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food and drink reward for a PB in Clonmel 0

race day: clonmel half marathon

Out of bed at 0630h to do nothing but relax. A little bag-packing, breakfast preparation, and standing on the deck to breathe in the cool morning air. It was race day – race day for...

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the experiments: experiment six

Hard to believe the last of my long run experiments was back in May of this year. A fun few months of very different distance training for me, recently derailed by injury and illness....

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guinea pig: the results

Back in November last year I posted about how I had entered a research study as a guinea pig, to investigate the effects of strength training on running economy for endurance athletes. I’ve posted...

waterford viking marathon 2019 – job done 0

race day: waterford viking marathon 2019

Race day arrived yesterday for my planned midway speed check marathon. The Waterford Viking Marathon was supposed to be my midpoint test to see how training was progressing for me. You may have heard...

job done, knolwedge gained (photo © https://unsplash.com/@zoltantasi) 0

the experiments: experiment five

Last week’s entry in the experiments line-up yielded my first failure. Some might say I’m being a little harsh as I only missed two splits by a tiny margin. However, it wasn’t the missed...

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the experiments: experiment four

With the trial marathon having gone so well last week, it was time for another test of my legs. Rather than drop back too far from full distance, I felt fresh enough that 20...

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speed check: unexpected 3:45

A few weeks back myself and a running buddy ran that stunning 50km piece of endurance madness. This week he got revenge by casually dropping it into conversation last Sunday that we might run...

you'll not find a better stretch of land to run your first ultra 0

the ultra has fallen: #BIGTURD

I remember it well… It was September 2000, my brother and I had been running a bit in the years previous. Only short distance, nothing more than a few miles. We set our sights...

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the experiments: experiment three

With a couple of high mileage weeks behind me, the long run was curbed a little this week. I decided to drop it back to 18 miles given that I had more miles than...

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the experiments: experiment two

Last week, I ran my first 20-miler in a long time with the idea of bringing it into my experiments catalogue. It worked well. As the 20 was just an evolution of two previous...