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the long runs: second twenty

Last week’s foray back into the 20-mile zone of the long runs went well. It went very well; I could not have been happier about it. Since my school days, I have regularly used...

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the long runs: first twenty

It had not been a good week leading up to the next entry in the long runs series on Saturday morning. The chesty cough (I thought) that I started out on the 18-miler last...

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the long runs: second 18

Following last week’s successful outing, it was time to repeat before moving on. The second of the long runs for my Tralee Marathon training programme had something to live up to. Last week went...

the long runs start again, down that line – original photo © Jonathan Brazil 0

the long runs: first 18

Having increased the distance over the last 2 weeks, the time came to launch into the first of the long runs for my Tralee Marathon training programme. Last year was full of experiments; learning...

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rest: off-season’s greetings

Following the Waterford AC Half-marathon last week I said that it was time for off-season. It has been a long year and my mind tells me that the body needs some rest. Naturally, habits,...

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trial run: WAC half

Last weekend we ran a trial of some of the hills along the Waterford AC Half-marathon route. Some additional off-route miles thrown in also to keep the workrate going. This week was all about...

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fast hills: race recce

Not a huge amount to report from this weekend’s long run. Just a 16-miler but with race pace effort on the hills. We selected a route that incorporates some of the worst climbs along...

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race day: beat the train

That time of year again, following the Dublin Marathon. Time for the fantastic Beat the Train race on the Waterford Greenway, in support of Down Syndrome Ireland. A superbly run event, organised by a...

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tralee: time for another challenge

Two weeks since the Dublin Marathon and my unsuccessful bid to claim the sub-3:20 I dearly desire. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve analysed not just my race data but also my training...