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Swashbuckler's Marathon Debut?



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,116 ✭✭✭ ariana`

    Loved reading that P, mostly because of the racing mojo that comes across so well! Definitely lots of life left in the ole dog. Fab photo of the family at the finish too - I'm sure your little ones are very proud and inspired by you. Nice strong finish to the year for you!

  • Registered Users Posts: 938 ✭✭✭ Lambay island

    Well done P, great racing!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,294 ✭✭✭ diego_b

    Well done P, excellent result in fairness. Very well managed race.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,188 ✭✭✭ Dubh Geannain

    You certainly do know how to race. Great running.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,131 ✭✭✭ AuldManKing

    In fairness that's a great race very well executed.

    Was there just 1 or 2 of you in the group towards the end? That makes it more impressive.

    Having the family there at the end, especially when its going well - must be a nice moment!

    Top marks!

    But take the recovery handy enough - they say you need 5 days per mile for a HM to recover.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,200 ✭✭✭ coogy

    Inspiring stuff, and very well reported to! As for that pacing.......yowsa!!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,675 ✭✭✭ skyblue46

    Brilliant P! When I read your reports I always feel eternally grateful that my kids were all practically adults before I ever laced up a running shoe 🤣 I'm delighted to see the positivity flowing. Hopefully 2023 brings much more of the same.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,315 ✭✭✭ Mr. Guappa

    Great report and great racing - congrats. It's very impressive how in tune you are with the appropriate race effort - extremely well judged.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    Thanks all. Lots of compliments on my ability to judge the effort/pacing. That was a conscious choice years ago soon after starting with Luke. Its odd really because my personality and role at work would lend itself to needing data/factual feedback but when it comes to running I have the opposite inclination. I've spent years calibrating myself on how a certain pace feels on a certain day in certain conditions. Its very useful on days like the half marathon when the profile just doesnt lend itself to watch gazing. I calibrated myself early on in the race and got a quick sense of how I was feeling effort wise versus the numbers on the watch. After that it was all on feel. The way I figure is there is no point having a pre concieved notion of racing at 6 minute miles only to find I'm flogged after the first hill.

    @Murph_D I knew from previous years that pretty much everyone ended up at least 0.1 miles short. Soon into the race (after three miles) I was beeping about 40 seconds after the marker which equates to almost exactly 0.1 miles for me. It stayed that way until mile 12 and then corrected itself.

    @AuldManKing There was never really a group of us. I know the report makes it sound like we were in a pack but in reality , after a few miles it was just me and one other lad. Late in the race one lad closed a huge gap on me and breezed past and soon after I passed my guy. Then I was on my own essentially for the last couple of miles. So even more impressive than you thought!!!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,315 ✭✭✭ Mr. Guappa

    For whatever reason I didn't closely follow your log during the marathon block - everytime I went to check it out there was another 50 posts and I couldn't stick with the pace. Anyway, I've caught up now as part of my due diligence for the 2022 awards and just wanted to say well done on all of it - the log, the training block, the race, the race report. Just brilliant.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    That's very kind of you to come back and catch up. Really appreciate the nice comments too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,131 ✭✭✭ AuldManKing

    So you're doing mostly easy miles and I'm doing sessions out of my a$$ and am about 30 yrs older than you - and this is the competition.......thats what you're saying?

    In fairness - it has kept me very motivated. Did you run Monday or have you gone Ninja!

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    To be fair you're a far more advanced runner than me and yes, I'm purposely avoiding sessions coz 1. I don't have the love for them this time of year and 2. I want to keep up the mileage without recovery. Haha.

    I ran. But battery died so it will upload today and yes, I ran further than you 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 361 ✭✭ babacool

    If the battery died it probably means it hasn’t recorded the full run… not recorded still counts?

    isn’t this time of the year the best time for hill sprints? 😁 they hardly need any recovery and are full of joy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    I won't be claiming any dead battery miles. This is a fair fight 😉. Either way it was right at the end.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,131 ✭✭✭ AuldManKing

    2 good days back to back I see.

    I normally do an easy 4 or 5 the day after a session. Need to up my game.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    I'll wear you down yet auldman

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,287 ✭✭✭ Bluesquare

    A very honest review . Only catching up on lots of logs now . Congrats and marathon debut . I really loved the Border half report - it’s great to get inside someone else’s head to see how they deal with the negative thoughts - a great result as well .

    Good luck with 2023 and the pending arrival . Hats off being able to juggle it all and still get the big miles in!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,411 ✭✭✭ scotindublin

    Great read SB and a very honest account of the year. Loads there to be proud about.

    Congrats on #4, so if AMK tops your mileage next year is 2024 going to be the decider?

  • Registered Users Posts: 361 ✭✭ babacool

    Congrats on number 4. Would have thought this classifies as “biggest achievement in 2022” 😁.

    have a lovely 2023 and plenty of buggy runs

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    If anyone even gets a hint of me thinking about challenging AMK again please call down to Limerick and hit me over the head with a hammer. Running my biggest weekly mileage ever including a 20 miler to scrape past a guy who ran three sessions that week.......jaysus.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,116 ✭✭✭ ariana`


    Some year there P. Fair play, you are going from strength to strength despite challenging circumstances, or maybe even because of? You definitely seem to thrive in a challenge 😉

    Good luck with 'survival' in 2023, I hope it's a great year for you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,896 ✭✭✭ Murph_D

    Well done P, an excellent year with many fine achievements on the running and baby making fronts! Good luck with the 2023 adventures.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭ OOnegative

    Congratulations on the news of no 4. Maybe tie a knot in it now!!! Super running in 2022, but that’s a given on this log to be fair.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,580 ✭✭✭ Swashbuckler

    Cheers B. Great to see you back on here.

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