IN WHICH WE BID FAREWELL TO THE LAST OF THE SNOW, DO A BIT TO HELP OUT WITH A GREAT CAUSE, AND GET BACK TO SOME SORT OF NORMALITY(ISH) So the snow has all but melted. It left us with some happy memories, lots of photos, and in my case, broken gutters. That’s a small … More Boxing Day
What’s seldom is wonderful, so they say. And they also say you wait for one red weather alert for years and then two come along together. Well, okay, that’s not strictly true. Storm Ophelia arrived mid-October last year. And now we have another Red Alert, in the form of the Beast from the East and … More Snow Day!
For the last few years, a few of us from the station have played a memorial game of football for our sub-officer’s brother. It’s a mix and match of various people, but the bulk of the team are handy enough ex-Leixlip United players, so they know how to kick a ball. In preparation for this … More Two more sleeps…
IN WHICH A TEMPO RUN TURNS INTO A RUN-LIKE-HELL RUN, WE DISCUSS THE FASCINATING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MILES AND KILOMETRES*, AND HOLLY SAYS… WELL, WHAT SHE ALWAYS SAYS… When you’re in a six-days a week programme, life becomes a bit of a blur. If you’re not checking the weather to see when’s good to run, you’re … More Week Four
Stagnation. Frustration. Boredom. None of these are the right words. It’s classic pre-race jitters, and the right word just slipped from my mind. Stasis? Paralysis? No. It won’t come to me. Behind me in the office is a bag with enough running gear for a small athletic club, and possibly enough sugar to kill a racehorse. … More The storm before the calm
IN WHICH WE HAVE THE FIRST SNOWS OF 2017, GET BACK TO SOMETHING APPROACHING NORMAL AS REGARDS TRAINING, AND CONTINUE THE DIY FITNESS REGIME WITH SOME, EH, HOME DIY… It doesn’t really snow much here in Ireland. We were at a little bump the other day (what is technically called an RTC, or road traffic collision) … More The Grand Tour
“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing-wax Of cabbages – and kings And why the sea is boiling hot And whether pigs have wings.” ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’ Lewis Carroll So, a while back, when I started out on this unironed journey, I promised to tell some … More The time has come to talk…
My favourite place to run is in St. Catherine’s Park in Leixlip. It’s right on my doorstep, so it suits me, whether I’m on call or not. But it also has a lot of variety for a park, with plenty of hills of differing difficulty and length, open flat spaces, good footpaths, and wooded areas. … More Pace and tempo training