If you are any sort of a serious runner, you will eventually end up referring to the Book, The Lore of Running. This thousand page almanac from the training guru Tim Noakes contains a wealth of wisdom, everything from the running physiology and biochemistry, to the basics of training; from how to transfer training into … Continue reading The Most Important Step to Becoming a Great Runner
I had a good year in 2008. I won the IMRA Irish Championship, the Connaught Championship and the Queen of the Mountains. Later, I came first overall in the IMRA Navigational Challenge. With Andrew McCarthy, we retained our 24 hour Irish Rogaine Title in June. In September, together with John MacEnri, we won the Mourne … Continue reading Is it the winning that counts?
It was that time of the week for tempo training, that fast session to help keep your speed after all those slow endurance runs. I decided to head down to the local sports stadium to do the run on the track. This time I was in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Being a communist country, … Continue reading Tempo Training in Laos
We were in Sydney for a single day, on transit to our friends’ wedding. After a good night of wining and dining, we’re up early before for a leisurely morning run. And where else would you be jogging but up and over the Harbour Bridge with stunning views of Sydney to left and right. Back over … Continue reading A Day in Sydney
About ten years ago, I lived and worked in a slum located in east Nairobi. One day, after a long period of inactivity, I decided to go for a run around our compound. Our enclosure was a tiny area overlooking the slums, a total circumference of less than 200 metres. Undeterred, I donned a pair … Continue reading Why are you running around like that for?
Bangladesh is bursting with people. With 159 million residents in a country the size of Wales, it definitely looks and feels overcrowded. In Dhaka, roads full of rickshaws and cars, trucks and pedestrians, make it neigh impossible to walk, let alone run around the place. Even the city’s parks are so full to capacity that … Continue reading Tracking down Treadmills in Bangladesh
When I run, I think. I think about work and play, about family and friends, about life and love. And after the mountains of miles I’ve clocked up, I’ve come to the conclusion that what I’m actually running towards is to simply be the best that I can be. When I say best, it’s not … Continue reading Being the Best that I can Be