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Forget the marathon - it's time to break your own 5k record this summer

Experts say most runners will see huge benefits from improving times over shorter distances

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With the Dublin event cancelled for 2020, marathon runners can focus on improving their times over shorter distances. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

With the Dublin event cancelled for 2020, marathon runners can focus on improving their times over shorter distances. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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With the Dublin event cancelled for 2020, marathon runners can focus on improving their times over shorter distances. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

So, what now? When this year's Dublin Marathon disappeared from the calendar, that question was on the minds of many runners. A giant, 26.2-mile void opened up in their lives. They were actors without an audience, musicians without a stage.

For so long, every mile was done with a goal in sight: that finish line at Merrion Square, smiling through the pain alongside 25,000 others. But as that trend doing the rounds on social media has shown, 2020 had other plans.

Let's be honest. The new normal sucks. We want our routines and races back, the satisfaction of setting it all up just to knock it back down. It's the difference between truly living and simply existing.