Committing to the grind-UTMB part 2

          Looking up into the night sky, you could see the faint line of the mountain ahead, part of you knows that looking up is not such a great idea when you know you have to get up to the top but the vision ahead is often just too spectacular to miss….

The Sounds of Silence- The Story of Solo- Part 2.

  “Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence”                       (Simon and Garfunkel)   The Wicklow Way is so very special to me. It’s…

Patience-Feeling the itch and learning to love the 100 mile belly.

I literally got one week of eating all around me and the 100 mile belly began.  I actually think that’s kinda cruel!  You would think you would get at least a couple of weeks of mindlessly stuffing your face?! As runners, it seems we finish one race and are already thinking about the next one? …

“Seeing a great light” Wicklow Way 100 miles.

“Seeing a great light” Wicklow Way 100 miles.  Every year my mum sends the girls an Advent calendar for Christmas. There is always much discussion over who gets to open the first little door. This year it was Sarah. It wasn’t until the next day, Friday the 2nd, when I read it. “The people that…

Climbing mountains in the sea.

  You know what? It is just so good for you to do something that you actually find hard. I mean like really hard, out of your comfort zone, think you might cry hard (is it possible to cry with swimming goggles on, I don’t know?!) I was definitely lured into a false sense of…

Training for the Non-Running Ultra.

In training for the” Non-Running Ultra. If you told me last December that I wouldn’t run properly for the next 4 months, really, there is just no way I would have believed you. Like absolutely no way. Nah, not believing you there, nope, you’re just being silly, daft actually. Bonkers. Off yer rocker.   Believe…

Wicklow Way Ultra Solo- Dare to Dream. The Story of Solo.

  I am sitting here in front of a blank screen. Lost for words (which very rarely happens to me!) Today it is as if I have an ache in my heart, not necessarily because it is all over, more for thinking about what it brings to you beforehand, of course during the race and…

Vartry 50 mile-becoming an ostrich..

When an ostrich does eventually pull his head out of the sand, does he get a fright or what? I did the complete ostrich approach to the Vartry 50 mile, like complete head in the sand approach, like don’t tell anyone , don’t think about it, don’t worry about it, don’t get excited about it,…

Wickow Way Ultra- Trust in your own self..

Wicklow Way Ultra 2015 – Trust in your own self…. I am not very good at running up mountains, in fact I just can’t run up mountains, I don’t like it at all. But, what I am good at is walking/hiking very fast up them and I just LOVE running down them as fast as…