Race Review – Art O’Neill Challenge – 53k Ultra

By | 2018-01-19T18:26:29+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports, Running|Tags: , , , |

As a last minute entry to the Art O’Neill Challenge I probably wasn’t taking it quite as seriously in the weeks leading up to it as I should have. There were 5 of us that were planning on running together, safety in numbers and with me as the designated navigator! We managed to squeeze in [...]

Trail Running in Winter!

By | 2017-11-19T21:15:00+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , |

We receive many questions from people new to Adventure Racing and one of the most popular ones is about trail running. What should I wear, how far do I need to run, is it difficult....So we have broken it down here for you all. Hopefully answers some of your questions...but keep them coming! Go green! [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Mark Young

By | 2017-06-12T18:41:49+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Categories: Running, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 9. This weeks spotlights moves to the rebel county...Cork. Mark Young, who is clocking up events nicely, goes under the light next... Enjoy :) What is your name? Mark Young How old are you? 37 Where are you from? Near Bandon in West Cork What got you into Adventure/Multi-sport racing? What [...]

Half Marathon Mick – Earns His Stripes

By | 2017-05-16T22:38:50+00:00 May 7th, 2017|Categories: Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Did Half-Marathon Mick become a true Half-Marathon veteran last weekend? Yes I did! After three months of gruelling training, 60 sweat-filled kilometers worth of races, and enough preand-post-race fry-ups, Weetabix, bananas, soups and sandwiches to fill the hungry belly of a sumo wrestler, I finally tore across the line and snatched up the all-important Half-Marathon [...]

5 Reasons to Run on Different Surfaces

By | 2017-08-27T12:01:21+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

1. Injury prevention In order to minimize the opportunity of getting injured, you should really try and get off the hard surfaces. Those high impact surfaces. The ones that batter the joints i.e. concrete, tarmac. Over time these will absolutely crucify the body. 2. A change is always good Monotony can be killer. Motivation levels can [...]

Half-Marathon Mick – First Adventure Race Done!

By | 2017-04-18T15:08:45+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Running|Tags: , , , , , , |

Half-Marathon Mick back again with an epic Quest blog! Savage weather, beautiful scenery and fantastic food, Quest Glendalough had it all! My training during the week involved cycling back and forth to work followed by a quick jog around the neighbourhood in the evenings. I went straight from pedal to pavement for three evenings in [...]

So what is next on your race calendar?

By | 2017-04-11T13:10:07+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, Running|Tags: , , , , , , |

About know, if you were one of the lucky 3000 plus competitors who took part over the weekend in either Quest Glendalough or Shore2Summit, you are probably already beginning to plot your next outing. Check out our new and improved event guide for the coming year and get planning... Also stay tuned as we will [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Outdoorsy Guy…Ciarán McCann

By | 2017-04-06T15:34:28+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: Running, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 5. With Quest Glendalough looming, I began to research actual footage of trails of Wicklow on Youtube and came across a channel by a fella called "Outdoorsy Guy". Turns out he is an Irish guy who has done a good few races on the circuit. Really worthwhile checking his channel out. Some [...]

Half-Marathon Mick – Training Like Mad

By | 2017-08-27T12:02:46+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Running|Tags: , , , , , , |

Half-Marathon Mick here! I’ve been training like a mad man for the last few weeks so haven’t had a chance to blog but don’t worry, I’m back again with an extra big one! Since I last dropped in here on Kayathalon I’ve completed not one but two races. Not only that, but I’ve gotten my [...]

Conquer Heavy Leg Syndrome

By | 2017-08-27T12:03:10+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, Running, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For anyone who has ever gotten the heavy legs after transitions, you know it can be very frustrating. But there are ways & tricks to get around it. Before I tell you those, lets get to understand why exactly it happens. Reason 1: When cycling, the blood is mainly directed up into the quads in what [...]

Half Marathon Mick’s Training Diary – Week 2

By | 2017-03-09T12:04:26+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Categories: Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi all, Half-Marathon Mick here. Week 2 of my training diary or log or whatever you might like to call it. The first of my races kick off this weekend with the Castleconnell 10K down in Limerick. I’ve clocked up several good long runs over the last week in preparation. The routes have consisted of [...]

My Most Embarrassing Blog

By | 2017-03-03T17:14:00+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Running|Tags: , , , , |

The world of running has brought to me all sorts of embarrassing moments. You know those sort of lasting memory type moments, that thanks to media can come back to haunt you at any google search. And Oh man, I have many. Around 2002ish, I was admittedly in decent shape and agreed to work as a [...]

Introducing Half Marathon Mick

By | 2017-02-27T12:15:45+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi all, Half-Marathon Mick here with the first of hopefully many blog posts charting my leap into the world of competitive running. I nailed down long-distance running as a New Year’s Resolution back in the first fresh week of January. It’s so far so good as I’ve kept my feet off of the comfy couch and [...]

Bad Weather…Storm Doris, is that all you have got?

By | 2017-02-23T14:42:50+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke earlier than usual this morning. I could hear the gale flexing its muscle outside. #StormDoris was not in a very good mood. I hadn't planned on doing anything physical this morning as I have a couple of things on and was planning to get out later in the day. So I went back to the [...]

Hill Running in the City

By | 2017-02-22T23:38:09+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Running, Training, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I recently posted a blog called Conquer Your Everest which discussed the importance of trail/hill training in preparation for a race. A couple emails filtered through about having no access to hills and looking for an alternative. So in response, read on :)While having access to hills obviously is an advantage, its not essential. If you live [...]

The Calm After the Gael

By | 2017-08-27T12:06:28+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Categories: Race Reports, Running|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The first major adventure race of year "Killary Gaelforce Dublin" is complete. If it was your first, I suspect you are both buzzing and sore.  You are probably rerunning the events of the race, the cycle, the trek to the summit of Kippure, the kayaking on Blessington and that feeling of crossing the finish line as [...]

Back to the Grind!

By | 2017-08-27T12:07:47+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The winter break is over...and an extended one I might add. Bar two outings in early January, not a yard was covered since November 26th after RunTheLine 13Km moutain race ( A great race but at that stage I was finished after a grueling season. According to my Runkeeper app, I clocked up 98 sessions in 10 [...]

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