blog-130916 After weeks of hard work things are starting to come together.

On Saturday morning I ran my 12th marathon in Clarinbridge. It was a tough enough morning partly due to the fact that I hadn’t run the 26.2 mile distance for two and a half years.

The course was 8 laps of a 5km loop. There were three distances to choose from 10km, half marathon and full marathon. There were around 30 people in the full marathon. There was a fairly good turn out for the half marathon. I can only imagine that most of them were using it as a training run for the upcoming Dublin Marathon.

I went into the race with no real expectations. I was curious to see what I was capable of. I was comfortable enough for the first 16 miles. Miles 17 – 20 were tougher than I would have liked. I crossed the finish line in 4hrs 21 mins.

My training lacked any real long runs. I had a few 11 – 13 mile runs but you really need to running 20 – 21 miles in one session.

My body held up fairly well. No blisters and no major pains in the legs.

Well done to everyone involved. Most of the runners I was talking to before the race were first time marathon runners.

GCH, Athenry, Maree Ac,Craughwell AC, Ballinasloe Town runners, South Galway AC, Birr AC, MCI and some runners from USA helped make the event a great success.

There is an awful lot happening this week.

Tonight I will be running my 1100th mile of the year.

If you are anywhere near Dublin on Wednesday evening Irish Runner magazine are holding a one mile paced race in Morton Stadium Santry. Sonia O Sulivan will be there handing out the finisher medals.

The guys in 1escape health club are celebrating National Fitness Day early with a Guinness World Record attempt on Thursday evening in Smithfield. They are looking for around 400 people for a 30 minute fitness class. You will receive a free Swiss Ball and Alan Quinlan will also be in attendance.

On Friday evening at 7.00 p.m. i’m putting on an outdoor bootcamp in South Park Claddagh.

I’m hoping to get out on Saturday morning for Parkrun. The weather forecast isn’t looking great but i’m sure I’ll be up early.

On Saturday evening there is a Zombie Walk in Galway in aid of Jigsaw.

Jigsaw are also hosting their 8km race starting at Kingfisher NUIG on Saturday 24th. Early bird entry closes this week.

I will be holding a ‘BootCamp’ class on Monday at 7.00 p.m. in Galway City Gym on the Tuam Road. Its suitable for all levels of fitness. Cardio Blast, Core Strength Exercises, TRX, Kettle-bells. 7 euro per session.

One last event. ‘Hand in Hand’ are holding a ‘Dip in the Nip’ this Sunday.