Category Archives: Gear

Spikes on for cross country

After all these years of burning tar, I’ve decided to go off-road and take my running into the fields. This Saturday morning I plan to run in the St Enda’s GAA Eircom CC in Dublin. The race is part of … Continue reading

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Women’s and men’s running gear: is skimpy simply better?

If you were watching the Commonwealth Games marathons this morning – or indeed, any elite athletics event recently – you might have noticed this; women’s running kit seems to be shorter and tighter than men’s running kit. Even among sprinters, … Continue reading

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Top 5 latest essential running accessories

I’ve been running for however many years now, but only today did I learn about something called an ‘SPI belt’. It’s got nothing to do with spying or communications technology; apparently a small personal item (SPI) belt is what a … Continue reading

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Treadmill running – going nowhere

My bay of Naples run was a hair-raising close encounter with reckless Italian drivers. I didn’t want to repeat that, but I needed another run during my holidays. What was I to do? Well, on a sheltered veranda overlooking the … Continue reading

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Foam rolling – easing my legs and my conscience

Call it honesty or conscience or the lack of a poker face, but I’m such a hopeless liar that I usually don’t even try. However, there’s one exception. I lie like a complete fraud whenever I’m at the physio. The … Continue reading

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Running in jeans

Out on my run last Tuesday night, what did I see? A runner wearing jeans. The rest of this runner’s attire was perfectly normal – proper running shoes, a light hooded tracksuit top, a sports watch. But with all that, … Continue reading

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Dry your wet running shoes here!

From the same almanac of handy hints as my cure for stitches while you run and my home-made sports drink, here’s a tip for drying your shoes when they’re soaking wet after a run in the rain: Stuff your running … Continue reading

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My first GPS running watch

I’ve been running for ten years, including seven marathons and many other shorter races, without ever feeling the need to get a GPS running watch. My basic retro stopwatch served me fine. Until now. The immediate reason for my belated … Continue reading

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New running shoes: breaking in’s not hard to do

At the start of one primary school year, our teacher had a handy hint for anyone with new football boots: “Rub Vaseline all over the leather and leave them overnight; that’ll soften them.” On the next games day, our dazzling … Continue reading

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Earphones while you run – your opinions!

Do you listen to music, radio, podcasts or other audio while you run? As someone who doesn’t wear earphones while running, I’ve been curious about whether I’m in a minority or majority. And so I put the above question in … Continue reading

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