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kent



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on kicking the habit Aila. I was a pack and a half a day smoker for 20+ years. I finally was able to quit (thanks to nicotine patches) which allowed me to start running at age 40.
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saoili



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there folks,

I'm 29, Irish, a mammy, an employee, a swing dancer, a gamer, and as of rather recently, a runner. Less than 2 years ago I heard a bunch of different people talking about 'couch to 5k' and I thought I'd give it a shot. Shortly after I reached my 5k goal a friend in work suggested that I join her at the Business House Athletics Association races. I started going to them and found that I was getting more and more into (and addicted to) running.

For some reason I decided that I really wanted to get my first marathon in before I hit 30. Unfortunately, the biggest marathon in Ireland, the Dublin marathon, is on 6 days AFTER my birthday this year. So I've ended up training for the Mooathon marathon in Donegal on September 25th.

I've spent a lot of this week online reading things about running. Training for the marathon has taken up a lot of my time, thought and energy over the past few months. So with it coming up so soon, I can't think of anything else!

Looking forward to haning out here,
Saoili
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Joined: 01 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to TM, Saoili! We haven't had a lot of newbies recently, so please share your marathon story after you have run it. We love race reports!

Good luck with the race. Have FUN with it. You only have one first marathon. Smile Happy birthday a bit early, too.

Christine
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Len



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

saoili wrote:
So I've ended up training for the Mooathon marathon in Donegal on September 25th.


Speaking of Donegal - one of my favorite Irish songs is about Donegal. I'm curious to know if this places in this song are actually real.

'Twas up the Bluestack Mountains
D'arcy kept a bit of a still
We were sneaking home a bottle
When the guards came up the hill

"Lose the booze," cried D'arcy
And before we could reply
He'd poured it in the nosebag
Of his donkey standing by

The donkey had a ganky leg
And only one good eye
When he got a lick of the whiskey
Well, you'd swear that he could fly

He rocketed through the roundabout
And down by Jamesie's Bar
Then he vaulted through the hedges
At the track at Ballintra

Here's to you, to me and one and all
To the Garda, and the gargle
And the trophy on the wall

Here's to you, to me and one and all
The day that D'arcy's drunken donkey
Won the race at Donegal

The Gardai chased the donkey
And we followed in pursuit
For fear they'd spill the whiskey
We begged them not to shoot

We barreled through the turnstiles
We got there just in time
To place our bets before the lot of 'em
Reached the starting line

The flag was up the race was on
The donkey looked behind
He saw the guards were after him
But sure he didn't mind

He had himself another sip
And a second one as well,
Then bucked and kicked
And knocked the competition all to hell

Here's to you, to me and one and all
To the Garda, and the gargle
And the trophy on the wall
Here's to you, to me and one and all
The day that D'arcy's drunken donkey
Won the race at Donegal

The donkey past the post
About a lap or two ahead
He finished off the whiskey
And then toppled over dead

We went to check the bets
And found when everything was done
The Garda came in second and paid thirty-five to one

So we dragged the donkey's carcass
Down to Jamesie's for a pint
To drink up all our winnings
And to celebrate the night

We missed the poor old donkey
But still, we had to laugh
When Jamesie made a trophy
Of the donkey's better half

So raise a beer in the air
To that famous derriere
Everybody raise a glass to D'arcy's ass
D'arcy's ass
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saoili



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know much about Donegal myself, but the internet believes in those places Smile

http://www.ballintra.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluestack_Mountains
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MeepMeep



Joined: 17 Apr 2013
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see nobody has done it for a while but feels sort of rude not to introdue myself.

From South Africa, 38 and mom of 2. Had a break from running around the time I had my kids and started running again 4 years ago. Running keeps me sane. And friendly. Although I have been known to have a sense of humor failure around the 37km mark.

I used to only run half marathons but about two years ago I did my first marathon and swore I would never, ever, ever run again. That lasted about a week. Since then the total has gone up to 4 marathons, 3x50k, and a 12-hourt circuit race. I need two half marathons to reach the 50 mark.
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stihl going



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, someone out of the shadows. Welcome aboard the good ship "Nuthouse"
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2Ls



Joined: 23 Jun 2005
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Location: Orlando FL

PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, MeepMeep. I also lose my sense of humor at "the wall" hence no more full marathons for me. I like to be a happy runner.

Be sure to check out our Racing thread and add yours! Also the Race Reports - we've beeen slacking there but it's always interesting to hear about someones' race experience, especially if it's a race none of us in US know much about!

ps...50ks? Ever thought about Comrades?
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MeepMeep



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks stihl going.

2Ls, Comrades is on the agenda this year. Will be my first one. To be honest, I am a bit worried about making the cut off. It is gun to gun with a 12-hour cut-off for the 56 miles.
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kent



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with Comrades, that's one I've always wanted to do. This is an 'up' year, isn't it? One of our members, Judy Denver, recently started traveling to South Africa frequently for business. She's been posting lots of great pics on her Facebook page, looks to be a beautiful place. Welcome!
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