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04/03/2013 at 08:06

Morning all, UTC that is fine. I have had a few movers between races and few notifications of drop outs so I have scope to move you if you want. Just let me know.


04/03/2013 at 17:55

Well done Mrs Mac and 57.5.

UTC - I think Angus half and Heaven and Hell are on the same day. I'm trying to decide which to do - i've heard that the H and H is much more hellish than heavenly, but would be a bit different!

04/03/2013 at 19:21

FFB, was speaking to Robin at Smokies yesterday He was telling me he's sweeping the marathon. Hope I don't see him before the finish! My brother-in-law mentioned he'd have rather done the 1/2 over the 10K. Could he swap, no problems if no

I did the H&H 1/2 a few years ago Alison. Defo not a PB course

Legs are surprisingly sore/tired after Smokies yesterday. Must've worked quite hard then

04/03/2013 at 20:24

MrsMac Hope I don't prolong the day greatly for Robin et al!
Please ask him to wait until I'm round the corner before he takes up any flags!
Hope to catch up with you in cafe after the race if you're not in to much of a hurry to get off. Elspeth should be finished marshalling long before I come in.
Think I'll come down prepared for any weather - still a lot of snow over the cairngorms as I flew over on Friday

04/03/2013 at 20:57

Well done MrsMac, 57.5 racing, and others out training at the weekend.

57.5 - errrrm, they may not let you in Smokies, unless you have a nice disguise !

FFB - that is good to know about the A81 - was planning Erskine Bridge, A81, Aberfoyle, but will have a look at Traffic Watch for alternative routes.

Nice 7.2m today, trying to get a bit of speed back  LOL !!!

Going out to Galloway Forest Park tommorrow for a full kit test, actually mainly to test out which shoes I want to wear on Thames Path.

04/03/2013 at 21:46

OH, I don't think you're in any danger of meeting the sweeper! Looking forward to see you guys. Meeting another friend after for coffee so the more the merrier

Enjoy the run tomorrow TP

04/03/2013 at 22:34

Oh no, someone gives away wine at a race then limits it to ladies ! Of course I'm used to the US where by law you generally can't limit races by gender... but any man in a race 'predominantly aimed' at ladies had better sport a nice tutu or similar and not try too hard.

Sounds like one of my staple runs cragchick. You can check out the progress of the sea wall repairs en route too. An amazing number of dog walkers on Nairn seafront yesterday morning in the fine weather.

04/03/2013 at 22:40

Evening all,

OK, so Mrs M

05/03/2013 at 06:11


4M Steady. Cold, bit foggy. Okay run.

Saw a deer when out , first time in ages on morning run.

Morning Tri.


05/03/2013 at 06:12

TP: Enjoy Galloway today.

05/03/2013 at 08:53

Hi, been in hiding as injured again so I'm afraid my apperance at Katrine is going to be as a marshall.

Some good running going on, esp Mrs Mac and Ali at Smokeys and 57.5 with his long warm up!

Out last night to hear William Sichel and his team speaking about his ultra training. Sounds rather different with extreme weight training rather than distance. All on home made equipment in his animal shed on Sanday! Very interesting, not sure how it translates to the rest of us though.

Still frustratingly swimming with the odd short cycle.

05/03/2013 at 10:08

Morning all, I can see the logic with the weight training. It builds strength and stamina which are vital. Less chance of mechanical/overuse injury with less running. So strength, stamina and nutrition and technically your sorted.

05/03/2013 at 10:30

FFB - can see the logic up to a point but he's lifting weights of up to 450kg while being only 55kg himself!

05/03/2013 at 12:30

That was Elspeth not me!


05/03/2013 at 19:49

Nice easy run this evening, just over 4 miles. Foggy here this morning, but very nice now.

05/03/2013 at 19:49

Lovely day out at Glen Trool today, long drive, but nice to get somewhere really quite remote and off the beaten track. Headed out up into the hills and saw only two other walkers in 4hrs - thats my kind of population density  - ran just a little but mostly walked 'ultra pace stylee' to test the shoes, whilst also took a packed lunch to test the stomach !

Sorry to hear you are injured again Elspeth . Hopefully catch up with you on Sunday at some point.

I guess Sichel does extreme weight training cos you would get really really bored running ultra distance training everyday round and round a tiny island . I've walked half the length of Sanday, and it aint exactly vast! there is that horrific wind .

05/03/2013 at 20:26

TP - So annoying as I was just about to start tapering when it struck again. But yes hope to see you Sunday.

Apparently you just can't train for ultras involving multidays and 1000 miles just by increasing miles as can never simulate race conditions. So apparently lifting a baby elephant can! Also hopping for miles down snowy lanes! Seems to work for him though.

05/03/2013 at 21:07

I fully intend to adopt the William Sichel training method just as soon as I sign up for my first 1000 mile race...

One of my patients today did her first 5km race at Nairn on Sunday, well into her 80s! She walked with a Curves team but said that she ended up on her own as many of them were too slow .

Did hill reps tonight with a group who had virtually all run the 10k on Saturday. There was much complaining! Still great running weather despite a layer of grey cloud obscuring the views.

06/03/2013 at 06:19

Morning, 4 Steady miles for me. Bit of a plod

TP: Glad you enjoyed Glen Trool

06/03/2013 at 17:38

I liked the story about the 80yr old too . Sometimes I think older folks are constrained by what (younger) people think they should be doing  - but give them half a chance and they are out there giving it what for .

Rest day for me today.

Elspeth - once you get over 50+ miles its all about the head game anyway, so tbh it doesnt really matter how you choose to train, as long as you have some mileage in the legs . Plus yer man Sichel, he's a farmer? So he is on his feet all day doing a physical job, in often horrifically hard conditions (I've worked outdoors in Orkney in the Winter ), if thats not good training for very long ultras I dont know what is .

CC - good work on the pilates .

BM - I like it cos there are no people about . Was looking at holiday cottages down there, but in the summer it is mega-bucks expensive, so I guess it does get very busy at some points during the year. From Glasgow it is great for a long day out.

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