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