’tis the season for forced family fun…….

Carols, gifts, open fires, scrooge, stockings, stuffing, mulled wine, turkey and tinsel are all Christmas traditions, but what really  defines Christmas is the annual Christmas family row. Sharing the same house, the same bathroom and having to put up with young children galloping around the place causes  family disharmony – screaming and tears and often meaningless arguments rage in households across the western world over Christmas.forced funEvery family Christmas comes with a “know it all” who offers unsolicited advice on career progression, child rearing and pension options. The “martyr” works away in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove as the “passive aggressor” looks over their shoulder saying “whatever you think is best” with a question mark attached. But the main concern during the dinner prep is that the “whinger” is happy,  and their brussel sprouts aren’t touching the gravy on the plate. Every family has a “whinger”. But all this flies over the head of the “freeloader” who lazes around, happy to avoid cooking, cleaning and changing a nappy. While the “cheerleaders” efforts to get everybody to play monopoly or “pie face” usually ends in tears.

But the “runner” is just waiting for the gap in the fence to get out for a run, away from the madness. But lets be honest the “runner” is not completely innocent of the provocation of the annual Christmas argument. Buying the latest Garmin GPS running watch for your Kris Kindle at Christmas may not go down well because believe it or not, there are a few strange people out there who – get this – don’t run. As a runner its important to remember it is Christmas after all and most people want to sit, lounge around, relax  and recover from overindulgence. So don’t expect those who are sat by the fire to take any interest in hearing  your post-run words of wisdom as you bask in your runners high. Nobody needs there inadequacy highlighted as they gorge on a tin of roses, watching the full catalogue of “Back to the future” by looking at a sweaty mess full of the joys of life having completed a tempo run. If you want to avoid being the catalyst for a family feud resist the self-righteous pontification about the benefits of running and save the attempt to convert non running family members to fully paid up members of the athletic club until the new year. Sneak out for runs and make sure to stick to the to the strict schedule of organised fun – the meals, the walks , the films and the games – secretly knowing you will get some head space when you get out for a run and burn off the excess!

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I qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2004. Since graduating I have worked in St. James Hospital Dublin and have worked in all the areas of speciality within the hospital including cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, rheumatology, care of the elderly, neurology, burns and plastic surgery among others . I have also completed a post graduate certificate in acupuncture in UCD 2009. The Physiotherapy Department in SJH has strong links with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students on practice placements and also delivered lectures on the undergraduate academic programme in TCD. I have a keen interest in all sports and currently plays with Cill Dara RFC 1st team squad, and Milltown GAA. I have previously worked as Physiotherapist to Co. Carlow Senior GAA Team, Milltown GAA, Leinster Junior Rugby Team and Cill Dara RFC. I am an experienced runner and competed in the Dublin City Marathon in 2002. I continue to participate in running events and multisport disciplines such as Gaelforce West, Gaelforce North and the Motivate Challenge. I have a particular interest in strength and conditioning. I utilise this knowledge of resistance training in the treatment of his clients. I am committed to continuous learning and development in order to ensure the optimal level of care is offered to my clients, and with this in mind I am currently undertaking a certification in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) with the NSCA.

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