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14/02/2013 at 16:07

Thanks BM, UTC!  I was relatively pleased with the time at Greenock 5 miler - was secretly aiming for a bit faster, but its still a good improvement.  I'm not aiming for anything other than getting round the course at Falkirk and, ideally, not coming in last place.  I was 190th out of 200 on Greenock Cross Country (different race from the one above!) and would have probably been further back if it had gone on any longer.  I thought I'd be good, having done long runs and having (presumably) built up a bit of stamina, but apparently not.  I'm just hoping Falkirk has at least one bit of ground you can put your foot flat on.  But my tactic is start slow and try not to slow down even further!

Anyone racing this weekend?

14/02/2013 at 21:23


ian: Where was the venue for the cross country at Greenock ?

Edited: 14/02/2013 at 21:24
14/02/2013 at 21:42

it was Inverkip bm!

15/02/2013 at 06:19


Cheers Tri re Cross Country question. I wasn't being funny, just nosey.

4M Done, dry and mild ! this morning

15/02/2013 at 07:57

Morning. Too much wine last night

IanJames - I forgot to reply to you, sorry. No never been to Antarctica before. I am really excited, but actually it is not a definite yet as I am still raising the corporate sponsorship to cover the costs and the travel. Problem is, in my head I am there, so pulling the plug would be really hard.

Nice wee hill session last night. No run tonight as I have the first of my interviews, which is in Edinburgh at 5pm.

15/02/2013 at 08:21

morning BM

good luck FFB!!

not quite sure what to think of Oscar Pistorius... gutted, confused, not too surprised, surprised, erm... not much else to say is there???

15/02/2013 at 09:58

Morning all

Good luck today FFB!

UTC - nothing should surprise us about athletes anymore. No use building them up like heroes, cos at the end of the day they are just people like the rest of us, just happens they can run / cycle faster than most of us (or use lots of drugs to enable them to do so!!!).

Actually talking of drugs I was watching that BBC4 prog again about the 1980's drug scandal with Ben Johnson et al, and it just struck me the same way, skinny runner, quite good, suddenly bulks up to twice the size and starts to win everything.....and 'roid rage makes people fly of the handle..... at least Ben didnt shoot anyone!!!

Just saying.....none of them are heroes, some of them make better decisions than others when it comes to what they will do to enhance their careers, and some of them clearly cannot handle the pressure or their volatile tempers, and taking drugs just makes it worse .  When Oscar flew off the handle on international TV at the runner who won 'Just because he had longer blades than me so therefore is a cheat' (???) the first thing I thought then was ' you are on something mate'!!!

All very sad, but people are people and they do stupid things quite a lot of the time!

15/02/2013 at 17:29

Definitely agree TP! Still, having met him not so long ago it all seems very shocking... and makes me feel really uncomfortable...

15/02/2013 at 18:30

How did the interview go FFB? More wine for you if it went well - even champagne?

Quite a lot of snow here on wednesday, but disappeared very quickly. Parkrun tomorrow for me.

15/02/2013 at 19:49

FFB: Hope that the interview went well today.

16/02/2013 at 08:39

Morning you lot

Just thinking when out that Saturday in my younger days were great as' Tiswas' was on in mornings

Showing my age !

16/02/2013 at 11:24

Hi BM. I remember Tiswas. And Swapshop.

16/02/2013 at 17:12

I remember Swapshop, loved it! ...and Tiswas, vaguely

Hope the interview went well FFB. Was excited to receive the Loch Katrine info email yesterday. Not long now

13 balmy miles this morning

16/02/2013 at 21:15

hope FFB doesn't keep us in suspense too long

Kirkintilloch 12.5km tomorrow... I've been having nightmares about hills all week  and cycling there and back so should be interesting...

good training today, easy bike and great swim again... this half IM is gonna be a piece  of cake... erm not!!

serious upping of miles this week for CW!! Also decided Glencoe Mara looks like a good one, anyone done it before?? Its a very big maybe though as its only a month after the Half IM so may not be able for it especially if the plan is for GO in November... am I crazy???

Nice running MrsMac

17/02/2013 at 00:23


Waiting to go and collect oldest son from a party. Wish he'd phone I'm shattered...

MrsMac Vaguely remember tiswas ...

17/02/2013 at 06:54


hope the wait wasn't too long BM...

getting ready for Kirki now... hoping for a good run

17/02/2013 at 07:27

i think the first paragraph of the glencoe description should be enough to put you off Tri -

a 26 mile trail run that ascends a total of 1608 metres through the heart of Glencoe and into the foothills of Ben Nevis. The off-road route snakes through the pass of Glencoe, surrounded by the towering remains of this ancient super volcano, before climbing 500 metres up the fearsome Devil’s Staircase.

good 11 miles for me yesterday. should be ready for the nice flat run round Loch Katrine in a couple of weeks. looking forward to it.

17/02/2013 at 09:07

Morning all. Argh. Interview from hell  The agency were not told that it was competency based, and had assumed fom their discussions with the company that it was a fairly informal interview approach. so I had not prepared. I went in and there was no who are you , tell us a bit about yourself or them giving me any background. They launched straight into: its competency based interview, now tell us about your current project before we start. They then lauched into about 10 - 12 competency questions (it would normally only be about 5 or 6 in that style of interview), had me writing on a white board, and one them who did not particpate in the grilling sat nodding off, then asked a totally imcomprehensible question at the end. Not only that, but based in the questions they were clearly interviewing for a job other than what the job description was for.

Anyway, based on that I would not want to work for them anyway.

Have mixed my training up a bit this weekend. Another poor week for training, due life work and interviews. So did 14.5 miles yesterday, 10k spin to cool down and some weights. More weights today and another short run of 8 and a spin.

17/02/2013 at 10:27

Morning all

FFB - Nightmare ! They sound like a right bunch of as*-holes all together. Better off not working for people like that!

Longbow - they are probably confusing metres with feet as seems to be the case quite a lot these days ! I can well believe the Devils staircase climbs 500metres though - that does sound more realistic!!!

Good luck at Kirkintilloch UTC, lovely day for it, sorry I'm missing it actually .

So finished the week off yesterday with a nice 18miler, leaving me on total 74.6m running for the week, which could have been over 80, but instead of forcing a plod on Friday I did a 28m cycle, cos to be perfectly frank I was having serious CBA with running thoughts , so the headspace doing something else was quite refreshing. That was my last 'big week'..........You have survived 5 months of intensive training....what are you gonna do now???? I'm gonna taper Wooooo Wooooo Hooooo!!!!!!

 Yes I'm probably a little bit too happy about not having to run big mileage for the next four weeks .

Off for a short plod today in a brand spanking shiny new pair of trainers to celebrate .

17/02/2013 at 13:41

Hi- just been out on a glorious spring day- who'd of thought it? 18 miles, alongthe canal- loads of folk out enjoying the day. Now to slob in fornt of the TV!

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