Mark Grealish

Cats and wizardry.


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Ik ben gelukkig

Ja, ik weet dat ik hier vaak klagen, maar…ik ben gelukkig. Ik werk, ren, drenk bier en leer Nederlands. Alles is goed. :)

Sacred Dissatisfaction

But now what now what? It’s this same moronic question I come back to after every bitty accomplishment. Well I ran over the hill. Now what? Oh great, I tackled some ineffable inner demon. What’s next? To paraphrase the song, I don’t want what I know, but I know what I want. Everything I have […]

At Least I Didn’t Pee Blood?

Go watch Why I Run by Exurb2a. His reasons are my reasons. Right now I’m training for Connemarathon in April and the Run Clare Half Marathon. By running more longer and more difficult courses than the race-and in any given weather-the run on the day will be easier. Today’s route (link) was my toughest yet, […]

Running Friends

The most important tenet of my life has become the test of belief and faith.

Cuter than Your Kids

They’ll stab you if you say otherwise.

Baily Evening Fog

Taken in Howth on February 28 2019.

That is a Banana in my Beard

It has a story that you shouldn’t ask after. Self-portrait courtesy of my beautiful daughter. :)

Neither So Grim Nor Dire

Today I’m on a self-enforced day of bed rest because I have the literal death plague in me. The problem with being sick is that I can’t my own lazy hands. The longer I stare at the wall, the more I itch to do something. It hasn’t helped that torn ligaments in my knee have […]

Tee Hee!

The hardest thing for me to do over the last few months has been to separate my expectations of other peoples's expectations of what I should feel, from what I expect I should I feel, from what I think I feel, from what I feel.

Views from Benbulben

Snaps dumped from Instagram in no particular order.

Galway City Harriers New Year’s 5k

Date: 2019-01-01 Time: 00:22:21 Distance: 5km Pace: 00:04:53/km Finished: 103/344 (30/100 normalised) Previous race: Clontarf Half Marathon A quick fast new year’s day run around Galway city to burn off the hangover from the night before. While we weren’t awarded medal for not dying on that long and lonely road, I did bag a sweet […]

Don’t Like This Post

My thoughts on social media and how I'm removing myself from it.

North Sligo from Benbulben

So shit, this climb was one for the bucket list. From Lisadell on the left to Bundoran on the right is about 30 kilometres in this view which encompasses the entire north Sligo coast, the Leitrim coast (all one kilometre of it) and the town of Bundoran in south Donegal. The peak of Slieve League […]

Hólavallagarður

Hólavallagarður (Holavallagarthur) graveyard in Reyjkjavik, Iceland.

From Oregon!

My ex-wife has moved herself and the kids to near Bend in Oregon. The kids love it there-the Internet is better, there’s so much outdoors to get lost in, and it’s snowed consistently over the past few weeks. Only last night Garrett blistered his hands in the cold because he kept going out in the […]

Remap a JavaScript Object

Eh, gods, this one bothered me a fair bit. At work our API returns some data that I’ve found I have to remap. As it happens with any organically-grown system, there are a number of small inconsistencies between different objects with similar attributes. For example: interface Foo { ices: { type: 'vanilla'; } } interface […]

And the Land Beyond

The sky above and the land beyond. Taken on Croagh Patrick, Mayo, October 27 2018.

Clontarf Half Marathon

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: I wore warm clothes. Beanie, gloves and an over layer. I found my desired pacer in the starting […]

Esjan and Þverfellshorn

On my second day in Iceland I climbed the gorgeous Mount Esja near Reykjavik!

Seljalandsfoss

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

Seljalandsfoss Cloning Before/After

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 […]

Skógafoss

Skógafoss waterfall in the South Region of Iceland. Taken October 1, 2018.

Majestic Mountain Mannishness

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

Decay and Renewal

Taken at Keem Beach, Achill Co. Mayo

Gaelforce Howth Summit 10k 2018

Date: 2018-10-13 Time: 00:56:55 Distance: 10km Pace: 00:05:40/km Finished: 103/496 (21/100 normalised) Previous race: Hjartadagshlaupið 2018 10k, Reykjavik And this a whole different kettle of fish. Gaelforce runs are off the road, over the hill and somewhere far off by the sea in a league of their own. Where I enjoyed a flat and even […]

Hjartadagshlaupið (Heart Day) 2018 10k, Reykjavik

Date: 2018-09-29 Time: 00:46:52 Distance: 10km Pace: 00:04:39/km Finished: 57/188 (30/100 normalised) Previous race: SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon My chip time for the run makes this run a new personal best, beating out the DLR Bay 10k finish by 15 seconds! The Hjartadagshlaupið (Heart Day) run seems to be an annual community in Reykjavik. […]

SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon 2018

Date: 2018-09-22 Time: 01:48:45 Distance: 21.1km Pace: 00:05:09/km Finished: 2579/6674 (39/100 normalised) Previous race: DLR Bay 10k 2018 The 2018 SSE Airtricity Half Marathon was both my first half marathon race and a major personal milestone. As I write this post in late October it has been a year since I took up running as […]

Lonely Home

Taken in the Southern Region, Iceland, near Skógafoss.

The Northern Lights

Taken at the Skíðaskálinn í Hveradölum lodge just outside of Reykjavik. This is a terrible photo taken handheld with Camera+ 2 as I learned on a wall in the car park. The aurora were the highest point of Iceland because I never before saw such a full display. In Sligo and Galway here in Ireland […]

Sólheimajökull

I have to start somewhere with the Iceland photos!