Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday day of rest??

Nope not today. This Sunday I spent the afternoon at the track with the Cahills playing with the hurdles.
All in all a pretty good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Hope you had a good weekend wherever you're reading from....

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday night secrets (Food blog!)

It's a week before euro indoors and it's Saturday night. I'm in major rest up stage and as my other half is away right now I thought I would share what I'm up too on my Saturday night. I'm cooking and baking. Cool or uncool? Who knows but it is entertaining.
I make a big effort to try to eat stuff that is healthy and also tasty so I spend lots of time on food and trying out different things.
Tonight I had no food planned so I just rummaged in the kitchen and used whatever I had. If you do make either of these change around pizza topping or use loads more nuts etc (whatever you fancy really) These were my Saturday night secret food concoctions...

Tuna Wrap Pizza's
-2 tortilla wraps
-Tin of tomatoes
-grated cheese
-Chopped red sweet pepper
-Tin of tuna

I blended a tin of tomatoes until they were smooth. I used this as a tomato base on both of the wraps. I grated some cheddar cheese (a small amount just enough to melt on the wrap) and put it on top of the wraps. I chopped up the pepper and scattered it on the cheese topped wrap and then spread out the tuna on top of this. I put both wraps in the oven at 150 for 20 minutes (or until they were browned)

I wanted something tasty after the pizza wraps so decided to make myself something. I had loads of ripe bananas which was why I ended up with this flapjack type recipe.

Chewy banana nut bars
Dry ingredients
-2 cups porridge oats
-3/4 cup walnuts/pecans
-1 cup milled flaxseed
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup almonds
Wet ingredients
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
3 very ripe bananas

Take all the dry ingredients and put into a large mixing bowl. Melt the coconut oil over low heat, when melted add in bananas and mash then add in the honey and mix the wet ingredients well. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingedients and mix well. Spread mixture onto a baking tray (put grease proof paper on try before mixture) Put the baking tray in a pre heated oven at 150 until golden on top (approximately 15-20 minutes)

I'm off for a cup of tea and banana bar. Mmmmmmm.


Thursday, February 24, 2011


Right now I

-Adele's album 21 and Adele herself
-Running again...Hooray maybe I'm not in the scrap heap after all
-Berlino for insisting on dragging me to the park everyday and it actually being a good laugh
-Butternut squash for being so versatile and lovely to eat
-Nando's restaurant (In Dublin it's in dundrum in Cork it's in Mahon point)

-Air France (completely lost my bag and have been a nightmare to deal with. Goodbye clothes)
-Pernickety groin
-Random politicians leaving loads and loads of leaflets through my door
-The guard who gave me a parking ticket for parking on double yellow lines in the snow when I could not see them because of the snow, not an enjoyable way to spend €65.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Getting there...

I thought I would do a bit of a blog update. I was at the national indoors on Saturday evening briefly and lots of very nice people were enquiring and hoping for me that my leg was getting better. So for you people that I didn't talk too here is an update. I had some time off and then went back in the gym to rehab. I was advised to take 4 days off to let my leg settle down. In the middle of the season this is never what I want but I'm experienced enough to know when to be sensible. I was in the gym today (which meant I missed all the Sunday action in the nationals) and was able to do a lot with no problems at all. The plan is tomorrow to do some running. I am so excited about this. I have really missed training in the past few days. I love being at the track with our little group and it's crap to have to take some time to recover. I think when I have little set backs it makes me way more appreciative of being able to run. I have had major withdrawal symptoms the past few days. I was kinda sad being in the odyssey but not being able to run. At the same time it's part of the job so I just need to get on with it.

Team Cahill was well represented in the Odyssey. Both Ailis and Ian won the nationals in their events. Ailis ran another p.b this indoor season 7.32. Ireland has a huge tradition in distance running so I think sometimes that people don't realise how quick some of the sprinters run. 7.32 is fast, fast running and I was really happy to see that she was athlete of the meet. Another great weekend running by Mary Cullen was also impressive.

I spent the weekend hanging out with a friend of mine that I hadn't seen in ages. It was great fun to catch up and Berlino got to meet the puppy Blaney and play so all around it was good fun.

Fingers crossed for a good few days ahead.

Mind yourselves,
Derv x

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Grrrr Groin

Hello hello hello....
Well my stupid annoying groin has taken longer to settle than I hoped so I have to skip racing this weekend. I've had it investigated and there is very little wrong with it but it needs a few more days to settle. I'm good to run but hurdling is too risky.
On a scale of 1-10 of frustrating it is about 100!!!! I don't like to miss races but that's the way it goes. Athletes are not machines! Feel free to send me some patience....
That's all for now.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Indoor 2011 update

Hi All,

Well there is so much to talk about and it's late so I shall try to keep it brief. My indoor season has kicked off. I ran at a meet in Linz and was 2nd in a time of 8.16 (very average). I then ran in Lievin (love love love this meet it has cheerleaders and everything what more could you want?!) I came 3rd and ran 8.03 (little bit more respectable).

My two weeks before indoors was disrupted which meant I missed out on hurdles, in Linz I was very rusty but in Lievin I was starting to find my feet. my last session before Linz I fell in training. Outside of the embarrassment (falling over just is not cool) I managed to take a large chunk of skin off my knee so it has taken some time for me to be able to bend my knee. I can now report I have full ability to bend my knee (phew). I have attached a very gross photo of it, hurdlers just are not attractive are they?

Where too now? Originally I had scheduled in to race in Karlsruhe this coming Sunday but that has been scrapped. Instead I'm doing some hurdles work for a week and then I will be back out there racing. I had a tight groin this week and Sean won't risk anything. He is the boss so no Karlsruhe for me.

I need to give a shout out to Mary Cullen on the blog. She ran her first indoor meet in 2 years and ran very well in Lievin. She showed why she owns a nice shiny medal from european indoors. Mary has become an honorary member of our training group in recent times. If she starts to run wicked fast last 60metres in races and dipping like a sprinter Ailis and I will have to take full credit.

Last but not least for those of you baffled at my last very small blog post I will give an explanation. Whilst I was away racing in France it seems that there was another Derval O' Rourke back in Ireland. I read online that the other Derval was confirming entry into races and everything. Hence why I was wondering would the real Derval O Rourke please stand up. So if anyone happens to stumble across her please tell her to behave!

I have a very healthy and tasty banana bread in the oven that I need to go rescue. No more time for blogging....

Derval x