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Mud, Sweat and Tears - an Irish Woman's Journey of Self-Discovery by [O'Sullivan, Moire]
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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

About the Author

Moire O'Sullivan is 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. For more information on the Wicklow Round, visit http://www.imra.ie/wicklowround/ Follow Moire on her adventures at http://www.moireosullivan.com/ and http://twitter.com/#!/moireosullivan

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1218 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • 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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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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it's an easy read , simply written with a lot of irish landscape and local races descriptions
quite inspiring for beginners
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Loved it for her strength of conviction. Def recommend it.
Especially good for female runners. Thank you for writing it.
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Excellent, very well written and gripping.
Recomended for anyone who loves running in remote mountains.
An inspirational piece of writing.
Chris
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This book is obviously written by a runner and not a writer but consequently it does have some charming rawness about it. I am a far less capable mountain runner than Moire and found some of the anecdotes on navigation and panic attacks did chime with thoughts often experienced by runners.
If you knew the Wicklows this book would read a lot better, you could follow the "plot" better and gain a true perspective on the achievement. It does go on a bit about each leg of the race which did tire me a somewhat. The book would have been improved with more photos and some contextual maps other than the pencil drawing near the front cover. Oh and quite why the runner on the front is Nicky Cinnamond and not Moire I certainly couldn't fathom.
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Halfway through the paperback and cannot put it down. So good to hear a female running voice amongst all the male ones, a voice full of determination, passion and heart. Please share more of your adventures Moire.
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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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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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This is a very honest account of how a "regular" runner built up her skills and talents from just a keep-fit level right up to endurance/mountain-running capability, and eventually deciding to tackle the "Wicklow round" mountain challenge.

Most of the other reviews here say it all, but one or two things might additionally be worthy of mention: the cover photo is not of the author nor is it taken in the Wicklow mountains, and the author seems to have had the resources to publish the book privately since there is no publisher mentioned on/in it anywhere. But these do not distract from a very honest and open account of how she arrived at her goals, and was methodical in listing each and every setback on the way, and thoroughly analysing the reasons for such glitches in order to prevent them happening again.

Anyone who has ever set off into the mist in the hills and has found themselves temporarily lost will identify with her setbacks as she meets them; as will anyone who has tripped in heather, fallen into bog-holes, set out too late or too early on a hike or a run, or pursued their particular outdoor passion to the degree where exhaustion makes you see and hear things that are not there.

Beware - when you put this book down you might well find yourself on the way to the nearest outdoor store to inquire about the right type of footwear for mountain running.
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