We got back from Dublin late last night. I have so many travel recaps to share with you but first I want to recap the Dublin Marathon. It's crazy to think this was my fifth full marathon with yesterday being the two year anniversary weekend of my first full (2013 NYC Marathon). Early in 2015, ASICS became the apparel sponsor of the Dublin Marathon which granted me the once in a lifetime opportunity to run the event. I don't feel I could ever show ASICS enough gratitude.
Rodale and Melinda from ASICS. Emily's a rockstar by the way - she was featured in Runners World for running two marathons in one week in two different countries. We quickly made our way to the ASICS booth where I purchased a Dublin Marathon coffee mug and we all got jackets.
We made it an early night and I had no problems falling asleep. My nerves were non-existent and the only issue I had was waking up every hour, thinking I overslept the alarm clock. The weather forecast was 100% rain and windy. Not my first rodeo with this type of weather!
I met Melinda and Emily bright and early in the lobby. We headed off for the start line and here is where my day started falling apart.....
1. I didn't have coffee - for over two years, I have never ran without coffee in my system.
2. I spilled half of my pre-workout drink
3. NO MUSIC. I got a iphone 6S the weekend prior to leaving for Dublin. I forgot to make my marathon play list available offline on Spotify and ATT international does not work - at all.
4. I don't typically run with a Garmin and didn't think to bring one being I had no access to wifi for Map my Run. I had no idea what pace I was running.
During the last half of the race, I saw two people running with Gasparilla shirts. For those not familiar with Gasparilla, it's a large Tampa based race that happens in February. I stopped both, one was from Orlando. The other was from Tampa and lives 2 miles from me. Here I am in a foreign country and finding people in walking distance from my house.
What I learned from my first international race: Expect the unexpected and double check everything.
- Have a backup for your backup plan. Don't assume anything and be sure you have what you need in order for race day.
- Make sure your music is downloaded
- Bring zip-lock bags for your snacks, phones, etc.
- Have a Marathon recovery kit on hand. While there were pharmacy's on nearly every corner, they don't have the same products that the US carries. I was thankful to have my Advil PM for the night after the race.
- Remember where you are. If you start getting negative, embrace your surroundings.
- Train harder (don't ignore your coach)
- Stop comparing yourself to others
It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I cannot thank ASICS enough. Not only did I get to run my first international race through a really amazing place, my husband and I fell in love with Ireland and are currently trying to figure out how to win the power ball so we can retire early and move there. #agirlcandream.