I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you're not demanding more from yourself - expanding and learning as you go - you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip.Some seek the comfort of their therapist's office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.Sometimes you've got to go through hell to get to heaven
So this race was going to be my last ultra of the year.I was going into it still feeling the effects of the kerry way project and giant causeway ultras i had run 6 days apart,also a busy few weeks in work a 15 hour work day the day before 3 hours sleep all added up to me simple saying i was wrecked
In our lives we will encounter challenges that we will fail at.How we Deal with the failure we attack another challenge head on for our Redemption.So for Tina and myself this weekend it was our chance,for me it was the DNF at Vartry 100 mile ultra in April for Tina it was the DNF at the Kerry way ultra only 4 weeks earlier.What lay ahead would change us both and bring peace of mind.Together we stand, together we fall, together we're winners, and winners take all.
We had our 9 check points just the same , and the idea was to complete the loop in one continuous go, all as per the official race rules which we stuck to.This report will have alot more pictures then information as i am not the best at writing this stuff down so i hope yee enjoy my effort.
My feet felt as light as helium balloons and my adrenaline thumped like boiling oil as we sprinted off the starting line. It had been 4 weeks since my last ultra running race so i was thrilled to feel so good.so what I had ahead was a good day out, a few lessons to learn, a deeper understanding of my limits, I think, and a head full of amazing imagery from a spectacular setting.but also the first time I have ever got so annoyed in an ultra race .
During a marathon a person lives through one lifetime, but during an ultra an athlete lives through a few lifetimesThere’s something special about 100km. It’s not ‘only 50’ miles, which is eminently do-able if you’re the least bit trained. It’s not the epic 100-mile distance, which carries you through the night and into the next day. Sixty-two miles pushes you over the edge into the realm of philosophy; you have to dig deep to get it done, but you’re still showered and in bed by midnight, to lie there and contemplate what amazing thing you’ve just accomplished.
Now in its fifth year this 10-kilometre charity run or walk in the surroundings of Kenmare town is back. The Jack And Jill Run up the Hill has grown in popularity since the challenging and scenic course was first used in 2008.2011 result for me 12th place finish just under 42 mins very happy