#GT5K Running Blog: Sinéad Donovan

Anyone that knows me knows I am a competitive person. The idea of racing with and against my colleagues definitely appealed to me. This will be my fourth year running the GT5K and I hope to do all three this year. Like last year, we are forming a FAAS team with myself, Tony, Tim and Ger.

In our team alone the rivalry is rather robust! We are always on a mission to do our best but we have Tony’s slow times to deal with! Time isn’t a huge motivator for me as I prefer long distances, but I would like to beat last years’ time so as to see some improvement.

There will however be a lot of competition between the partner, director and manager groups in the FAAS team. At the end of the day we all just want to win! It’s a pride thing. This year the aim has to be to beat Paul McCann - we can’t have a repeat of last year!

As a Business Unit we would be very active. Most of the team take part in sports (yes Fergus I do count snooker!). Personally I take part in triathlons and other endurance events. Recently a few of us did the Glendalough Quest - an adventure race. We had good weather for it which made it all the more enjoyable. It’s nice to do different runs like this to mix up my training.

This month I’ll be doing the Ironman 70.3 in Barcelona and have the Dublin 70.3 in August. So it’s safe to say I have a busy summer lined up!

Apart from the competitive aspect of running, I find it helps all aspects of my life. I first started running for the physical benefits but I found it gave huge mental relief. It is a great stress reliever.

I go running or cycling in the morning - primarily along the coast - it clears my head and tries to ensure I keep a balanced outlook for the day (doesn’t always work!). I am a firm believer that if you are motivated to make the time to train you will work smarter in the time you have set aside for your work.

The best thing about running is that no matter where you go you can run. With my job I travel a lot. Mostly to the U.S. There is a huge sports and running culture in the U.S. I could go out for a run at 5.30a.m in New York or San Francisco and you would never be alone. Of course, like most people, the idea of getting up and going running isn’t always appealing but I generally manage to push myself to do it because once I’m out I know I’ll enjoy it.

My top three training tips for new runners:

  1. Start slow. You don’t have to go straight into running 10K on your first outing. Set small achievable goals and build up from there.
  2. If you don’t feel like going out for a run, give it a try for 10 mins and see how you get on. The idea of getting up and going for a run can be daunting. Especially after a long day at work, minding the kids or traveling but once you get up and get out it will be worth it. 
  3. Plan the day ahead. Try to plan when you will fit in your training the night before. Once you know that you have allocated a specific time to get up and go then you will be less likely to brush it off.

It’s a great team building activity and something to look forward to as a team. I could not recommend it more. I know I’m looking forward to the first race in Fingal. Hope to see you all at the start line.