NUI Galway 8km

I’m there in one of yellow t-shirts, around the second row, but most importantly I have to mention the two guys to right of the photo in yellow t-shirts. These two lads decided to sprint off the start line at full pelt. One of them was onfront of me and was roaring laughing at his mate! By the time the first bend arrived they were swallowed up by the pack but it was funny to see  and also great to see people having so much fun .
It was a  stunning sunny morning with 650 or so people taking part. My plan was to try and beat my previous pb of 30 minutes. I rarely race in 8km races and due to all endurance training of late this fast pace race was going to be a real test.  It turned out to be 8km run at real high pace, including a first kilometer in 3.15 min. I realised I was going out too fast but to be honest I just wanted a hard training session and the hope of a PB at the same time. I held a good pace throughout, averaging 3.40 min km and finishing in 12th place in 29.12. It was great to see my girlfriend and one of my best friends both getting pb’s too. All in all a very successful morning and off to bubble football for my sisters 30th soon after. Happy birthday Linsey !!

Bubble football group!

Results list and some stats below..

http://www.redtagtiming.com/results/NUIG8km_2014.pdf

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/610794196

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Tonabrocky Run-Low intensity Wednesday

Training route on Garmin

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/451876119

An average 4.24min per kilometre today. A steady pace where breathing was easy and I enjoyed myself. Another mid week long run and I am starting to comfortably add some distance to my running. I find after a few years of trying to run 5-10kms fast that these longer runs are very different for the legs but also very enjoyable at the same time. The plan now is for a rest over the next two days with some stretching/flexibilty and a bit of core work. Then its a 10km road race in Kinvara on saturday to try to dip under my pb of 36.40.

Off for 2nd bike leg- 35km.

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Spot me on the left. The bike leg was tough with my legs burning and the Maum hills zapping the energy. My bike leg took 1.14 and last runof 5km was steady to finish in 8th place in a time of 3.04. A new PB on this course and 19 minutes slashed from 2012 race. Delighted all the hard work and training paid off. Yet I can see where I can improve. This is a race for the cyclist where huge time can be gained on the road. Lots of work for next year.