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Mud, Sweat and Tears - an Irish Woman's Journey of Self-Discovery
 
 

Mud, Sweat and Tears - an Irish Woman's Journey of Self-Discovery [Kindle Edition]

Moire O'Sullivan , John Shiels
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Inspiring stuff: an awe-inspiring tale of guts, passion and pig-headed refusal to surrender. --Richard Askwith, Author of Feet in the Clouds.

In Mud, Sweat, and Tears, O Sullivan recounts the journey that introduced her to adventure racing. What began with a short mountain run quickly evolved into an audacious quest to master mountain biking, kayaking, fell running, and navigation. In a humble and candid voice, O Sullivan combines the thrill of adventure with the triumph of self-discovery. --Trail Run Spain

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In July 2008, Moire O'Sullivan 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.

“Mud, Sweat, and Tears” is the first book to tell 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.

Moire O’Sullivan is a well-known figure on the Irish Mountain Running Circuit. Twice winner of Ireland’s Mountain Running Championship, she has also won the Irish 24 hour Rogaine Championships with Andrew McCarthy. In 2008, she won the IMRA fifty kilometre Irish Mountain Navigational Challenge Series, the first female to win the event outright.

When not running, Moire works for an international aid organisation. As part of her work, she has travelled to some of the world’s poorest areas and worst conflict zones. Moire lived in Kenya for seven years, working with mentally handicapped children in Nairobi’s slums. She currently lives in Cambodia.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 998 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615505155
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Moire O'Sullivan; 3 edition (13 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054ZKYQQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Moire O'Sullivan is a well known figure on the Irish mountain running circuit. Twice winner of Ireland's Mountain Running Championship, she has won the Irish 24 hour Rogaine Championships with Andrew McCarthy as well as the two day Mourne Mountain Marathon mixed elite class with John McEnri. In 2008, she secured the IMRA fifty kilometre Irish Mountain Navigational Challenge Series title, the first time a female has won the event outright.

In 2009, Moire became the first person ever to complete the Wicklow Round, a 100 kilometre circuit of the Wicklow Mountains to be completed within 24 hours.

When not running, Moire works for an international aid organisation. As part of her work, she has travelled to some of the world's poorest areas and worst conflict zones. Moire lived in Kenya for seven years, working with mentally handicapped children in Nairobi's slums. She currently lives in Cambodia.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 13 Sep 2011
By Wend
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved this book. downloaded the sample first to my kindle and then had to buy the full version. It is an amazing story of gritty effort and never giving up. I am just getting into ultra running and found the book inspirational. As someone who has also struggled with navigational issues it is always good to read that they can be overcome and you can achieve such great things as Moire! Can definitely recommend this book to runners and non runners alike
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read many many running books I am happy to declare that this is the best.

It has a very personal blog style to describe events and training sessions and entice you to read on.

Fascinating account of mountain running and the peculiar challenge of the Wicklow Round.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ms&t 12 Dec 2012
By Lj
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent, inspiring read. If you're into running and mountains you'll enjoy this book Makes you want to go for a run in the hills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of perseverance and pain 3 July 2011
By Nena
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've ever wondered what drives someone to push their body and mind to their limits (and beyond) in an extreme sport, this book gives some insight into the phenomenon. Moire moved back to her native Ireland in 2006 and, in search of friendship and an adrenalin rush, she took up mountain racing. Over the course of a year she evolved from being a complete mountain running rookie to participating in 24 hour mountain marathons and navigation challenges. The Wicklow Round challenge, completing a ring of 26 peaks in the Wicklow Hills within 24 hours, soon becomes an obsession for Moire. This book is about the 3 years of her life that she gave over to that obsession and her progression from newbie to being the first person ever to complete the Wicklow Round challenge.

In the course of the book you are given an introduction to the quirky world of mountain running and the mind-bendingly strange one of ultra mountain racing and ultra orienteering. This is a world where people calmly, seemingly rationally, discuss the relative merits of having a sleep-break during a 24 hour race (the benefit being the rest you get of course) or to keep going through the night (so as not to get cold and stiff and not to have to carry a tent and sleeping bag on your run). A world where people will run multiple marathons up and down mountains over the course of 1, 2, 3 or more days.

But mostly this is a book about Moire's inner journey, about her failures and how she learned from each of them to come back stronger and smarter to overcome each challenge she faced, above all never giving up, never choosing the easy option but pushing herself unremittingly forward.

With a gift for descriptive prose, and a no holds barred honesty in her accounts of physical, emotional and mental struggles, Moire pulls you in and drags you along on her fascinating journey.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok'ish Read 29 July 2012
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Take my hat of to her for what she has accomplished. But unfortunately the book was a bit of a let down as it just went on about run after run or race after race. Found myself struggling to finish it in the end.
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Just read this on holidays and really enjoyed it. Read it in one day as it is a fantastic story and you are sucked in from the word go.
Honest account of how Moire became a mountain runner and went on to ultra running with mistakes and learning along the way. It's also a great account of how different people can help support and help you achieve what you previously thought was impossible.
As a road runner (and hiker), it makes me want to try a few trail runs - but nothing as extreme as the Wicklow round!
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By timk
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Well written. Excellent book that captures the experience in a way I've not read before. Nice one
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I was bought this book as a gift, and although merely a 'round the block' runner, I was gripped by this tale of perseverance, determination and battling against adversity. I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys any kind of sport, as I'm sure that some of Moire's experiences and achievements will provide inspiration for those trying to be the best they can be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very inspiring read
I really enjoyed this book. It showed the real highs and lows of ultra running . Moire is very inspirational.
Published 19 days ago by jj
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved reading this book. What an inspiration. Well done moire
Published 19 days ago by claire atherton
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read
Great read and an inspiration to keep going!
Published 21 days ago by Miss S James
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, I really enjoyed it
Excellent book, I really enjoyed it. Really shows that while Moire is clearly a talented runner what it is really all about is hard work and determination. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DR K EWING
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Loved it for her strength of conviction. Def recommend it.
Especially good for female runners. Thank you for writing it.
Published 3 months ago by Stylistnatdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Moire has a clarity and beauty to her writing that pulls you through the book. It is inspiring, honest, motivational and above all a love story to the mountains and sport so... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JStubb
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Excellent, very well written and gripping.
Recomended for anyone who loves running in remote mountains.
An inspirational piece of writing.
Chris
Published 5 months ago by Christopher Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational
Very easy to read albeit exhausting!
Any one who runs no matter how far will be inspired by this book.
Published 5 months ago by Joanne Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Great to read a book of this sort written by a woman. It was very inspiring and made me want to go out running!
Published 5 months ago by miss s l hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Loved it - encouraged me to get off my ass and sign up for the OMM (fortunately my partner is an experienced navigator). Can't wait.
Published 6 months ago by JGC
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