This will be my first time ‘running’ the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. I say ‘running’ because I don’t run, unless running for the bus counts, and even then I’d want to be in a big rush. Having said that, I am hoping to up my fitness between now and the main event, so hopefully I’ll be able to run at least some of it.
Now that you are in training for the Women’s Mini Marathon it is a perfect opportunity to think about all the
You have just hit the 1st week mark of your New Year Resolutions. How are you getting on? Hopefully you are absolutely flying it and love all the new things you are bringing into your life. Here are a couple of things to remember as you start out:
So we have eaten and drank to our hearts content over the Christmas and we are now facing the New Year. You can almost hear a groan of resignation and sometimes even frustration at even the talk of New Year Resolutions. The main reason for this is that most people associate New Year’s Resolutions with making a list of things they want to GIVE UP. Smoking, fast food, alcohol and other such things often make the list and the list often ends in the bin by the end of January.
It was three months ago that we made the decision to get fit.
So we’re almost there, the months of training and preparation will be put into action next Monday so best of luck to everyone and I hope you are not too nervous.
It seems no time at all since I was putting on hats & scarves & gloves to go out in preparation for the Flora womens Mini marathon. Now that “summer” is here, there’s definitely a little less paraphernalia to put on to stay warm. If you’re finding it hard to stay motivated then you & I are in the same boat! Take solace that it’ll be over before you know it & then you’ll be experiencing such a runners high that you’ll be deciding what’s your next challenge.
Where has the time gone at all? Can’t believe we are on the three week countdown to the Mini Marathon. I have to say I am excited though and I feel well prepared although it is safe to say you can never rely on the Irish weather. I think the main thing is to get out no matter what. In fairness we were very lucky in some parts of the country over the May Bank holiday weekend and I had a lovely walk along Dollymount Strand with my mum. My parents were visiting for the weekend; I have mentioned before that my mother is one of my inspirations for taking part as she has been doing the Mini Marathon for years. We were talking the excitement around Dublin on the build up to the event, it’s always great to see women of all ages, shapes and sizes, sipping coffee, getting their numbers ready or even having a quick browse in the shops (sure they’re only up for a day!).
Six is a nice round figure, so with six weeks to go to the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon I am getting excited and also more enthusiastic about training. It’s just enough time to step up a gear if the preparations haven’t been going well (or not going at all) but it’s also close enough to see an end in sight. Although it has been a bit windy lately, temperatures have increased a lot making training much easier.
Well ladies, I’m not trying to freak anyone out but is it just me, or do you really feel the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon creeping up on you when another 2 bank holidays have gone by in the blink of an eye? Let’s face it, once again the weather may be proving a stumbling block for those who are in flooded or snowy spots. I’m sure you fantastic ladies worked your way through admirably all the same!
Well one thing is for sure, the weather has not been inspiring me to get out and get moving the past couple of weeks! Would you believe I have seen a couple of brave women out running in the snow on my way into work at 5.50am? I admire their enthusiasm but I admit I have been opting for gym work outs recently. I am keeping up the cardio work with spinning and body attack classes and have also been doing some body conditioning with weights and core strength work.
Can you believe that there are only ten weeks to go to the Flora Womens Mini Marathon?! I’m sitting in my kitchen on a freezing cold Monday, looking at snowy landscapes on the tv & wondering when will the weather ever warm up. Every excuse in the book has been dragged out for not getting outside. However, sometime you just have to bite the bullet & do it (as a well-known brand of sports gear exhorts!) Last week, I had been thinking of all you lot.
DISASTER! I’m under orders to stop running & jogging! (Dicky back, but more on that later.) A teeny tiny bit of me is silently cheering. I’m not hugely fond of exercise. I just know that I need to do it to be reasonably healthy & reasonably fit. A little joyous part of me had a tiny fantasy that involved me sitting on a sun lounger, never moving & being hand-fed peeled grapes by Ryan Gosling as I recover from the aforementioned dicky back. Reality check here folks. I don’t have either access to sunshine or Ryan Goslings number. Even if I did, I doubt he’d spend his time feeding me fruit. (Oh what a lovely thought!) Reality check no. 2, not one of us can afford to sit down all the time. It’s just not good for us. Think back to the cavemen (& women!). Granted, they didn’t have back-to-back episodes of Revenge, Nashville or Keeping Up With the Kardashians to distract them. I can’t let endless lists of distracting things keep me on the couch. Besides, & it hurts me to say this, it hurts when I sit down for more than an hour. (hundreds of tv addicts gasp at the prospect of having tv privileges withdrawn!)
Ok so we considered it…. talked about it…. slept on it….. and talked about it some more and eventually came to the conclusion that yes, following our very successful Nissan Pink Week campaign where we raised a massive €22,400 in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland. The Dulick Pink Team will be pulling up their socks again in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland and signing up to The Flora Womens Mini Marathon 2013!!