Dublin Marathon Race Review

Dublin is one of the places Jenn has always wanted to visit. To make the experience even more

memorable, she registered for the October, 2014 Dublin Marathon. She

planned ahead to take her mother and spend some time after the race to really get to know Ireland.

The Dublin Marathon’s reputation for excellent support from a very friendly staff and outstanding

spectator participation along the course were also factors that prompted Jenn to decide to run the race.

She was not disappointed. The streets were lined with supporters cheering from start to finish. There

were lots of aid stations along the course. And, there were lots of porta-potties that surprisingly had

flush toilets!

Race Travel Planning to Ireland

Helpful to anyone planning a European marathon is Jenn’s schedule prior to the race. Flights from the

US east coast usually leave in the evening and land the next morning. Jenn arrived in Ireland on Friday

morning for her race on Monday—it was a bank holiday—one difference from races in the US.

Pre Race Preparation in Dublin

Before the marathon, Jenn didn’t do any running to save her legs. To keep from getting stale, she did do a

reasonable amount of walking. She picked up her race packet and enjoyed the Expo on Sunday and took

it easy most of the day.

Dublin Marathon Race Course

Monday was a perfect day for a marathon—high in the 50’s and low 60’s (10 to 20 Celsius). The skies

were overcast but no rain. The course is relatively flat and point to point. It starts in the middle of the

city at Fitzwilliam Square and finishes several blocks away at Merrion Square. There are no shortage of

green areas in Dublin and the marathon makes the most of them.

The course takes runners for about a mile along the River Liffey, crossing over to Phoenix Park, a

beautiful park almost 3 square miles in size and one of largest walled parks in Europe. From miles 3.5 to

6, runners traverse the north side of the park and from 8 to 9.5 run along the south side. From Phoenix,

the course takes runners through residential areas, then through Bushy Park to the perimeter of

University College and back downtown to Merrion Square. Jenn really enjoyed the course and seeing all

the sights.

Finish Line

At the finish line, there was plenty of food and continuation of the friendly atmosphere that

characterizes the Dublin Marathon. The local pubs are crowded with runners after the race, and the

celebration continues all afternoon and into the evening.

Points of Interest in Ireland

After finishing the marathon, Jenn started the second part of her trip—to see more of the country and

some of the points of interest she had heard about. As a true traveler, she didn’t hesitate to rent a car

and take her chances driving on the left side of the road. She drove with her mom all over the west and

south, making a stop in Galway, Dingle, and Waterford to see the Waterford Crystal factory. They particularly enjoyed the

Dingle Peninsula, and traveling along the water. Like any good runner, Jenn is interested

in food and found the pub food was better than she expected. That made the trip a real success.

What’s in the future for Jenn? It will be a busy year. Her favorite “hometown” race is the La Jolla Half

Marathon, which is held in April, and she plans to run that race again. Her travel/racing plans include

Rock-n-Roll Half Marathons in Washington, DC in March, Chicago in July and Vancouver in October.

We hope to catch up with Jenn during the year for more race reports from the road.

A picture of Jenn, the author of this articleJenn is an avid distance runner and traveler from the San Diego area. She enjoys racing and running on

her own when she visits different destinations. Overseas, she has run the Rome Marathon the Dublin

Marathon, and locally she tries to run the La Jolla Half-Marathon every year. Recently I had a chance to

catch up with her and talk about Dublin and some of the races she plans for the upcoming year.


Running Two Races in One Day – Crazy, or Ingenious? | Fast Friday

Have you ever finished a race and realize you could have given more? Or finished and realized you were having so much fun, you wish you could just keep going? Whether from finishing a race with more in the tank, or finishing in the middle of a good runner’s high, I think every runner has had the thought, “let’s do it again.”

Ok . . . Maybe not every runner. Maybe not even most runners; but if that has ever been you then this article about double road racing may be worth a few minutes.

The concept of two competitions in a 24-hour period with a break in between creates a different way to race.

When Tina Kefalas, just four months removed from the 2012 Olympic marathon, where she competed for Greece, went looking for a Bay Area race to serve as a pre-Christmas time trial workout, she had no idea she would be a world-record holder before noon.

She found something called the Double Road Race in Pleasanton, California, drove across the San Francisco Bay from Hillsborough and entered.

Turns out, Kefalas had stumbled across the world premiere of Bob Anderson’s latest brainstorm—a 10K, followed by a 5K, with a Recovery Zone period in between. “Running with a halftime,” Anderson calls it.

Read More from Running Times

Top 10 Running Resolutions of 2015

John Coyle, Runners On The Go

New years resolutions involving fitness are some of the most common new years resolutions. What about people who are already fit though? What types of resolutions do runners make? Runner’s World Polled Their Facebook fans and got about 700 responses.

