I arrived to Tuam early for the 5km. I had plenty of time for a short warm up. The finished looked flat and fast.
I got off to a fast start. The first and only hill slowed me down a bit. Passed the 2 km mark we turned left before turning at 3 km. I was maintaining a comfortable pace . We turned at 3 km. I was running 5.01 .
No matter what I did I couldn’t get under 5. Thoughts racing through my head. Was 25 minutes gone. At least it would be my fastest 5km of the year. We passed the 4 km mark. The clock read 24 minutes. I could see the line of runners ahead of me. Where was the final turn? Why not just run hard for 1 km and hurt tomorrow!
I upped my pace a small bit and decided to push with 300 metres to go. I took the final corner and tried to see what I had left in me. A teenager ran past me. Story of my life. One last push and I crossed the line in 24:59
I didn’t what to think about the final 5km in Clarinbridge. I really don’t like that course.
It had been raining for most of the day. I really wasn’t expecting anything.
I got off to a decent start and I was feeling comfortable for the first 2 km. The next 2 km through the forest took a bit out of me. I carried on through the last km. Its a strange windy kilometre. I didn’t want to go too soon. One last effort and I crossed the line in 25:12. A big improvement on last years 26:40
I’ve had some good swimming sessions with Galway Tri Club. At one stage I was thinking of doing the 2.5 km swim on June 22nd. Its one for next year! I think the aquathons being held over the next 5 Tuesdays should be the right distance for me.
The Galway Aquathon Festival takes place on July 28th. There is a choice of a 1 or 2 km swim followed by a 5 or 10km run. Entry is now open on www.triathlonireland.com
I’ve had some great sessions with Galway Community Circus on the high wire. I’m looking forward to see what I can achieve.
There are plenty of workshops on www.galwaycommunitycircus.com
I will be coaching with Galway City Harriers Summer Camp starting on July 15th. Suitable for kids aged 6-12 registration available on www.athleticsireland.com
My next race is in Kildare on July 14th. I’m hoping for a fairly fast time.
Entries for Streets of Galway 8km on www.active.com