Experiment 26.2 Group Blogs

09 May 2018

Andrew Addley May 2018 Blog

Race day and I have everything planned so I am ready to go; race gear is out, watch charged, playlist on my phone is ready to go (on shuffle – my advice is to take out long songs), phone charged, family members on the course with more Jelly Babies (I prefer these to energy gels).
Andrew Addley May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Karen Fullerton May 2018 Blog

I can't quite believe I'm saying this but yesterday, I joined the 1% of the population who have completed a marathon!
Karen Fullerton May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Rebekah Mercer May 2018 Blog

And it’s over! I can’t quite believe I’ve done it to be honest. 26.2 miles and it actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Well it was extremely hard but I was imagining a lot worse!
Rebekah Mercer May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright May 2018 Blog

My final blog! Mixed emotions as I’m sad to end the Experiment 26.2 Group journey but absolutely delighted to have just completed what has been a dream of mine for a long time – to run a marathon.
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Sarah Scott May 2018 Blog

With a lump in my throat, complete strangers cheering me on and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing blasting in my ears, I did it - I crossed the finish line of the Belfast City Marathon.
Sarah Scott May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Lisa Kerr May 2018 Blog

So I did it!!!!!  Seems this almost 40 year old can actually run!!
Lisa Kerr May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Charlene Corbett May 2018 Blog

My last blog.... I Cant believe it!! Well folks this is it.. I'm sat here, still half in disbelief that I have actually run a bloomin marathon today! ME?! Its been a long road (literally) to get here, from first applying for the Experiment 26.2 Group to today where I actually put all the training and expert advice into practice!
Charlene Corbett May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Mick Hall May 2018 Blog

Well that’s it and it is all over.  The training paid off and I successfully completed my first ever marathon in a time of 4:02:51 which I was over the moon with.
Mick Hall May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Matthew Stubberfield May 2018 Blog

Well everyone it is finally here, the Final blog and whilst writing this I am sitting in bed unable to move, but what a day yesterday was.
Matthew Stubberfield May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Gareth Fullerton May 2018 Blog

"When you cross the finish line today, you will be so full of adrenalin that you will want to do another marathon." It was reassuring advice from a fellow (more seasoned) runner as we made our way to Belfast on the train yesterday morning.
Gareth Fullerton May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Catriona McErlean May 2018 Blog

Well, after all the training, the anticipation, excitement and nerves – the big day has come and gone!  And what a day it was; an experience which I’ll never forget.
Catriona McErlean May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Paddy Kearney May 2018 Blog

“How do you know if someone has done a marathon before? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.” … and so they should!
Paddy Kearney May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Erin Savage May 2018 Blog

“All good Marathon training plans include a 3 week taper…..”  Pity my Marathon training plan didn’t account for a foot injury during my last long run which meant that I ran a total of 3 miles during the final 2 weeks before May Day.
Erin Savage May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Rachel Savage May 2018 Blog

The morning after the day before and I’m still on a high! And thankfully, I’m still in one piece. The knees are sore, stairs are now my enemy, but it’s all worth it.
Rachel Savage May 2018 Blog
08 May 2018

Daniel McAlindon May Blog

Meeting up with my fellow runners in the Experiment 26.2 Group at the City Hall helped get off to a good start as we were able to talk through the run together and help put each other at ease.
Daniel McAlindon May Blog
24 April 2018

Rebekah Mercer April 2018 Blog

This time in 2 weeks, just 14 days from now... I will have sat six exams and ran a marathon. I have to admit I’m pretty terrified and exhausted just thinking about it.
Rebekah Mercer April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Daniel McAlindon April Blog

So just the 2 weeks to go now until marathon day! Any big runs to be done have been done and it’s all about trying to keep myself ticking over and trying to avoid any more injuries between now and then!
Daniel McAlindon April Blog
23 April 2018

Lisa Kerr April 2018 Blog

So let’s talk about April…….April really was a story of two Halves.  The training at the start of the month was again dictated by the weather!!!! Seriously??
Lisa Kerr April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Karen Fullerton April 2018 Blog

It had all been building to this.  20 miles.  The longest training run on ‘the plan’.
Karen Fullerton April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Mick Hall April 2018 Blog

Three weeks until the big day at the time of writing and the tapering phase of the training has begun.
Mick Hall April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Charlene Corbett April 2018 Blog

Well...this is it! The last blog before the big day... as I write this we are 15 days away from the 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon... and even just the thought of that scares the life out of me!
Charlene Corbett April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Rachel Savage April 2018 Blog

I knew that this marathon journey was going to be tough, but to say this has been the most difficult month so far, would be an understatement…grab the tissues!
Rachel Savage April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Gareth Fullerton April 2018 Blog

