The 2014 Running Mojo

REVEALED: Secrets that can unlock your mind and hidden potential and inspire you to achieve more than you ever thought possible

This isn't just about running, this is about LIFE

Join some of the most inspiring names in the world of running for a series of motivating talks that will leave you brimming with enthusiasm for running AND for life

Saturday February 1, Castleknock Hotel, Dublin, 1030 – 1630

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Find out how the likes of Gerry Duffy and Catherina McKiernan stay motivated to train.

Discover the secrete of a steady mental ride, and how you can tap into your sub-conscious mind to create The Flow, The Zone, The Groove any time you like.

For 6 hours, you, me and a bunch of other smart runners will be locked in a room in Dublin to absorb some of the finest motivational energies in the world of running.

The only running workshop that will involve NO RUNNING whatsoever!

Instead, you’ll be privy to the inner workings of some pretty determined minds.

Come and spend the day with this crew…

Gerry Duffy

tick tock ten cover The Running Mojo FB Gerry won the first ever Deca Enduroman competition in 2011, a feat that required him to complete 10 consecutive Iron-distance triathlons over a 10 day period.

This major achievement came hot on the heels of his epic 32 marathons in 32 days across every county in Ireland. I first saw Gerry speak at the Dublin marathon expo in 2011, and since then interviewed him for the Intelligent Running blog.

A highly sought after motivational speaker on the circuit, Gerry is going to talk about ‘The Keys To Goal Setting & Achieving’.

He is a master of setting inspiring goals, a subject he tours the country speaking on.  His talk at The Running Mojo will give you the framework for improving the way you go about goal setting and how to ruthlessly achieve them in your running and your life.

Catherina McKiernan

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Not many of us will ever know what it feels like to win a marathon.

Winning probably isn’t the reason we run.

But somebody who has experienced this, and more than just the once, is Irish legend and marathon record holder Catherina McKiernan. Having retired a number of years ago, Catherina is now a top running coach specialising in Chi Running.

A few years back we held a workshop together right here in Dublin and I remember every person in the room being completely captivated by her presence.

Far from being an ‘unreachable champion’, Catherina is the most down to earth individual you’re ever likely to meet.

Her talk at The Running Mojo will take you through how she rode some of the highs and lows of her running career, and how Chi Running can help your running mentally as well as physically.

Warren Pole

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An ultra-running journalist who specialises in endurance running, motorbikes and whiskey – not normally at the same time, creator of and all round good egg, Warren will be sharing some of his insights into the world of ultra-endurance.

He has also rubbed shoulders with the world’s very best ultra runners and cyclists including Dean Karnazes & Mark Cavendish, asking them such basic questions as ‘what do you eat?’

Warren’s superfood nutrition company 33Shake will also be furnishing every goody bag with his Chia Energy Gel goodness.

Anna Aparicio

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Anna joined me at a Dublin event back in 2012 to deliver a sensational mindset session.

One of Ireland’s most accomplished NLP Licensed Coaches,  Anna specialises in personal change and helping her clients overcome limiting beliefs and, as luck would have it, boosting their motivation.

Her session is designed to help you achieve “The Flow, The Zone, The Groove”, and use your brain to maximise your performance.

Expect Anna’s session at The Running Mojo to be very practical.  You’ll walk out of the Castleknock Hotel a different runner to the one you walked in as.

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That’s me!

Although I’ll be putting in my two pennies worth during the day my main role at The Running Mojo is to keep the day flowing.

I’m as excited as you are about listening to all these great speakers so most of the time I’ll be kicking back soaking it all in.

My personal running career has been pretty varied, taking in the sights in every distance between the 400m on the track and the marathon, when I conquered the sub-3 with my targeted 2 runs a week back in 2010.

My big passion is running, and my site combined with my regular emails are my outlet to talk on and around the subject.

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Why the Running Mojo?

Every workshop I’ve held (over the last 7 years that’d be about 20, all over Ireland and the UK) the focus has been on practical applications of running & nutrition strategies.

But when I’ve asked the question about what the main reason was for being there, most of the runners on the workshops have said ‘for a bit of motivation’.


Funny old word isn’t it? It’s not like I or anybody else can physically give it to you.  You can’t quantify it, you certainly can’t buy it. But some days it’s there in abundance and others you can barely pull on your shorts and get out the door for a run.


voices head simpson 300x225 The Running Mojo FBAnd then I started to notice how I felt after spending time with certain people. I read Gerry’s best-selling book Tick, Tock, Ten in the Spring and always felt über-motivated every time I put it down.

My mojo was sky high & I banged out some sensational sessions.

I have a lot of self-talk going on inside my head when I train.

A healthy head to head between the positive and negative noises of my inner voice, and I’ve found that the more time I spend with incredible people the easier it becomes to drown out the niggley voice that tells me it can’t be done.

Could it be possible to absorb some of that positive energy? To ‘ethically steal’ other people’s Mojo?

I’ve no way of proving it, but I reckon that it just might be.

This is NOT what The Running Mojo is all about, but…

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

– Edgar Albert Guest

I love that poem.

They recited it in the opening ceremony at the London Olympics and it was truly inspiring.

But what do you do with it? You might get a shiver down your spine and feel inspired, but does it change anything?

Probably not.

Not by itself any how.

The Running Mojo is about more than just listen to high achievers talk about how they overcame adversity with grit and determination.

The 6 hours we’ll spend together is about fanning the flames of your deep inner reserves of self-motivation.

This isn’t just about running – this is about life.

That either sounds like a pile of tosh or makes complete sense to you.

There are deep parallels between running and life in general, and there’s no way that the way you grow out there on the roads won’t have an effect on other aspects of your life.

In fact I challenge you to walk out of the Castleknock Hotel at 1630 the same person you were when you walked in at 1030.

This will be a life changing event for some people

Maybe even a life saving event for others.

At the very least it’ll be an incredible way to spend a Saturday no matter what level you are at in your running career.

The Running Mojo
  • Saturday February 1 2014
  • 1030 – 1630
  • Castleknock Hotel, Dublin
  • Free Goodie Bag for all who attend
  • Register here

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