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After GAA, Your Second Favourite Sport

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Obviously in my above post I mean for people to give it a go once safe to do so."
What training did you do, did you join a club or train alone? I would love to get into it. I do get out for a 5km myself but I don't know how I could get my body to do longer running! I haven't played GAA in 2 years so I haven't been involved in regular training in a while. Any advice would be great, thanks

Douglas_44 (Roscommon) - Posts: 192 - 02/04/2020 11:41:17    2275198

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Replying To Gator:  "
Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "[quote=wishfulthinkin:  "[quote=Cockney_Cat:  "Sometimes it can be difficult to know what is, and what isn't a sport.

When is a sport not a sport?

What exactly makes something a sport? Does it require physical exertion, a governing body, a high level of skill and technical ability? How does an activity go from being seen as a game or a pastime to being officially classified as a sport?

The Council of Europe charter on sport uses the following definition: "Sport means all forms of physical activity, which through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/what-constitutes-a-sport/z4vfmfr"
It's not a sport when you don't have to change your clothes to play it! Like golf, darts, pool and snooker!!"
Perhaps there is a distinction to be made between what is a sport and what is a game? In my book golf is definitely a sport because it involves sustained physical activity, but the other ones you mention I would categorise as games."]Sustained physical activity? Walking you mean.

I believe Snooker players walk also.

Both are sport."]Nonsense.

No offence intended .......

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 267 - 02/04/2020 11:41:29    2275199

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Replying To Douglas_44:  "What training did you do, did you join a club or train alone? I would love to get into it. I do get out for a 5km myself but I don't know how I could get my body to do longer running! I haven't played GAA in 2 years so I haven't been involved in regular training in a while. Any advice would be great, thanks"
Its very easy tbh. If you feel you need to just break up longer runs into smaller segments and its easier to manage and just change tempo of your run in each segment. Find ways to keep your mind occupied.

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 727 - 02/04/2020 12:14:55    2275200

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Replying To Douglas_44:  "What training did you do, did you join a club or train alone? I would love to get into it. I do get out for a 5km myself but I don't know how I could get my body to do longer running! I haven't played GAA in 2 years so I haven't been involved in regular training in a while. Any advice would be great, thanks"
I started with 5ks. There are usually loads kicking off at this time of year with the summer approaching. Obviously with things as they are that won't be happening this summer, for the time being at least. 5ks are good for starting out but just be aware that experienced runners doing 5ks will run them at a fast old pace. It can be easy to get demoralized. I know when I started out I was a bit disappointed that I was only clocking 22 minute 5ks when the lads who were winning them were doing 15 minutes!! Just like football and all other sports, some people are just simply better at running and that's it!

Beyond 5ks I just started to increase the distances running on my own and not putting any pressure on myself over times and pace. After a few weeks of good consistent running a 10k should be no bother. Then just keep following that same process until you're able for 10 miles (16km), repeat and so on until a half marathon becomes the next target.

Everyone is different of course. I prefer to run on my own but there are others who can't get the head around that at all. I'm not saying I'm right by any means, God knows if I actually joined a local running club they'd most likely have loads of tips and advice that would improve my running. It's just that I enjoy the solitude and being able to think.

In summary my few essential tips would be:

1. Buy a pair of good runners. Some sports shops can do gait tests and they'll be able to advise you what type of runner suits you best. Michael Murphy, believe it or not, sold me my first pair of proper Asics Kayano runners after I did a gait test in his place. They made a big difference.

2. Buy a Garmin/FitBit and download an app like Strava to keep track of your progress.

3. Set targets for yourself. Whether it be the local GAA club organizing a 5 or 10k or whatever. If you have a goal to aim towards I find getting out to train much easier. Like any other sport really.

4. Needless to say, the heavier you are, the harder it is to run so keeping a reasonable diet and staying well hydrated helps a lot too.

5. As you increase distances, vaseline, vaseline, vaseline on your nipples and on your under-carriage. A protein shake after a long run is a good job too!

Lastly, just get out there and run. The thought of simple running isn't too appealing to some people. But I almost guarantee you that after a couple of weeks at it you'll have lost weight, you'll be fitter, you'll be sleeping better and your mind will feel a lot clearer. Best of luck!

