Any anxious runner making their debut marathon in Dublin can learn a lot from a recently published book of poems by Midleton woman Joan McCarthy.
Marathon Musings tells of Joan's way of dealing with her emotions leading up to her first marathon in Cork six years ago.
A late convert to the sport, Joan (right) was in her 40s when she ran her first race, a 2k event.
"After that first race, I worked my way up the distances, although I never thought a marathon was within my capabilities," she says. "As time got nearer to that first marathon, I started getting more nervous, and that's what prompted me to write these verses."
Another Cork marathon and three in Dublin followed. All are featured, depicting "the thoughts, doubts, fears and reservations before doing a marathon, and the same euphoria and joy on crossing the finishing line."
The beautifully produced 28-page production will bring inspiration to anyone taking up running for the first time.
Costing just €5, proceeds are going to the local suicide prevention organisation, the Let's Get Together Foundation. Email email@example.com for further details.
REBELS READY TO ROLL
As part of Cork Rebel Week, the second annual Rebel Run 10k takes place on Sunday, October 20.
Organised by LeisureWorld in conjunction with Cork Sports Partnership, it gets under way at 9.45am on Melbourne Road in Bishopstown.
Entry fee is €15 and online registration closes on Wednesday, with postal entries closing on Monday. The entry limit is 800.
Further details can be found on www.corksports.ie