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15/02/2014 at 17:26

Elspeth and I got out this morning for a tough 9.6 - cold wet and windy! (but no floods!)

15/02/2014 at 20:20

Windy but pleasant runs today. A nice quick blast round the muddy Inverness parkrun then a good 12 miles looping all over the dunes and heath around Findhorn.

Kirky run was my first on returning to Scotland. Can't believe it was 5 years ago!

16/02/2014 at 15:03

Had a nice run today at Kirkintilloch, very very gusty wind and some bad icy patches on some of the downhill stretches did nothing for my time, but enjoyed the race nevertheless. Course came out slightly long because of a new housing scheme sprung up since the last time I did this 2yrs ago  - I thought we should have turned off, but then suddenly all these houses appeared!

Bit of disorganised chaos at the start - no-one had keys for either of the schools or car park gates, so they had set up registration outside. This of course also meant no toilets! I got my number then went back to the car (parked in road), then finally someone turned up with keys, so a whole bunch of people got into the 2nd car park. I decided it was time for some 'toilet action' so set off, just in time to see a yellow jacketed janitor sneaking into the larger school, being hotly pursued by two male runners . Toilets availed of, I came back outside to find a massive bunch of other desperate folk crossing their legs - so pointed them in the right direction !

Freezing at the start, and with many icy patches to negotiate I decided to start at the back and attempt to slowly increase pace as I got warmer. This proved a good strategy as I began a steady stream of overtaking from about 1.5m onward and caught up with people as the wind and hills got the better of them. At 10k I kind of forgot there was still another 2.5km to go , and over cooked it a bit on one of the hills, resulting in one of my previous 'over-takens' almost catching me - I could hear his heavy breathing. I lost him on the next hill, but generally everyone was slowing down, then with 0.5km to go, there was that breathing again! Arrgghhhhh! Determined not to be caught, I hammered it, although he still nearly had me at the line. Goody bag in hand, I then went to retrieve my jacket off my friend who I found directing the traffic ! Cars were trying to exit straight across the line of still finishing runners, so it would have been bedlam. I stood the opposite side of the road and directed the remaining runners in, whilst L managed the cars from the other side!! Job done we both finally got a cup of tea Phew !!

16/02/2014 at 16:14

SueW you have mail (Hoy HM entries open)

16/02/2014 at 17:46

Well done not getting caught at the end TP Sounded like a quite a chaotic race

Time flies 57.5

Opted out of any snowy/hilly runs this weekend and went for sunny & breezy at home instead. 19 yesterday and 8 today

16/02/2014 at 19:22

I also got lots of 'sunny and breezy' this weekend, mainly around Findhorn.

Hoy Half entry in.

17/02/2014 at 13:36

Blue sky. Sun is shining. Nothing more than a gentle breeze. Birds are singing.

spring is here (Well at least for today)

easy 10 just done.

17/02/2014 at 16:37

Good running going on here during the breaks in the weather .

Rest day for me today, will do a longish one tomorrow.

Would like to do Hoy also one year . Mind you, our work van used to struggle getting up some of those hills, never mind running ! Camped on the beach one year, and by 3am it was so cold I had to 'de-camp' / stagger in the pitch dark to the public toilets 1m away and spent the rest of the night sitting on a bench in there . By 6am and freezing I ventured back outside to see possibly the best sunrise I have ever seen from a public toilet car park .

On the line yesterday I beat the guy behind me by 00.00.02 !!!

17/02/2014 at 16:53
Well done TP yesterday, you beat him by however small a margin!!

The hoy hills always feel worse in the bus on the way there than actually running them! And there's the lovely long downhill at 7 miles to look forward to!
17/02/2014 at 20:08

Finally got a chance to come onto fotrum and read back. Lol TP, I have become an Antarctic ice giant Well done at Kirkie. 

My training a bit behind for D33, but will set my expectations low.

LK doing well. Only 9 places left in Marathon and half and 10k full with massive waiting lists.

17/02/2014 at 21:08

Hoy HM: What Elspeth doesn't say is "What comes down must have got up there somehow!"

Looking forward (with trepidation) to Loch Katrine, just entered Kinloss to Lossie HM (as training run)

18/02/2014 at 06:39

OH you will be fine. Just keep it steady.

