Category Archives: Books and publications

Pfollowing Pfitzinger and Douglas’s marathon training plan

P.G. Wodehouse, the doyen of English humour writers, had a series of novels featuring a dandy-about-town called Psmith. The p is silent, and was added by Psmith to distinguish himself from the mass of mere Smiths. Pete Pfitzinger also packs … Continue reading

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Parkrun backlash? Parkrun lash back

Forgive the glib and sensationalist blog post title, but we’re going to look at what’s usually referred to in tabloid parlance as an “online spat”. In truth, it’s the story of the lively response to a book reviewer’s passing reference … Continue reading

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‘Once a Runner’ – the classic running novel

I had that dream again last night: I’m 16 again, but instead of being sullen and inactive I’ve kept up my pre-teen running. In fact, I’m now running regularly in schools cross-country races and club track meets at regional and … Continue reading

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A shot of Jack Daniels’ Running Formula

My Dublin Marathon training will begin in July – a 16-week summer of long runs, fartleks and recovery shuffles, winding down to a taper seasoned lightly with maranoia. But that doesn’t mean I’m not running already. Since March I’ve been … Continue reading

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Coe and Ovett, best of rivals

For all my marathon exploits, I’m probably a frustrated middle-distance runner. I’d love to have a mile race against ten people of my own level – four laps of the track to see if I could outrun and out-think them. Middle-distance … Continue reading

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The greatest Irish marathon runner ever?

Who is the greatest Irish marathon runner ever? Is it John Treacy, Irish men’s record holder (2:09:15, set in Boston in 1988) and Olympic silver medallist? Or Catherina McKiernan, our women’s record holder (2:22:23 in Amsterdam in 1998) and winner … Continue reading

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Roger Bannister’s ‘The First Four Minutes’

When Felix Baumgartner made his record-breaking fall from space in October 2012, there were some comments about it being our generation’s equivalent of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon. Maybe every generation needs its own iconic and pioneering achievement to celebrate … Continue reading

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