IN WHICH WE REACH THE FINAL STAGES OF YET ANOTHER PROGRAMME AND BEGIN TO PONDER THE POSSIBILITIES FOR THE NEW YEAR, AND MAKE A SHOCKING DISCOVERY ABOUT MY MATHEMATIC ABILITIES (SPOILER ALERT: I CAN’T COUNT). WE ALSO DISCOVER THERE IS A SAINT DECLAN (ANOTHER SPOILER: IT’S NOT ME…) If there’s a glitch in the matrix, … More Everything comes to an end
IN WHICH WE HAVE A LITTLE DIP (AND NOT THE CELERY AND HUMMUS KIND), CONTINUE WITH PLANS FOR THE MARATHON, AND GET BACK ON TRACK Life is what happens when you are busy making plans, to paraphrase the great John Lennon. This week had that sort of vibe. In fairness, nothing extraordinary, and sometimes, that’s … More That’s life
As promised, this post contains images of the recently unveiled tree sculpture in our local park. Bravo to whoever made the decision to engage an artist to make something creative out of a dead Beech tree. I know if that tree had been half a mile further west, in Kildare instead of Fingal County Council, … More This. This is fine…
“I’m the Dude, so that’s what you call me. That or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”The DudeThe Big Lebowski There is a ten percent ‘rule’ in long distance running training. In simple terms, increase your mileage by no more than 10 percent per … More The programme provides. This dude abides.
IN WHICH WE HAVE AN INTERNAL DEBATE OVER CHOICE OF TITLE FOR THIS POST: ‘GRACE OF DUBLIN BAY’ BEING ONE, AND ‘MISSING: ONE MOJO’ BEING ANOTHER CONTENDER… “The Cambrian sediments in Howth and Ireland’s Eye to the northeast of Dublin have been mapped and the submarine deltaic Censure Group and the overlying Nose of Howth … More Have you seen the head lately?
It’s odd to see ‘was’ at the start of Jerry’s Wikipedia entry. For Irish runners of all shapes and sizes, Jerry Kiernan was a fixture and fitting of our world; the relatively small world, that is, of Irish running. But being a hugely successful runner, and a proud Kerryman to boot, Jerry was often called … More Farewell, Jerry
So, I have a few low-res pics from the official race photographers, and as I comfortably predicted in my last blog post, there is a lot of grimacing going on. Well, there are 54 images in total, but here’s a brief selection: Emerging out of the shadows. In fairness, the weather was perfect for running. … More Come in, No. 6831; your time is up…
“The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true.” Lady Galadriel The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring So the training continues, though the Connemara100 is not just a one-man band. … More The Quest
The programme for Connemara 100 starts next week, officially. I think I may be in denial about the whole adventure. They say if you’re not frightened by your plan, your plan is not challenging enough. Or some such bollocks. They say a lot of stuff, whoever they are. By Week 8 of the plan, I … More Miles are the new kilometres
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…