Two weeks to the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. Yup. Two weeks. It is a sentence that strikes fear into the very core of my soul.
Gareth Fullerton April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Matthew Stubberfield April 2018 Blog

Well guys another month another blog… hope you are keeping well, only 2 weeks until the Big Day and the nerves are well and truly setting in.  This month has been one of the hardest months for me yet.
Matthew Stubberfield April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Andrew Addley April 2018 Blog

As I sat down to watch the London Marathon on TV it really hit home how much my life has changed in 10 months of running.  I had just come back from my long run of 17k and started watching the marathon; I would never have done either of these a year ago. 
Andrew Addley April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Paddy Kearney April 2018 Blog

The final pre-race blog is upon me.  Where has the time gone? Events and long runs have been the order for the first half of April, with the latter half being Taper time.
Paddy Kearney April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Erin Savage April 2018 Blog

T is for TAPER! The part of my ASICS training plan I’ve been most looking forward to is here.  The week and weeks obsessing about running have now been taken over by obsessing about avoiding anyone with a cold, and trying to avoid any injuries.
Erin Savage April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright April 2018 Blog

I thought I’d do my blog a little different this month and list some of the things I’ve learnt about marathon training over the past 66 hours, 57 runs and 418 miles! 
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Sarah Scott April 2018 Blog

Crossing the finish line after any race fills you with a sense of elation and relief.So watching the London Marathon on Sunday made me think about all the emotions I will feel doing Belfast in just two weeks.
Sarah Scott April 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Sarah Scott March 2018 Blog

Six weeks, 42 sleeps or 1,008 hours until I approach the start line of my first marathon.To say the last month has been stressful would be an understatement, it still seems like I have a mountain to climb until I will feel prepared to take on such a challenge.
Sarah Scott March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Rebekah Mercer March 2018 Blog

I am very good at come up with excuses, whether it’s a reason for not being social because I would much rather lie on my sofa and watch Masterchef or a reason for why I did no revision on my day off despite the looming exams.  I am starting to see these excuses creeping into my training and most frequently I have been using the weather as my ‘perfect’ excuse.
Rebekah Mercer March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Rachel Savage March 2018 Blog

6 weeks to go and the final countdown is on! I don’t know if I’m relieved or terrified.  Training this month has all gone according to plan, and I’ve learnt to stop whinging (well almost!) and to embrace the aches and pains that I find are part and partial to marathon training life.
Rachel Savage March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Paddy Kearney March 2018 Blog

I think I am beginning to feel the more you run, the more you enjoy it.  You can have good days running, bad days running, a bit of craic on an easy day and the sense of achievement which comes with a fast day.
Paddy Kearney March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Neil Darragh March 2018 Blog

Blog number three, 6 weeks until the big day! March has seen me run longer than ever before and get a half marathon PB so overall it has been a successful month.
Neil Darragh March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Mick Hall March 2018 Blog

The training continues and the miles are increasing.  The weather has been awful for running it’s not easy to run 15 miles into a head wind coming off the sea!
Mick Hall March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Matthew Stubberfield March 2018 Blog

Well guys welcome back to another blog and another insight into my training regime for the marathon. The big day is getting closer and at the time of writing this it is only 6 weeks until Race Day and the nerves are setting in… BIG TIME!
Matthew Stubberfield March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Lisa Kerr March 2018 Blog

So as I started to type this blog I think it hit me – three months.  I have been training for three months!  This means its only 6 weeks to the big day...
Lisa Kerr March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Karen Fullerton March 2018 Blog Part B

Once the high had passed, my legs started to wonder what had hit them. They stiffened and the familiar dull ache of overworked hamstrings began to take hold.
Karen Fullerton March 2018 Blog Part B
28 March 2018

Karen Fullerton March 2018 Blog Part A

They say time flies when you're having fun.   I'm not sure about the ‘fun’ bit but time is certainly flying by, as the countdown to the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon starts to gather pace.
Karen Fullerton March 2018 Blog Part A
28 March 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright March 2018 Blog

42 days to go until the big day as I write this blog! Where has time gone…well 52 hours have gone into my training to date, across 42 runs, clocking up a pretty impressive 330 miles according to My ASICS plan.
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Gareth Fullerton March 2018 Blog

I would love to say it's getting easier, but I would be lying! Training for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon has been tough, and the constant ache in my legs bears testimony to that.
Gareth Fullerton March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Erin Savage March 2018 Blog

Eeeeeekkkkkkk! 6 weeks to go and I’m starting to panic! According to my ASICS training plan I only have two more long runs to do before I start to taper and it doesn’t seem to be enough, although I’m so tired at the minute I’m looking forward to tapering!
Erin Savage March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Daniel McAlindon March Blog

While I write this I am suffering pains through every inch of my body! As far as my training has went I’ve had a pretty disastrous month.
Daniel McAlindon March Blog
28 March 2018

