Perth Marathon 2016

There's so much I want to say about Perth Marathon but travel and jetlag have delayed my race report a tad. The short version is that the race went so much better than I had hoped and turned out to be more enjoyable than most of the twelve half marathons I've run since October 2012. …

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Moving & marathoning

Several of the thousands of people I’ve informed about my upcoming marathon aspirations have wondered why, if I’m only going to do one, I haven’t opted for an iconic event such as the Melbourne or London Marathons. I want to play it safe, I’ve said. I want to keep the stakes (and costs) as low …

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Reunions (and a bit of stalking) in Paris

When I was nine, my best friends were twin girls, four years my senior, who lived next door. Their dad was a bank manager, so they were Irish nomads who moved house every few years. When I was nine, the twins and their siblings moved to a village in an adjacent county, Wexford, less than 100km from …

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Race report: Angkor Wat Half Marathon 2014

At the start line of this year’s Angkor Wat Half Marathon, rather than worrying about the 21.1km ahead, my mind was preoccupied with the issue of gender inequality. Lofty thoughts however they were not. I was eyeing the back of a runner, a male runner, who was peeing against a tree. Not fair! I needed …

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My new race recipe

Given my enthusiasm for registering for races, I'm a pretty lousy racer. Every single time I have crossed a finish line, I have complained about at least one (but usually two or three) of the following: I got a stitch. I had shin splints for the first 5 km. I felt like vomiting for half the race though …

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First Post from Perth

Right. It’s been a while. Had a few things to do you know with the whole setting up a new life all over again thing. I wonder if there's any chance of a consultancy post in witness protection for the FBI. I'm really getting rather good at this setting up a new life lark, bureaucratically …

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London Recap

Well Dick Whittington was wrong - the streets of London are NOT paved with gold. However, I can attest to the fact that the parks - Hyde Park, St James's Park, and Kensington Gardens - are teeming with runners. Or maybe it's like that time I was trying to get pregnant without success and it seemed …

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