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Jog Blog 8

Photo by: Hugh Russell, Irish News

By Jim Clinton aka parkrunjim

Three weeks to go and already 1100 entries for this year’s Craic 10K. Hopefully the training is going according to plan. This week’s training is almost the same as last weeks. The only difference being the long run. Your long run this week should be up to five miles. Do not compromise on the rest days as they are every bit as important as the running days.

The buzz is out there for the 10K and runners are talking about the inclusion of pacers for the first time. Pacers will help you round. No need to keep checking your pace if you have a Garmin type watch. They will run the entire race at a constant speed, this will stop you taking off too fast or too slow. Get on his or her shoulder and stay there. The following are the times set in place for the pacers, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 minutes. They will all be wearing red t-shirts on the day.

Our group of runners are all looking forward to the Craic 10K and I’m suspecting a bit of rivalry on the day. Some of them were targeting me but that isn’t happening this year as I will be one of the pacers. Marty (upper Ormeau) was hoping to pass me on the home straight just like I did last years with him. He will have to wait until next year’s Craic 10K and try to take on parkrunjim. Big John, heart attack Gerard and Gerry will be looking to get a North Belfast trio of good times. They are taking on a formidable West Belfast crew in Big Pat, Jim the busman, Seamy the barber (if he takes a day off) and the other Jim (if he is allowed out). We also have a few from Lisburn, yes Lisburn, Brian and Liam and the South Belfast crew of Marty and Paul who will only turn up if the roads have been vacuumed and there is prawn sandwiches at the finish line. They do live above the Ormeau Bridge I hasten to add.

Good luck with this week’s training and if you haven’t already get registered before it’s too late. This Craic 10K is going to be some race.

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