Dublin Marathon 2014

Canada Goose Parka A tough day, with no PB at the end of it, but I still happy. I finished the 2014 Dublin Marathon in 3:38:59, just beating the mythical 3:39 barrier all us marathon runners talk about. Canada Goose Parka

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My finishing time was a good half hour slower than what I had trained for, and what my race results during the summer suggested I could achieve. Still, I pleased that I managed to turn a difficult run into a decent time and after all, it the second fastest of my five Dublin Marathons to date.

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I liked the new Dublin Marathon https://www.canadagoosesale.info course. The first mile through the canada goose outlet buffalo old red bricked streets of the Liberties was full of character, if not the characters that used to line the old route along the North Circular Road and the tight corners weren as congested as I had feared. (That might have been different for runners elsewhere in the field.)

And I sure our overseas visitors were happy to pass two popular Dublin landmarks Christchurch cathedral and the Guinness factory. The familiar heady smell of hops wafted over us as we passed the Guinness riverfront gate coming up to mile three. I passed the 5 kilometre marker in 22 minutes.

Next came the long drag up to and through the Phoenix Park. The Dublin Marathon has in most years gone up the centre of the Park, but perhaps canada goose outlet online uk the major route changes elsewhere made Chesterfield Avenue stand out more than before. What canada goose uk site was forecast canada goose victoria parka outlet as a south westerly breeze, which would have been behind runners, transpired to be a north westerly into our faces. However, the field was still fairly packed through the Park, allowing runners to draft and take shelter.

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canada goose clearance sale From Castleknock the route went downhill and back towards the north western entrance of the Phoenix Park, down the Lower Glen Road for another downhill stretch to the Chapelizod gate. This was a welcome ease for runners; still, I noticed that the field around me had strung out considerably by now. It seemed that some runners were already having a bad day. canada goose clearance sale

cheap Canada Goose Despite its now customary waft of barbecue, Chapelizod was quieter than last year. But further along the road at mile 11, Kilmainham drew a large crowd. By this point, though, I was definitely working harder than I expected. cheap Canada Goose

buy canada goose jacket Rialto was a quiet, leafy stretch that gave me a chance to re assess the situation. I would keep going at my 7:10 pace through halfway and from there take things mile by mile. With all my thinking I hardly noticed the halfway point canada goose outlet near me on the Crumlin Road; I went through in 1 hour 33 canada goose outlet uk minutes, pretty much on schedule. buy canada goose jacket

Mile 14 came and went without extra difficulty, but canada goose outlet paypal at the 15 mile marker I had slipped behind my schedule for the first time. When I tried to arrest this canada goose outlet england decline in pace, I got no response from the gears or fuel tank. My legs and my head felt fine, but I found myself short of breath and having to blow out stitches.

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Canada Goose sale The last ten miles of my race were just a weary plod. Using the only marathon mantra that works, I resolved to keep lifting my feet so that I would finish. But turning the legs was a real struggle. Heading out of Rathgar at mile 18, the sun came out and stung my eyes this was where my head started to struggle too. The 3:10 pace group wafted past me; I just had to block them Canada Goose Outlet out of my field of vision. Canada Goose sale

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canada goose coats I plodded onthrough the last few miles. In Ballsbridge the 3:30 pacers went by me; my below par performance was confirmed. I would be half an hour down on my target finishing time. canada goose coats

Canada Goose Jackets Still, I mustered enough mental clarity to appreciate the new last mile of the Dublin Marathon, along Haddington Road and down Mount Street to the finish. It was a fantastic cauldron of noise, lined deeply with cheering crowds. Also, you can see the finishing arch from half a kilometre away; scraping together whatever physical and mental strength I had, I decided to enjoy the run in as best as I could. Canada Goose Jackets

canada goose store By now my finishing time didn matter. I knew I would still clock 3 hours thirtysomething, which I would have gladly taken five miles back the road. canada goose store

Canada Goose online So, I crossed the line for my canada goose outlet uk sale time of 3:38:59 and my first reaction was: not so bad after all. to the Dublin Marathon organisers for putting on a great event, and to the thousands of people who came out and cheered. It all added to a great marathon experience, regardless of the result. Canada Goose online

I have to be philosophical about these things: I had bad preparations that still yielded good marathon results, and vice versa. Sometimes you just have a tough day.

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