Travelling to run or running to travel?

I’m not someone who runs to get to things often (I arrive far too inappropriately sweaty for that – sorry if you didn’t need to know that!).  In fact nearly all of my running is escapism to get away from thinking!  When I’m pounding pavements, springing off trail runs or gliding along golden sands, I feel free!

It’s one of those bizarre things.  Freedom despite or even because of disciplined training and regime.  Not many my age would vouch such words could even fit together – it runs against the grain of culture today which shouts “get me more and give me it now”.  Long distance running “success” can’t be given now.  The keys lie in getting out there.  And that’s why more of my friends who run are often also disciplined in other areas of life, including developing their thinking and worldview.  But before I get too philosophical…

I love that some of my best friends are runners too.  I rarely travel in order to run, but I do love the fact that my friends and my work take me to stunning places to lace up my shoes and get out, often with no fear or time constraint – just running for the sake of running!  So why don’t you join me or suggest other possible things?  Check out the list of things below or add new ones yourself!

20171030_100913

Running at Maharees this morning with friends from church “homegroup” (photo (c) mine)

November 18th – Glendalough Trail Run – one of Ireland’s best locations to get running off the beaten track, up the Wicklow Mountains.

December 9th  – Clonakilty Waterfront Half Marathon – it’s a bit of a home run for me, or at least as close to a scenic home run as one can get without trundling round cities.  And although I’m only doing the half, a few friends are going for the full thing.

December 24th – 30th Belfast and NI (various locations)

January 1-5 England (various locations)

January 6-7 Fes Half Marathon

January 8-12 near Nice, France (various locations)

March 9-11 Berlin (Travel Festival) or if not, I’ll be running this, which must be one of Ireland’s most experiential runs!

April 9-12 Running in Poland (various locations)

May 7 – Belfast Marathon – because I fancy doing a marathon with home support!

June – December 2018 European Ultramarathons (undecided which as of yet)

So there we have it!  Fancy joining me for any of them, or seeing about running elsewhere – drop me a line!  Or if you aren’t much of a runner, you can give towards my work or (shortly) towards Diabetes Ireland as I train and run over 1000 miles in the next 9 months.

20171030_095415

 

Advertisements

Unity at the Euros

2 mates spotted by the BBC at the Euros: one from the area described in my last post (sporting a Cliftonville top) and one from east belfast (sporting a Glentoran top).  Huge day for them both tomorrow as wee Norn Iron play world champions Germany to get a point to get through to the last 16.

C’mon GREEN AND WHITE ARMY!

Not sure whether there’ll be such unity as Cork City FC have just been drawn against Linfield in the Europa League qualifiers!

Unity

On running…

This one, a gem found in a Roman ruin in Budapest.  Martial, a first century Roman poet writes:

To trifle in the various sports to which every open space is devoted, when one can run, is sloth.
(Martial, XXXII 5-15)

By the sounds of it, Martial quite enjoyed sloth, and until the fair weather shines, so do I!  But having taken a season or two off playing hockey to run long distance, I think it may be time to change the running pattern to build up to next hockey season!  Looking forward to training runs on the Welsh border, in Scottish Highlands, south Spain, Morocco and along the banks of the Lee, over the next few weeks, thanks to kind people giving me free places to stay.  Thanks all!