Fingal 10k – Race 2 in the Dublin Race Series – July 19th 2015

The crowd at Swords Castle beside the finish line.

The crowd at Swords Castle beside the finish line.

Preparation was very far from ideal for today. All week the attitude hasn’t been spot on for a PB. There have been a few of those lately but they’re not remotely concerning. That will come back. Today was again used for training purposes and to run a new route for a change of scenery. It was nice. Any change of scenery is very very welcome.

A lot of bunching at the start as Main Street, Swords is quite narrow and there were over 3,000 runners. Again, not important. Ignoring the PB today (which currently stands at 45:21) was quite relaxing. A nice leisurely pace through the town before turning left to go down the dual carriageway. Another left again at about 4k and we were sheltered from the wind. This is when one gets their second wind and things become very comfortable. One of the most enjoyable parts of running.

After this it was just a case of trying to maintain a pace of below 5 minutes per km (to try for under 50 minutes). The country roads continue until about 8k as we approached the town again. When you can hear the intercom, you know you’re nearly there and the sprint finish is looming. The road to the finish line was surprisingly helpful as it was very very downhill.

The time in the end was 47:22. Again it’s good to know that I’m not far off the PB considering the attitude needs to be stepped up as well as the preparation.

All in all a gorgeous morning. Wind wasn’t too heavy. Sun was out and a great atmosphere. Always great ingredients for a very enjoyable event.

Swords Castle

Swords Castle

However, this week got the brain thinking. This blog needs a new approach to get more readers and interest more people. Anyone who is not into running but who is reading this may find this interesting also but sleep has been tricky this week. Why? Screen time has been quite large. Some things just had to be done this week. I have found myself taking hours to fall asleep on days where screen time has played a large part.

So the question that was raised during preparation for this race was, how exactly does staring at screens all day affect sleep. This is not just a myth. The majority of us spend hours every day staring at TVs, desktops, smartphones, laptops, kindles and such and such (the irony of writing this on a laptop is noted). Perhaps this plays a huge part in childhood obesity too. This can probably be assumed. That and sheer laziness. I can’t help but feel that this is playing a huge role in adult obesity too, which is a huge shame but can EASILY be tackled and should be.

A quick Google search provided some interesting results and an article by This will interest everybody as it is not exclusive to runners so check out the link

Some great tips which I find really help, especially in the evening after a days work stuck behind a screen include obviously training, long walks, meeting friends and just talking, turning the TV off and resorting to radio or some music.What other hobbies do you have that might help?

Finally, ask yourself. Are there any aspects to your job that would decrease your daily screen time? If yes, DO MORE OF THEM.

This blog may not have a lot of followers right now but if this makes just 1 person a lot more conscious then it is a success. I really hope it does.

Any thoughts or tips?


About farrellbren

I am a 30 year old Fund Accountant from Templeogue in Dublin. Aside from running (which is obviously my number 1 passion), I love cycling, travel, vexillology (flags), films and reading. I wrote this blog for a couple of reasons: I know there are people out there who are going through what can only be described as the HELL of depression and mental disorders. My hope is that somehow this story can help at least one person. That will make this absolutely worthwhile. This is my main reason for writing. Secondly, from a fitness point of view I like the thought of sharing my insights from what I have done right and also what I have done wrong. The latter is where I have learned most from. I also hope this will inspire people into living a healthier lifestyle and getting fit and active. Why should we take inspiration from only famous people? So please feel free to share this and also, I'm no expert so please also feel free to recommend other blogs or advice to me. Enjoy.
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5 Responses to Fingal 10k – Race 2 in the Dublin Race Series – July 19th 2015

  1. Kevin says:

    Making the bedroom a phone free zone (and laptop, iPad, etc) is a good start and it’s easy to achieve. Sounds like you were nice and comfortable today, always good. What’s up next?

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  2. farrellbren says:

    Cheers Kevin. Seriously contemplating the Tullamore Half on August 29th. However the weekend before that is the Frank Duffy 10 mile on August 22nd. 3rd in the Dublin race series. How about yourself?


  3. Kevin says:

    Both are on the agenda 😀
    Did the Frank Duffy last year and loved the route, so I’m going to use it as a marathon pace run, and I’m going to try Tullamore half for a PB. That’s the plan right now, but as always, if weather conditions/niggles dictate otherwise, I will listen to my body (lessons learned).

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  4. Some races I just like to ignore PB’s, and just enjoy myself.
    Fortunately, I work in a warehouse, so my job does not require me in front of a computer. In Canada, the summer is so short, everybody is out enjoying themselves outdoors. It is tougher to be away from the TV in winter though.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  5. farrellbren says:

    Thanks Carl. Lucky you not having to stare at a screen all day. I can only imagine what Winter is like in Canada. Not much opportunity for running I’d say. A bit like here.

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