They call me ‘Le Marmot’

As in i’m fat, can be found on the side of mountains, pretty much eat any sort of shit and go squeek when provoked. That’s where the similarity’s end.

Above was me racing last night in Howth at the IMRA Leinster league race. Last week Bray head, then pretty much every week now for the next 13 weeks. Fell running/ hill running/ trail running/ mountain running (delete depending what country you are from) used to be a big passion of mine when i was back in Scouts. I loved the freedom. One man, some runners, shorts and a singlet. Run to the top, run back down. Its so simple, so fun, and yet fraught with danger. Although i came back from the race with a sprained ankle (saw at least 3 others) one lad decided to headbutt a rock and ended up in hospital with 6 stitches for his trouble. Many many years ago on an open mountain run i got hypothermia….snow and singlet do not mix. But it is great fun.

Last week saw a respectable 50th place out of a field of 255, this week an injured 82nd out of 235. Still a good run (43mins for 9km) but not fast enough. Hopefully i’ll get to do 7 races for the league this year, and get my two volounteer slots in as well. Might even get a new T-shirt too ;)

Other than that its been a quiet few weeks. Work on the sleep deprivation data collection has eased off for now, 4th years are all done more or less, just need to give them last bits of help, and projects for CLARITY will be kicking off soon. Training is coming back, 8.5 hours so far this week, so just going to smash the rest of the week to see how i am feeling.

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