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08/10/2012 at 08:10

TP - I must have cheered you in at the finish, I was there from about a finish time of 1:45 until I went to chat to UTC about 10 mins later.

UTC - Hope you had a pleasant ride home. Weather was so nice I took the dog out to Lennoxtown for a few more (slow!) miles.

Ally Mac - hope you found some conkers. Seems to be a poor year for them up north.

08/10/2012 at 08:19

nice training FFB!!

57.5, yeah it was a lovely wet, puddly ride along the canal. Really quite enjoyable.

Went for a walk down the west end afterwards too as it was a lovely day!!

Right, off to work now, legs ok although shins seemed to suffer more than anything yesterday which is unusual for me

08/10/2012 at 10:03

Morning all

57.5 - I came in directly behind a guy in a blue Edinburgh (Half I think) t-shirt - I had been tailing him round the twisty route round the houses over the last 500m or so, but as the path was so narrow couldnt get past him, then the b*gger put on a final sprint so I ended a few seconds behind, all in black. Thanks for the cheers .

UTC - yeah my shins were a bit tender last night too, must be the hills. Kept compression shorts on for the drive back so that seems to have helped, but could have done with wearing compression socks too as I was sitting in the car for quite a while.

Mrs Mac - that race will be 'ahem' interesting if it snows in December . I've run in the Pentlands a couple of times, nice scenery, good trails, if a little muddy in places. Didnt own a pair of trail shoes back then, but most of the trails were fine in road shoes, providing it was dry. Think it does tend to get quite boggy in winter.

Good training FFB and racing CC.

Ally - hope your achilles feels better soon. Mine was a little swollen yesterday, thats road running for you .

Lovely day again, makes a change from rain.

08/10/2012 at 19:23

Hello folks,

Been reading back on all your achievements.. a 49 minute PB at Loch Ness!  Wow.

Back to running again after some time off with the lurgy.  I just got back from a lovely weekend away with the club - out in sunny Glenisla (it really was sunny!).  Didn't make it to Loch Ness due to finances/physical bleurgh/organisation failure on my part.  Next year...

I have signed up for my first cross country race next week, at Kilmarnock.  I don't think its very long.  Jedburgh half 3 weeks after.  Who's going to Jedburgh then?  Me and TP?  Anyone else?

08/10/2012 at 21:41

Poor weather has reduced the conker harvest this year...just half a dozen wee ones after our 30 minute splodge around Pollok though

Walk/jog really helps the focus on technique...

08/10/2012 at 22:23

Day and training went as planned, although I technically ate a little too much for my fast day meal this evening after my run.

09/10/2012 at 06:47


ended up taking rest night last night as was exhausted and feeling pretty rubbish. bed at 9pm. upper body very tight and was very cold all night.

lots of stretching this morning and club run tonight instead.

welcome back IJ! Im doing the XC relays as well. Did the Nationals in Feb and loved it. That was 8k for the women and 12k for the men. (2 and 3 loops). Very tough running but great fun!!!

Need to look more for my Garmin which has gone missing....

09/10/2012 at 08:12

Morning all, a lovely frosty clear day again. I love these autumn days. Hopefully get some for this for Glen Ogle.

Hopefully, I am not jinxing this, but it looks like I may have another backer for my antarctic challenge, fingers crossed. They were asking about product placement so hopefully my response was what they were looking for.

Not sure what my training plan is for today. It is my 2nd fast day so maybe a cycle and some weights rather than a run, but if the weather is still this good when i get home it will hard not to go out for a run.

This intermittent fasting is OK. My energy levels and balance are way better and my weight is finally coming down. I can easily sustain a good hours cardio on fast days too. I do 2 fast days and 5 normal eating days. Probably won't do it for a prolonged period. It might be one of these things that I do periodically. Of course the improved energy levels could be more down to the magnesium and vitamin d supplements and the reduction of wheat in my diet.

09/10/2012 at 10:31

FFB, just reading your posts makes me want to go and have a rest! the antarctic challenge just sounds amazing. i hope it all works out for you. are we allowed to ask what the product placement was? string vest?

good 5 and a bit miles this morning but first outing for the hat and gloves. rather chilly but not when compared to antarctic

day 8 of the in-laws visit and everyone is still alive and even talking to each other. but that may be helped by the fact i'm hiding in my office working.


09/10/2012 at 11:02

Morning all

Just back from dentist, lovely walk over there, but now I want to go out and run in it .

FFB - it is hardly like you are over-weight for goodness sake!!  Be careful with that fasting business and increasing training at the same time.

UTC - good luck finding the garmin !

Good luck too Longbow, with the rest of the epic visit !!!

Right, work can wait, I'm going out .

