon from the norm but it is certainly 'special'. I don't know what the 'special' is but I can't see myself not doing this race again next year. 5:30 here we come. I want to get into the elusive negative split club
Wekly total 5 Runs 61.4 miles
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Great report Meno and well done... That cramp sounds terrible and fair play to us for struggling on... Its a pity not more people came to ur assistance... Like u i had a few difficult miles to content with but I've been bitten by the Conn bug too... 2012 looks a distinct possibility
Congratulations. Good recovery - that sounds like a tough last 10k.
Mile 18 may not be the best place (for most people) to start a cheery "chat".
Cramp in the neck, fcking hell, never heard of that. I can just picture you running around the aid station all panicky looking for your bag. Hope you got the 50 euro off Sarsfieldrock. Well done on breaking the 6, sounds like a very good race, i may even be roped into it next year.
It will be good to have you back into the normal road running world for a few months, dont even think about Dingle
Luckily the dingle 50 miler is cancelled.
R.E. Cramp, picture Christy brown lying on a road after falling out of his wheelchair. That was me
Did your big ultra medal work it's magic for you?
Great race report, don't think Bord Failte Galway will be using it to draw people in for next year's race somehow.