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If Larkin had written about running

If Larkin had written about running

When I was at school we had a very impassioned English teacher who loved Philip Larkin. He instilled in me a love of one of the least lovable men in English literature. And possibly his most famous poem inspired me to pen a parody this morning. I give you “This Be The Session” not by [...]

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Why question the expert?

Imagine this – you have a serious legal problem and you hire a top lawyer. Pay him or her good money. Tell them about the case, every detail. And then question everything they advise you to do. Or you have bad toothache. You book an appointment with the best dentist in town. And whilst still [...]

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A question of scale

A question of scale

One of the things that I am fascinated by is the point at which design, manufacturing and marketing all intersect. In particular I love the idea of craft and people who take care of the products and services that they are responsible for. And yet the sector that is most important to me – running [...]

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What gives you the right?

This is probably not a blog post that I should write and one that might make me more enemies than friends, but it has been brewing for a while and I’m afraid that I can’t hold it in any longer. This is a blog post about people setting themselves up as coaches and advisers when [...]

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The difference between running, the sport of running and the business of running

I saw a tweet today from Mara Yamauchi: Feeling the need to remember, at the end of the day, running is a fab sport – simple, fun, inexpensive, exhilarating, natural, sociable..:) And I think that hidden in that simple phrase is a very important message. Like so many other people who have a love of [...]

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New year, new challenges

I assume to anyone who has read this blog (and thank you if you have read this blog!) knows that over the past couple of years my relationship with running has changed. When I started this blog, the point was to record a journey. From fat, heavy drinking smoker to… something else. I was not [...]

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The power of angry

I’ve recently finished a book called Will It Make The Boat Go Faster. It’s written by Olympian Ben Hunt-Davis, a member of the victorious eight at the Sydney Games. The book has the potential to be really brilliant, but actually it is clearly designed to be a sales tool for the business that Hunt-Davis runs [...]

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Finding intensity

Recently I posted about happiness (or lack thereof) and I have to say I was pretty overwhelmed by the response I got to that – friends contacted me by the dozen to offer advice and ask if they could help (to those who asked if they could help, just asking if you could help, helped!) [...]

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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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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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