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17/12/2012 at 07:03

morning BM

yep busy here too, christmas shopping yesterday, town wasn't too bad, almost there.

a few things to order still. hope they all come on time.

training ticking over til January and new plan kicking in then. More news on that to come


17/12/2012 at 09:45

Morning you lot

UTC - sounds exciting!!!

57.5 - Happy Birthday . I tried to read the Hobbit when I was a kid, couldnt get into it, its like marmite, you either love all that fantasy created world and made up language, or hate it. I hated it. Strange because I was a huge Sci Fi fan, loved the Dune series, read loads of Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick etc, loved original Star Wars films (apart from the Ewoks ). But I could never buy into the Rings .....probably too much toward the fantasy end and not enough science for me .

Off for a run today .

17/12/2012 at 12:45

Happy belated birthday 57.5  I too am enough of  a Tolkien nerd to be happy with 3 x 3hr films

No training for me over the weekend, which I am chilled with: just too much to do. The tree went up and baby FFB and I went out and scavenged some holly. The presents are now all wrapped apart from the bay FFB's stocking fillers, and I still have to put the ribbons and decorations on the baby FFB's presents.

I am hoping that I can now focus a bit more on some training this week starting with a run tonight after work.

Did I say I had entered the Fling? Also Clyde Stride. Will do perthshire Highland, and not sure about Strathearn. I woudl like to do it again but it is the weekedn after my 'notable' birthday so not sure whether to keep that weekend free or run ....


17/12/2012 at 14:46

Hurrah FFB - Wow, the 2013 Fling is going to be a massive Forum meet-up party at this rate if we all make the start line .

Well the Hobbit / Ring film makers have certainly tapped into a popular series, cannot blame them for trying to make it epic / dragging as much money out of the fans as possible (delete depending on marmite opinion - see above ). To me its a bit like going to see your favourite team play in a Cup Final and they stop after 20mins and tell you to come back next year and pay another entry fee . Actually, if LOTR was 20mins I might have gone to see it . Typically Tolkien films are a bit like James Bond - about 2hrs 45mins too long . (Wow, I'm making myself popular today eh? ).

Anyway, back to running . Ramping up the mileage this week. My event is 23rd March, so this is the time for getting in some decent long groundwork training and building some endurance and strength.

17/12/2012 at 15:21

For what it is worth I think that for Peter jackson it is more about a labour of love than wringing as much money as he can out of the audience

17/12/2012 at 16:25

Thats because you like it .

I hate it, therefore I take the more cynical viewpoint.

You could say the same about the Harry Potter books / films, or that ridiculous Twilight Saga, which has loads of fans  - if you love it, its great, if you think its all a bit boring, like I do, then you really cannot see the point of watching hours of it .

A friend of mine goes to lots of Fantasy Conventions, which to me would be  dulls-ville central, but she probably thinks the same about running a long way for the sake of it . She was down at the NECC in B-Ham a few weeks ago and saw the bizarre sight of Darth Vadar and two Stormtroopers having a fag with an Elf and some caravan salesmen, (who were from the Camping Show in the next hall) .


17/12/2012 at 18:42

(passes Cragchick a cold turkey and cranberry sandwich). Get well soon CC, that sounds Yuk !!!

I have loads of turkey left here...I'm not sure I can face more of the stuff next week .

17/12/2012 at 19:29

Belated Happy Birthday 57.5

Get well soon cragchick. There seems to be lots of yucky bugs going about just now. That run sounds amazing cragchick

Think I'm turning a corner with this stinking cold. Not been able to run so its about time it bu**ered off!

17/12/2012 at 22:20

That sounds a nice route Cragchick .

Yes, its the dreaded 'flat' towpath in March .... you know I like it really . Actually I'm really looking forward to it next year, I was this year too, but there is always that uncertainty about the route, distance etc when you havent done it before, lurking in the back of your mind. This time I know what training I have to do and I'm ready for it , and the hypothermic-inducing weather is in the hands of the Gods . Then Fling in April, and South Downs in June .

OMG that is expensive for Fort William!!! How about booking a tent space at the camp site just in case you get there at a weird time, and then if you dont need it just go to a B+B?

