Dublin Half Marathon

I ran the Dublin Half Marathon in Phoenix Park on Saturday. The conditions were ideal: cool, cloudy with a slight breeze, and there weren't too many hills on the route.

However, I made the mistake of running in brand new shoes, which started hurting me around 7 miles and left me with a huge blister at the end. Still, I managed to finish the run in 1:49:07 (according to my own watch), which I am very happy about. I managed to maintain roughly 8-minute miles for most of the run, reaching the 10 mile mark in 1:21:30 (compared to my 10 mile time of 1:29:22 a month ago).

Saturday was also our 5th wedding anniversary, which would have been a public holiday for us if we were still living in South Africa. According to "some", I should have given Elizabeth something made of wood... instead I bought her something else made from trees, with a bit of value-add: the Urtext edition sheet music for The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, published by G. Henle Verlag.

During the afternoon we headed into the city center, but our bus was diverted due to a Rally for Irish Unity (a.k.a. Make Partition History) that was taking place along O'Connell street. With tired, blistered feet I wasn't going to stand around and watch, so we popped in to the restaurant at Eason's bookstore for lunch, when who would be sitting a few tables from us, but Gerry Adams himself.

As a "non-national" with relatively neutral/untainted political views on the North, but weary of living in regions of political conflict, I sincerely hope that today's announcement will contribute to long term peace in the North. Ireland is a beautiful country, and if South Africans with such diverse cultures and centuries of conflict could resolve their differences peacefully, then so can Ireland.

Comments:

Wowww.. congratulations Johan. Well done!! :-)

Posted by Alvaro Lopez Ortega on September 27, 2005 at 12:17 PM IST #

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