January 27th, 2014 | Uncategorized
After an eventful couple of days of basketball, I was excited to run my first race of the year and first ever in Ireland. I started to get pretty nervous on race day as I had no experience at this distance whatsoever. I have run several 5ks and 10ks, but never an 8k. I began to doubt my training and question if I was ready.
All of that anxiety fell away as soon as that starting buzzer went off (they didn’t use a gun, which was interesting for me). I went out quite quickly, probably a bit too fast, and started to struggle between miles 2 and 3. Once I saw the sign for the 3 mile mark, I regained my focus and pushed it out. It was windy and cold, not ideal running conditions, but I was able to cross that finish line 430th in 34:09. My goal was 35:00, so needless to say, I was very happy with it. The overall winner ran an amazing 23:57. I’m not sure I could cycle the course that quickly!
There were a record number of entrants in this year’s. There were somewhere around 3,000 participants of all ages and abilities. It was rumored that the first few ladies to finish were well known former Olympians. How cool that I got to run against Olympians?! That doesn’t happen every day. All in all, I am very satisfied with my performance and happy I entered the race. I look forward to my next one, although, next time I think I’ll stick with the 5k!