Winter is well and truly upon us. The bird feeders have been stocked, firewood has been delivered and stacked, and shopping bags are starting to accumulate in the bedroom, with orders not to look inside. On Saturday, I dragged my weary bones over to Castletown House demense to see if I could make a dent … More A step too far
Pace. The final frontier. These are the voyages of… feck, sorry; that’s a different story altogether. But having said that, pace is often a strange new world where runners boldly go. Or sometimes not. Or other times, by accident. There are days when you just feel lighter than air, and you reckon you could not … More Waterford AC Half Marathon
There are clearly many benefits to training for a long-distance race. After last year’s exploits with the Dublin Marathon, I was able to sling-shot off the back of all that exercise and get a PB in a half-marathon of 1.40:17 a month later. I hadn’t set out to get that time, but as the kilometres … More And so the race begins…
IN WHICH WE SET OUT TO DO A VICTORY LAP OF THE CAPITAL CITY AFTER MANY MONTHS OF TRAINING IN THE LOCAL PARK, WITH THE SIMPLE AIM OF GETTING IN UNDER FOUR HOURS… WE HAD, AFTER ALL, PROMISES TO KEEP It’s about Mile 21, and they’re handing out plastic cups of Lucozade Sport somewhere along … More Dublin Marathon 2018 Race Report
I honestly wasn’t looking for this stat. Honest. Okay. I sense you don’t believe me. That’s okay. We’re cool with that. I’m not sure I even necessarily believe it, but I was slightly tickled nonetheless. What does it mean? I mean, really mean? No idea. I guess the stats are the stats. I guess I … More Overachievers Anonymous Much?
IN WHICH MONTHS OF TRAINING ARE NEARING AN END, AND WE CAST A COLD EYE ON THE DUBLIN MARATHON COURSE, PLUS AUTUMN THROWS UP A FEW GOLDEN MOMENTS… Well, that seems to have come around fairly quickly. My mate and I have been training for the Dublin Marathon (how do you know someone is training … More Taper time…
I think as race titles go, the Great Fjord Swim beats ’em all. It’s a swim. In a fjord. And it’s great. I’ve only done it twice, but I would heartily recommend it to anyone who likes a splash in the sea surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the world. What’s not … More The Great Fjord Swim
IN WHICH WE CELEBRATE OUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (AND A BIRTHDAY) – ATTEMPT TO EAT OUR OWN BODY WEIGHT IN PIZZA, AND PLOT A COURSE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR… Last week was the peak in the programme. The speed work and tempo runs are pretty much at their max, and yesterday was the longest … More Pizza by the kilo…
The following may contain some views that some readers may find deeply patronising and potentially insulting. If you are allergic to such views, then head on over here instead… First up, apologies for the expletive. But I feel it’s warranted. Here’s some blurb from the marketing boys at Garmin, to give you an idea why … More Seriously? For fuck sake!
Another week has passed, and another week closer to the Dublin Marathon at the end of October. Training has been going well. A few breaks here and there for holidays, but then stoppages can occur at any time… We have just had one of the sunniest Summers on record, so rain has not been an … More A Sting in the Tail