Half Marathon Training: Week 13

Last week I finally got round to doing something that I had been putting off ever since I started training – I joined a gym. I haven’t ever really gone to the gym on a regular basis, there’s been a few tried but ultimately thought the gym wasn’t for me. Unfortunately for my training I…

Half Marathon Training: Week 12

I’m still working on my relationship with running. While we’re on the way to a better place it’s still a little bit rough. I can’t believe it’s been 12 weeks since I signed up to the half and while I feel like I haven’t really made any progress I started to look at my previous…

Half Marathon Training: Week 11

I’ve been in a real running rut lately. Running and I are going through a rough time and we’ve been close to breaking up. I can’t really put my finger on why I’m struggling with it at the moment. I think maybe because I had been doing really well and seeing such an improvement a…

Weekend Trip to Copenhagen

A couple of weeks ago myself and two friends visited Copenhagen as part of 30th birthday celebrations for my friend. I had heard that Copenhagen was expensive but had thought it was no big deal – like Dublin is expensive too right? I quickly realised that compared to Copenhagen Dublin seems extremely cheap but I…

Half Marathon Training: Week 10

This week I was so eager to get back to where I was before my illness that when I went for my first run this week I really pushed myself to go faster and faster. Then I woke up the next day to such pain in my calves that I could barely walk never mind…

Half Marathon Training: Week 9

I’m finally feeling back to my normal pre-flu self. It’s not just that I’m no longer coughing up a lung or running a fever. I actually feel rested when I wake up in the morning and it feels so great. I know I sound really over-dramatic about the whole thing but when you feel lousy…

Half Marathon Training: Week 8

This is a belated post as I was in Copenhagen last weekend but honestly I was still in recovery so my running hasn’t been great and I haven’t been able to do a long run in a few weeks. I’m still going to log my stats for this week and I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll break…

Tackling Bearnaise Sauce

I have been hit hard by a nasty Summer flu which has really been such terrific fun (heavy heavy sarcasm) and really couldn’t have come at a better time (more sarcasm). The other night I finally felt better enough to cook and I had a major craving for some comfort food that would build me…

Ireland Staycation – Part 2

After a night in my hometown of Mullingar we hit the road – my Canadian friend had said she wanted to see Kylemore Abbey which was something I wasn’t that excited about. I had seen the Abbey once before but this time we went inside and I have to admit it is pretty beautiful, inside and…

Half Marathon Training: Week 7

Sooooo my training had been going really well and I was all geared up for another great week. Sunday night I felt a slight tickle in my throat but I didn’t think too much of it, I just drank some hot honey and lemon tea and had an early night – expecting to wake up…

Half Marathon Training: Week 6

After last week’s 10k went so well I went into this week feeling really motivated and I had a new goal – run 11k before work. I usually run in the morning because I find it easier getting the run out of the way first thing. But I’ve never ran such a long distance before…

Ireland Staycation – Part 1

Last month my friend from Canada came over to visit. It was her first time in Europe and a great excuse to spend a few days exploring this little country of mine. She landed early on a Saturday morning and after dropping off her luggage and a restorative bagel we hit up the city. We…