Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon nine-year veteran Caitriona Ryan is this week’s Mini Interview. Caitriona took her first steps as a runner in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and hasn’t looked back since. Here’s what she had to say about the event.
Why do you compete in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
I run in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon to be part of something big for women, for sport, and to help fundraise.
Who are you running on behalf of?
I haven’t decided which charity to run for yet, there are so many worthy causes.
What is the importance of races like the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon for you?
The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is the only race I take part in. It’s open to everyone, not only elite runners and that’s what makes it so appealing to me.
There is also great training, exercise and diet guidance on Facebook and in the newspapers like The Herald so everyone feels included and can do their best.
When do you start preparing for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
I start in April and try to do a 10-week training block in the lead up to the event.
What’s your pre-race routine?
My last few runs would be easy and slow in the days leading up to race. I make sure to take on extra fluids in the week up to the race rather than taking on too much on the day of the race.
I also stretch well before race start.
What is your hope for this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
That it continues to be the great success it has been over the last 30 years.
How do you define a ‘successful’ Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
Happy, proud faces coming across the finish line!
What do you admire about the people who take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
I admire the commitment of the ladies who take part year after year, and the passion they have to fundraise for the charity close to their hearts. I also really admire and share the dedication they have for preparing and training so that they can complete the 10k.
Who do you think is going to win the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
I really don’t know!
The 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Monday 1st of June with registration opening in early 2015. For further information visit www.Facebook/vhiwomensminimarathon. Follow us on Twitter @VhiWmm.