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Last of the Summer Wine



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,178 ✭✭✭MY BAD

    Congratulations great race and report

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,724 ✭✭✭ReeReeG

    Really loved that report, and a very well deserved result!!! Delighted you got the big-talker before the finish 🤣

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,203 ✭✭✭AuldManKing

    That's super to read and very inspirational - many congrats on the race and the PB.

    Does this rubber stamp the way you've been training recently - that it works for you or will you try something different in the future??

  • Registered Users Posts: 999 ✭✭✭Lambay island

    Congrats and well deserved, Galway was a great marker for this.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,266 ✭✭✭ariana`

    Loved everything about that. The easy thing to do as you enter a new age category and after the tumultuous 2 years that we have had would be to accept your successes and cut your losses but nope, not you, you kept it lit! So impressive and so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your journey here and on Strava. One fantastic PB to you sir and the inspiration for many other PBs too, no doubt. Well done.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,599 ✭✭✭Wubble Wubble

    Excellent work all round D. Delighted you're back getting PBs again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,582 ✭✭✭Swashbuckler

    Super stuff D. Just reward for an excellent years training.You really have been super consistent, and seemed to be very motivated particularly the past 6 months or so. I'm not sure if its been the influence of your coaching staff but ive definitely noticed. Well done. Delighted to see that old PB go. Now if I could just follow in your footsteps.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,367 ✭✭✭diego_b

    Ah great stuff D, big congrats to you on finally get the sub 94 and a pb of course. Excellent report too!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,428 ✭✭✭Laineyfrecks

    Absolutely delighted for you D, you smashed it & all through consistent hard work & lots of motivation.

    Are you doing Bohermeen? We are so similar in times it will be a very interesting race if you are😉

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

    Super stuff D, vintage stuff from the veteran 👏

    You're in great shape.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,369 ✭✭✭Dubh Geannain

    No man'll beat you!

    Great read Murph. Sounded like a very disciplined and well executed race. Big congrats.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,447 ✭✭✭FBOT01

    A excellent race report to match the brillant performance. Would expect nothing less😉

    Well done again. Looking forward to seeing what's next💪🏼

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Cheers, it certainly feels good to get the tactics right and the right result as well, for a change.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Thanks V!

    To be fair to him he was in exactly the right position to ensure maximum motivation for the crucial last mile. I'd like to think I'm getting a bit better at responding (or choosing not to respond) to other runners at different parts of the race.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Thanks A.

    I suppose it does rubber stamp the Hanson approach, which I've been using more than any other method for the last four years. Apart from 2017 and that original Charleville PB, I've yet to complete the full half marathon Hanson schedule again (this one was quite truncated) so maybe there's a bit more that can be done. The approach seems to suit all right, it's quite relentless at building tolerance at goal race pace.

    At the same time, I do like to switch things around so I wouldn't be too married to it if something interesting comes along. Variety helps keeps things ticking over too, as long as it doesn't send you to the physio. I've been very lucky with avoiding injuries (touch wood) which helps more than anything in the long run, maybe.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Ha ha, yes, that was a really good race in so many ways but it certainly pointed to the possibility of squeezing out a bit more. Both races were short of runners to work off at the crucial periods, so you'd imagine there might be a little more to come, but I'll certainly take this for now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Thanks E, that's very generous of you, much appreciated. It certainly is a journey, and as I've said before, sharing it and writing and reflecting on it is all part of the process for me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Cheers J. The number is close enough to your own to be slightly motivational next time you line up yourself, hopefully.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Thanks P. I suppose you're right. That last six months of course began with several sub-20 5k attempts, where the coaching assistance (and the pacing on the day) for the final attempt certainly made all the difference. Our little running/chat/coffee group (DNS Harriers, a club within a club within a club 😁) is an invaluable source of sensible running and training advice. You tend not to get away with going about things the wrong way. It really helps. Next year will be really interesting with most of us targeting the same Chicago marathon.

    One of the themes for me this year is repetition, I think. Three 5k attempts and two half marathons (and one 10-miler, which is so similar effort wise). I'm a slow learner!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Thanks D. Your own recent good results have not gone unnoticed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Thanks Elaine. The motivation has been quite good alright, although I still haven't lowered that PB enough to challenge yours.

    I don't think Bohermeen will be on the cards - I'll throw the hat at Dungarvan maybe instead. Have an existing entry for another 10 miler in Cobh also. Our next head to head will have to wait.

    Oh hang on, there's always Jingle Bells, which is shaping up to be quite a boardsiefest... 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Cheers maestro, your own efforts this year have also been motivational. Hopefully the current hiccup is temporary.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Ha ha, well, there were 65 of them (and two women) who did. But not the one that mattered the most. I seem to have gotten into a bit of a habit of identifying the people who are most likely to come back to you towards the end, and it does seem to help to have a bit of imagined rivalry with these otherwise total strangers sometimes. 😊

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Well yes, the expectations can be high around the coffee club. 😅

    The tempo run company that you were more than willing to provide throughout the last few months was especially helpful, especially as the nature of the schedule meant jumping into those runs without the normal buildup. So thanks for that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,428 ✭✭✭Laineyfrecks

    I hope you'll be in your festive running gear🎅😉

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,141 ✭✭✭healy1835

    Great racing and reporting there Murph. Saw a couple of pics online and the finish was on a grassy stretch? I'd imagine things got a little hairy for some who were wearing a carbon plated offering...

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,298 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D

    Hi J, yes the last 250m veered off the towpath onto grass. It had been recently mowed and was very firm, if a bit bumpy, so no real issue. I can't say I noticed much difference from the shoes, but at that point shoe feel would have been the last thing on my mind. I'd reccied it earlier so was happy enough it wouldn't pose a problem in the conditions.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 425 ✭✭Mulberry

    Very well done D!

    Still eking out the dregs of the summer wine I'm glad to see. Indian summer next eh? You've years of PBs there I'm quite sure.