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Noel McCarthy

Q1.When did you start running and what got you interested in it?

2003, just wanted to do something and stop being so lazy

Q2. How many marathons have you run?

Only 3 so far, but the ultra bug seems to have bitten

Q3. What’s your favourite event? 

Don’t have one yet but enjoyed the Connemara ultra and am looking forward to the2012 event (enjoy ? look forward to an ultra ? that can’t be right)

Q4. How many miles do you run in a typical week?

50+ depends on work

Q5.  What’s your best ever running performance?

I think the 2010 Ballycotton 10 , not a huge performance but at the time I really had to dig deep

Q6. What running shoes do you wear and do you wear racing flats?

I wear brooks adrenaline , training and racing

Q7. What was your worst marathon experience?

Lausanne 2011 ,due to work commitments I didnt train nearly enough , I ran 3hrs 39 , I know I’m capable of more so when I was handed a medal at the finish line it didn’t really mean that much to me , great scenery though, might do better next year if I can stop looking at the Alps.

Q8. How fast could you run a mile on a track?

Never really put it to the test

Q9. What’s your marathon PB?

3hrs 31 , but that will be improved upon in 2012

Q10. What’s the best piece of training advice you were ever given?

Same piece I give to anyone starting out, when youre starting out and you want to walk, don’t , just run so slowly that you’d be faster walking, do this until you’re ready to go again, in your head this means you didn’t stop, you kept running. When you’re only starting out this really means a lot to you

Q11. Have you ever had a serious running injury?

Not yet

Q12. What training session do you find the hardest/dislike the most and what’s your favourite session?

Same answer for both parts of this question, hill sprints, love them/hate them

Q13. What is the longest race you have completed?

2011 Connemara

Q14. Favourite running quote?

Why couldn’t Pheidippides have died at mile 20

Q15. Weirdest food you’ve ever eaten during a marathon?

Nothing yet, but planning on running a few ultras in 2012 so ask me again this time next year

Q16.  Strangest thing you’ve ever seen during a marathon?

Lausanne marathon in Switzerland ,were at the base of the Alps people are struggling and I keep catching up with this guy every couple of miles, the only reason I catch him is because he keeps stopping to take photos, every time he took a pic he had the biggest smile I saw on any face that day

Q17. What usually goes through your head as you cross the finish line of a marathon?

Is that it ? , I guess that means I’m not trying hard enough

Q18. Do you get narky if you don’t get a run in?


Q19. Have you ever considered how you’d handle it if you couldn’t run again?

Theres always a way around any obstacle, I guess I haven’t realised my limits yet, running or othewise

Q20.  What event have you not yet completed that you would like to do the most in the future?

2013 Spartathlon, hoping to run 2012 Portumna 100k as a qualifier

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