Charlene Corbett March 2018 Blog

Well March has been a month of extremes.  Extreme weather with storms (the beast from the east) and snow and ice..again...and extremely long running distances as the mileage increases!
Charlene Corbett March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Catriona McErlean March 2018 Blog

No man (or woman) is an island… Boy is this ever ringing true for me over these past three weeks.
Catriona McErlean March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Andrew Addley March 2018 Blog

Time is flying by to race day.  This month has seen another steep increase in the training mileage per week and the weather again has been dire.  I don’t like the treadmill, but it is a necessary evil at times to help stick to the training plan with the bad weather we have had. 
Andrew Addley March 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Gareth Fullerton February 2018 Blog

I could have accepted it if it had been a calf strain or something affecting my fifth metatarsal.  But I never expected THIS to derail my Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon training programme.
Gareth Fullerton February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Sarah Scott February 2018 Blog

Forget smiling while running, have you ever tried singing?
Sarah Scott February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Rebekah Mercer February 2018 Blog

I never thought I would be the person to say ‘I am just going on a SHORT 5 mile run.'  I signed up to run the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon with the hope I would grow to love running but I feel like the reality so far is the opposite.
Rebekah Mercer February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Rachel Savage February 2018 Blog

OK, so I can safely say that whilst marathon training is well and truly underway, it has been a bumpy road.
Rachel Savage February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Paddy Kearney February 2018 Blog

The difficult second blog, best get into it.  The past couple of weeks has had its ups and downs but generally injury free.  Since my last blog I have logged over 80 miles on foot, completed an average of four runs per week and my second ever half marathon, on a cold snowy Sunday morning.
Paddy Kearney February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Neil Darragh February 2018 Blog

Blog number two, 8 weeks of training complete and overall things are going well! February was a great month with plenty of variety in my training and some milestones reached!
Neil Darragh February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Mick Hall February 2018 Blog

So my training for the Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon has begun in earnest.  I began my plan in the middle of January and to be honest I thought that it would be more intense than it has been.
Mick Hall February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Matthew Stubberfield February 2018 Blog

Thanks for coming back again to read about my progress.  It has been a very eventful month ranging from running a few event races to facing dreaded injuries, but I shall tell you all more as we go on.  The truth is this has been a very hard month of me both mentally and physically.  
Matthew Stubberfield February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Lisa Kerr February 2018 Blog

So February has been and gone, so by now you would expect that I had this running malarkey well under control right? Well almost….
Lisa Kerr February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Karen Fullerton February 2018 Blog

The official definition of a ‘blistering pace’ is one that’s incredibly fast or athletic.  This week’s 11-mile ‘long run’ was anything but “incredibly fast”. And believe me, it was far from athletic.  Yet it must have been ‘blistering’. Because it did indeed leave me with blisters - a matching one on each foot.
Karen Fullerton February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright February 2018 Blog

Wow, it seems like a lot longer than a month since I wrote my last blog – maybe it’s because so much has taken place during February!! It has been a month of mostly highs but certainly one or two lows mixed in as I’ve learnt that training for a marathon involves a lot more than just running, in fact running can seem like the easy bit sometimes!!!
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Erin Savage February 2018 Blog

As I write this it is currently less than 11 weeks until I run the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, a task that still seems so massive.  My training has been going well and I have managed to complete all of my planned runs, but marathon training definitely takes over your entire life!
Erin Savage February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Daniel McAlindon February 2018 Blog

Well after the early year snow and ice had melted and the roads cleared, I was officially out of excuses and had to start training.  After all, I’m running this marathon myself and unlike on a football field I don’t have anyone else to pick up my slack!
Daniel McAlindon February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Charlene Corbett February 2018 Blog

Well here we are almost at the end of February! 10 weeks until the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon...eek!
Charlene Corbett February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Catriona McErlean February 2018 Blog

A month of firsts, as I round off my third month of training.  Truthfully speaking, it hasn’t been without its challenges: niggling injuries (more about those later), balancing travel plans (see attached pic showing a chilly morning run in Rennes at the start of the month) along with our brutally cold weather -  it’s been quite the month. 
Catriona McErlean February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Andrew Addley February 2018 Blog

When I took up the challenge of running the Deep RiverRock Belfast Marathon, I knew it was going to be physically tough going.  However, I didn’t realise how mentally tough it would be as well.
Andrew Addley February 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Sarah Scott January 2018 Blog

Are you mad?  You want to do a what? Are your sure about this How about something shorter, you could do a half again?  These are just some of the reactions I got when I told family and friends I wanted to do a marathon, nothing like a bit of support to instil confidence.
Sarah Scott January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Andrew Addley January 2018 Blog

