2013 is a year that none of us will ever forget and it has put Women’s Rugby on the map. Whilst you always dream about winning trophies, the reality of it makes all the hard work worthwhile and makes you want to strive for further success. However we do realise that success at this level comes down to small margins and never was this more evident than in our first game of the 2013 Championship versus Wales. We were losing with 5 minutes to go, a try saving tackle from Ali d Miller and possibly our best build-up play in the Championship produced a match winning try from “National Treasure” Gill Bourke. That was probably one of the most defining moments of the Championship.
I moved to our capital city in 2000 and like many people from “the country” in my first few years I spent most of my weekends heading west, rarely spending weekends in Dublin. Over the years, this has changed and I now spend my down time in the city.
The midlands of Ireland often gets overlooked by people driving west or south every weekend. This is somewhat unfair but understandable as it’s hard for the midlands to compete with the high impact scenery and landscapes on offer along our west coast.
Although the body probably needed a two week break but when you get such momentum from winning your first two games you just want to keep playing. Despite the win against Wales, there was disappointment within the squad about our performance but ultimately it gave us key aspects to work on going into the England game.
The Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs in the Beautiful Grounds of Dublin’s Phoenix Park and Cork’s Blarney Castle is only a few days away. Leading up to the run we have covered a wide range of topics including the benefits of running for your physical and mental health, warming up and cooling down correctly, nutrition and hydration tips and how to create that all important ‘runners mindset’.
A new series of Track & Trails started tonight. The series which is supported by the Irish Sports Council features spectacular walks and cycle tracks in stunning locations all over the country, the programmes will be presented by a different personality each week in the five episode series.
Let’s start this week’s post with a great quote from Henry Ford – “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t- you’re right.”
This is true when it comes to ‘Running’ – How many times have you heard someone or even said it to yourself – ‘Oh I wish I could do that’ or ‘I’m not a real Runner!’. How do we overcome these negative thoughts that make us doubt our own abilities?