18/12/2012 at 06:20

Morning you lot

Tired as collected younger son from school 6th Year Christmas Dance at 12:15am this morning. Stifles a yawn

Need to fully catch up

Morning Tri

back later.

18/12/2012 at 07:22


back from a short run this morning. nice pace, really enjoyed pushing it a bit harder.

CC that run sounds glorious!!!

Hope your son enjoyed his dance

veggie here so no turkey for me... spuds and veggies are quite enough once the soup and all the other cr*p is consumed... with enough room for pudding of course

3 more days and counting (til I finish work...)...

18/12/2012 at 12:24

Morning (just about!)

Late night for you Birkmyre !

UTC - nearly there for your holidays , hang in there! Agree re the food - its sooooo much. I thought I was being quite sparing with the portions on Saturday night but we still ended up stuffed to the gunnels and with loads left. Luckily when I go to the extended Familia on Xmas Day there are so many people you only get a small serving of each thing (which is plenty - especially as I have already had one Xmas dinner ).

Off to the post office this morning to send some completed work back - expected to be out for hours and stuck in queues - loads of people out walking on the streets and roads jammed with cars, but no-one in the local shops ....very strange .

Turkey stir fry for tea tonight .

18/12/2012 at 13:32

Afternoon all, spin bike session last night, and run tonight assuming that the low grade migraine I have been nursing all morning goes away. No visual disturbance, and headache receding quite a bit, but the nausea is pretty chronic still

Just had to book flights to Luton (and back) on 28th, and was suprised that they were not too expensive. Mr FFB's aunt died on Sunday evening. Perfect timing, but there was a sort of inevitability about it.

18/12/2012 at 15:15

Afternoon All.


Looks like the Loch Katrine run in aid of Alzheimer Scotland will be 10th March. 3 distances will be on offer: 10k, half marathon and full marathon. Entries will open soon. It will be a no frills event with the emphasis on as much of the entry fee as I can manage going to Alzheimers.

Edited: 18/12/2012 at 15:26
18/12/2012 at 17:39

Sounds great FFB, will it almost definitely be that weekend as I need to book leave to get there early? Also I'm even more ignorant, though I know more or less where it is where is the start?

Sorry to hear about Mr FFB's aunt though.

Too much work getting in the way of running these days but had a nice but wild one on Sat and hope to get out agaoin tomorrow. Meanwhile back to the Christmas chores!

18/12/2012 at 20:50


TP: Yeah late night. He was off today so was charged 1 hour of walking Geordie.

57.5: A very belated happy Birthday

18/12/2012 at 21:25


oops dont know if I wished 57.5 a Happy Birthday either... sorry!!

Lol TP, getting there, this week hasnt been too bad so far. Only 2 days to get through.

Good swim tonight. Did a 750m TT (after a good warm up) and despite not having done any swim racing for months I was a minute faster than my previous PB These drill sessions are working!! And Im sure if it had been a race I would have pushed a tad harder! Pretty happy with that... even though Id still be considered quite slow within a club... still happy to have in less than a year almost halved my 750m swim time!!

Meant to say condolensces to Mr FFB....

FFB, sounds great, Id definitely be up for your race as long as I could make it work wise (travel etc).

Run tomorrow morning again and turbo once home from work, friend coming over for pre xmas catch up

18/12/2012 at 21:29

Crag: Yeah it was a late night, but needs must.

FFB: Sorry to hear your news

18/12/2012 at 22:36

Good sessions UTC and CC.

Elspeth, yes definitely that weekend.

The start and finish will be at the trossachs pier at the bottom end of loch katrine. Which is in the Trossachs and can be reached via Callander or Aberfoyle. There is parking and facilities including a cafe (which will be open). It an out and back along a private road (sorry no trail) with lots of undulation in all 3 distances.  I will probably set up entry via entry central, but will keep you posted.

18/12/2012 at 22:54

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Too much house moving activity for running this week. Didn't seems too windy here the other day but the pictures of the dunes at the mouth of the Lossie suggest the water level was amazingly high. Loch Katrine sounds like a good alternative to the ever more commercial Inverness half!

- gratuitous Xmas smiley...

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