We’ve had a walk/run club at work for quite some time now. We usually run after work on Wednesdays, but always struggle to have more than 3 people go running.

Then, the Grant Thornton Corporate Challenge was announced for the first time in Galway. To our surprize, the interest in this event was huge. We managed to get 3 teams to represent SmartBear Software last Thursday, April 12th 2018. Each team consists of 4 members, and the cumulative time gets recorded. We had runners, joggers and walkers.

SmartBear Galway - GT5K

The inaugural #GT5K in Galway was a very well organized event, from registration, race numbers and goodie bags pick up to course choice and medals.

The race took place at the Galway Races (where the famous Galway horse racing festival attracts thousands of people every summer).

Needless to say, that everyone enjoyed and some even reported catching a bit of a running bug. We hope that our little after work running club will grow and start thriving from now on. There’s talk about many registering for the 2018 Streets of Galway 8k race in August.

The results and  really good videos from the event can be found here.

Even though, I was still recovering from a cold and was not able to breath through my nose, I still enjoyed it.

Here’s my STRAVA activity for the Galway #GT5K.


It wasn’t meant to be…

As I was talking to a friend about our training and different strategies for this Saturday’s ‘Rock and Road’ race in Kinvara we received the following email:

The weather in Ireland is rather unusual at this time of year and several weather warnings have been issued. Safety first!

Looking forward to doing the run in much better conditions.

Back to training for now 🤪

It wasn’t meant to be…

Week summary

I’m back running.

Managed to get out for two runs last week during lunch, but both were below 5k. I suppose it takes time to build it up again, so I’m not worried. However, it is hard to accept it mentally.

Lunch Run – Tuesday, January 16th – 3.8k

Lunch Run – Thursday, January 18th – 4k

All niggles in the foot are definitely gone and the new Hoka One One Arahi shoes are definitely helping. I hope they will continue to help preventing any injuries. So far I ran a total of 58.5km in the Hoka’s.

This week I’ll be attempting to get out for at least 3 to 4 runs. 3 of these will hopefully be 5k’s at lunch (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). If feeling good and confident to go for the 4th session, it will most likely be parkrun on Saturday or a very easy run on Sunday.



Week summary