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24/02/2013 at 07:34

Morning all. Lots of news. but first:

TP LOL re the cat. Miss Tallulah is always findign new tricks. It is quite exhausting keeping up with her.

Tricialitt: could be psoas too. Suggest mega stretching session for the glute and hip area, plus try some yogic hip openers.

Big News: I have a kit sponsor for Antarctica - Helly Hansen. Gave them gold tier partner status and exclusivity except for my socks and running shoes.

Next: I got offered a new contract but it is the interview from hell one. Did not get the contract for the other interview which I thought I had nailed. Bit of thinking required, not to mention negoatiating.

Next: Baby FFB got rejected by Edniburgh art school, and it looks like Glasgow will follow suit. Her mini digital port folio was not enough to temp them to asking her for the fullone. I am gutted as is she. But, in some wasy I am not surprised cos I think she mucked a bout a bit at the start of the year and just did not have the volume of good enough work. She is good and has the ability. but I think just lacked a bit of application when it really mattered.Plan B, if Dundee offers, accept and defer. Do HNC and try again for 2014. If she does not get Edinburgh in 2014 she will take up the deferred place.

Finally: I cycled the Loch Katrine route yesterday to finish measuring and marking. It was not hugely successful as my paint ran out at 20 miles. Also the route at the top needs changes so I had to faff about a bit to workout and measure an alternative. The direct route I was going to use has a set of padlocked gates blocking the way  I worked something out going through the buildings, but it means a few more marshals which are like hens' teeth at the moment.

24/02/2013 at 09:53

ffb- the navigation requirements will add abit of extra excitement to LK. Sure it'll be fine- annoying about the gates, though. Greatr news about the HH sponsorship!

Am going to try a medium- long run today without fuelling up first- should work on the fat- burning / nutrition side of things without straining the (recovering??) hip. Did loads of stretching yesterday before falling asleep on the sofa all afternoon . We'll see.

24/02/2013 at 10:51

I was watching at Falkirk yesterday UTC, hope you enjoyed your run Didn't spot either of you I'm afraid.

Great day and nice weather for it too. Keep promising myself I'll do it but had flu etc for six weeks this winter so no chance. So jogged (anonymously!) around the Pollok parkrun instead.

Apparently two new Glasgow parkrun courses starting, Tollcross and Victoria Park, should be worth watching out for.

24/02/2013 at 12:28
Was at Falkirk yesterday with my daughter, she was running and full respect to all those kids that took part. Some fantastic runners but no matter where they finished they were all brilliant.
24/02/2013 at 12:41

would be great if one of the park runs could break with tradition, and start earlier or later- I have a saturday ward round at 9am that I can't shift, so can never get to parkrun.

Just back from 11 miles slowly, stopping and stretching hip at every availalbe park bench. Think I'v e got away without further damage, will see how I feel tomorrow.

Cold out today!

24/02/2013 at 14:35

You are not kidding its cold Tricia .

Out on the bike today, 3 pairs of gloves on and the wind still nearly froze my hands to the handlebars . Feel a bit silly putting on layer after layer in the house, but then really appreciate it when I'm up on the moors in the wind. Loads of cyclists out today . Passed by a couple of lochs where the first few metres of water out from the shore were completely frozen over - strange white edges glinting in the distance, looked like snow over ice.

Good news from HH FFB . Not sure if that is good news about the job - need your best negotiating head on for that one !

24/02/2013 at 16:35

tricia, I sympathise. I'm doing a 22 week history course which is on Saturday mornings so had to skip a lecture to run yesterday. There's always the Atkins 3k on Fri pms if you're in the neighbourhood and not working then! (well last Fri of each month anyway).

Or... you could organise a special 'Hospital parkrun' early Saturday yourself, THEN do your ward round.

24/02/2013 at 18:06

Great news from HH ffb.

UTC - how did you do yesterday?

25/02/2013 at 06:57

morning, sorry took my time to check in

XC was a great day, weather was cracking. Much larger field and faster races than last year as the weather was much wetter then.

I didnt have the best race in that I was slower than last year but happy enough to see it as a good training run on my road back from no running for a few months before the new year. Mostly not aiming for PB's the 1st half of this year and hope to build back up to full fitness by summer. Bf was a bit quicker than last year but about 20 places back - but there were way more contenders and it was a much faster run so he's still happy. About 80th.

