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16/12/2012 at 15:06

Hey  UTC- Clyde stride is bit away yet- I'm plannig Glasgow- Edin, then Strathearn marathon before we get to that!

Finally manged to get a decent long run without the weather intervening- only about 12 miles, but this is definitely progress- I didn't feel I'd really got going again after Glen Ogle, but now I'm definitely up for a bit of increased mileage over the holiday period - not that I've that much time off, but , even though we're still working, things DO tend to ease up a bit , 'cos folk don't usua;;y want to be in hospital for routine operations over christmas time- so we end up with just the more urgent stuff happeninig.

Went to see "the hobbit" last night- they've padded out the story with quite a bit of extra orc- fighting, plus dribs and drabs of bits of Tolkein which come from other books, I think. Unfortunatly the cinema was evacuated after about 2 1/2 hours- fire alarm, and they couldn't re- start at the same point ( don't understand this at all.apparently they could only re-start the 3d, not the 2d version ). Se we can get a refund, and re- watch the whole thing. GRRRrrrrrrrrr.

I was huge fan of the LOTR films, but I'm swithering about the hobbit  - pity not tosee the whole film, though.

16/12/2012 at 18:31

Hello Back from a relaxing weeks holiday on Loch Sween. A very beautiful part of the country I hadn't even heard of until very recently! Loaded with the cold now though

I'm a big LOTR fan too tricia so was looking forward to seeing the Hobbit. I did read that it had been padded out somewhat. Shame you got turfed out before the end!



16/12/2012 at 20:00

Shame about the film Tricia - very annoying.

Welcome back MrsMac - get well soon.

I think I must be one of the few people that hates all that LOTR / Hobbit Elf-sh!te, so I definitely wouldnt be going to see any of it, but was talking to a friend who is a big fan - she said Hobbit is not even a self-contained film (although is a short book, comparatively), they have made 3x 3hr films . Talk about miking the audience . Elf this, elf that. It can elf - off as far as I'm concerned .

However, my must see film this Xmas will be Life of Pi .

16/12/2012 at 21:03

I'm enough of a Tolkien nerd to want 3 x 3hr films. Sad I know. After all Tolkien had to pad the Hobbit story a lot in later writings to make it fit in with his evolving 'creation'. I do wonder how you can develop much drama from the first third of the book though.

I always try and avoid doing much for Xmas before mid-month as it's my birthday, but this year I am using moving house as an excuse to pretty much avoid doing anything. Did have a pleasant birthday weekend amongst the packing with a decent parkrun and a really nice run in the woods in gorgeous weather today. Plus lots of food.

But I will now enjoy a week of Xmas cakes and sweets at work followed by a couple of parties.

17/12/2012 at 06:22


Really busy weekend again. Need to catch up now

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 18:15

Another tolkein nerd here - well I devoured The Hobbit when I was about 10 although can't remember if I read TLTR but I LOVE the films I'm afraid. Had heard mixed reviews about Hobbit but will probably go anyway over the holidays if we can get babysitter.

Belated happy birthday 57.5. My sister's birthday is 16th December so in our house there was never any tree or decorations before then. I keep telling her she should be like the queen and have two birthdays then she can have a summer one like me!!

Glad some of you are getting out and about and building up the running.

UTC - not long 'til the holidays now ...

I did orienteering on Saturday morning which was fun, but after son being  on Weds, daughter was on Friday and I felt seriously  yesterday but not actually ill. So feeling a wee bit better today but it aint great ... and that was meant to be a decent long run for me today - booo.  Oh well, better to hope we've all got it over and done with before the holidays ... hopefully some running later in week for me, have not eaten enough to be able to run I think - is a great pre-christmas diet if you need that kind of thing!!!

I love Turkey, cold turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwiches are just the best.

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 19:03

have a lovely (if a bit of a faff) recipe for turkey biriyani, otherwise freeze some I guess ... a few years back when Scarlett was a baby I did internet shopping and ordered a 'nice' (supposedly happy) turkey but got delivered a cheapy frozen one, after a big arguement I ended up with what I wanted so had TWO of these flipping things. So I cooked the spare one and froze it in sections ... kept us in meals for weeks.

Not quite up to the turkey sandwich yet ... tomorrow maybe!

So is it Thames Towpath in March?  Thankfully Fling not until end of April ... and then of course the WHW.  Am touting for my support crew but a bit bewildered about accomodation for the end - have no idea when I will finish clearly. Think it will be a campsite of sorts at this rate, cheap acommodation in Fort William is not plentiful - even the travelodge are charging £70 for a room at the moment. This is why I like unsupported races ... I only have myself to blame though!!!

Am thnking of trying a 'Mountains to the Sea' run of my own devising in September ... have worked out if I start in Braemar and run through the Lairig Ghru (always fancied that), up over Meall a`Bhuachaille, through Abernethy Forest to Nethy Bridge, onto Speyside Way at Grantown and follow it down to Spey Bay and along Moray Coastal Trail back to Findhorn it's about 100 miles ... bit more local than the UTMB and may get a few other souls to join me for all or part ... or perhaps not!!

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 21:39

Well if I get organised I am sure I'll be welcoming company for some of it ...

Colds always need a few easy runs to clear the gunk off the chest I think!

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 .

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