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adidas Ultra Boost review: are they really that good?

When adidas launch a shoe, they really launch a shoe. When they first announced their new midsole material – Boost – they took a group of people (me included) to New York where we joined journalists and blogger from all around the world at a stunning event at the Javits Centre – the home of [...]

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Book review: The Way Of The Runner by Adharanand Finn

Book review: The Way Of The Runner by Adharanand Finn

At the end of last year the team behind Like the Wind magazine along with some wonderful friends opened a Pop-Up for a week. We had film screenings, talks, workshops and hundreds and hundreds of runners coming in. It was actually a bit of an overwhelming experience and there were too many amazing experiences for [...]

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A life-changing amount of money (for some)

A life-changing amount of money (for some)

This week I was sent a link to a video about a runner – Eliud Too – who won the Airtricity Dublin Marathon at the end of last year in a tidy time of 2:14:47. The story goes that after the race, Eliud went in to the studios of Dublin-based media production company Two Captains, [...]

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The Epson Run Sense SF-810 GPS watch – first impressions

I was recently contacted by the lovely people at the PR company looking after Epson’s range of ‘GSP Sports Monitors’ and asked if I’d like to review the Run Sense SF-810. I haven’t looked at another GPS watch since I bought myself a Suunto Ambit2 a while ago, so I thought ‘why not’… Here’s what [...]

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National Cross 2015

Yesterday I went to the National Cross on Hampstead Heath to watch thousands of runners do battle with the hills and mud. What became pretty obvious, was that I prefer to be behind the camera than pulling on my spikes and struggling around. I should probably have been running, but I’m really happy with the [...]

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adidas Boost – the next chapter

When adidas announced Boost as their latest technology, I honestly thought that they were on to something in terms of changing the paradigm. They had created a material that would challenge the ubiquity of EVA as the stuff that was on the bottom of every pair of running shoes (excluding the most minimalist of minimal [...]

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New socks… and other things to get you going

It is the start of a new year and whether or not you subscribe to the idea of taking one day in the year as the signal to change things in your life or not, it can undoubtedly a tough time of the year to be running (or doing anything else outdoors to be honest). [...]

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Reacting = bad, responding = good says Seth

I really enjoy receiving the blog posts that Seth Godin sends out every day. More often than not he touches upon something that is relevant or pertinent to what is going on in my life. At the very least that means that I know I am not alone! Today, Seth advised us not to react [...]

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Imagine… passion and profession coming together

Imagine your favourite thing in the whole world. And then someone says ‘here you are, come and do it for a living…’ Now I hope that all the wonderful people who actually read this blog understand that I am reasonably skeptical; open to ideas wherever they come from (and that includes from brands) but always [...]

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My problem with the use of the word ‘brutal’.

brutal (adjective) bruːt(ə)l/ 1. savagely violent. 2. unpleasant or harsh. 3. direct and without attempting to disguise unpleasantness. Origin: late 15th century (in the sense ‘relating to the lower animals’): from Old French, or from medieval Latin brutalis, from brutus ‘dull, stupid’ Too many ‘brutal’s It may be perception rather than reality, but lately I [...]

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