My Summer 2018 Target

I haven’t done a lot of running since completing the Belfast Marathon on 07 May but I have been looking ahead and planning my next race target. I’ve considered and discounted a number of options but can now reveal (cue drum roll) that my ninth 26.2 mile challenge will be the Longford Marathon on 19 August 2018. Yikes! That’s only three months away.

I ran Longford in 2015 and really enjoyed it. It’s a small, mostly rural race which advertises itself as the flattest marathon in Ireland. Now you’re talking. It also promotes itself as the ‘Friendly Marathon’ and I can vouch for that. The goodie bag I received in 2015 could have fed a small family for a week. It helps that their primary sponsor is one of the largest bakeries in the country.

Longford is about a 90 minute drive from where we live which means I can avoid the hassle of an overnight stay. I can leave home early, run the race and still be home at a reasonable hour. It also follows at a perfect time between the Belfast and Dublin Marathons. Now all I have to do is haul my lazy backside back into a training schedule and hit the roads again.

I will of course keep you all updated as to my progress but hopefully not bore all our non running followers too much. As ever this isn’t about me. It’s about promoting the physical and mental benefits of physical exercise and evidencing how it helped turn around the life of a formerly depressed, overweight, binge drinking couch potato. It’s not about running, it’s about finding an activity that can transform your life.

If I can do it, then anyone can. And that includes YOU.

What is your summer target?

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We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

15 thoughts on “My Summer 2018 Target

  1. Hey there, my summer target is running my first half marathon in June. I’ve been training for the last 4 months. Running has really helped me push through so I hear ya when you say it’s not necessarily abt the running.

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  2. Yay! It’s always nice to have a race on the calendar. My next one is in September. Actually I have not raced at all this year, a huge change for me. My target is to rebuild after a huge year last year. This is not easy when you live in Texas. Have you been here? It is extremely hot and humid in the summer. So there will be a few days on the treadmill , but mostly I will have to get acclimated. Happy training!


      1. I’m registered for the 50k, but I offered to do the 25k with my husband if he is able to prepare for it. We’ll see. This race is one of the more difficult courses in Texas as far as technicality and elevation gain.


  3. I’m not a runner but my summer target is to lose weight. It’s a struggle because my health conditions/medications cause weight gain but I know I can do it if I just try hard enough! 🙂
    Good luck with your training!


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