Last Wednesday evening was the Morton Mile held in the Irish National Stadium in Dublin. The field was composed of mostly Americans and was very competitive. The race went out a bit slower than anticpated and clocked around 3:02 at 1200m. The race broken open with 400m to go and I ended up getting knocked around a bit and losing some momentum and finished in 5th place. I was fairly happy with the way I ran but was a bit disappointed to not have been able to finish a bit higher. I feel like I am learning something new each and every time I step foot on the track here in Europe. Part of me knows that to get the big jump I really want will take time and more training. I am excited to pursue this at the next level!
After the race, we were invited up into the pub that is located trackside. We enjoyed some sandwhiches provided by the meet and visited with some of the locals who came to watch the race and take part of the annual event. It was a unique setting; old and young together sitting around, some drinking a pint, and everyone was telling stories about the old days - I enjoyed that experience.
The next day we headed into the city centre of Dublin and took a bus tour passing many of Dublin's historic sites, including Trinity College (which hosts the Book of Kells). Our major stop was the Guiness Storehouse where we took the tour and sampled a bit of the beer that they make there. Arthur Guiness signed a 9000 year lease for what amounts to about 45 dollars a month to rent the land where the brewery sits. As of today, the lease is only in its 225th year! After the tour we went to get sandwhiches at one of the local's favorite shop - it was really one of the best sandwhiches I have ever had.
After a couple days in Dublin, I took the bus up to Belfast. I was able to meet up with a couple of my friends who are also racing the British Miler's Club event here in Northern Ireland. I will post more about Belfast tomorrow!