Setting goals is important in all aspects of life.  Business, family, relationships,  fitness and general well being.

Picking your goal or target can be fairly straight forward.  Taking action to achieve your goal is vital.

Be accountable for yourself.  Who are you doing this for?   If you are drinking some funky water or juice to keep somebody happy then you are just wasting your time and money.

Do it for you or your family but nobody else.

Choose something you like.  It doesn’t have to be all suffering. 

Don’t beat yourself up for missing a session because life got in the way. 

Try to enjoy your training sessions as much as you can.

Remember you don’t have to do a long run, you get to do a long run.

Mary Nolan Hickey is back on the road again. This time she is cycling the coast of Ireland in aid of R.N.L.I

She will be travelling from Doolin to Galway on Friday May 17th. I’m hoping to join her for part of the journey.  More details on

The 25th Tour De Lough Corrib will take place on June 9th with all proceeds going to  Croi. I haven’t taken part in this event since 2012. I think they changed the route the following year. More details on

On Saturday I was down with the community circus for a two hour slackline session. The weather was great and I made the most of the time I had.  I was pretty nervous the first time I attempted the highest line that was set up. Aidan talked me through it and after a couple of steps I was feeling fairly relaxed.

I spent most of the session just building up my confidence on the higher lines. I’m looking forward to the workshops coming up in June. They have a lot of workshops on from May – September  for  Toddlers, Children, Youths,  Families and Adults. More details on

I’ve signed up for a 220km cycle from Croke Park to Corofin in aid of “Tomorrow for  Tomas”.  More details on

I recently joined NRG gym in Knocknacarra.  Its been a few years since I’ve been a member there.  So far I’m impressed with the lay out.  I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to the Ski Erg, Watt bike and battle ropes.

I’m hoping for some decent 5km runs over the next couple of weeks.  Race no. 170  is on the horizon.

On Tuesday I was in Craughwell for my first 5 km race of the year. 

I was out fairly early and had plenty of time for a light warm up. 

The sky was pretty heavy and it didn’t take long to warm up

My left quad was a bit sore from my last gym session.  

I tried to stretch it as best I could.

The start line was pretty packed.  It took me  about 300 metres to settle into a stride.

I looked at my watch.  The pace was 4.30 per km.  Way too fast.  I tried to ease back to about 4.50 per km. 

The plan was to have a nice steady pace and then to push on for the last 1500 metres.

I was at around 5.05 per km and no matter how hard I tried I could not get under 5.

With around 500 metres to go there were two runners beside me with a good pace.  I hopped on their heels and then attacked the finish line that was at the top of the hill.  25.36 was 14 seconds slower than last year.

Nice to be back racing.   Interesting to see how I will get on in Loughrea this week.  A lot depends on the hill in the middle.

Streets of Galway 8km is on Saturday 11th August.  Entry is now open on 

If you would like to sponsor my Croke Park to Corofin cycle  please go to

If you know anyone taking part in the V.h.i mini marathon that needs help with their running technique please ask them to contact me.