Don’t get me wrong – I’m very aware that Vibram’s Five Finger shoes look freaky. I nearly refused to run with a friend once who was wearing such a pair – there was no way I was going to be seen dead with someone wearing webbed-feet shoes with all their toes poking out. But then … Continue reading Five Fingered Footwear
Vietnam is a really great place to live. It has great weather, good food, interesting history and culture, beautiful buildings and tourist spots. But despite all these multiple advantages, there are one or two constraints involved when living in this country. One of the most common issues encountered when living in developing countries such as … Continue reading Sport Gear Shortage in South East Asia
It’s been a long time since I’ve worn my Walsh PB fell running shoes. In fact, despite owning them for a year, I’ve only worn them once. They were bought on a whim last year during a wonderful Lake District vacation. To be honest, I needed an excuse to visit the Pete Bland Sports Shop … Continue reading Sorrell Hill no Sweat for Walsh PB Shoes
What with Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains being located right along the coast, there’s nearly always a sea breeze cutting right across your run. Salomon’s Hoodie II jacket is my new answer to windy days like these. However, not only does this jacket stop wind dead in its tracks. It’s also got quite a number … Continue reading Salomon’s Fast Wing Hoodie II Jacket
Sorry but even the mere sound of this post’s title already puts me to sleep: this stuff is technical and boring and very detailed, so please feel completely free to ignore it. However, it is the sorta thing that fellow runners do ask about, and it is the kinda thing I needed to know before … Continue reading What I ate, drank, wore and carried on the Wicklow Round
What with all this lovely wet weather, it’s time to review some wet weather gear. Let’s start from the bottom and have a good look at waterproof pants, courtesy of Lowe Alpine, OMM, and Berghaus. Remember, if your legs and bum are dry, how could you not be happy out on the hills?
There’s nothing worse than a scratchy, smelly, sodden bra when you’re running about on the hills. So after trying out quite a few models, here’s my best of the bra bunch as featured on Mud, Sweat and Tears.
It’s a strange day if I’m running without a pack. During the week, I normally run in and out to work, so I need a bag to carry all my daily work essentials. On the weekends, my mountain training runs are in the middle of nowhere, so I need to carry all the necessary mountain … Continue reading It’s all in the bag!
I may be Irish, but I’m not at all a fan of the Irish weather. In fact, if you want me to be going anywhere near any of Ireland’s cold and wet mountains, I need to be fully dressed, preferably lathered in a long-sleeved top. As a result, I’ve gone through my fair share of … Continue reading A Short Story about Long Sleeved Tops
Last weekend, I braved a 3 hour run up and down Lugnacoille with nothing more than a T-Shirt on (oh, and some shorts and shoes as well). The T-Shirt in question was the Salomon Moto Tech Tee Zip. Find out more about whether I Rated or Slated the T-Shirt here on Mud, Sweat and Tears.