Contarf Half MarathonJuly 7th, 2012 | Posted by in Post-Travel Posts
As this is my fist half marathon I guess it warrants a post of its own. I completed the Clontarf half in 1:43.41 (chipped time).
I’ve been toying with the idea of a half for a while and started to up the miles on my regular runs. I had planned on the Dublin half in September but a friend recommended Clontarf as a great starter as it’s Ireland’s flattest half run.
As I mentioned in the previous post, both the girls have viruses. The last couple of days I’ve also had a chesty cough and an overall lack of energy. Only that I had paid for the run a couple of weeks ago I probably wouldn’t have bothered today. But now I’m glad I did. I was feeling pretty groggy before the race but once the horn had blown muscle memory kicked in and I soon forgot about my illness. I felt good throughout with plenty of energy but had to dig deep at the end to get well within my targeted 1:45 time.
The course itself was beautiful, all along the coastline with about 5 mile of it on the actual beach which I didn’t expect but it didn’t make it any harder just windier.
It was great having Sam and the girls at the end to cheer me on. Thanks guys. Another milestone achieved and now looking forward to the Dublin half where I hope to shave off a few minutes as its on my training ground in the Phoenix Park.