Blergh morning here in Aberdeen. Only 4 weeks to including this week, maybe less 

18/02/2014 at 22:37

Well done BMs son

OK 5.3 miles for me this evening in Duthie PArk and along the Dee

19/02/2014 at 16:40

Decent run this morning, but bit of a downpour half way through.

Being harassed by the doctor to go for an asthma assessment , so eventually gave in and tried to get an appointment only to be told they didn't have any for another 3wks!! B*gger that - being told by a morbidly obese practice nurse that I am under-weight and have a crap peak flow is not exactly something worth setting time aside for!!

I might just write them a note and tell them I am running 145m in May - will that do ya?

Re canals, and wetness generally, in the never ending quest for dry feet, today I got some waterproof socks! Well, less of a sock, more like a sleeve that your foot goes inside  Kind of strange feeling, but with a pair of running socks underneath, they are the dogs doo-dahs - probably far too hot for the summer, but these will be mega cosy in the muddy cold and wet, or just those miserable parts of the night where you have to walk. I am picturing wading through ankle deep liquid mud - so anything better than that will be a bonus.

19/02/2014 at 20:26

 TP: GPs don't get paid for asthma unless they ask you to a asthma check. It's your choice as to whether you take it up. We still get paid if we ask and you refuse provided you have communicated this ( or you have declined 3 invitations)

... And reckoning day is April 1 (true)!

20/02/2014 at 08:47

TP - that sounds good. Better than goretex shoes. I had to use trail shoes with a goretex membrane in Antarctica. This is all good and well but if water does get in it stays in. Glad i took two pairs out cos after going up to well over my ankle in snow I ended up with very cold wet feet, which is not good in that environment. Changed shoes and socks several times during 100k.

A tough wee 6 miles last night with some drills and speed intervals. It was my 4th consecutive training day and at the end of my 2nd consecutive fast day.

Latest blog entry here

I now have 2 motivational speaking sessions lined up too


20/02/2014 at 10:29

FFB - I have done a couple of races in goretex shoes, and as you say they are fine until the water gets too deep, then you're stuck with wet feet. My main concern with non-waterproof shoes is grit getting in with the water, then causing an abrasive surface on the skin.

I've been using Drymax socks and they are pretty good at keeping the mud out but you still get wet, or damp feeling feet. So I found these totally waterproof socks called Dexshell, they come in 3 grades, a light summer version, a mid-weight (which I went for and they are cosy), and a mega-winter version which it said were suitable for ice-fishing!!!

I am planning to take two pairs of shoes, plenty of socks, and then use the Dexshell as a shoe liner when things get grim (which they are bound to in an English summer!) .

Good training btw FFB .

OH - I wouldn't mind the accounting exercise, but having had asthma for the best part of 40yrs on and off, I find the assessments all very patronising, and the nurse will never tell me to alter my medication, she always just tells me to see the GP if I want a change of inhaler. If I had a serious / life threatening attack I would go to the hospital over the road as they have a specialist asthma unit, I certainly wouldn't bother with the nurse or waiting weeks for an appointment.

21/02/2014 at 14:19

Nice dry run this morning after the forecast had said heavy rain!

8.5m with 4 sets of stair repeats, and 4 x hills, went well apart from slightly gusty wind. There is a short steep hill just immediately after my steps, and that always feels worse coming out of the loop than the steps do !

Long run tomorrow.

21/02/2014 at 21:24

The Hoy hills are very scenic. And very peaceful if you are running on your own.

See you at the K to L half OH. You'll likely hear my hacking cough at some point, been off running this week and feeling ill, now on the mend but I know the cough will persist.

Thanks for the sock tips. Only running half your 145 miles TP but the Great Glen Way has been very wet some of the times I've been on it.

22/02/2014 at 15:41

57.5 - the Devil route last year was also mega-wet. The streams coming off Glencoe were bursting and over-flowing all the stepping stone crossings, so it was impossible to keep dry feet. I did that one in old goretex shoes which are no longer fully waterproof, and the water just flowed in and out . Not too bad on a short ultra and if the water is 'clean' but not really what you want once you start hitting the bigger mileage. Hope the cough gets better soon!

A good, but rather hard going in the wind, long run today of 20m . With the definitely taller FFB coming in the other direction , or she might have been wearing Hokas? ! I was tempted to stay out longer but was too hungry and hadn't taken any food, so decided that was enough for today.

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