Its been awhile since I ran a marathon so I decided to take this one nice and easy and purely use it as a long slow run towards training for Dublin, this time around I wanted a sub 3:30 in Dublin!
So with that in mind I signed up to the Carlow/Kilkenny Marathon.
Its a route I ran loads of times of during my training for Connemara Ultra earlier in the year so I was looking forward to getting back on it as I hadn't been on it for months.
For once it was nice to have to only travel around 10miles, so with that in mind I didn't have to get up nearly as early as many other marathons I've traveled to.
Nice crisp morning to start with and everyone met up outside Kilkenny Castle and we all got the bus to Carlow to the start line.
Didn't push the pace too much and kept
things comfortable for the vast majority of the run.
However I did experienced some muscle pain (left leg again!) and a blister at mile
24 and walked a little on and off due to this.
I did manage to finished in under 4hours but the course was measured long so the official time is over 4hours as once I hit 26.2miles I
walked the last bit so this is why the time is over.
Joined Marathon Club Ireland earlier in September so had a chat to a good few people from the club after the finish, most of the people taking part seemed to be MCI members.
Finish time: 4:03:25
Garmin log of the run.