Project Dublin Marathon 2018
This year at Run360 we are going to follow four runners and their progress towards the 2018 Dublin Marathon. I have wrangled up three of my colleagues who are game for the challenge to let us follow them across the year: the highs the lows, the training set-backs and successes.
Running a marathon is no easy task, as many of you will already know, and every runner’s journey is different. Just getting to the start line is an achievement and this requires many things to go right in the previous six (or more) months. So we need to give a little context as to who are runners are and what we want to achieve with them.
To help our four runners to the start line we will be using our Run3D gait analysis system to help avoid those icebergs and hopefully avoid any injuries before October 28th. For anyone who wants more information on the 3D system, take a look here. Each of our runners has kindly agreed to carry out the analysis and share the results with you, warts and all.
Now, you may be sceptical of who our “runners are” – are they super star runners who have been there and done that, with perfect bodies, etc., etc.? Fear not (no offence, team!). After an extensive company-wide search, with countless bribes, I was left with three runners and myself: all with varied experience when it comes to running.
The serious runner
First up is Brendan. He’s our athlete and puts out a very respectable sub 3-hour marathon – or at least that’s this year’s aim. Just north of 40 but in great shape, Brendan only came into serious running in the last 3-4 years but is quickly making up for lost time.
The next two are casual runners, currently fielding the occasional 5 or 10km race, but want to make the jump up to longer distances and tick a marathon off the bucket list. Both have very different training backgrounds.
Orla has been running casually for the last few years and clocks up around 20-30km each week (subject to social engagements) and by her own admission has wonky knees that cause her a bit of trouble. Ross, on the other hand, does a bit of running as part of many other aerobic and strength exercises – he runs a 5km just because he can. Going into this, he feels that his limiting factor is that he has simply never done a great volume of running and has concerns with the way he currently mangles his walking shoes and how that may potentially have a knock-on effect when it comes to running a marathon.
Both Orla and Ross are in their twenties, in great shape and just need to get some quality volume work in.
The return-to-running runner
Finally, there’s me. Let’s just say that I’m coming from a long way behind the start line. Getting to the marathon in one piece and completing it will be a job well done! This is an, “if I can do it, you can do it too” type of journey. I’m in my mid-thirties and run more like a fat rhino than a sleek gazelle. What I have going for me is that I did run a bit of distance back in the day so I’m hoping that guy is still in there somewhere – however incognito he may be.
Over the next six months you’ll hear a bit more about each runner’s background, what their goals are, what concerns they have, their old niggle-y injuries, dietary needs, and much more. You’ll get the inside scoop on how the process plays out – the good, the bad and the ugly is coming your way.
Follow the trials and tribulations through our Instagram feed, and for longer insights and analysis keep an eye on our blog to get some handy tips as we overcome the snags that will invariably pop up over the next few months.
So, there you have it: four runners and a marathon. We hope you enjoy our stories and our much longer than 42.145km journey.
Until next time,