Monday 26 September 2016

After the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon: What now?

Published 13/06/2016 | 15:46

6 June 2016; A general view of the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; A general view of the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Now that you’ve trained for and completed the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, it’s time to take stock and look forward to your next challenge.

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As you get close to race day your thoughts get consumed about what you’ll be doing every step along the way, then you experience the elation of the race itself. The sensory overload of all the different people wearing so many different colours, running for good causes and your own performance on the day... You’ve trained and eaten well and you’ve enjoyed every minute of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon as you ran the streets of Dublin. And you can relive all of the excitement in this brilliant video.

So, now what? Well, you’ve probably already taken a few days' rest necessary to recover from a race. So now is the perfect time to take stock of you performance and to look ahead to the next challenge. Were you happy with how you ran? Was there anything you would do differently?

Maybe you didn’t handle any hills or gradients as well as you thought, maybe you can review your refuelling strategy or maybe you just feel you can do better. It’s a good idea to maintain your fitness with a lighter running plan than you have been used to pre Mini Marathon and build it up slowly from there.

It is perfectly normal to feel a little blue after completing a race you’ve trained hard for so setting another goal can really give you something to look forward to. Take it easy first though, you’ve earned it. But a whole new training plan can really keep you excited about your running.

Maintain your fitness with three runs per week, two short and one long, depending on what your ability was before the race. Run for pure enjoyment at this time.

It may also be a perfect time to buy new running shoes, firstly as a reward for all your hard work, secondly it will keep you enthused about getting out there again and thirdly it will give you good time to ‘break them in’ ahead of any new schedule you might be starting.

The Great Pink Run takes place on Saturday 27th August 2016 in the Phoenix Park and would be a great way to keep up your fitness and enjoy a great day out for a good cause. There’s a 10k, 5k or a dog-walking pace so it’s a race for everyone.

6 June 2016; Participants cross Baggot Street Bridge during the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Participants cross Baggot Street Bridge during the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Participants waiting to start the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Participants cross Baggot Street Bridge during the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Participants waiting to start the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Pictured from left to right, Ingrid O' Connor, Sophie O'Connor, Amanda O'Connor, top centre, and Lisa O'Connor, participating in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Participants cross Baggot Street Bridge during the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Pictured from left to right, Aga Glab, Isabella Jakszuk, Adriana Rzepka and Lena Dutkiewicz, participating in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Participants at the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Pictured aremother and daughter, Breda O'Brien and Michelle O'Brien, from Castlecomer, kilkenny participating in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie . Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Participants at the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Siobhan O'Doherty, from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, on her way to winning the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Clodagh Smith, left, and Lauren Walsh, from The Irish Fairy Door Company in Clondalkin, running for the Childhood Cancer Foundation in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Nicola Doyle, left, and Deirdre Redmond from Gorey, Co. Wexford, who competed in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; A general view of participants in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Pictured are, from left, Una Sherry, Emma Bermingham, Sally Ann Sherry and Gillian Kenny, from Raheny, Co. Dublin, take a selfie before the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Pictured are, from left, Natalie Bolger, Jennifer Murray, Anita McDonald, Janice Coughlan and Lisa McNulty from Sandyford, Co. Dublin who competed in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Siobhan O'Doherty, from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, after winning the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Eileen Dowling and her daughter Susan, from Wicklow town, take shelter from the rain before the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Top three finishers, from left, second place Natasha Adams, from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, first place Siobhan O'Doherty, from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, and third place Sarah Mulligan, from Dundrum, Co. Dublin, after the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; First place finisher Siobhan O'Doherty, from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, is presented with her flowers from John O'Dwyer, Chief Executive VHi Healthcare, after winning the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; A general view of runners participating in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; A general view of runners participating in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; A general view of the start of the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; A general view of runners participating in the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Friends Annette Kealy, left, from Raheny Shamrocks, and Clette Tuohy, from Mayo AC, after completing the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Runners cross Baggot Street Bridge during the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Identical twins Breda McEvoy, left, and Dolores McEvoy, from Timahoe, Co. Lois after completing the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Friends Naoise Delaney, left, from Clontarf, Co. Dublin, and Enya Levy, from Raheney, Co. Dublin, relax in a hammock together in Merrion Square Park after completing the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Eileen Drumgoole, left, and Annmarie Shevlin, from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, after completing the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Roisin Murphy, left, and Deidre Murphy, both from Raheny, Co. Dublin, after completing the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
6 June 2016; Debbie Fisher, left, Suzi Golby, and Rachel Flynn, right, all from Greystones, Co. Wicklow, after completing the 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon which saw 35,000 participants take to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Next month is a busy calendar for running events of all levels, all over the country. The Wild Air Run is a 5k with a difference and one for all the family in Cobh, Cork on the 9th and 10th of July and the weekend of the 23rd/24th. All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy the Wild Air Run, Ireland’s first inflatable 5K course.

If you feel like you really want to up your game, Tough Mudder on the same weekend and promises a gut-busting 10 mile course full of up hills, challenges and of course, plenty of mud.

5k races are a brilliant way to keep you interested in running and aren’t too taxing so you can easily work them into your schedule. July is a great month for 5k events with races in Kinnegad on the 13th July, the Docklands 5k on the 24th July and the Kilcommon Festival in Tipperary on the 29th of July.

Check out Runireland.com for a full calendar of events to find out what’s on near you this summer.

If the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon has really got you with the running bug, then you could start thinking about doing the big one. The Dublin City Marathon takes place on the 30th of October and promises as ever, to be a life-affirming event. There’s still plenty of time to train, so why not set yourself the goal of a half Marathon in August and a full in October?

Joining a running club can also allow you to enjoy your running in a social setting. You’ll benefit from the experience of other runners, make loads of new friends and running with others can push you to run faster and better. So why not give it a go?

Enjoy the moment in between races as it’s a good chance to rediscover the joy of why you run in the first place, but don’t leave it too long before you set your next challenge. There are plenty of shorter 5k races you can do to get your event fix, their also a great way to step up speed running for you fitness.

Above all enjoy your running!

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