Heat, Hydration & Exercise

I’ve struggled cycling in the blistering heat of the Atacama Desert, shivered through 8 hour night-long ultra marathons in the Irish winter and suffered with altitude sickness in the beautiful but 3399m above sea level town of Cusco, Peru. Climate and weather conditions have always proved challenging in the world of sport. But this years… Continue reading Heat, Hydration & Exercise

“Parting is such sweet sorrow”

We all remember those early days in a relationship. Long walks together with close intimate contact. It felt right paired up with this attractive ‘model’ most guys dreamed of having. To onlookers it probably looked like the perfect match but below the surface there were problems beginning to emerge. What started as some minor nagging… Continue reading “Parting is such sweet sorrow”

Taper Time

This year I find myself one week before the Dublin marathon with a longer tapering period than usual. Inadequate recovery, poor sleep are both well established risk factors for injury and while I haven’t suffered a musculoskeletal injury (yet) my chest and throat and voice box have taken a hammering. I haven’t ran in 2 weeks… Continue reading Taper Time

The Running Technology Boom

  Hover boards. Hand held tablet computers. Wireless video games. Video conferencing. Wide screen TV’s, wall mounted no less. All things that in 1989 when watching ‘Back to the Future II’ were unimaginable. But these are just some of the things that have actually happened since then (yes even hover boards). Many of us on a… Continue reading The Running Technology Boom

The ‘Which Running Shoe?’ debate

Born To Run by Christopher McDougall (2009) ignited a long awaited world wide debate on the multi million dollar industry that is the running shoe. Since then the debate has continued and the market has adapted accordingly. The worlds’ leading shoe manufacturers shifted their beliefs about supportive cushioning and ‘air’ filled gel heels to accommodate the modern,… Continue reading The ‘Which Running Shoe?’ debate