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17/02/2013 at 14:58

Good sessions Tricialitt and TP. My 8 became a meagre 5, but I dod do 15k on the spin bike, and I have done a split weights session either side of my run & bike.

17/02/2013 at 15:33

Good running tricia and TP, and good mixed session FFB. I did nice 10 mile run in Fife. Lovely day here too.

17/02/2013 at 16:33


phew! I am officially knackered... I forgot how many hills there are in that bleedin' race! Gorgeous day for it though and caught up with Kirsty too!!

No PB but I wasn't expecting it and I have only done it once before 2 years ago. Wasn't best run(I even had to stop due to untied lace, that has never ever happened to  me in any race ever!! grrrr!!!!) The hills were never ending though and as I have done little running of late I wasn't feeling confident. 

The course was changed slightly due to recent flooding causing a road to be closed, so it was an out and back effort. 

Got off to a good start, 1st km passed in 5:11 - ok to be honest a little quicker would have been better but I thought that was ok. Hills, hills and more hills... the only good thing being the sun was shining. I had decided to treat this as a training run as not only have I done less running lately but I haven't even run over 10k for some time due to swims and bikes taking over!! I felt I would be definitely be slower and that was confirmed at half way!! And given the steepest hill was up on the way back, that didnt bode well!

I had saw the leader coming back (Derek Hawkins-immense runner!! and miles ahead of 2nd place Robert Gilroy of Cambuslang) but not sure exactly what distance that was at. Still felt ok at that point but the steepest of hills nearly had me on the way back. I struggled on and although I did manage a bit of pace to finish the last km, I was still 7-8 mins slower than 2 years ago.(I ran 1:01 then). In fairness it was a slightly different course and was more of a tester for me to see if I could still actually run more than 10k... Worked it out as over 9min/mile... well over what I'd normally race at (that would be around 8min/mile on a course like that) so work to do but at least I was nowhere near last, and if I look on it as a training run I was probably pacing it quite well.

Kirsty managed 1:02 after running 1:10 5 years ago

So reasonably happy but know I have work to do...

Great watching Mo and the rest of the athletics yesterday, although it looked sooooo easy for him!!

Great sessions going on, great week TP!! Really need to get my finger out for the marathon this week... LB, haha yes I did see that and its very much a maybe but hoping I can do it!!

17/02/2013 at 16:34

sorry about the interview FFB... sounds like you made a lucky escape though

17/02/2013 at 17:20
Hi, the kirkie 12.5 is one tough race and if you want hill training that's a good race to do. Nice organised race and good people who help out. Their 10k in June is nice along the canal but again their HM in October is tough. Well done on a good time on that route because it is tough!
17/02/2013 at 17:48

Anyone done the garioch 10 k? if so what like is it? I am considering trying it

Edited: 17/02/2013 at 20:03
17/02/2013 at 20:17

Sounds like great weather across Scotland. I got in some pleasant woodland miles with friends today near Loch Fyne, despite a stinking cold. Hardly ever get them these days (probably a combination of being fit, being old enough to have met most bugs before and avoiding too much alcohol) so I forget how miserable it is.

Kirky was my first Scottish race 4 years ago, haven't plucked up the courage to return yet to confront those hills . I have not done Garioch George, but I think I'll run the half which looks to have some fine hills. I was going suggest that you look at the Kinord 10k in September in Dinnett. Nice wee race on a tough but scenic, mostly off road course.

Off to bed to beat the viruses!


17/02/2013 at 20:59

Loch Kinord sounds good, I always seem to hear about it to late,which is a shame because it is only 10 mins from my house. depends when it falls compared to crathes half marathon (which is my main aim this year)

17/02/2013 at 21:21

Just back from a grand weeks skiing - first trip with all of us on skis, can't believe 8-year-old basically skied all day every day with hubby and I and 5-year-old daughter did mornings. Anyway fab snow conditions if a little bit much of the flat light. Ankle seems better (fingers crossed but not tried running on it) and a spectacular wipe-out in a half-pipe seems to have realigned whatever I pushed out when I stacked it on bike the other week! BUT have nasty cough/cold thing now instead - boo bah humbug!!!

