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07/02/2013 at 14:20

Decent run this morning, no wind and no snow yet .

Good to see you back 57.5.

Ouch Cragchick, hope your ankle gets better soon.

Nice one on the medals FFB - I do like a medal after a race (and a tunnocks wafer) .

Must get back to work - got a client breathing down my neck for their sample results - honestly some folks want the results back before they have even posted you out the work . Of course, if they had actually got them to me when they promised rather than 3 days late, they would have the results by now .

Happy training all.

07/02/2013 at 19:25

No snow arrived then ! despite teh forecast.

07/02/2013 at 20:30

Nothing for me today, no treadmill incline walking and no turbo efforts ... a wee walk on the beach near the lighthouse at Lossiemouth ...

 Heading South to Gatwick tomorrow eve with kids to meet hubby and heading to La Plagne for weeks skiing - first proper family ski holiday - eek. 

Am hoping I don't have a stress fracture of the 5th metatarsal, seems to ache when I'm wearing shoes but is fine when walking barefoot ... sigh ... Will have to see how is when I get back - feel like I've gone from firing on all cyclinders to falling apart spectacularly in the space of one month!!!!

07/02/2013 at 21:40


feeling much better after decent swim tonight, was sooooooo tired after work last night and this morning.... but glad I did something as it was another crazy day in work and would have been easy to bail and sit on my proverbial all night. Swim times have really come down lately too. Still have some work to do on technique though.... doubt I'll ever be an Ellie Simmonds or a Becky Adlington somehow..

Hope the foot is ok CC... take it easy!!!

FFB name entered onto reserves... cant believe I forgot, have been so busy. Bf is still happy to marshall though!!

Still tired tonight so early one and run in the morning.

Devils Burden relays at the weekend! Hoping I manage but I did enjoy it last year so should be good!!

07/02/2013 at 23:03

UTC - I will get you in, don't worry. Look out for email inviting you to pay.

08/02/2013 at 07:42


Thanks FFB!!! I'll keep checking for the email!!

Feeling much less tired today... thankfully. What a week its been!!

Run this morning and swim tonight.

08/02/2013 at 07:53

Morning all.

UTC that is the invite sent. It is valid for 24hrs. Definitely still need your OH to cycle marshall the marathon leaders. It is a 9am race start time.

A spin for me last night, some speed interavls and weights tonight hopefully, then 16 planned at LK tomorrow to suss out water stations the 10k and half tunrpoints and maybe also mark out the routes for 10k and half. Depends on how temporary my tempory paint is.

08/02/2013 at 17:43

great FFB I'll get that done now  thanks again!!!!

08/02/2013 at 19:23


The pc froze on me this morning

4m Steadily done then, Wet outside now.

Evening Tri

08/02/2013 at 21:11

hi BM, wondered where you got to this morning!

all entered FFB, thanks for that!!! looking forward to it now!!

early night tonight before devils burdens tomorrow.... eeshk!!!

08/02/2013 at 21:12

Oh and BF is still happy to marshall the marathon, no probs!!

09/02/2013 at 09:21

Morning you lot

Smiry rain out here so far.

Morning Tri. Hope you get on okay with devils burden today.

09/02/2013 at 11:47

lovely with us this morning and really enjoyed my 10 miles round the basin. no wind and not too cold. fantastic.

ready for an afternoon in front of the telly watching the rugby. hopefully scotland can build on the promising stuff from last week and finally record a win!!!

09/02/2013 at 13:06

For once Orkney getting the best of the weather! Sunny, cold and no wind.

21 miles for me, still not really feeling marathon fit though!

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

CC - hope that injury settles and you enjoy your hols.

09/02/2013 at 18:39

Watched the rugby after a 16 mile run home from work- going to do the other half of a back-to-back 16/11 tomorrow- certainly found the 16 miles farily easy going, so here's hoping I'm getting fitter. Am off to Lyons for a conference on tuesday, not back til saturday, so I'll need to use the hotel gym to burn off the french food/ wine, and go for a really long run next weekend to make up for it. After that a couple more back -ro backs, the LK mara, and then I'll be thinknig about tapering for the GE double - ARGHHHhhhhhhhhhhh.

I have been tempted to look at a salomon s-lab 12 pack by a work colleague- I was wearing it around the ofices yesterday.........trying to persuade myself that it is a perfectly sensible use of £135!

