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'I'll beat my 2013 time'

MY NAME is Susan O'Connor, I live in Rathfarnham in south Dublin with my husband and our little girl. I work in a life assurance company doing reinsurance, a job I've been doing for the past three years.

Last year, thanks to a healthy diet and exercise, I lost two stone in weight. I was doing a boot camp class regularly, and I decided to push myself by signing up to do the Flora Women's Mini Marathon. It was a great experience and I will be doing it again this year.

I haven't been quite as committed to my exercise regime recently, so I thought that registering to do the Flora Women's Mini Marathon again in June would be good motivation to get me back on track.

JOGGED

I usually train by myself and jog around the Rathfarnham area. I am at 4km now and am determined to build up to 10km over the next while. I will also go back to the boot camp class in the next few weeks, just to tone up the muscles.

I jogged the Flora Women's Mini Marathon last year and my time was 70 minutes. I am going to jog it again this year and am looking forward to, hopefully, beating my time from last year.

I have a friend who is thinking about doing it with me, but I might also do it by myself. You're never alone on the day though, with all the supporters on the route and the encouragement from the other women taking part.

ADVICE

Last year I did the run for The Irish Guide Dogs for Autistic Children. This is a great way to raise funds for a particular charity or a cause you feel strongly about.

If anyone is thinking about taking part this year, I would suggest they have a look at the Flora Women's Mini Marathon website (www.florawomensminimarathon.ie). There's lots of information on there on training plans, fitness and getting ready for the big day.

My advice would be, if you are jogging or running the Flora Women's Mini Marathon for the first time, to keep a slow pace, as you don't want to burn out early.

Also, don't forget to just enjoy it all. It is great fun and there is music playing along the route which helps to push you along.


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