|Grattan Rd as the rain was about to hit|
The first loop of the course was relatively pain free, bar a sharp enough crosswind when returning to the Claddagh, but its always good to get this out of the way and prepare for the real thing. One thing you can't dictate for in Ireland is the weather so needed to be prepared for all sorts :) The first bit of discomfort would be around the second loop of the caravan park, where the hill came into play and started to drag myself up it for the second time (god I hate hills, even small ones). When i got over it there's that lovely drop back down to the sea and off I went, which was miles more comfortable for me. I knew as I crossed the Prom is that once I started out onto Mutton Island, i would be heading for the 18km mark, which spurred me on more, as I started up the walkway of the Prom I figured to keep going until i got off it again and pulled up. 19.3 km done, painful - yes, satisfying - yes and the furthest I've ever run....all in all a very good day.
Now if only I can do that for the Half Marathon next month!!!
Location: Galway Bay Half Marathon Route
Distance: 12 miles (19.3km)
Pace: 8:44 p/mile