Mark Grealish

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In Switzerland I faced a constant struggled with poor mental health. Covid, isolation, lockdown combined with work and family stresses combined to form some rough moments. There were tears a few times as the worst of it got the best of me, but by and by I made my way. And Switzerland was so wonderful, […]

The Grindelwald Valley

Dude, Schnee. Mettenberg (links) und Der Eiger (rechts), beim Grindelwald im Berner Oberland. Fotografieret auf 26 September.

Meta: Excuses for Not Blogging

There aren’t any. You should blog when you want to. There. I wanted to say this, because the time between posts starts to act as a deterrent of itself. “Oh but there’s so much to catch up on since X!” That’s all. Less than three.

But Yes, I’m Burned Out

Don't bring personal lives into professional interviews, Jesus fuck.

Running at the Madrisa T24

This is probably the single photograph that best epitomizes the high points of the past six months in Switzerland.

Six Months in the Mountain Kingdom

Today I ran the Madrisa T24 in Klosters, Switzerland, finishing 75/430 in 02:43:18. If past races have taught me anything, it’s that I get down. After Reykjavik I hit a deep low that lasted for weeks afterward. So, yeah, this is the wrong day to write about the last six months. I talked about the […]

So I Guess I’m an Ultra Runner Now

On Sunday last I ran a 54 kilometre loop from Urdorf to Sihlbrugg and back again to Urdorf, in a little over seven hours! While I missed my target time by an hour, I am so happy to have completed training and the run in grand style.

Swiss Scenery

March 20

My friend began to blog again, which made me feel guilty over my lack of attention here. Everything in my head has become such a thing that Sarah joke “I am the night!” with me. Whenever I come back here the post I want to write tries to hijack the blogging space as another struggle-piece. […]

Happy Dissonance

My last therapist told me part of why I struggle to find words for my emotions is that I rationalize over them. It sounds a bit dumb, so bear with me for a moment for an analogy with endurance running. The farther I run, the father and faster I can run. While there are techniques […]


Taken on a wonderful morning in December 2019 during a beautiful run from the beach at Strandhill. This one was fair fun-first up over Knocknarea, and then a swing out to the head beyond the airport. The weather was perfect-foggy at the start, only for it to melt away into clear blue skies for a […]

Sheer Loveliness

That winning smile. :)

Spiegelgracht na Zonsondergang, Amsterdam


Wat een (Bergachtig) Dag!

Gisteren heb ik door de Burren gerend, vanuit Fanore naar Ballyvaghaun. De zon scheen neer, de lucht was blauw. Als men kent, de Burren is een land van veel rotsen en heuvels bij het oceaan.

Serious Running

Sarah finished her first race-and run, ever-on Friday! I’m so proud of her for doing it.

Angular: Mock Component Transclusion in Angular 7+

Take tabbed content, where, at any time only one pane is shown out of several given. This is such a common pattern that the Angular guide for @ContentChildren uses tabs as an example of use. In very short, @ContentChildren() is syntactic sugar for the results of a query the compiled DOM. Matching elements are available […]

More Fab Than Fab Itself

My partner, because fabulous!

The Itty Bitty Icelandic Kitty Committee

It turns out Rejykavik is known for its many shopkeeper cats such as Ofelia! :3

Nine Snaps of Barcelona

Nine snapshot photos of Montjuïc and Bareclona.

Running Succccccks

“How do I be someone else?” became such an obsessive question that when it came to it I failed to see how I have. After Reykjavik I signed up for the Amsterdam full because I didn’t feel any sense of accomplishment. I grabbed my bag from the drop, had a bit of a cry outside […]

Majestic (Half) Marathon Mark

Taken at the 2019 KBC Dublin Half Marathon in Phoenix Park, Saturday September 21. Look at that beard. Swoon at those specs.

The Reykjavik Marathon

Date: 2019-08-24 Time: 03:44:54 Distance: 42km Pace: 00:05:20/km Finished: 321/1170 (27/100 normalised) Previous race: Achill Half Marathon (This post is presented as-is from a forum post.) The Reykjavik Marathon was held last weekend in, well, Reykjavik in Iceland. From a start at the Pond in the city center, the marathon led a long and scenic […]

A Summer of Running

It’s such a dumb cliche that A Marathon Will Change Your Life, but here I’m two beers down and thinking “…yeah?” Maybe training has changed me? Although nobody changes overnight unless you do something like chop off their hand (please don’t do this), sustained effort upon the self will lead to dramatic improvement over the […]

Achill Half Marathon

Date: 2019-07-06 Time: 01:39:09 Distance: 21km Pace: 00:04:43/km Finished: 75/604 (12/100 normalised) Previous race: Run Clare 2019 Series In a country with magnificent running routes, the Achill half marathon stands out as a spectacular course. The route took us from the town of Keel across desolate bogs, along the beautiful golden beach at Doogort, around […]

Crazy Hobo Beard

Rocks and Misery

A day of running on Inishmore with the Galway Bay Brewery Running Club on August 4.

Ik Ben Wakker

De straatveger binnen maakte me wakker, ugh. Sinds de lente heb ik blijf om Nederlands te leren, tot nu wanneer kan ik kort zin schrijven! In oktober ik ga naar Amsterdam voor de Mizuno Halve Marathon te lopen, en misschien ook in november voor Le Guess Who in Utretcht. Ik heb alleen paar Nederlands woorden […]

At the Clare Burren Marathon Challenge

Fun race! I finished seventh at this year’s Clare Burren Marathon Challenge 10k.

Blog Silence

The one rule I have kept to with this blog since the first day has been: write only when I feel like it. If the mood doesn’t take me, then I don’t. Well, truth be told here, the mood hasn’t taken me in some months. The first and big obvious reason for not writing has […]

Run Clare 2019 Race Series

Scariff (Virtual) Date: 2019-01-26 Time: 00:33:03 Distance: 5km Pace: 00:06:37/km Finished: 646/878 (74/100) Barefield Date: 2019-02-17 Time: 00:39:11 Distance: 8km Pace: 00:04:54/km Finished: 125/888 (14/100) Ennis Date: 2019-03-30 Time: 00:45:08 Distance: 10km Pace: 00:04:31/km Finished: 88/809 (11/100) Lahinch Date: 2019-04-07 Time: 01:19:08 Distance: 16km Pace: 00:04:57/km Finished: 58/658 (9/100) Previous race: Galway City Harriers New […]