Category Archives: Training

Race to the marathon start line

A marathon consists of two challenges. One is getting to the finish line, and the other is getting to the start line. I’m almost at the start line of my ninth race over the classic distance, the Tralee Marathon. Race … Continue reading

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Taper illness

Just because you’re maranoid, it doesn’t mean the world is not out to get you during your marathon taper. With only nine days to go to the Tralee Marathon, I’m sick. I have whatever version of the cold bug is … Continue reading

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New year, new running

Hiya pals! What a great back-to-work Monday! Aren’t you buzzing with New Year optimism and joie de vivre, just glad to be alive? Didn’t think so. For most of us, today marks the sad end of the Christmas holidays and … Continue reading

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Slovember Nowonder

November was a tough month for my running. I expected as much, but it was still a drag. Following the Dublin Marathon at the end of October, I’ve had my usual post-marathon slump. Naturally, part of that is the need to … Continue reading

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Track at the crack of dawn in Leuven

I’ve been back in Ireland for over a year now. If anyone asks me what I miss from my eight years of living in Paris I tend to give standard answers like “the sights”, “the bakeries” and “the friendliness of … Continue reading

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Post-marathon comeback

The story so far: After a gruelling Dublin Marathon, your blogger takes a break from running for the rest of October – a grand gesture somewhat undermined by there being only four days left in the month. But a runner … Continue reading

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Marathon strategy

In this pre-marathon week, my runs are light and easy. This gives me a good opportunity to think about the big day and in particular my marathon strategy – splits, finishing time and the like. “Ha!” says you. “I don’t … Continue reading

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Dublin Marathon 2014 training – month 4 review

Another four weeks of running done, and I’m pleased to report that I trained hard for three of them. I started my taper last week, you see. The long runs and hard sessions are over; now I’m just running to … Continue reading

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Last of the long runs

Right, that’s that. With my long run this morning I finished my substantive training for the Dublin Marathon in three weeks’ time. I was glad to get that long run done at all. I had planned to run it yesterday … Continue reading

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Running home from work

Remember when I said I didn’t fancy being a running commuter? Well, I’ve changed my position slightly. These last few weeks I’ve had to do a midweek 12-mile run as part of my Dublin Marathon training. My workplace, down the coalmines, … Continue reading

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