It's been an uncharacteristically positive week. Part of me is waiting for the axe to fall, but the rest is content to appreciate a suspiciously positive few days. I think a large part of my current contentment is that last night, I finished The Great Virtual Run Across Tennessee. I started this 1021.7km challenge on … Continue reading The Tennessee Shuffle
I've spent the last few days in Galway, the city on the West coast of Ireland where I was ripped screaming from the void into this plain of existence a few decades ago. One of the great things about Galway is its long coastal promenade, which many avail of for seaside walks or runs. I've … Continue reading Bitch Extensions
This weekend just past, I had the pleasure of running the Clonakilty marathon. While the conditions were not as clement as in the picture above, it was still a wonderful experience to run through the spectacular raw scenery of Ireland's South coast. It was an incredibly wild and gusty day, and progress was slow, but … Continue reading Running Water – with Conscience
Last weekend, I dragged my out-of-shape carcass on a 42.2km loop around Dublin, taking part in the 40th Dublin marathon. They made quite a bit deal of it this year, as we humans are wont to do with multiples of ten. There were also record numbers participating, with 22500 registered - though not all who … Continue reading Twenty Six Mile Waste-line
Why do it? It's a question I often get asked when people hear that I enjoy running. Heading out into the wild with a small backpack with food and water, connecting with nature, appreciating the fresh air and solitude. It's a nice way to spend a few hours. Or even a whole day. It's like … Continue reading The Kerry Way Mini-Odyssey
Often when I go out running, I choose a different route, or explore a place I have not been to before. Rather than planning an exact route, I simply decide an approximate distance or time and head off on my merry way. I did so last Saturday morning, when I ran along the Royal Canal, … Continue reading Patria o Muerte?
Something that always bothers me when I enter running events is the amount of plastic I see wasted. Of course, hydration is essential in all kinds of exercise, and in endurance events a lot of hydration is needed. So, large events such as the Dublin City Marathon supply hundreds of thousands of bottles of water … Continue reading Bottles to the Ground