Mark Grealish

Cats and wizardry.


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 […]

Mark’s Terrible Chili

This recipe has been an on-and-off staple of my home cooking since 2009. Last presented here in 2013, my chili has evolved with my tastes. These days I mostly eat vegetarian food, and have gotten over my earlier distaste of kidney beans. Speaking only for myself, I’ve desensitized by palette to hot and spicy food. […]

Family Isn’t A Free Pass

The past month has been a bit mad for me. I ran in three races over three weekend at the same time I completed a cross-country house move. So, move! It’s no secret that I haven’t been at all happy in Dublin over the past two years. It reached the point that the only thing […]

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 (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!