This post is a quick recap on all of the races I ran this year.
I entered 2013 with a marathon personal best of 4:54 and a half marathon time of 2:07:11.
I didn’t have any real goals for the year, only to keep on running and to enjoy it as much as possible.
All in all I completed 1 ultra marathon, 4 marathons and 6 half marathons.
Brighton Half Marathon – February – 2:07:07 (personal best)
This was a very tough race for me. I don’t quite understand why. I wanted to stop at mile 10 as the pain of running was too much. I continued on and achieved a personal best of 4 seconds.
Celebrated after the run in a gay bar across the road from the Promenade where a group of women invited me over to their table as I was sitting all alone and one of them talked about how she had to cut dried shit out of the back of her dog’s coat.
I made my excuses and headed to Wetherspoons.
Still, it was a fun day out. I’ve entered for next year but I don’t think I’ll be able to go unfortunately!
Liverpool Half Marathon – March – 2:02 (personal best)
A good race as ever in Liverpool.
It was held on St Patrick’s Day and I thought I’d be up for a major piss-up after the race.
To be honest I couldn’t be bothered .
I was sick to my stomach after putting everything into the run and spent the next 2 hours wandering around Liverpool City Centre trying to avoid a bunch of drunken twats who were wreaking havoc everywhere I looked.
Paris Marathon 2013 – April – 4:52 (personal best)
Total fucking disaster.
Spent the 2 nights before it high as a kite in Amsterdam, chowing down space cakes and Psilocybe Atlantis like there was no tomorrow.
Turned up in Paris Gare De Nord emotionally wrecked after a taxing experience the previous evening where Samara and Kim Jong-Un were playing table tennis in my hotel room after too many shrooms.
If I’d been piss tested after the race I’d have been disqualified for being a drug cheat.
The run was going well until mile 16 when I hit the wall. I hadn’t brought any fuel with me on the race, my mind was shot after the brain-rape in Amsterdam and I crawled home in 4:52.
Still, a personal best, but it wasn’t enjoyable in the slightest. My face below says it all.
Edinburgh Rock N Roll Half Marathon – April – 2:03
1 week after the Paris Marathon and I was heading back out on another jaunt, this time to Edinburgh.
The race itself was marred by the rainy weather.
I can’t say I enjoyed it, but I felt surprisingly strong given that this was only a week after Amsterdam/Paris.
At the time I was dismayed as I’d missed out on the sub 2 hour marathon mark. It ruined what should have been a joyous occasion.
Still I got a brilliant medal from it.
Belfast Marathon 2013 – May – 4:37 (personal best)
The first marathon I ever enjoyed really.
I made the mistake of carrying Reese’s Cups in my Camelbak and by the end of the race they had melted with my sweat into the lining of the material.
I hit the wall at mile 20 but this time around I knew I could jog through it and record a personal best after the disappointment of Paris.
In the end I took 15 minutes off my time and then enjoyed a wonderful week away in Crete the day after.
My legs were cramping like hell on that plane….
Lisburn Half Marathon 2013 – June – 2:05
Not much to say about this one, other than it was fun to run on a Wednesday evening for once!
Highlight of the run was downing 3 pints in The Cardan in 10 minutes before my train was due home.
I wasn’t overly impressed with my time, but I already knew I was gonna be off the sub 2 hour pace before I started.
It was all about getting around on the day and enjoying myself as much as possible.
Titanic Quarter 50k 2013 – September – 8:23 (personal best!)
My first ever ultramarathon and it was very fucking painful.
Long story short, I got lost at mile 9, ran an extra 6 miles, had to stop for a few shits in a number of country parks and on one occasion asked for the permission of the Northern Irish Justice Minister to go to the toilet in public.
Still I got through the experience relatively unscathed. I was in last position by over an hour but that didn’t matter.
I’d only started training for the event 2 weeks before the 50k and I knew it was gonna be a challenge.
Not my finest hour, but I got through it and I’m now an ultrarunner!
Rock N Roll Dublin Marathon 2013 – September – 1:57 (personal best)
After 14 attempts at trying to record a sub 2 hour half marathon I finally managed it on Dublin.
It was amazing blasting through the last mile feeling strong as hell right until the finish.
The only worrying thing about the race was that I almost fainted in the shower after the run. I’d put everything into it and felt nauseous for the rest of the day.
Put a dampener on the occasion.
Great Scottish Run – October – 1:56 (personal best)
The Great Scottish Run is arguably my favourite half marathon race as I love visiting Glasgow and the race route is typically quite flat.
The weather on the day wasn’t great but I was delighted to record yet another personal best, especially so soon after the Dublin Rock N Roll Marathon.
I was touch and go for the run up until Saturday evening. I’d spent that Friday in the Cathouse Rock Cub in central Glasgow where I became too drunk and ended up hurling all morning Saturday.
I started to feel much better after some salad and a Crabbies Ginger Beer and then recorded a new best time on Sunday!
Dublin Marathon 2013 – October – 4:23 (personal best)
Everything came together in Dublin.
The crowds were fantastic. The weather on the day was perfect for running.
And I actually managed to complete the entire race without stopping to walk.
Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon 2013 – November – 4:44
Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to go and get really fucking drunk the day before the race.
Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to have 2 Margarita’s on race morning.
Maybe going to Las Vegas for 10 nights and running a marathon right in the middle isn’t conductive to great marathon times.
Still, the 10 days I spent there were amazing and I recorded my 3rd best marathon time there.
And I got an amazing medal!