The Road to the Dublin Marathon (via Kildare)

Last weekend I went  to Kildare to run the inaugural Kildare thoroughbred 10km fathers day run. I’m trying to find runs that are close to home. They make the trip and the races easier, and the  rest of the day is free then to indulge in “self-righteousness” of having put a hard run in. I parked the car about a half mile from the start, the  run to the race was a perfect warm up. Registration was quick and easy and I headed to the start and lined up near the front rather  mostly by accident rather than design. the weather was perfect and I was reasonably familiar with the route –   which was reasonably flat and took in the beautiful surroundings of the Irish National Stud  ( After the first kilometre  I wasn’t feeling great, I had gone out too fast (for me) completing the first kilometre in 3min 34 secs.  I was tired and a bit worse for wear after the overindulging at the taste of Dublin 2 days previously – the mental battle began. Half way through 5KM I considered cooling off the pace . But I was surprised when I realised I hit the half way at 19min 14 and cranked it up a notch with the hopes of breaking 40mins.  It helped me get my head back in the run and I pushed on.  The last 2km were tough because I got caught between groups and ran alone, but made it to the line in a personal record of 39 mins 54 secs – not bad for a beginner…… The race course was great, the event was  fun and the food after at the food fair worth running for.

winning time 34min 33secs   Entry fee 20 euro (on the day) PR potential good

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I qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2004. Since graduating I have worked in St. James Hospital Dublin and have worked in all the areas of speciality within the hospital including cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, rheumatology, care of the elderly, neurology, burns and plastic surgery among others . I have also completed a post graduate certificate in acupuncture in UCD 2009. The Physiotherapy Department in SJH has strong links with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students on practice placements and also delivered lectures on the undergraduate academic programme in TCD. I have a keen interest in all sports and currently plays with Cill Dara RFC 1st team squad, and Milltown GAA. I have previously worked as Physiotherapist to Co. Carlow Senior GAA Team, Milltown GAA, Leinster Junior Rugby Team and Cill Dara RFC. I am an experienced runner and competed in the Dublin City Marathon in 2002. I continue to participate in running events and multisport disciplines such as Gaelforce West, Gaelforce North and the Motivate Challenge. I have a particular interest in strength and conditioning. I utilise this knowledge of resistance training in the treatment of his clients. I am committed to continuous learning and development in order to ensure the optimal level of care is offered to my clients, and with this in mind I am currently undertaking a certification in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) with the NSCA.

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