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15/06/2012 at 12:16

Hi all,

Maamalade, thanks for the advice I'll make sure to listen to the body, I'm doing lots of easy running around the speedwork.

Last night was an easy 3.6 miles along the canal, in truth it was a little too easy, 12mm, I'm going to the gym tonight so I'll run to and from hoping to run @ 10:30 - 11:30 pace.  Long run planned for Sunday will probably do around 8 miles

Happy Running  

15/06/2012 at 12:36

Sounds like you are clocking up heaps of miles, and more importantly are enjoying it.  You've come so far in such a short time, keep it up

15/06/2012 at 22:38

Hi all,

THanks Maamalade for your encouragement it is deeply appreciated.  Decided to do a quicker run this evening, starting as always at the sport centre, down the canal to the muirtown swing bridge and back up the opposite side, 3.78 miles in 36:23 @ avg 9:38mm

I was totally amazed and delighted with the pace and the fact I could maintain it for the whole run. I'm not running tomorrow, playing cricket instead weather permitting but will be out again on Sunday for a slow run.

Happy Running

16/06/2012 at 09:33
Brilliant run stewart leaps n bounds
Hope you have good cricket. I'll still be on sofa, but parents visiting so going out tonight for fathers day meal.
Have great weekend
17/06/2012 at 19:06

Hi all,

Hope you've had a delious meal with your father Maam.

Slow run today, the usual flat run along the canal to Dochgarroch and back 8:09 miles in 1hr 27mins avg pace was 10:47mm.  First four miles @ around 11:30mm and the last four @ around 10mm with mile 8 ran @ 9:26, rest day tomorrow and back out on Tuesday.

Happy Running

19/06/2012 at 11:17


Had a great family meal out, made a really nice change.  Only thing was I was knackered after supermarket trip.  Didn't realise how tiring going out on crutches was. Back to the sofa since Just crave going for a run

Well done on your running, can't be long till your race now?

19/06/2012 at 17:48

It's ages away yet, September 30th so around 14 weeks, I'm also thinking about doing a half in Aviemore two weeks later, it's supose to be a cracking run a mixture of on and off road and not to hilly, I am seriously considering taking part, but not to sure what I'll need to do training wise, do I run the 10k hard and just look to get round the half.

19/06/2012 at 17:59

Can you run 10 miles fairly comfortably? If so, aim for a HM distance on your next LSR, see how it goes, take it slow and make the decision from there.

I think from seeing what you've been doing that it won't be a problem for you, but you have to be happy too

19/06/2012 at 21:43

9.5 miles is the furthest I've ran to-date, and I managed that fairly comfortably, I'll take your advice I'll try 13 miles on Sunday

Jog Scotland tonight, but there was very little jogging, Interval night, approx 50 minute session with lots of sprints and jog recoveries, it was really tough but enjoyable, probably go out for a slow run tomorrow.

Happy Running

20/06/2012 at 15:23

Sounds like a plan Stewart, let me know how you get on.

Looks like I won't be running for a while, I need to have surgery on my knee to fix it, depends on how good it goes as to if I get to do Great North Run or if going to have to defer for a year.

I'm living in hope.

20/06/2012 at 17:34

thats just plain sucks , sending you some positive vibes for a sucessful surgery and recovery

20/06/2012 at 20:01

Thanks, will keep you posted as to how I get on.

Keep me up to date with how you are getting on, it's good to hear x

22/06/2012 at 15:57

Hi all,

I ran with the seven mile group last night, only four of us, to be fair the weather was aweful, 7.1 miles in 1hr 13mins @10:19mm, it was a hard run in the rain but strangely enjoyable interestly it was 63:30 through 10k so I'm well on track to go sub 60 in September

Happy Running  

23/06/2012 at 13:03

Good run and good times, sure you'll get the sub 60

Enjoy resting today before your long run tomorrow.  I'm sure you'll do great, just remember slow and steady, it's a test of your stamina not a race Take fluid and energy sweets if you have them to get you round, I found I needed them at about 10 miles


24/06/2012 at 12:01

Hi all,

Cricket match yesterday was abandoned in the seventh over due to rain, so I decided to go for my long run instead, starting in light rain, the plan was to run 13 miles so I followed the 9 mile route adding in a loop around a housing estate in Drakies, It was going really well until I reached the Inverness royal academy and then the heavens opened!, with only 7 miles done I knew it was going to be an eventful finish, the rain eased as I approached Dores Road, I thought to myself if it didn't get any heavier I should complete the run without any problems, however mother nature decide a thunderstorm would be nice, all I can say it was like running in a power shower all I needed was a bar of soap and I would have been sorted!, the roads and pavements turned too rivers, in some places half way up my shins, so I decided to cut the run short.  Finishing back at the spoert centre the run took 2hrs 8 mins  covering 11 miles @ 11:37mm.

Hopefully I won't be so wet during my next run

Happy Running

24/06/2012 at 13:03


That sounds like one very eventful run, many congrats firstly on actually keeping going in the rain, think even I'd of given up in that, but also for the distance, your longest run so far, your so close the the HM, I think that you are ready for it too How did it feel, other than wet?

Congrats again

24/06/2012 at 23:18

Thanks Maamalade,

I almost forgot it was a distance pb generally I felt good during the run, no real issues, it was tough mentally, don't get me wrong I didn't want to stop or quit but I've never ran for so long before, I'm going to have to prepare my mind as well as my body for the HM, but I've got enough time to get myself into shape, I'm going to have to think about making some adjustments to my training plan, currently my longest run will be 13 miles but I will probably need to extend that a little.

Any thoughts

25/06/2012 at 11:19

I know what you mean about mentally tough, for me I tend to use it for putting the world to right, to clear my head out, plus if I find it tough I tend to mentally argue with my body to shout at myself and tell myself I can do it.

I found with training that because of the mental side I wanted to know that I could cover the distance and then so that I could have a strong finish wanted to get my training runs up to 15 miles, maybe that would work for you?

Well done again on your run, hope that it didn't leave you stiff or sore after?

26/06/2012 at 16:58

Hi Maam,

Yeah 15 miles looks like a good target, Jog Scotland this evening, I'm planning to take it easy as my back is still a little stiff and sore, Once I loosen up it doesn't bother me at all, I got through cricket training last night so fingers crossed.

26/06/2012 at 17:12

Remember the listening to the body bit.  Is the back bad from running or something normal? I'd go get a sports massage to see if they can losen it up incase there is something else in there

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