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Meet Stephen Rooney – Goalkeeper turned Runner!

Stephen Rooney

Meet Stephen Rooney – Goalkeeper turned Runner!

My name is Stephen Rooney and from a young age I have always been into sports.

But guess what, I hated running and I mean really hated running. My first ever experience was taking part in the community games 400m and finishing last. I played soccer and determined that the least amount of running could be done by a goalkeeper.

Over the years I was lucky enough to win two all-Ireland Colleges medal with Summerhill College Sligo at U-14 and Senior level. In the U-14 semi-final, I was managed to save four of the five penalties taken against me.

While growing up it was always my dream to play for my country and at seventeen years of age, I was the youngest ever player capped by the Republic of Ireland Junior soccer team. We played Scotland in 1990 in my home town of Sligo.

In the final years of soccer, I tore cartilage in both my knees, so I spent more time in the gym rehabilitating than playing. When I stopped playing football I wasn’t training as frequently as I used to, so I started road running, and adventure racing to keep active. As a result of this, I have run fourteen marathons, some half marathons the other races that are becoming more and more popular.

My weekly training schedule consists of five nights running, split up into a tempo run and easy run and a long run, a night of cross training and one night or morning of strength and conditioning exercises. I also have the luxury of having three kids and a wife who is competing in an Iron-Man here in Cork in June 2019, so life is busy.

However, it’s all about time management and getting in the work required, like everyday life I suppose.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll delve deeper into training that you may or may not find interesting .

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Marathon // Europe // Germany // October

10/11/2020 // Munich, Germany // $91.00


The cityscape of the home of Munich Marathon is characterized by centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The Bavarian capital is known for the annual Oktoberfest and it’s sportiness. In the old town on the central Marienplatz there are landmarks such as the neo-Gothic New Town Hall, whose popular carillon plays melodies and stories from the 16th century.

The city of München Marathon is a natural habitat of Mediterranean-style street cafes, highbrow art and high-tech industry, Germany’s unofficial southern capital is a flourishing success story that revels in its own contradictions. If you’re looking for Alpine clichés, they’re all here, but the Bavarian metropolis has many an unexpected sides to be discovered.

With that being said, the Munich Marathon is the place to be!!

Whoever has competed in one of the editions of München Marathon knows that tingling sensation. The concentration and tension of the runners is tangible; only subsiding when the starter’s pistol finally sounds and your sightseeing tour through Munich starts right away.





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