[acidfree:3208 title=" " rotate=right size=130 align=right]GCH's Andy Power travelled to Dublin last Monday to debut at the marathon distance. Here's his own personal account of the struggle and pain involved, but more importantly, much, much more importantly, the triumph and sense of achievement at getting over the marathon course and completing the distance successfully. Well done Andy and welcome to the marathon club!
Although I was hoping for the sub 4 hour marathon (final chip time 4:06:39), I can put my hand on my heart and say that after completing my first 26.2 mile race, I can appreciate the humbling magnitude of effort involved in even finishing it and feel honestly delighted with the effort I put in. Despite all the long runs and preparations, nobody could really describe to me how difficult it is to keep up a paced run for 26.2 miles.