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6784 - 02/04/2020 13:56:43    2275204

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I used to be an NFL & MLB fan but it's so hard to truly be a fan after discovering GAA. my reasoning is I found it too difficult to keep interested in my two local teams, Pats & Sox because from season to season the teams change so drastically. My favorite players would be on whatever team could afford them & it just seemed pointless in being a fan of a team. It bothered me to a point but it wasn't until I was exposed to club & IC hurling years ago that I essentially stopped watching pro sports in America. especially due to the insane amount of commercials. I still go to visit my Dad to watch the Pat's from time to time but it's more about spending time with him as he yells at the TV. Thankfully, he waits long enough so that we can skip the commercials and halftime making it tolerable.
Having a tough time w/next favorite sport but after hurling it would be collegiate/HS wrestling & non Olympic international competitions. Recently I have become a judo fan as it's similar to my particular style of wrestling(in years past). I will say that IMO, the GAA needs to finally do away with the provincial competitions, Walsh Cup, & restructure the championship.

Gowran_Yank (Kilkenny) - Posts: 96 - 02/04/2020 13:58:30    2275205

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "I started with 5ks. There are usually loads kicking off at this time of year with the summer approaching. Obviously with things as they are that won't be happening this summer, for the time being at least. 5ks are good for starting out but just be aware that experienced runners doing 5ks will run them at a fast old pace. It can be easy to get demoralized. I know when I started out I was a bit disappointed that I was only clocking 22 minute 5ks when the lads who were winning them were doing 15 minutes!! Just like football and all other sports, some people are just simply better at running and that's it!

Beyond 5ks I just started to increase the distances running on my own and not putting any pressure on myself over times and pace. After a few weeks of good consistent running a 10k should be no bother. Then just keep following that same process until you're able for 10 miles (16km), repeat and so on until a half marathon becomes the next target.

Everyone is different of course. I prefer to run on my own but there are others who can't get the head around that at all. I'm not saying I'm right by any means, God knows if I actually joined a local running club they'd most likely have loads of tips and advice that would improve my running. It's just that I enjoy the solitude and being able to think.

In summary my few essential tips would be:

1. Buy a pair of good runners. Some sports shops can do gait tests and they'll be able to advise you what type of runner suits you best. Michael Murphy, believe it or not, sold me my first pair of proper Asics Kayano runners after I did a gait test in his place. They made a big difference.

2. Buy a Garmin/FitBit and download an app like Strava to keep track of your progress.

3. Set targets for yourself. Whether it be the local GAA club organizing a 5 or 10k or whatever. If you have a goal to aim towards I find getting out to train much easier. Like any other sport really.

4. Needless to say, the heavier you are, the harder it is to run so keeping a reasonable diet and staying well hydrated helps a lot too.

5. As you increase distances, vaseline, vaseline, vaseline on your nipples and on your under-carriage. A protein shake after a long run is a good job too!

Lastly, just get out there and run. The thought of simple running isn't too appealing to some people. But I almost guarantee you that after a couple of weeks at it you'll have lost weight, you'll be fitter, you'll be sleeping better and your mind will feel a lot clearer. Best of luck!"
started doing the park runs, but they have stopped obviously now, well organised do the timings for you. Had not done any running in years so was a nice way to get back into it. Getting a decent playlist can help you along as well.

Rosineri1 (UK) - Posts: 1876 - 02/04/2020 15:16:00    2275208

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Replying To Gowran_Yank:  "I used to be an NFL & MLB fan but it's so hard to truly be a fan after discovering GAA. my reasoning is I found it too difficult to keep interested in my two local teams, Pats & Sox because from season to season the teams change so drastically. My favorite players would be on whatever team could afford them & it just seemed pointless in being a fan of a team. It bothered me to a point but it wasn't until I was exposed to club & IC hurling years ago that I essentially stopped watching pro sports in America. especially due to the insane amount of commercials. I still go to visit my Dad to watch the Pat's from time to time but it's more about spending time with him as he yells at the TV. Thankfully, he waits long enough so that we can skip the commercials and halftime making it tolerable.
Having a tough time w/next favorite sport but after hurling it would be collegiate/HS wrestling & non Olympic international competitions. Recently I have become a judo fan as it's similar to my particular style of wrestling(in years past). I will say that IMO, the GAA needs to finally do away with the provincial competitions, Walsh Cup, & restructure the championship."
I agree about US sport it seems like following the draft is more important than folloing the games half the time.
Same with soccer I dont care about the amounts of money but its the speed and frequency of transfers which means folllowing soccer at the highest level means spending your summer glued to Sky sports watching some clown stand outside training ground watching out for cars passing by

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 672 - 02/04/2020 15:33:14    2275210

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "I started with 5ks. There are usually loads kicking off at this time of year with the summer approaching. Obviously with things as they are that won't be happening this summer, for the time being at least. 5ks are good for starting out but just be aware that experienced runners doing 5ks will run them at a fast old pace. It can be easy to get demoralized. I know when I started out I was a bit disappointed that I was only clocking 22 minute 5ks when the lads who were winning them were doing 15 minutes!! Just like football and all other sports, some people are just simply better at running and that's it!

