Bringing the carnage to the Dublin Marathon 2016

Four years ago I ran my first marathon, in Dublin, and it was a disaster. Everything seized up at the top of my right calf around mile 10, followed a few miles later by my left calf. I hobbled the remaining 16 miles in pain. It had never happened before and it hasn’t happened since. I thought that was the end of my marathon “career” and reverted to Halves and 10k’s until last year. »

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Why we need more events like Ginger Runner Virtual Run #GRVR16

If you’ve ever Googled for video reviews of running shoes, you’ve almost definitely landed on a review by The Ginger Runner, Ethan Newberry. For a long time, that was all I knew him for and I bought several pairs after confirming that he liked them. Then I discovered Ginger Runner Live, where he does long interviews with ultra runners live on YouTube. These are my goto podcasts whilst running slowly, along with Bad Boys Running, The Ultra Runner Podcast and Adam Buxton (who may not be a runner :-) ). »

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Timoleague to Courtmacsherry and initial impressions of Elephone Explorer Pro

One of my fave things to do is watch videos made by Ultra Marathon runners and videographers. The views are always stunning and instantly make me want to go out for a run. My first attempt to do similar in Run Forest Run was a bit of a disaster as the rain killed my phone. We’ve had an action camera for a few years that my bro-in-law kindly gave us. It’s a Contour GPS. »

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The Berlin Marathon 2016 - A race for everyone in a great city

Our build up to Berlin had not been great. Between holidays, Red Hat Summit in SF, Red Hat Tech Exchange in Vietnam and a week of post-Vietnam illness, I only managed to get a few long runs in. D’wife also tripped whilst running, less than a week beforehand, and smashed her face up badly. But we had done the Clonakilty 10 Miler which we both felt went well. So we flew from Dublin the day before without too many nerves. »

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The Walkist Manifesto - From Greenways to pathways everywhere and the future of Ireland's health

Intro I began this post several months ago. It started quite simply - I wanted to congratulate those behind the wonderful Waterford/Deise Greenway and encourage Cork County Council to embrace a West Cork Greenway and execute on it. The Waterford one is partially opening this week. However the more I thought about it, the bigger the “vision” got. What I’m going to present here is obvious in many places, controversial in others and possibly pure fantasy. »

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Tough as Leather - The Story of Sporting Legend John Lenihan

Finally a book review on the blog. I’m not sure where I heard about this book, probably Twitter, but damn it’s a great story. I’d never heard of John Lenihan until 3 weeks ago. Then I read this Irish Times article and my jaw was on the floor. He has not only won the Carrauntoohil mountain race 19 times, he still holds the record of 1 hour 11 minutes and 43 seconds. »

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0 first impressions

Now that I’ve done my first trail race, it’s time for my initial impressions of the Altra Lone Peak 3.0. Back in June I got a pair of LP 2.5 in Sports Basement in San Francisco. They were supposed to be my first pair of trail runners but I found them so comfy they immediately became my daily shoes. When I went to get another pair in Europe I learned that they were about to be replaced with the 3. »

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Run Forest Run trail race report. Loved it!

As you may have read in my previous post, I’ve been dipping my toe into running off-road. The phrase “trail running” still seems pretty rare in Ireland where I see “mountain running” mentioned more often, and “fell running” in the UK. Last week my wife spotted on the Running in Cork blog that there was a trail run on in Castlefreke/Rathbarry on Sunday 18th called Run Forest Run. It instantly got me interested as it was [a] nearby and [b] only 5 miles long. »

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The Seven Heads Walk, Fuschia Walk and Lusitania Trail is one of West Cork's best kept secrets. Just go.

Shortly after we moved to Bandon, over 10 years ago, I bought a bunch of Ordnance Survey maps of the area and two books by Damien Enright called “Walks of Courtmacsherry Bay & The Seven Heads” and “Walks in and around Kinsale”. We had high hopes of being outdoorsy. To our shame, the most we ever did was to haul the kids along the short track in Kilbrittain woods, the even shorter one in Ballinspittle woods and the tiny bit longer one in Dromillihy woods. »

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A year of running updates

As has been the case so often over the past 15 years of blogging, I’ve been very remiss in my updates. I’ve had a ton of things I want to write about, like the Waterford Greenway and how adventure/outdoor tourism could be a much bigger business here. But that’s for my holidays. Today, as I move this blog to Hugo and GitHub Pages (what a journey it has had!), I thought I’d just give an update on my running. »

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