Glendalough Glen to Glen half-marathon

I took part in the Glen to Glen half-marathon on May 28th. It was the inaugural Glendalough half-marathon and accompanying marathon. Its been nearly a year since I last took part in a race, the Viking Quarter Marathon, and it was good to get out again in a racing environment.

For an inaugural race, it was organised extremely well. Multiple information emails were sent prior to the race, and registration and race number collection were easy. The race started 5 minutes late (I’ve seen worse), and teas, coffees and a generous amount of baked treats were available at the end. For a first time race, organised by a local running club, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the finishers medal, which is a great addition to any collection.

Glendalough is a great location for a race. The scenery is stunning and the only sounds are birds, sheep, rivers, and runners on pavement. Its amazing that such an idyllic county location is only a 40 minute drive from Dublin city (60 minutes if you get stuck driving behind cyclists).

I found it to be a punishing, but enjoyable race. I felt like the run up the mountain towards the top of the waterfall would never end, add to that the scorching sunshine and it felt like a very long, very grueling race. My official race time wass 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 47 seconds. I’m pleased with that time considering how tough I found the course. Maybe I’d have gotten under 2 hours had I not stopped for some photo opportunities. Photo taking may have slowed me down, but it would be a shame not to stop and take in the scenery, after all, its not all about the time, its about the enjoyment. Photos below 🙂

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View of the lake in Glendalough, about 5 minutes into the race
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The Waterfall
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View of the Glen
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Worlds best water station run by 3 generations of the same family, containing water, water melon, oranges, apples, wine gums and jelly babies
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Bit worse for wear, but job done!

Training Outside

With the nice summer weather the gym can be a depressing place. Why am I training inside, with this artificial recycled air on this glorious summer day? This is how I used to feel in summer when I had a gym membership. I haven’t been a member of a gym in a while, I train a lot outside these days. A first I missed the gym, but now I love being outside.

Getting out into nature and the fresh air helps promote feelings of wellbeing, I can’t explain why, but the outside has that effect on me. I especially like a hit of Vitamin D. The sun is great source of Vitamin D, which is essential for healthy skin. It doesn’t have to be sunny either, the sun is always up there, even in winter.

Training outdoors is good for mental stimulation too. The gym is pretty static, it doesn’t change much. Doing bicep curls staring at the same wall is so boring, running on a treadmill, equally so. In the outside world, you’ll see more. The constantly changing scenery excites and stimulates your brain.

Now is the perfect time to try training outside because the weather is so great, but it doesn’t have to stop once Autumn and Winter come. Get used to being out in the rain, sun, day and night. You’ll get used to it, you’ll feel more alive.

Training Outside
Training Outside

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