09/02/2013 at 19:02

21 foggy miles done today on The Rob Roy Way Drymen (Garadhban forest) to Aberfoyle and back.

Nice one Elspeth Don't think we grudge you a wee bit good weather!

Well done Tricia I like weekend back-to-back runs. Really think they help for Ultras.

Nice running longbow too Didn't Scotland do well?

Hope you heal soon cragchick.


10/02/2013 at 08:09


Yup good win by Scotland in 6 Nations v Italy yesterday

10/02/2013 at 09:25

Morning all.

Saw your entry confirmation UTC, and great that your BF still wants to marshall. I will send out a list of the marshall assignments in the next week or so. Got a txt from a Girl Guide troup in Coatbrdige looking to help

Was up at Loch Katrine yesterday and di 16 miles, marking out he 10k and half plus turn points and water stations. I was that focussed on watching my distance and marking that I forgot to drink or eat until 8 miles - doh. So, had a really horrible last 3 miles.

At about 6.5 miles out i saw a runner coming towards me. I never see runners up there. It is usually only me. So, I had to ask, and yes he is running the marathon. He was up with 3 other people and they had all gone out to about 12 miles and then back.

General consensus was beautfiul location and stunning views, but a really hard marathon. They reckoned harder than CW  I have to admit that as I was marking it out I was thinking this is going to be tough, all 3 distances. I am debating whether or not to route the marathon of the road and along a section of cycle path at on point and miss out 2 hills. It would depend how many marshalls I have. In many ways it would be esaier to stick with the road.

The Half marathon turn point is in an awkward spot half way up a hill, but nothing I can do about that really.

10/02/2013 at 10:45


That's great FFB I'll await the details!! All coming together now!!

I had a pretty good run yesterday at the Devil's Burdens, and bf's team (the men's A team), came 6th overall only beaten by Carnethy, Ochil, Bella RR, Shettleston and a team from Englandshire, Anster Haddies. Great runs from the B's and C's and MV50's As and Bs. Women had 2 teams, I was on B's but the women are much more equal pace wise although 1 or 2 are quicker.

I was leg 1 of the course (which was in reverse this year-it was leg 4 last year, the leg I did then too!) as it is mostly trail so little navigation required.  I set of on the early start at 930am (there is an early start for teams with perhaps a slower runner, so that no-one is left behind - very kind of them!!). I tried not to take off too quickly but wasn't expecting a great run tbh. I had all my "full body cover" required for all legs of the race. Garmin running. The course was undulating on tarmac for maybe 500m then we turned onto the trail. Uneven but runable, undulating and taxing on the lungs but I kept it up. A few small parts were pretty eroded so had to be careful but it wasn't too challenging. A few people overtook me but I tried not to be disheartened... I know in this kind of field I wont be far up the front, more likely mid pack or a bit further back.


10/02/2013 at 11:01

I had forgotten my club vest, but had decided to run with my jacket anyway due to the damp conditions so vest would have been invisible anyway.

I kept running along the undulating path. Pace felt even. Footwork over the unevent bits felt more confident than previously, and my new X-talons felt really comfortable - even though I slathered my heels in vaseline as a precaution.

As I approached another undulation it felt familiar and I knew the checkpoint was around the corner. A few of us fought for the clickers and stamped our cards and off we went. Downhill-ish from here. Some good rocky trail then a left turn onto a tarmac path for another km or so... then a right and left into the field and a storm downhill to hand over my paper to the next team members and off they went on leg 2. I looked at my Garmin - the same time as last year!!! 

In the end our A and B teams were only 2 places apart so I was very happy!! We were nowhere near the boys but that was to be expected. A respectable 80th place  out of 116. (Well I feel its respectable). Im always going to be slow with these types, but hey, I was nowhere near last - results have been checked, so happy days!!!

Bf picked me up and ran me back to the start of leg 1 to the hal. before he ran to the start of leg 4, before running back again (ie leg 4 to start/finish area!). I spent the morning in the hall, chatting to others who had finished etc and it was lovely and chilled.

Then a nice wee drive home from Fife back to Glasgow.

Legs are a bit achey today but not too bad. A slight niggle to the right ankle too but nothing painful. Not the best day for cycling so think we will be off climbing.

I was well chuffed I maintained my time from last year as I haven't run much lately. It may only have been 7.5k but it was hard work... the joys of the hills, but I do love the mud!! And the scenery is just the best! Looking forward to the National XC in the next couple of weeks!!

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