Here is what they found, are any of your resolutions on this list? How are you doing so far?:

1. Run for 30 minutes straight

2. Run my first marathon

3. Increase my weekly mileage

4. Learn to love (and enjoy!) running

5. Finish a half marathon

6. Stay injury-free

7. Eat a healthier diet

8. Return to running

9. Keep training consistent

10. Qualify for the Boston Marathon

Read the full article here: http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/readers-top-10-running-resolutions-for-2015

5 Tips for Scheduling Your Races

Whether you just made your new years resolution to finish a 5k, 10k, or Marathon, or you have been running races for years; choosing which races to run, and finalizing your race schedule can be a daunting, and time consuming task. As much as race calendars like Running In The USA, RRCA and (shameless plus) Runners On The Go help. Sometimes having all that race info at your fingertips can make the process even more time consuming.

As January ends and you start putting the finishing touches on your race calendar, consider these 5 tips.
1. Know Your Running Goal
Before you decide what races you are going to do this year, you have to know what you want to gain from the experience. Do you want to run a PR? Do you want to finish your first Marathon? Do you want to run 50 Marathons in 50 states?
It doesn’t matter what your goal is. Any goal is a good goal as long as it is challenging but achievable. However, before you go around choosing your races and checking your shirt size you have to think about things on a macro scale.
Write down what your goal is for the year and then attack your race scheduling with that goal in mind.
2. Timing of the Race
Not the literal timing of the race, but the time of year. A successful race calendar builds. Of course this depends on when in the year your target race is and when you start your training cycle. For example if you are running the Boston Marathon, then your Schedule will look different than if you just want to finish a 10K in 2015.
Either way the concept is the same though. The Schedule builds. Running and racing are like anything. Practice makes perfect. If your goal is to finish your first 10K this year, and you can’t do that right now, you wouldn’t expect to step out the door tomorrow and trot a nice, easy 6.2 miles.
You want to asses the shape you are in now, and assess your goal. You want to set intermediate goals that you think will be stepping stones on the way to reaching your goal.
Pick a race at the time of year when you expect to be able to reach your primary goal, then set intermediate goals at checkpoints during the year that will help you to reach your primary goal. The first step to setting your race calendar is choosing the dates that you will attempt your primary goal, and then choosing the dates that you want and expect to be able to achieve your intermediate goals.
3. Pin Down the Racing Logistics
Once you have your goal in mind Consider the details of the race. What is the race distance? Do you need a fast course? Do You want to travel or make a vacation out of it? Do you want to achieve your goal at any one particular race? Does your goal involve more than one race?
Pinning down the race logistics may be easy to do, or it may not be. For example, if my goal is to beat last years’ time at my local 5k, then pinning down the race logistics is simply a matter of finding out the race date, and time, etc.
However, if You are trying to achieve a Boston Qualifier then there are all sorts of logistics to consider. You will have to have a course that is an official Boston Qualifying course, you will want a fast course, you will want a group of people, or pacer going the pace you need, etc.
Based on your goal decide what kind of race you need, answer the classic 5 W’s and 1 H who, what, when, where, why, and how. You don’t have to pin down exactly what race you are doing, just think about what you will need and where you will need to be to achieve your goal.
You may not be able to pin down all the logistics. For example, if you live in Alaska and you know you need to run a Marathon in December, you may not know exactly where the race is going to be. That’s OK, work out as many of the details you can.
4. Do Your Running Road Race Homework
Now that you have a general idea of when and where you are racing, and what type of race you need to be in. It is time to start actually investigating races. This is where you will use Road Race Calendar websites. Use them to search out the time of year and location (if you know it) that you will need.
Don’t just choose the first race you come to that will be sufficient for your needs. Do your homework. Does the race have a website. Check the online reviews of the race. Check the results. Have they been having more and more finishers each year? Growth is a sign of a quality race. Look at the course, will it be sufficient for your goal? Check the results to see if there will or will not be a group of people to run with if you are trying to achieve a certain time.
Just like you would do your homework before making a purchase of a certain product, you want to do it before committing to a road race.
5. Create the Rest of Your Race Calendar
Essentially step 5 is to repeat steps 1 through 4 for the rest of the races that will lead up to your key race. For all of your lead in races you will have to consider what goals you need to set to be able to achieve your primary goal. You will then decide when you would like to achieve those goals to give you the best chance of achieving your primary goal and seek out races at those times.
Runners use many different methods to put together a race calendar. Also, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to running. Some people may need to run a race every two weeks for the months leading up to their goal. Others may not want to run any races. If you have a coach or running advisor, I would strongly urge you to consult with them when putting together your race calendar. Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy it. Running can be a physical and mental struggle, and you don’t want to make it stressful by sweating over your race calendar. Remember that you are setting goals, and putting together a race calendar because you enjoy running.