Stook 10mile took place on the 17th November and I had planned to take the race relatively easy with the exception of the flying mile from mile 8-9. I came in 54th with a time of 01:11:49 and finished the flying mile in 31st with a respectable time of 5:45.
Overall for a race where I didn't push things too much I was happy with the results.
SEMRA Long Way Round Mountain Run
|Courtesy of South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association|
The Long Way Round Mountain Run took place on the 23rd November and for a change, the course is a trail up the mountains near Clonmel.
The run was a social run with a group of local trail runners so for pretty much all of the race we stuck together as a group.
For a social run, I came in 46th in a time of 1:25:30 which isn't bad considering I'm not as used to trail runs when compared to the road...they are ultimately harder!
Waterford Half Marathon:
The Waterford Half-Marathon took place on the 7th December and it was the last race of 2019 for me.
I always enjoy the Waterford half and I generally pull a decent enough time out of the bag from it, I've even set a few personal bests over the years. Unforurntaly there were some last-minute changes with the planned course due to road works and this made for a much harder course especially in the last 3miles or so.
While I did head out with the 1:30 pacers and had sceptically planned for a new PB I dropped off the pacer group after around mile 9 and found the last few miles hard going. However, all in all I finished the half-marathon in 1:33:58
Not the PB I had hoped for but overall not a bad result considering the lack of specific training AND the harder course then expected.
Over the last few weeks, I've done some trail running up Slievenamon and kept up a decent amount of running around the Christmas period including 2x 20mile plus runs.
After Christmas, I caught the bug that's going around which wiped out about 10 days of decent running,
So tomorrow I will be taking part in the Moonlight Marathon which kicks off at 9pm, I hope to be finished around the 5hr mark all going well. I'd rather not be out all night after all :)