Placebo, London, running and happiness headaches!

That was one of my last tweets from London, where I just spent two days having the time of my life.

You probably (if you follow me on twitter) know that Tuesday was devoted to seeing my favourite band, Placebo, play at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.  I had an amazing time, both in the queue before the gig and at the gig itself.  It was unforgettable and epic and awesome! Of the few photos I took of the gig, this one is my favourite:

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But, as this is a running blog, I’m not going to go on and on about Placebo and the gig (even though I could, just ask my friends!).  It’s the second day I spent in London that’s relevant here; on Wednesday I became a running tourist for a day.

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When running becomes positively negative!

The first time I heard the term ‘negative split’ I had no idea what it meant. When I looked it up and discovered it meant running your last km or mile faster than your first, I thought that sounded easy, right? Doesn’t every runner start off slowly and work up to a faster pace?

Turns out, it’s a lot harder than it sounds, and up until a few weeks ago, I had never run a negative split. Imagine my surprise when I then I ran a negative split not once, but twice by complete accident!

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Perpetually moving the goalposts

I’m the kind of person who likes to stack my goals; I line them up so when I achieve one, I have another goal waiting in the wings. I do this in all aspects of my life; personal, professional, and now physical.

In the simplest of terms, I like to always have something to reach for so I am always moving the goalposts.

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Auto Pause: Friend or Foe?

I’ve been asking myself that question for a while now, and I’m still not sure of the answer.

Like many runners, I use a tracker app when I go running. This app tracks my route and time, which then give me my overall pace. It also has this great invention called Auto Pause, where it pauses tracking me when I stop running and resumes when I do.   It’s great when I am forced to stop, like at a traffic light for example.

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Y’all ready for this? Um..no.

By the way…I have a race this Saturday which I’m so unprepared for! It’s the Dublin Simon 5 mile Fun Run and unfortunately I’m not really feeling capable of running 5 miles right now.  But, I’m feeling pretty positive about the race too, I’m not worried or nervous or anything. It did kinda creep up on me though! Time flies, right?

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Who am I and what have I done with myself?!

You may not remember my post from a long while back about why I run in the evenings. Nothing has really changed since then. I still don’t sleep well, I still have more energy in the evenings and I still enjoy letting go of my workday stress with an evening run.

But this week I did an experiment of sorts.  I went running at 6.30 in the morning. Twice!

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In which I talk about holidays, injuries and foam rolling

You might have noticed it’s been awhile since I wrote a blog post.  It’s not that I haven’t thought about it, in fact it turns out that I have so much to write about that I haven’t been able to write about anything! So many ideas; so little time!

But between holidays and injury I haven’t done much running lately, though it’s high time I wrote an update, so here goes!

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One year a runner

A year. I’ve been a runner for a year. I can’t even express how wonderful it feels to be able to say that!

One year ago today I stepped outside my front door and went running for the first time. I had no idea what running would do for me, and how things in my life would change.

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Challenging + Fun + PB = A Great Race! Irish Runner 5 Mile Race Report

Yesterday I ran the Irish Runner 5 mile race.  It’s part of the Dublin Marathon Race Series, and my second 5 mile race.

It was pretty awesome. I gotta say! Despite the torrential downpour at mile 4, it was one of the better races I’ve run.  I mean that both in terms of how it was organized, and how I did. By that I mean I’m excited to say I  finished the race with a PB!

But before I get ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning!
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So I have a 5 mile race on Saturday.  This Saturday. Like, less than 2 days away Saturday.

I am so unprepared for this. I haven’t trained the way I want to and this has been a really bad week.  I’m not ready, but, paradoxically, I’m not really worried about it.

So what’s going on?

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