Posts in Sobriety
The Second Lap~Updates And Launch.

It's been quite the week, friends. Ever get the feeling that you are pushing a boulder up a hill with no end in site and then all of a sudden you are over the hill as the boulder rolls away from you, going faster and faster? If you have, then you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, then I have wasted a good analogy. What I am referring to is the book. Yes, I know I have been rattling on about it for a long time, but we are really on the home stretch. Allow me to give you an idea of what has been happening over the past few days and a glimpse into what is to come.

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What You Ingest, Is What You Desire.

Last week, three Islamic extremists shot and killed a bunch of civilians here in Paris. You will have heard about this on the 24/7 news cycle and seen #JeSuisCharlie written on every social media platform that exists. Everyone and their dog has an opinion on this and rightly so, it highlights the insanity of our world. I was convalescing at home with a severe bout of the flu and my main man at the BBC, Trev, texted me to switch on the news. That was Wednesday afternoon, what followed was surreal.

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In Stubbornness And In Health.

I'm sick. Not just man-flu sick. But real sick. As in flu that breaks you down to a bumbling mess and crawling off the bed to go to the bathroom is like running a marathon. I should know, I've run a few. I went out for a 35km run on Friday morning and it went pretty good. It was cold and in parts I felt a little sluggish, but I got through it. I was also enthralled with (and I am definitely late to the party) the podcast, Serial.

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Why Drunks Make Good Ultra-Runners.

You ran how many kilometres? It's a question I usually get in relation to being an ultra-runner. Ultra-running is competing in any distance above the standard marathon distance of 42.2k. I don't really count 50k as being the ultra distance, for me it starts at 100k, or 50 miles. How did I arrive at this insane sport? Being a recovering alcoholic helps. The attributes it takes to be an ultra-runner are quite similar to those of being a drinker. Let me explain:

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Father and Son.

It's 2:00 am on December 26th and I can't sleep. One of the most anticipated and celebrated days around the world is but a memory and, as I toss and turn, all I can think about is my father. Christmas day was joyous for us; family, food, gifts, and above all, celebration of the birth of Christ. A highlight for me was Skyping with my family back home in Ireland as they prepared for their traditional Christmas dinner.

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