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It's been more than two weeks since the race and the organisers still only posted the first 120 finishers. I was outside that (I'm figuring roughly 175th or so of 1,600 entrants) so I still don't have my official time. This is rather slack; they had the full results up the same day as the race last year. Anyway, this afternoon I trawled through 1,600 photos on Flickr looking for any that might feature my running self, and turned up just the one (I'm #512, and this is shortly before the finish, and shortly after my push for the line started flagging). Flickr's search is really painful for this for several reasons:
  • The photos taken by the organisers, or someone posting on their behalf, aren't tagged;
  • There were several events on that weekend titled "Jingle Bells";
  • Flickr's advanced search lacks useful features like "discard any photos by user X from these search results" or "discard any photos with tag X from these search results" (the latter is achievable by redoing the search, but really, it should be dynamic)
I seem to recall whining about Flickr's wimpy search interface some time ago, probably for exactly the same reasons, and as a result of doing exactly the same search. Which would suggest it's not changed in at least a year.

updated to add: according to the EXIF tagging on the photostream, this is about 18:40 into the race, which would put me 40 seconds from the finish line. Which means I was probably still puffing like a steam train and attempting to persuade myself not to back off.
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"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention to arrive safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow!! What a ride!"
- Dean Karnazes
I'm still not sure I'm sold on this line, but I do know that as I walked away from the finish line today, with burning lungs and sore feet, and a good ten to fifteen minutes to get to where I'd parked my car, I couldn't stop myself from grinning at what I'd just done. Even now, thinking about it, I find myself involuntarily grinning again.

HELL yeah.

Dec. 14th, 2008 12:21 pm
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Jingle Bells 5k run: raised over €250, ran the race in under 19:30. Personal time ~19:21, race clock 19:26, no idea what my official time will be.

I totally ran the crap out of the last few hundred metres: this is the first time I've come to the end of a race with my lungs hurting. Worth it to take a whole minute off last year's time, though.

edited to add approximate splits: 1k @ 3:40, 2k @ 7:30, 3k @ 11:30, 4k @ 15:30, 5k @ 19:21. I'm a little hazy on the splits, to be honest - I think the 7:30 might have been a 7:34, but then again maybe it was the 15:30 that was a 15:34.
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I caught a cold-like thing two weeks back, and it kept me off the running and gym in order that I not drown in mucus and/or freeze to death. I've been back at the gym this week, but still on reduced weights; no running as it's FRICKIN' FREEZING outside. By which I mean the temperature is in single digit celsius values; you people who consider this balmy can shut right up already.
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Unfamiliar territory and forgot my watch, but it looks like about 2.8 miles in 20 minutes. Half of that was gentle downhill and, as I discovered on the way back up, assisted by a weak but persistent wind - which became a headwind on the way back.
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Short run tonight: 2.5k, 10:33. Trying out a new route with a big feckin' hill in it. I have to be careful with this, because when I started running, my route included a long downhill slope which ultimately screwed up my achilles tendon and left me unable to run for about a month. The route I tried tonight has about 1k uphill, 1k shallow-gradient downhill, and the remainder more-or-less flat; two laps of that should be good enough to whack my lungs around a bit. Bonus: less major road crossings.
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5k, 19:48. Actually, my watch said 19:50, but I was running so hard for the last few hundred metres that I didn't manage to press it properly as I crossed my notional finish line.

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5k, 22:14. The aforementioned wind was a headwind when I was facing west, and dropped to nothing when I was facing east, which really took it out of me. Last k was over 5 minutes, I think, although the combination of wind-drawn tearing in my good eye and a hard-to-read LCD watch means I'm not really sure of that.
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5k, 21:50. And I thought I'd be slower tonight: headwind, particularly on the uphill section on kilometre 3, and also tired legs from last night's gym session, but hey. I felt like I could've done maybe 10-20 seconds faster, too.
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Ok, so not fully operational, and certainly not pushing flat out, but 5k in 22:34, dammit.

Sometimes, when the wind, the gradient, and my pacing is just right, I hit this sort of loose-legged long stride that feels serene. Happened me twice this evening, once coming down Hyde Park Road, and once on Sandycove Road, and there was just a hint of it as I wound up at my front door. I like that. I wish I could hit it more often, and without running.
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I was talking with That One Friend[1] about maybe doing the Dublin City Marathon as far back as February this year. I'd found a three days a week, 16-week training plan that pretty much gave me the luxury of not deciding to start training properly until about July, and in the mean time I figured I'd go ahead and do the Adidas Race Series (5 mile, 10 mile and half-marathon races, a month apart) as I'd done last year.
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Despite the subject line, tonight's run was actually a fairly leisurely pace, since I've not been doing much by way of exercise since the half-marathon two weeks ago; somewhere in the region of eight miles in just over an hour. And now, dinner.

ow, dammit

Sep. 20th, 2008 11:31 pm
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So one of the more peculiar post-race injuries appears to be my right shoulder. Now, it's entirely possible I slept on it the wrong way or something, but I don't recall having any trouble with it this morning so I can only attribute its current state of "please do not lift me in that direction" to the race.

This is obviously a major concern, since this is my drinking arm, dammit.
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distance: half-marathon (13.1 miles)
target: several; beat last year (1:43:58), beat 1:40, beat 1:35, and in event of a miracle hit 1:31 bang on the nose (that'd be matching my pace in the 10-mile, essentially)
result: 1:38:32. HURRAH!

I'm a little disappointed that I didn't make the 1:35, since I was on target for it, but I really wiped myself out on the first 5 miles and paid for it for the rest of the race. Walked through the water stands, walked a small bit of the 13th mile before driving myself into a run for the finish. Blisters: yes. I tried everything. Talc, pre-application of blister plasters, brand new double-layer socks, shoes tied good and tight, and still I have angry red feet now. Well, mostly on one foot, the other isn't so bad.

Splits, such as I can recall: 5 miles under 34 minutes, 10 miles about 73 minutes, and I think the last mile was probably 9-10 minutes despite my best efforts.

I have never felt quite so exhausted in my life. Or if I have, I was so tired I can't recall it.
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I picked up a new pair of runners last weekend, sticking with what the nice adidas girl told me and thus I'm now the owner of a pair of adidas Supernova Control 10, er, running shoes. I'd actually spent a little time looking online beforehand, and while Nike also do a motion control shoe (what us over-pronaters need, apparently), Lifestyle Sports didn't stock any of them, plus I had a 10% discount voucher for the adidas kit courtesy of my little foot test.

More on them shoeses )
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Tonight's run was loosely intended to be a speed run, and so it was: I did 5k in 19:39. That's a whopping 32 seconds off my previous best time for 5k. w00t!


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