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.
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!
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.
Yup good win by Scotland in 6 Nations v Italy yesterday
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.
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.
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!!
Sounds like fun, UTC. And glad to hear the LK preparations are coming on, ffb. I am increasingly convinced that I'll be takin this very slow, as it is a traing run for the GE double, and obviously is NOT a route where any sort of time matters. I am hoping to have a new s-lab to try out , and will be pottering at long slow run pace, not trying to go at marathon pace.
Oh dear- look at the weather- my car is at work, 11 miles away, as is my wallet, so I can't even bail out and get a taxi!. Ho hum, hope it doesn't get too slippy underfoot!
Greta report UTC.
Tricialitt, slow and steady. There are very few flat sections, and quite a lot of short sharp hills, plus there are a few cattle grids .....
Brilliant UTC, sounds like a cracking run
Sounds like its all coming together nicely FFB It will be a cheeky wee marathon but in such a stunning location we can't moan really
Have a safe run Tricia!
5.5 mile recovery run on the Tready for me today.
Good running this weekend from everyone . Well done UTC. Anyone would think there is a marathon coming up with all this training going on .
Hope you don't have a stress fracture CC !! Get well soon!
Enjoy the Salomon Tricia, hope its comfy, thats verrrrry expensive for a rucksack !
Out this morning in the sleet and snow, but very little wind, so had a good, if very soaked 18miles of hills. The further up hill I went the more the snow was sticking, until finally I was sliding around in melted slush for about 3m before the descent back below the 'snow line' . All good training for whatever may come in March !
Beef roast for dinner tonight, I know its beef cos it says 'from Scotland' on the front and looks like a joint of meat rather than processed slop ! Really been increasing my food intake now during these last few weeks build up to the 100, I ideally need to put on about half a stone, but doubt I'll be able to do that by end of March.
Good running everyone, especially UTC.
Nice day up north but I also did quite a bit of sliding in the mud during my 18 miler. Yes, proper ultra training has finally begun. And I just set up a big new TV for my wife which should distract her from my abscence while running quite nicely . To be fair she did bring the dog out for 6 of the muddier miles today, with only a few complaints about my choice of route.
cragchick : Hope you recover soon
Tri: Good run and report
Busy place at the moment
no run this morning, run tonight with club. legs were quite tight yesterday but climbing was enjoyable.
The rugby wasn't so great (England v Ireland)... but dinner at the 78 was yummy!!
run this morning was hard work. 3 hours of tennis yesterday may have been a bit much but managed 5 miles. kinda spoiled by the fact that my garmin ran out of battery power after 1.5 miles but then i was running so slowly it was probably good that i couldn;t see the speed on the watch!
Evening all. Just looking for a bit of advice, iv always had some problem with my knees, currently suffering with a bit of ITBS. Just wondering if anyone has had any dealings with physios in the lanarkshire area. im from Hamilton myself. Ill also be wanting to get my gait reanalysed, im currently running on ghost 4s, although I feel as if im Running more on the outside of my foot as I should be. Where have people found to be best to have their gait checked, would the physio do this?
Morning you lot
Colld and dry when out, need to catch up.
great reps last night, really good session despite being post race! cold but lovely calm night for running! Turbo this morning and swim tonight. Maybe a short run as well.
Spark, physios can check your gait but specialised running shops will do gait analysis and ensure you have the right shoes. Sorry I have no dealings with Lanarkshire.
Spark - you might be better to see a podiatrist, rather than a physio, especially if your ITBS might be gait-related. I saw a sports podiatrist at Hampden a few years ago, paid for it, wasnt particularly very good. I have also seen a few pods and physios on the NHS - they were actually a lot better and more helpful, but largely depends who you get, and if you can wait 6 weeks for first appointment.
3 days of back-to-backs completed, 42m total . Getting to the point now where I've had enough of training and just want to race. Rest day tommorrow, then repeat the above, for another 80+ week.....if I don't fall apart first . Then I'm going to start decreasing the miles until the 'real' taper, which is not long to go now Woooo Hooooo !!
Watch out for the snow tommorrow you lot !
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