That sounds like a shocker of an interview FFB

Yay to the taper TP - great training though.

Ummmm - yes - I was looking at the Glencoe marathon too.  Not sure of racing plans at the mo tbh ... 10 weeks until the Fling and I've not run for three weeks and done just one long run of 18 miles this year, will have to see how ankle behaves over next couple of weeks. Defnitely won't be doing Dee 33 now though; have pulled out of WHW race as sorting support crew AND childcare was getting too stressful so all in all a bit disheartening at the moment!  BUT I will still be doing my own 100-miler in the autumn, of that I am determined!

Also off to bed to beat viruses!

17/02/2013 at 21:22

I remember Swapshop

18/02/2013 at 06:18


cragchick: I used to swap TV often on a Sat morning between the two programmes.

Cold and frosty on etoday.

Morning Tri

Need to catch up

Oh and it was 2am when I finally got the call to taxi my oldet son. I'd gone to bed by then...

18/02/2013 at 10:51

Morning all

If I was at my gran's house on a Saturday morning I got to watch Tiswas, if I was at home I had to switch between the channels whenever my parents came in the room, cos they didnt approve of Tiswas' carrying on (probably something to do with Spit the Dog) .

Well done UTC at Kirki (and Kirsty too!) - hard course, I've done the out and back one year when it was icy, the 'seven hills of Kirkintilloch'!

Hope those colds go soon 57.5 and Cragchick.

Bummer about WHW Cragchick . I wish someone would put on a supported race along that route - loads of races now do a supported element 100mile+, so I'm not sure where this tradition of everyone needing your own crew has come from.

Good running all at the weekend. I was in Pollok Park yesterday, me and about 3000 other people it seemed , did a nice gentle 7.2m to break the new shoes in , and then got out of there cos there were too many cars.


18/02/2013 at 13:28

I'd happily do the WHW unsupported - a few drop bags, water, plus the acknowledgement that I have enough ultra and general mountain experience to be able to 'survive' the more the challenging elements of the route and make it through to the finish. I guess I knew all this before I entered it, and is what has made me umm and aaaaah about it before.

I have however now entered the Lairig Ghru race which is on my birthday the following weekend, and also just emailed the organisers of the Two Inns race in Glencoe (is in August) for details. So all not lost, might just be doing some shorter races instead this year - BUT all in the hills

3000 other people in Pollock Park - eek!  What are your new shoes?

Is glorious here today - blue skies and sunshine. Just about finished unpacking and most of washing so off out with kids in a while for some fresh sea air (they are on hols today and back to school tomorrow - Moray don't do proper half-terms!!).

18/02/2013 at 17:52

George - I haven't done the Garioch 10k but entered this year.

19/02/2013 at 06:20


4M steadily done. Cold and frosty one again.

MissB is 13 today !  Goodness, how time flies...

Morning Tri

19/02/2013 at 07:13

morning BM

Good fartlek session with club last night, about 10k in all. Swim tonight.

TP, yep its a hilly one alright.

CC, Lairig Ghru sounds good! Bf says I should enter haha

Hope everyone has a great day. 

19/02/2013 at 14:37

Afternoon all

Another glorious day after a frosty start. This had better be drying out the Thames Path - praying for four weeks of dry weather for the floods to drain away and Oxfordshire not to be a muddy clay quagmire please, thank you!!!!

Cragchick - nothing exciting on the shoe front I'm afraid, just new road shoes. However, what is exciting is finding my favourite Brooks type on MandM Direct at £34.99 rather than £80, whilst everywhere else seems to have discontinued them!

Lairig Grhu (Gru? ) sounds good, if a little daunting, and might be scary if I could actually spell it ! Hear it has a rigid cut off, but you're speedy CC so you will make it - don't think I would !

Nice chilly 8miler this morning.

19/02/2013 at 14:45

TP - result with the shoes

19/02/2013 at 16:08

FFB - I bought two pairs!

That will do me for the next little while, now I have eased up on the mileage.

19/02/2013 at 17:08

hi guys...does anyone know where i can get a marathon ticket for edinbourgh marathon as like a dope ive missed out on....thanks

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