Beyond 5ks I just started to increase the distances running on my own and not putting any pressure on myself over times and pace. After a few weeks of good consistent running a 10k should be no bother. Then just keep following that same process until you're able for 10 miles (16km), repeat and so on until a half marathon becomes the next target.

Everyone is different of course. I prefer to run on my own but there are others who can't get the head around that at all. I'm not saying I'm right by any means, God knows if I actually joined a local running club they'd most likely have loads of tips and advice that would improve my running. It's just that I enjoy the solitude and being able to think.

In summary my few essential tips would be:

1. Buy a pair of good runners. Some sports shops can do gait tests and they'll be able to advise you what type of runner suits you best. Michael Murphy, believe it or not, sold me my first pair of proper Asics Kayano runners after I did a gait test in his place. They made a big difference.

2. Buy a Garmin/FitBit and download an app like Strava to keep track of your progress.

3. Set targets for yourself. Whether it be the local GAA club organizing a 5 or 10k or whatever. If you have a goal to aim towards I find getting out to train much easier. Like any other sport really.

4. Needless to say, the heavier you are, the harder it is to run so keeping a reasonable diet and staying well hydrated helps a lot too.

5. As you increase distances, vaseline, vaseline, vaseline on your nipples and on your under-carriage. A protein shake after a long run is a good job too!

Lastly, just get out there and run. The thought of simple running isn't too appealing to some people. But I almost guarantee you that after a couple of weeks at it you'll have lost weight, you'll be fitter, you'll be sleeping better and your mind will feel a lot clearer. Best of luck!"
Thanks very much for the reply, and taking the time to give that advice. Some real good info in there. I do find it hard to get up and out sometimes especially after work but once you get it done it does wonders for the head and mind. Again, thanks for the reply, it's much appreciated

Douglas_44 (Roscommon) - Posts: 192 - 02/04/2020 17:39:19    2275212

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Replying To KillingFields:  "Its very easy tbh. If you feel you need to just break up longer runs into smaller segments and its easier to manage and just change tempo of your run in each segment. Find ways to keep your mind occupied."
Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it.

Douglas_44 (Roscommon) - Posts: 192 - 02/04/2020 17:40:01    2275213

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Replying To Rosineri1:  "started doing the park runs, but they have stopped obviously now, well organised do the timings for you. Had not done any running in years so was a nice way to get back into it. Getting a decent playlist can help you along as well."
Fully agree. I put in songs on my playlist that reminds me of something, an event or a person or whatever. Can be happy or sad but I find that when one of those songs come on it focuses my mind and takes it off the pain my legs are feeling!!

Douglas_44 (Roscommon) - Posts: 192 - 02/04/2020 17:44:50    2275214

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Replying To KillingFields:  "Its very easy tbh. If you feel you need to just break up longer runs into smaller segments and its easier to manage and just change tempo of your run in each segment. Find ways to keep your mind occupied."
I do a marathon the same way. I used to do it in a week but as I've got older it's more like one a month.

A mile a day.

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 267 - 02/04/2020 17:45:34    2275215

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "I started with 5ks. There are usually loads kicking off at this time of year with the summer approaching. Obviously with things as they are that won't be happening this summer, for the time being at least. 5ks are good for starting out but just be aware that experienced runners doing 5ks will run them at a fast old pace. It can be easy to get demoralized. I know when I started out I was a bit disappointed that I was only clocking 22 minute 5ks when the lads who were winning them were doing 15 minutes!! Just like football and all other sports, some people are just simply better at running and that's it!

Beyond 5ks I just started to increase the distances running on my own and not putting any pressure on myself over times and pace. After a few weeks of good consistent running a 10k should be no bother. Then just keep following that same process until you're able for 10 miles (16km), repeat and so on until a half marathon becomes the next target.

Everyone is different of course. I prefer to run on my own but there are others who can't get the head around that at all. I'm not saying I'm right by any means, God knows if I actually joined a local running club they'd most likely have loads of tips and advice that would improve my running. It's just that I enjoy the solitude and being able to think.

In summary my few essential tips would be:

1. Buy a pair of good runners. Some sports shops can do gait tests and they'll be able to advise you what type of runner suits you best. Michael Murphy, believe it or not, sold me my first pair of proper Asics Kayano runners after I did a gait test in his place. They made a big difference.

