#GT5K Running Blog: Oliver O'Connor

You know summer is here when you can’t walk down the path in the IFSC due to the amount of runners. It also means I need to start training for the GT5K. I wasn’t able to take part in the Fingal or Cork races due to work commitments, so I am looking forward to the Docklands run.

My best time last year was 24.50 minutes, so I am aiming to get around the 23.30 mark (fingers crossed)! I’ll be happy once I beat Brendan Murphy from our Tax team. The last two years he has beaten me on the line. Not this year Brendan!

I have run the Dingle Half Marathon (“the most scenic in the world”!!) with the past couple of years and it ties in nicely with the GT5K as it is on the first Saturday of September.  You have to do the home town run!  I also generally try to do the Joe Duffy Half Marathon in Clontarf in July and November but missed July this year.

My running style is awkward at best and based purely on stubbornness to get over the line! I don’t like to give up. The closer to each race I get the more disciplined I get in terms of training so as we get into August the number of runs per week will be averaging 4, hopefully!

Why I started running?

I only got into running when the GT5K started 5 years ago. I took it as a challenge for myself and set a time of 29.40minutes in my first year. So every year I push myself to finish it in a shorter time than previous. When I played GAA I always hated the running part, it just wasn’t for me. But since swapping the GAA boots for the coach’s whistle I’ve upped my other forms of exercise, running being one of them.

Like most people I see running as a great stress reliever. I like to get out for a run to clear my head, it is also a great time to plan for the following day. I would often go out and talk myself through what I will get done the next day. It is a great way to put some structure on your day. It’s hard to find time to just sit down and plan, so running gives me this time.

My top three training tips for new runners;

  1. Commit to your run! You need to be willing to run regularly and build a schedule around your training. When you put the effort in, you will see the results.
  2. Start gradually. There is no point throwing yourself in at the deep end and setting out for 10K on your first try. Start slowly, setting small achievable goals and build on your distance every day.
  3. Persistence wins. Just keep at it. You don’t have to be the best runner to do the GT5K. Just push yourself and do whatever time you can. Soon you will be getting the times you wanted.