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The Hitchhikers Guide to Running

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The Hitchhikers Guide to Running

Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space” – Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

This is strangle an apt intro to this series. As I am getting down to writing and planning this series, runners can draw a lot from this intro. The more you get into running, the more you find there is to learn. The main thing to remember is “DON’T PANIC“.

The team here at Run Republic love running. It becomes addictive. If it’s planning to run a marathon such as Dublin, or running a 10k and having a few pints after, running is a great past time which brings together people of all abilities. It doesn’t matter if you’re a sub 20 minute 5k, or if doing a 5k in 40 minutes is where your PB is now, the simple fact of the matter is we are all on the same journey.

If you are new to running, or see yourself as a veteran (nicer way of saying know it all…), getting ready for a race, training, or recovery can be tough. I know this first hand myself with little aches and pains, work getting in the way, losing interest; you say it, we’ve all been there at some point. There’s no easy way to train or to improve. We are not a homogenous “Borg Collective” who have a the same group or hive thought process, where what works for one must work for all. No. We are a group of, some would say crazy, lets just say determined individuals, running for our own reasons, and in our own way.

That said, we can experience similar injuries, similar issues, similar periods of being bored or just not in the mood to run. When people ask why I set up Run Republic, it’s for just that reason. I’m not an elite runner, I dream of it, may even have it in me to run a sub 3:00 marathon if I really knuckle down to it, but that’s the limit of my ability, and you know what, that’s fine. My uncle Michael dreamed of running sub 4:00, and we did it together in Newry just 5 weeks after trying to break 4 in Padua Marathon and missing it by two minute. Run Republic doesn’t care if you are Usain Bolt, or the tail walker of a Parkrun. You are one of us, and that’s what counts.

So with that, I’ve tried to break down what my problems are when I go for a run. This series of blog posts will cover most of the things I’ve got wrong at one point or another, and some steps on how you can learn from my mistakes, and train better.

If you are reading any of these blogs, and are thinking to yourself “I’d love to write and send something in to Run Republic”, then do!! We’d love to hear from you, and would be more than happy to share your story!!

So what will I cover? This list will grow as the weeks go on, but the topics will be:

  • Planning your Race Calendar
  • Improving your Diet
  • Reducing Injuries
  • Getting the right Gear
  • Improving your Calendar and Schedule
  • Getting Faster
  • Getting Over Aches and Pains
  • Becoming King/Queen of the Long Run
  • Enjoying your Journey
  • Kicking Ass
  • When Life gives you Lemons, throw them away and get a beer

These blogs and advice will be speaking from my point of view. I’ll be speaking with coaches and other people during the next few weeks, and more than likely, they’ll point out more things I did wrong! I hope you enjoy what’s to come!!

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Paddy is the founder of Run Republic. Paddy has run 14 marathons and 1 ultramarathon to date.

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Marathon // Europe // Germany // October

10/11/2020 // Munich, Germany // $91.00


The cityscape of the home of Munich Marathon is characterized by centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The Bavarian capital is known for the annual Oktoberfest and it’s sportiness. In the old town on the central Marienplatz there are landmarks such as the neo-Gothic New Town Hall, whose popular carillon plays melodies and stories from the 16th century.

The city of München Marathon is a natural habitat of Mediterranean-style street cafes, highbrow art and high-tech industry, Germany’s unofficial southern capital is a flourishing success story that revels in its own contradictions. If you’re looking for Alpine clichés, they’re all here, but the Bavarian metropolis has many an unexpected sides to be discovered.

With that being said, the Munich Marathon is the place to be!!

Whoever has competed in one of the editions of München Marathon knows that tingling sensation. The concentration and tension of the runners is tangible; only subsiding when the starter’s pistol finally sounds and your sightseeing tour through Munich starts right away.





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