There were moments over the course of the last month when Shane Finn was simply not himself.
The young Dingle man confesses he is normally full of conversation and the first for cracking jokes, only in the early mornings of his 24 marathon challenge he would come face to face with a different person entirely.
“Sleep was hit and miss”, he says.
“Some nights I’d sleep great and others I wouldn’t. I struggled particularly with a split-personality disorder that developed after a few days. I’m a very sociable, chatty guy – I like talking to everyone and having the craic.
“But some mornings I would wake up literally hating everybody and hating myself, not wanting to do anything, feeling almost hungover.
“I’d be getting up for breakfast and not wanting to speak to anybody and just wanting to be on my own. Then I’d put on my shoes and shorts at half nine and start running, and would be a completely polar-opposite person.”
He needed to make that change fast. The 25-year-old was in the midst of running an astonishing 24 marathons in 24 days – just over 1,000km across the length and breath of Ireland in aid of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI).
The physcial pains of blisters, sores and cramps could all be cured by massages and ice-baths, and he admits that despite the physical and mental anguish of the journey he never once entertained the possibility of giving up.
Each day there were a thousand motivations running through his head, but first and foremost was his cousin Mary Evans, who suffers from both Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
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