09/10/2012 at 12:28

Longbow - it is more brand/company placement which is fair enough. So it is things like making sure that backers logos appear on as much as possible; website, blog, printed material, maybe on kit, get a mention in any media interviews articles etc.

TP - no not particularly overweight but carrying about half a stone that just was not shifting. As soon as it is gone I will probably stop the fasting because the increased training will keep the weight OK and the fasting may interfere with ability to train.

CC - It was off the back of the Horizon programme that I decided to experiment. Plus Mr FFB was interested as he is quite badly overweight and does not exercise and struggles with 'classic dieting'. Typically though, I am managing the fasting and he cheats. I thought there was enough science available and that the potential long term benefits for your heart, reducing risks of diabetes, and cell repair made it a viable experiment.

09/10/2012 at 14:06

Well good luck with it FFB - classic though Mr FFB cheating  - I couldnt do it, I like my food too much, and would probably keel over if I didnt snack every couple of hours .

Cragchick - good to hear the pilates is coming together. Nice to have some work you can do at home / when you have time . Eeek at 7 people in the house though ! Enjoy the peace while you can .

6.7m done in lovely sunshine, but there is still that chill to the air which I really like at this time of year . I'll take this weather over a crappy wet summer anytime! I would like to know, however, what has happened to my hamstrings?!!! Feel like they have shrunk can one road race do that.....maybe not enough stretching after it and sitting in the car .......

09/10/2012 at 18:09

Cragchick - interesting what you say about food requirements - guess we only have to look around the average street to see how much lots of people have become totally out of touch with what they actually need to eat, but its gone in totally the opposite direction.

There was an interesting thread on here a while back where someone said their pals (mostly obese) were all surprised by how little food they ate (comparatively) when training for a marathon. Guess loads of people have become 'trained' by the food industry to eat massive massive portions. I'm always surprised when I eat out (not that often it has to be said) the portions are huge, far too much food. I struggle to eat some of these pub type meals when I'm out, and ironically most likely the reason I will be out is because I'm away from home and running a marathon the next day!! Then I look at Mr and Mrs Porker sitting at the opposite table and they are shovelling it in . Sometimes folk are their own worst enemies, but the food industry certainly doesnt help!

I wouldnt consider fasting, because I think it is too extreme, but on the same level I dont over-eat either, I'm all for balance. I think a lot of people (particularly beginners running for weight loss) fall into that trap of, OMG I've started running I need to consume X product and eat loads of carbs, then they wonder why they dont lose any weight.

09/10/2012 at 19:16

Hi there all,not posted anything in adges.popped in and out a good few times hope everyone is well.I was looking for a little bit of advice from anyone who has done the london marathon.I have just got in and am gonna book travel and hotel so any help would be great like best hotel and where and just any general advice would be great.

09/10/2012 at 19:20

There is a guy at work who is a fair bit overweight, but he does quite a bit of cycling and tends to be a bit of an all the gear no idea type who thinks  he is a bit of a contender. But he never stops eating  Today, between 9.30 when he arrived and 4 when I left he had consumed: a pile of pistachios, a large bag of fruit gums/wine gums, a muffin, 3 bags of crisps, 2 shortbread fingers, a full 750ml pot of soup, a filled roll, a muffin....

TP - LOL you are so lean that if you fasted you would disappear LOL. There is no fat reserve to burn while fasting  Fasting is probably an extreme, but I thought I would try it out and see how it affected me. Definitely would not do it long therm though.

09/10/2012 at 19:37

flippin' heck, i though i ate a lot...

09/10/2012 at 19:41


Longer lie yesterday and couldn't log on this morning.

Cold these last 2-3 days, but cracking sunshine with it.

09/10/2012 at 20:04

Back to work today after a long weekend Got plenty running in though in lovely sunshine

Who is doing Glen Ogle then? Me, FFB, maybe(?) cragchick. Be nice to put faces to names

09/10/2012 at 20:09

Wow FFB - that is a lot of food, and he will probably go home and have a huge dinner and dessert / snacks as well. He probably reckons though as he is cycling it is okay .

I know when I am doing a lot of cycling it makes me absolutely starving, after a long ride I can easily locust the cupboards clean . But, that would be after like a 50mile cycle, not a few miles commute to work.

Without wanting to sound 'fatist' or anything, I see an awful lot of middle aged guys, massive bellys, cycling, (and more and more these days on really really expensive road bikes), when they would probably be better on a mtb given their weight . I think to myself, fair play to them, they have probably been overweight for years and are cycling to get in shape, but then I see a lot of these same men stopping for the cake and chip shop cafe stop on their ride, and I have to think to myself, their belly is their worst enemy!! There is a lot of 'kidology' going on I think .

09/10/2012 at 20:18

Cold out, just walked Geordie.

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