Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Dromcollogher 4 Mile Road Race

Hi Everyone!





If you don't know already, I live in Dromcollogher in West Limerick and at the moment the town is hosting its annual festival. Every night of the week there has been a different event. Mondays event was the annual 4 Mile Road Race and of course I couldn't not take part.

The Dromcollogher Carnival has been in existence since the 1940's. Traditionally the race has taken place on a Monday night. It has a long history and dates back to the late 70's at which time there had been a running boom.

The course is relatively flat except for approx 1 mile (Between the 2.5 and 3.5 mile mark) where there is a slow steady incline. That was the toughest part of the course, that and the fact that the race was marked miles and not in kilometres. I always find it mentally easier to run in a kilometre race than a mile market race!

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I registered for the race on my way home from work, just so that I wouldn't be panicking before the race. The race was due to start at 8 so I made sure that I was there for 7.30. It was probably one of the first times that I spent more time talking before the race than warming up, probably because it was my local race.

I have found, with this race, that the starting pace is so fast. I hate getting caught with the faster runners because after the first mile I'm ready to drop so I ensured that I started in the middle of the group and set out at my own pace. Another think that I notice about the Dromcollogher 4 Mile Race is that all the clubs from the area take part. There were members from Newcastlewest AS, Kilmallock AC, Mallow and lots more.

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The race start was delayed by 15 mins due to the entry demand! As we waited the rain poured and luckily it stopped just before we set off and held off until we finished. I put my head phones in and happily set out on my way. I was hoping to run the 4 miles in 40 mins but I didn't quite manage it. I ran it in 42 mins and I'm happy enough with that. Once I got past the 1 mile stage my calf muscles began to feel tired and I knew that my lack of a warm up was to blame so I cant really be annoyed because its my own fault.

After that I started to get a little negative and I battled with myself until the 3 mile mark. I decided that I wasn't going to let my negativity win, instead I would battle on. I'm glad I did because I managed to catch and pass a number of runners that had past me quite early on. I don't know where I got the energy from but I was able to pick up the pace as I approached the square in Dromcollogher and it felt great. There was a huge crowd cheering us on all the way up the street past the finish line. it was amazing and so motivating.

I came home after the race and I felt great, like I had so much energy and like I could have ran the course again! I love that feeling and that is the reason that I enjoy running so much. I may not have ran the fastest race and I may not be the fittest runner but I ran the best that I could run and it felt great!

For once I didn't take any photos at the race. I probably spent too much time talking to everyone that I met! I will be running tomorrow night in Bunratty for the final Exclusive Run 5K Series. I hope to see you there!



Until the next time, always remember to be: 

Dee-Termined To Glam & Glow

Dee x

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3 comments:

  1. Well done Denise. Good luck with the Bunratty run. Looking forward to reading your blog.

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    1. Thanks Rese! Let's hope I can do another PB!

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    2. I have every faith in you!!

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