Friday 20 October 2017

'Prioritise, make a plan and stick to it' - Winner of Vhi Women's Mini Marathon on juggling being a mum and training

Runners during the the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin
Runners during the the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin

Sean O'Grady

Full-time mum Anne Marie McGlynn beat almost 33,000 women to finish in first place at the Vhi Women's Mini-Marathon.

The event saw runners, walkers and joggers of all abilities complete a 10km route and participate in one of the largest fundraising activities of the year for hundreds of causes around the country.  

Theresa Byrne from Leixlip who ran her 27th mini marathon
Theresa Byrne from Leixlip who ran her 27th mini marathon
Donna Boyle Gillespie and Diane Robinson, both from Donegal
Betty Brady (80) from Clonmel
Siobhan Keogh from Cork
Sharon Keegan from Tallaght
05/06/2017 (L to R) Diugie Farley from Malahide & Kerry vear Smyth from costa Del sol who both ran for Debrah Ireland during the the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin's city Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Fiona Walsh from Sligo, Francesca Biscione from City Centre and Stella Kopf from Glasnevin
Alyena Rogozhkina
Sarah Gavin and Emma Dempsey both from Tallaght
Claire Minton, Michelle Doyle, Mary Gilbert, Hannah Heduvan all from st Anne's stroke unit and ran for Croi
Shane Mooney from Offaly who ran for St. James' Hospital
05/06/2017 Runners during the the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin's city Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Melissa Lane and Sarah Keogh ran for Ardee Hospice
Eileen Drumgoole and Ann Maire Shelvin, both from Carrickmacross, who ran for the children's heart foundation
05/06/2017 Runners during the the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin's city Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the Gardai during the the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon

Starting in Merrion Square and finishing back on Baggot Street, Anne Marie finished the 10k run in an impressive 33 minutes and 55 seconds.

"It's brilliant. You always come in here hoping to win. You aim for it but it's never easy. Thankfully I did win it but you never come in thinking you're going to win it," she told Independent.ie.

The Offaly woman (37) and her husband Trevor are parents to Lexie (7) and Alphie (5) and she works her tough training schedule around her parenting duties.

"You prioritise. You make a plan and you stick to it. You just have to work around school runs and that. I train for 10 days in a row and then I have a rest day," she said.

"Mostly I train twice a day, it could be two hours plus, it depends. I ran when I was a young kid and then I took seven years out when I was 25 and my boy got sick and I came back to it to clear the head and then I started running better than I ever have."

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Anne Marie is no stranger to competing and previously received the bronze medal as part of the Ireland team at the European Cross Country Championships in 2015.

The mum-of-two first competed in the Mini-Marathon in 2015 before taking a break last year due to injury. She plans on returning next year to keep her crown.

"You always want to come back and defend your title so bring it on," she said.

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