My kids are gone feral, and I have cliché fatigue!

At this stage my kids are gone feral, my wife is pulling her hair out, which now has a grey tinge and apparently has to be washed every day. PHOTO-2020-05-26-12-55-32Long socially distanced queues have become a fact of life, predicted grades are discussed daily by Joe Duffy on liveline ,  a pint in a cosy pub seems as distant as a trip to a sunny beach and our house is a claustrophobic mess. As this  “New Normal” reigns and  myself and my wife fight over whose turn it is to go for the pint of milk, I really don’t like this phrase “the new normal”,  there has been nothing normal about the last couple of months. Covid -19 has turned some of us into amateur expert epidemiologists,  others are self-appointed skilled supply chain managers, and even a small few would let you think they have become  practiced medical doctors in the last 10 weeks, but what we all share is a new  penchant for clichés #covid19clichés.   As we “flatten the curve” in these “unprecedented moments” and as “we get through this together” but “socially distanced” from each other in these “uncertain times”…….. I have cliché fatigue!

A cliché is a tired, stale phrase or expression that, because of overuse, has lost its impact. What was once a fresh way of looking at something feels unimaginative and dull. Even running has more clichés than you can shake a stick at. Like it won’t hurt to try, but it will, ask any runner from an Olympian to a park plodder it does hurt and sometimes that’s part of the fun. Its better to finish late than never,  but it’s always hard to lose to a rival and time is of the essence especially when trying to run a personal best because every runners dream as they toe the line is to pull a fast one. At the start remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and chose a runner on the basis if the shoe fits wear it. So get off on the right foot and cross every bridge when you come to it. But never judge a book by its cover,  sometimes the runner ahead who looks really fast can barely run and the ones that don’t look like typical  runners are as fast as lightning. As you get fitter the more you run remember distance makes the heart grow fonder. Never quit while your ahead, try not to get caught with your pants down while out jogging and always remember that misery loves company so bring somebody with you. And last but not least even the last finisher is ahead of everyone who didn’t have the courage to run.









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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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