2. Buy a Garmin/FitBit and download an app like Strava to keep track of your progress.

3. Set targets for yourself. Whether it be the local GAA club organizing a 5 or 10k or whatever. If you have a goal to aim towards I find getting out to train much easier. Like any other sport really.

4. Needless to say, the heavier you are, the harder it is to run so keeping a reasonable diet and staying well hydrated helps a lot too.

5. As you increase distances, vaseline, vaseline, vaseline on your nipples and on your under-carriage. A protein shake after a long run is a good job too!

Lastly, just get out there and run. The thought of simple running isn't too appealing to some people. But I almost guarantee you that after a couple of weeks at it you'll have lost weight, you'll be fitter, you'll be sleeping better and your mind will feel a lot clearer. Best of luck!"
Go to a proper store if you can about gain analysis and not just a lifestyle sports or whoever do it. Like amphibian king in Bray and Dublin or gotta run in Oranmore.
Dont think about 15minute 5ks aa guys doing that kind of run can be running 40/50kms(at least) a week every week and have been doing it for quite some time....
Wouldnt agree on protein shake. Just having a good balanced diet is far more important.

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 727 - 02/04/2020 18:30:40    2275220

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Replying To KillingFields:  "Go to a proper store if you can about gain analysis and not just a lifestyle sports or whoever do it. Like amphibian king in Bray and Dublin or gotta run in Oranmore.
Dont think about 15minute 5ks aa guys doing that kind of run can be running 40/50kms(at least) a week every week and have been doing it for quite some time....
Wouldnt agree on protein shake. Just having a good balanced diet is far more important."
I've found protein shakes very good for recovery in terms of the stiffness and leg pain the morning after a long run but each to their own.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6784 - 02/04/2020 20:54:39    2275231

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Replying To HandballRef:  "Corrales / Castillo 1 is the best fight of all time in my opinion. But I don't think anything will ever top that Hagler/Hearns round 1. A few other fights worth a watch are Barrera/ Morales trilogy, Gatti/Ward trilogy. Marquez/ Pacquiao 1, De La Hoya/ Quartey, Chavez / Whittaker. Whittaker got robbed in that one . YouTube is full of a lot of old gems."
i watched Ward Gatti 1 last night, round 9 was like something out of Rocky, definitely felt it was a home town decision in the end by the judges though

Rosineri1 (UK) - Posts: 1876 - 03/04/2020 09:59:31    2275244

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Replying To Breezy:  "I agree about US sport it seems like following the draft is more important than folloing the games half the time.
Same with soccer I dont care about the amounts of money but its the speed and frequency of transfers which means folllowing soccer at the highest level means spending your summer glued to Sky sports watching some clown stand outside training ground watching out for cars passing by"
Life is too short for Sky Sports news and all their nonsense.
I wasted a good bit of time in college watching it. Have hardly watched it since I graduated.

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 618 - 03/04/2020 13:51:54    2275261

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Replying To Rosineri1:  "i watched Ward Gatti 1 last night, round 9 was like something out of Rocky, definitely felt it was a home town decision in the end by the judges though"
Poor old Arturo Gatti. The man was afraid nobody in boxing. Fought everybody and took their best punches and still came forward. So many of his fights are worth watching. Definitely one of the most entertaining boxers of all time.

A tragic end for him all the same. I watched a short documentary on youtube about his death and his new wife at the time wasnt portrayed very well in it. A very suspicious death!

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 1823 - 03/04/2020 18:48:51    2275280

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "Life is too short for Sky Sports news and all their nonsense.
I wasted a good bit of time in college watching it. Have hardly watched it since I graduated."
I remember Fallas going to the pub to watch deadline day sitting there glued to a TV of a man in a car park

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 672 - 03/04/2020 23:08:48    2275297

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Replying To Breezy:  "I remember Fallas going to the pub to watch deadline day sitting there glued to a TV of a man in a car park"
I remember being out checking cattle and getting text message from friends saying macherano and tevez signing for Westham and thinking they'll win the Premier league :-0

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 10739 - 04/04/2020 02:53:30    2275305

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "After GAA sports, which sport is your next favourite? Myself, I like a lot of different sports (horse racing, rugby, cricket...), but as a Spurs fan for over 50 years, it has to be soccer."
A born again poster here. My other sports would be soccer, lifelong Leeds United fan, and snooker. I admire the skill of the players in the game.

Mickthemiller (Offaly) - Posts: 4 - 04/04/2020 15:35:57    2275323

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My second favorite sport is cycling it's had a bad reputation lately but it's a great sport to watch and participate in.

Johnnyprophet (Galway) - Posts: 24 - 06/04/2020 15:52:27    2275447

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