Mud, Sweat and Tears – an Irish Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery – A book by Moire O’Sullivan

Published: Jun. 08, 2011

Category: Non-Fiction » Sports & Outdoor Recreation » Hiking
Category: Non-Fiction » Self-Improvement » Motivation and inspiration

Words: 85681 (approximate)

Language: English

Ebook Short Description

In July 2008, Moire O’Sullivan made a solo attempt of the Wicklow Round, a gruelling run spanning 100 kilometres over 26 of Ireland’s remotest mountains.

Mud, Sweat, and Tears tells one woman’s story about her passion for mountain running, a passion that has brought her to the heights of some of Ireland’s most impressive mountains and to the depths of her own human limitations.

Extended Description


Moire turned up to her first mountain race with the wrong shoes, wearing too many clothes, and with a body verging on obese. Though tempted to pull out and go home, she reluctantly runs.

Little did she know the race up Corrig Mountain would inflict such physical blows: Her lungs catch fire, her legs explode, her heart hits record speeds. And though it’s a gentle summer’s evening back in Dublin, on top of Corrig Mountain the wind screeches and the mist swirls as she lunges and lurches over grass, rocks, and rutted bog.

The next morning, everything hurts. But still she perseveres. Every week, she’d battle it out with the other mountain runners, adversaries on the hill. But by 9 pm, she’d join her new friends in the pub, discovering the wonderful healing powers of a proper pint.

Over the next three years, Moire competes in all the mountain races she can possibly find, in all different shapes and forms: everything from ten kilometre sprints up summits, to one hundred kilometre…
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Moire turned up to her first mountain race with the wrong shoes, wearing too many clothes, and with a body verging on obese. Though tempted to pull out and go home, she reluctantly runs.

Little did she know the race up Corrig Mountain would inflict such physical blows: Her lungs catch fire, her legs explode, her heart hits record speeds. And though it’s a gentle summer’s evening back in Dublin, on top of Corrig Mountain the wind screeches and the mist swirls as she lunges and lurches over grass, rocks, and rutted bog.

The next morning, everything hurts. But still she perseveres. Every week, she’d battle it out with the other mountain runners, adversaries on the hill. But by 9 pm, she’d join her new friends in the pub, discovering the wonderful healing powers of a proper pint.

Over the next three years, Moire competes in all the mountain races she can possibly find, in all different shapes and forms: everything from ten kilometre sprints up summits, to one hundred kilometre runs requiring map and compass skills. She even dabbles in adventure racing, doing multi-day multi-sport races in teams of four in the barren wastelands of Ireland and Scotland. But it is not until she sets her sights on the still unconquered Wicklow Round that she finally finds her nemesis.

In July 2008, Moire made a solo attempt on the Wicklow Round, a gruelling endurance run spanning a hundred kilometres over twenty six of Ireland’s remotest mountain peaks. After twenty one and a half hours she collapsed, two summits from the end. Battered and bruised yet undeterred, she returned a year later to become the first person ever to complete the challenge.

This is her story.
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Tags

ireland, running, motivational book, trail running, mountain running, wicklow round, ultra distance, wicklow mountains

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Review by:
Pete Power
on Jun. 08, 2011 :
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This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. A truely inspirational story of mountain running and extreme adventure. I was riveted by the challenge the author set for herself and her 2 year committment to achieving her goal. Something every athlete and adventurer should read before they die.

(reviewed the day of purchase)

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