#GT5K Running Blog: Paul McCann

It’s that time of year again! We are officially in GT5K season. The Fingal run went off a hit and we had a great turn-out for it. I was delighted to take part and I’m now ready to take on Cork and Dublin!

The GT5K Corporate Run was actually the first run I ever took part in. I first got into it to test myself really. I wanted to see if I could actually run 5K. It’s safe to say I wasn’t in the best shape when I first took on the GT5K four years ago, but with the help of my trainer and colleague, Billy Murphy, I managed to achieve Best Improver at last year’s Dockland’s race.

I cut 8 minutes off my time, going from 32 minutes in 2014 to 23.49 last year. This year I want to keep this improvement going. Of course I know I won’t be getting Best Improver again (unfortunately) but I intend to push myself to cut my time in Cork and Dublin. This year one of my main goals is to beat Vinnie Hand, watch out Vinnie!

I really enjoyed the Cork run last year. It was my first time doing that race and we had a great evening for it. Cork is really a lovely city, especially when the sun is shining. Of course I’ll be sticking with my usual team this year. It will be myself, Billy, Paddy Dillon and Ann Marie Costello. We all bring something to the team; I’m the Best Improver, Billy is a runner, Paddy brings his looks and Ann Marie is very fast so sets great times. So it’s safe to say we are a threat.

I’d be lying if I said I loved running. I’ve never been a big runner so I do find it tough at times. I’ve played football and lifted weights for years but I don’t think they really help when training for the 5K.

I enjoy training and setting new times for myself. Running is very linear. If you put in the work, you get the results. It’s all about pushing yourself. I try to get out most days at lunch time for a run around the quays. I know most people say the best time to run is first thing in the morning but I couldn’t think of anything worse.

It can be hard training for the #GT5K when I’m travelling. Last year when I was away, I would go out running and send on my time to Billy. I need the discipline of having my trainer watching over me! It’s also difficult to be motivated to go out to train if it’s raining or cold etc. – you just can’t trust this Irish weather. Here’s hoping this won’t be the case in Cork!

My top three training tips for new runners:

  1. Find a running partner. Running is made so much easier when you have someone to run with. I know I wouldn’t have the motivation or desire to go out running if I was on my own!
  2. Run 3 times a week for 6 weeks in the build up to the Corporate Run. Try to get a 5K in at least once a week in those 6 weeks.
  3. Time yourself! When you go out running you should always be trying to beat your previous time. At the end of the day you are running against yourself and you should be the only person you need to beat.

I hope I will be seeing you at the start line. There’s still time to fit in some training before we take on the next #GT5K. See you all then.