Áine’s Alternative First Marathon Story

Training for your first marathon is exciting, daunting and a once in a lifetime experience. When Áine Scanlon set out on her marathon journey, she never imagined how her expectation of the finish line might change. As a regular at our Clontarf running classes, Áine  had built up her distance gradually from 5k to half marathon. But 2020 she had decided … Read More

The run that changed everything….

I ran my first marathon 16 years ago today – London Marathon 2005. At the time I expected it to be my only marathon, a once in a lifetime experience. Somehow, 16 years on, I’m delighted and surprised to say coaching people to run is now my  fulltime job. How did that happen? Heading into the unknown 17th April 2005 … Read More

Dublin Marathon Tips

We are so excited for everyone taking part in this year’s SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon taking place on Sunday 28th October 2018. . We will be out on the streets shouting and cheering along all our Marathon Coaching Group and everyone else as they take on the 26.2 miles. Sneak preview of our posters… Here is some of our many … Read More

The Day before the Marathon

Let me say, even I will wake up nervous these mornings. I know its not til tomorrow, but I think most of us have been dreaming about the marathon this weekend. It is 100% normal to feel a bit anxious today. Its also a day where you probably don’t have a lot planned, so you have far too much time … Read More

Tips for the Marathon Expo

Arriving at the Dublin Marathon Race Expo is the moment where it hits you. The marathon is real. You are actually running a marathon this weekend. It’s the first sight of the runners leaving the Expo with the race bags as you arrive in Ballsbridge, the buzz as you enter the hall, the emotion as you get handed your race number … Read More

Marathon Checklist

So are you all packed ? I know it’s still a few day to go – but you will spend all day tomorrow thinking what you have forgotten if you don’t have a list of what you need to bring with you on race day. I have taken photos of my pre race list of items, so I’m sure I … Read More

Top Tips for your First Marathon Day

If this is your first marathon, you are probably already overwhelmed by all the conflicting advice you have been given this week. From the media, to your work colleagues, everyone seems to be an expert on marathon running. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the information. Its important now that you stop reading up about all the things you … Read More

Tips for your Marathon Supporters

One of the real benefits of a home marathon is that you are likely to see so many people you know along the route. Sometimes you even see people that didn’t even know you were training for the marathon ! They are much more shocked than you are. Its highly unlikely your supporters will spot you in the crowd. You … Read More

10 Things to do on Marathon Week

It’s the time when all the doubts, nerves and phantom injuries all hit you with a bang. It’s ages since my last long run – I have lost my fitness ? What if my alarm doesn’t work on race morning  ? What is that pain I have in my knee ? Does this sound like you ? If so, don’t … Read More

Dublin Marathon 2016. Tempted?

Is ‘run a marathon’ on your bucket list? If you can run 8k-10k comfortably and can commit to 16 weeks (4 runs per week) of training, we will get you to the marathon finish line; smiling, happy and delighted with yourself. Train with Forget the Gym for Dublin Marathon : For Dublin Marathon 2016, we have 3 options for you … Read More