Dublin Marathon 2007

Well, I finished it. Not in the 4 hours I hoped for, but rather 04:24:18. I’m delighted I finished at all, though.

The split times tell the story (the figure in brackets is the segment pace):

  • 10km – 00:58:20 (05:50/km)
  • Half way – 02:00:23 (05:35/km)
  • 30km – 02:55:55 (06:14/km)
  • Finish – 04:24:18 (07:14/km)

Basically, the first 10km was nice and relaxed as I allowed myself get into it (even had a loo stop :-), I picked it up a bit in the next section and was on track for a 4 hour finish, then flagged somewhat after passing half way but at around 30km it all quickly fell apart …

You read about “hitting the wall” and think you understand it, but somewhere not long after 18 miles I slowed to a walk and I was convinced I was done … it didn’t make any sense to me that I could possibly get going again for another 8 miles. I managed to keep myself going, ran a bit, walked a bit, ran a bit, walked a bit and by about 21 miles it stared to dawn on my that I was going to be able to keep that up until the finish.

Coming around College Green, along Nassau St. and onto Merrion Square was some experience … such a huge support from the crowd. In fact, the whole thing was a brilliant experience – so many people involved in organising it, so much support along the way (love the people handing out the jaffa cakes and fun size chocolate bars :-)) and such a feeling of all the runners being in it together …

Happy Finisher

Strangely enough, it’s my hips that were totally done in by the end. Last year I would have been worried about my knees, at the start I was worried about my shins, and so it’s a bit strange when a body part you hadn’t been worried about starts letting you down. Thankfully I had a lovely wife to pick me up at the end, get me into the car and home, cook me dinner and limit the number of trips I had to do up and down the stairs 🙂

(Update: turns out my pace calculations were wrong … the geek that I am, I hacked up some python code to do it right)


9 Responses

  1. Your experience sounds like mine – getting grief from unexpected muscles, wondering at mile 18 if I was going to have to walk the rest, and walking/running the rest. Feels good to be a marathon finisher, doesn’ it?

  2. Yep, it feels damn good …

    Congrats on your own marathon, hope you’ll be back running again soon 🙂

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  4. Hey Mark,

    I am impressed! Congrats!

  5. Congrats on the marathon! You finished within a minute of my friend Dennis, who’s just back to marathons after 3 years of unfitness, and suffered through the last 12km. You might have been running side by side, in fact…

    Hopefully I’ll be joining you on the marathon finishers list next April, excepting injury. Fingers crossed.


  6. Thanks Ghee

    Dave: thanks, and best of luck with your training … from your 01:36 at Lyon, it sounds like you’re doing excellent … hope you can stay injury free 🙂

  7. Congrats Mark, well done!

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