After finishing my first marathon I decided to go the next step and signed for the Connemara Ultra Marathon in April 2018.
This is a 39 miles race in the west of Ireland which is a beautiful place of this world. Close to the city of Galway which is one of my favourites cities that I have had the privilege to visit.
My experience on my first marathon was amazing! From the preparation, the training, the run and the aftermath.
I ran the Dublin Marathon at the end of October, and for the first time I was running with a smile on my face through the streets of Dublin. The amount of people on the streets cheering up was unreal. They were everywhere. I know that they say that this race is one with the most people on streets and that the atmosphere surrounding the is the best.
2017 was the year that I really embraced running. Started looking at my addictions and got to face them one and for all.
The main one without doubt; alcohol. I have been a drinker for most of my life and I have used alcohol as a tool to leverage my poor self-esteem and my social fobia. I used it to be the funny guy at the parties, the confident professional and to avoid my brain mist. But slowly and without warning, alcohol started to take control. Up to a point that if I started drinking I could stop. That sounds crazy but I actually couldn’t handle it. I will drink until the end and beyond. Forgetting all my responsibilities and avoiding reality.
Whilst this was good when I was drunk, it took me days to get back on my feet and let the pain go away.
Running help with this and gave me a ‘look forward’ activity to do instead of drinking.