I have never been a runner.  My journey started in June last year when my daughter said she would like to start running and asked if I would run with her.  Having spent most of my teenage and adult life playing PlayStation games, my only form of exercise at this point was playing golf (or spoiling a good walk depending on how the round was going!).  So I thought why not go out and get some proper exercise!
Andrew Addley January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Lisa Kerr January 2018 Blog

So write a blog they said...well this is all new! With my 40th Birthday fast approaching I thought it would be as good a time as ever to take on the challenge of my first ever marathon.  I applied to be a part of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon’s 26.2 Experiment Group, and to my shock and surprise I was accepted.  Gulp!
Lisa Kerr January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Paddy Kearney January 2018 Blog

My running journey began around 2013.  I was unfit, lazy, a recently quit smoker, and having celebrated the birth of my first child the year earlier, knew I needed to find a new hobby.   
Paddy Kearney January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Karen Fullerton January 2018 Blog

I’ve entered a few competitions on Facebook over the years.  Win a holiday, win a car, win a spa break, win a meal for two.  Never won.  Not a thing.  Nada. So as I sat on my sofa, mug of steaming coffee in hand, aimlessly scrolling through my timeline, clicking on a post to be in with a chance to win a place on the ‘Experiment 26.2 Group’, didn’t seem like a big deal.
Karen Fullerton January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Mick Hall January 2018 Blog

My running journey began in February 2016 as a 47 year old male of average fitness.  My wife Sandra was about to start the couch to 5Km group which was being held in Ward Park Bangor.  I went along to keep her company and see what it was all about.
Mick Hall January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Matthew Stubberfield January 2018 Blog

Just to introduce myself, my name is Matthew Stubberfield, I am currently a university student studying for a BA Honours degree in Liberal Arts with PE.  I also am a part time employee of Translink based in the Contact Centre.
Matthew Stubberfield January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Gareth Fullerton January 2018 Blog

It’s one thing signing up to do your first marathon, it is another thing actually going ahead and doing it!  That dawn of reality hit me last week when I met up with the other Experiment 26.2 Group members at Jungle NI.  It is a daunting proposition running a marathon, especially when you are approaching 41 years of age.
Gareth Fullerton January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Rachel Savage January 2018 Blog

The marathon journey begins!  Having dabbled with running over the years, I trained three to four times a week and completed by first half marathon in 2014.  Running was then put on the back burner as we helped our daughter Éirinn recover from a car crash and I became her full-time carer in the world of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Rachel Savage January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Daniel McAlinden January 2018 Blog

Well here goes, things have just started getting real.  Since first meeting with the Experiment 26.2 Group last week, reality is starting to kick in and I’m realising now that it’s time for me to get into gear and start training again.  After a prolonged Christmas break and a serious bout of the flu I am in quite possibly the worst shape I have ever been in!  Sure why would I ever make things easy on myself….
Daniel McAlinden January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Neil Darragh January 2018 Blog

At the time of writing my first blog for the Experiment 26.2 Group, it is 15 weeks until I will stand at the start line of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.  That's 105 days, 14 hours, 37 minutes and 30 seconds to be precise, but who’s counting?!
Neil Darragh January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Rebekah Mercer January 2018 Blog

I can’t quite believe I’m even sitting down to write this… me running a marathon?!  That is honestly something I never thought I would be saying! I’ve never been described as ‘sporty’ in my life and was one of the people at school who opted for the ‘walking group’ in PE, but somehow I’ve ended up as part of the Experiment 26.2 Group, running a marathon in around 15 weeks!
Rebekah Mercer January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright January 2018 Blog

Looking back and going forward… I know it’s not always good to look back, but on this occasion I thought it would be nice to start off my blog by reflecting on what has brought me to this point and my decision to sign up for the Experiment 26.2 Group in my bid to run a full marathon!
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Erin Savage January 2018 Blog

My name’s Erin, I’m 35 years old and a mum of two.  I’ve spent the majority of my life firmly believing that you should only ever run if you’re being chased, however after the birth of my daughter I decided to try the Couch to 5k Programme in order to lose some weight.
Erin Savage January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Charlene Corbett January 2018 Blog

Well, let me introduce myself.. I'm Charley Corbett, I'm 37 and I live in Ballymoney Co. Antrim. Two years ago I FINALLY achieved my goal weight (losing 3 stone) after changing my whole lifestyle from the previous year! In order to maintain my weight...I decided to take up running . My brother is a decent runner, as was my grandfather and older brother too. It must be in the DNA...right?
Charlene Corbett January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Catriona McErlean January 2018 Blog

Right folks – here goes… my first blog post as part of our Experiment 26.2 experience. It’s safe to say that the reality has certainly kicked in at this stage, but first off, here’s a little bit about me and my running background so far…
Catriona McErlean January 2018 Blog