Mark Grealish

Cats and wizardry.

Clontarf Half Marathon

in running

Me tired but happy at the finish
Run route on Strava
  • Date: 2018-11-17
  • Time: 01:42:29
  • Distance: 21km
  • Pace: 00:04:53/km
  • Finished: 366/1605 (23/100 normalised)

Previous race: Gaelforce Howth Summit 10k

Went well. Flat course. Ran long and hard.

Yesterday I applied the lessons of the Phoenix Park half marathon:

  1. I wore warm clothes. Beanie, gloves and an over layer.
  2. I found my desired pacer in the starting pen and began from there.
  3. I carried more gels and used them at the halfway and three-quarters marks.
  4. I set and stopped my run timer as I crossed the start and finish lines.

Other than that, the run was a straightforward out-and-back to Sutton. I got ahead of the 1:45 pacer popped on a podcast and shut off for two hours.

Esjan and Þverfellshorn

in iceland

Looking toward Mosfellsbær from Þverfellshorn
The view west from Þverfellshorn
The view east from Þverfellshorn
Snowy plateau at the top of Esja
Þverfellshorn peak marker


in iceland

Panorama of Seljalandsfoss in southern Iceland
The rear of Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Another waterfall, another whistle stop tour, this time at Seljalandsfoss, right down the road from Skógafoss!

Seljalandsfoss Cloning Before/After

in design

Seljalandsfoss cloning before (with tourists)
Seljalandsfoss cloning after (with tourists)

In my post about Skógafoss, I mentioned that I spent a few tedious hours in Photoshop cloning out tourists. This led to some questions from my friend Duncan about the time I put in to remove the tourists, which in turn put it into my head to upload this. There really were a million of us tourists all over the place. :p


in iceland

Skogafoss waterfall
Me at Skogafoss
Skogafoss panoramic

I don’t have too much to report about Skógafoss as our group only stopped for 20 minutes on our way back to Reykjavik from Sólheimajökull. My impressions were dominated by the impressive scale of the scenery, desolate landscape and million-odd other tourists. I spent two hours between these three photographs cloning out other visitors to the waterfall.

While I know it’ll take a bit of planning, I hope to visit again next summer when I hike the Laugavegur trail.

Majestic Mountain Mannishness

in me

Me on Croagh Patrick

What’s a mountain for except a quick selfie? Taken on Croagh Patrick in Mayo, October 27 2018.