Rob’s Cork City Marathon blog: Week 10 - Race day is nearly here

So here we are. Just six days away from the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon.

I hope you’re all feeling well and free from injury.

This will be my 12 marathon in all and fifth in Cork and the feeling of pre-race excitement is as strong as it has ever been for me.

My training regime has gone quite smoothly and despite some tiredness over the last few weeks, I have nothing complain about.

I’ve learned so much from readers and other marathoners since I began this blog (10 weeks ago now!) and it’s been great to share in their training journeys via social media.

I’ve never claimed to be an expert, just a regular guy who loves running, but I hope that some of the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years has helped first timers and newbies find their way.

LESSONS LEARNED

One thing I won’t do again is try to run three marathons in six weeks. Utter madness! What was I thinking?

I’m determined that - as an amateur runner - I’m never going to do more than two marathons a year from now on.

To do one is a massive commitment, to do three in such a short space of time is all consuming.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve certainly enjoyed it but other aspects of my life have suffered as a consequence.

Family, friends and other commitments have taken a backseat and they have had to organise themselves around me.

I really don’t know how the ultra runners and 100 marathon club members do it and still have a life. It’s relentless.

Despite never being much of a drinker, I’m looking forward to having a pint and not worrying about the consequences.

I’m also really looking forward to putting on some weight! I’ve lost seven pounds since February due to the amount of training and change in diet. I’ve always been a bit lanky and skinny, so it was weight I couldn’t really afford to lose.

A few big dinners and a reduction in training should bring me back to something like my old self.

I won’t be packing in the running completely. There’s a few shorter races I’m eyeing up (starting with the Twomey Remorial four mile run in Meelin, Co. Cork on June 6) and I like to keep fit all year round anyway.

I think everyone should endeavour to get out as often as they can - even if just for a couple of miles.

It’s just a matter of getting the work/life/training balance right.

All the hard work is worth it come race day, though.

It’s like a cup final - a day when you should take everything in and enjoy it.

I certainly will. I’m grateful that I have the capability to do things like this.

I’ll also want to do the best I possibly can. I’ve done two PBs this year so I’m not feeling any major pressure, but I have a time goal in mind and I’ll try to achieve it.

If I don’t, so be it. I’ll have another marathon medal around my neck and that’s all that really matters.

ENJOY IT

I wish everyone the very best of luck next Monday. Well done for getting this far.

Thank you to everyone who followed the blog over the last 10 weeks. It’s been great to read your stories and get tips and advice from other runners as well as field your questions.

As I said in my very first blog, you are the exception, so allow yourself to feel exceptional.

See you out there.

Rob has tips for race day in this Thursday’s Irish Examiner and on Friday he writes about how running a marathon completely changes your mindset in Feelgood.

He is running the Cork City Marathon this year to raise funds for the Mercy Foundation Cancer Appeal. You can visit his charity page and donate here

Follow and interact with @whatrodidnext on Twitter and tweet your training pics to @IrishExaminer using the hashtag #IECCM

Rob’s Cork City Marathon blog: Week 10 - Race day is nearly here

 

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