Yesterday went through to Stirling early doors for a 50m pool swim (seeing as we dont have 1 here at the moment!).. then ran up and down Dalmayat. We were through for the rugby at Murrayfield so thought we'd make a day of it!! Oh and well done Scotland!!!! (Ok it wasn't the best game but still, 1st back to back win for us for quite some time!!) Dinner at the 78 (where else?) topped off a pretty awesome weekend!!! Was exhausted last night mind you so it was an early 1.

Well done on the sponsor FFB!! That's great!! Hope you sort out work though, thats  a difficult one

Hope the hip niggle is ok Tricia!!

I'm a bit tight from the last 2 days but will run tonight with club - hill reps

25/02/2013 at 12:18

great news on the HH kit sponser FFB. well done.

sounds like an exceptionally busy weekend there UTC, no wonder you are a 'bit tight'.

skipped my long run this weekend due to some a tight calf muscle on my right leg. did an hour on the treadmilll at the hotel gym whilst i was working down south last week and my legs really didn't appreciate it. must learn some outdoor routes near the office down there as me and treadmills really don;t get on.

back out this morning and it was baltic. good 6 miles although feeling a little under prepared for Loch Katrine.

25/02/2013 at 12:42

Afternoon all,

Did 9 miles yesterday and struggled a bit. Friday was 7, saturday 26 miles cycle at Loch Katrine, Sunday 9 miles. Talking of under prepared I am very underprepared for D33

I have opened negotiations re the job/contract. Still a bit unsure but have started a good dialogue with them, just something still niggling away a bit .....

Thought this might be useful, if a bit scary: LK 10k profile LK Half profile LK Marathon profile

25/02/2013 at 13:02

Likewise feeling underprepared for Loch Katrine but blue skies and 7°C in Orkney.
Hobbled after 15 miles yesterday - time for taper

25/02/2013 at 13:52

I'm looking forward to Loch Katrine (doing the half), but I'm treating it as a scenic fun run. It's been a winter of injury and illness for me and I'm treating this is a training run on my way to being fit to run Paris in April.

Miles 5 to 7 look like, erm, fun!

25/02/2013 at 14:35

not sure fun is the right word for miles that part of the course Eggy.

25/02/2013 at 14:43

Maybe just the down bits then!

On the car share thing is anyone is in the Bishopton/Erskine-ish area and wants a lift send me a message. Although be aware I'm not in good form so will probably be 2 hours-ish or slighty more to complete the half, so you may have to hang about at the finish.

25/02/2013 at 16:36

I am so underprepared that I am not doing Dee 33 ... so I think you are probably better prepped than me FFB!!!

Great news re the sponsorship ... I've been a fan of HH for more years than I care to mention!

I ran today .... about 4 miles I reckon and just a slight niggle but not significant in ankle ... out and back from Kingsteps after dropping hubby at airport. So glorious.  So cautiously hopeful about a return to running ...

TP - was thinking about that ultra down in the borders, loved the sound of it

I am bailing on Fling too - I know I can complete it but having not got any decent training in for over a month, it would be more painful than it needs to be and considerably slower ... I'd be annoyed at myself and I'd like to try and do some races in decent form this year ... ha ha ha, dream on but we shall see.

25/02/2013 at 18:24

Good news about the sponsorship FFB Can't wait for Loch Katrine now

Thats a shame about the Fling cragchick

Hope all the niggles heal soon!

Took my friend on her first off-road run at the weekend. Hope she's still talking to me

25/02/2013 at 18:58

LOL at introing friend to off-road running. It amazes me here, we are surrounded by decent trails close to car parks etc and when I speak to school-run mums, they only ever run on the road as they are too scared to go off-road. Do people know something I don't???  I probably have a market for school-drop-off trail running for beginners though I guess

How far South is South Longbow?

Is a bu**er missing these races but am trying to be philosophical.  Need to keep focussed on keeping my Pilates classes/training on track too so plenty to keep me out of trouble!

25/02/2013 at 19:35

was down in southampton. office is in non-descript part, chilworth, with a hotel right next to it so there is no real chance to explore or find routes. needs to get onto google maps as i hate running in random directions in the hope of finding a route. always end up in cul-de-sac's or running down dead ends.

25/02/2013 at 19:54

Ah but you are wrong Longbow - Chilworth is just off the start of the SDW ... in fact Chilworth Sports Ground is the start point for the Centurion Running SDW100 miles (did it last year!!).  Definitely get the local OS map cos there is plenty of beautiful, hilly running to be had around there, esp now evenings starting to get lighter ... Clarendon Way also runs out of Winchester in the other direction (towards Salisbury) and it's nice running through Winchester itself (down by river and into the water meadows etc).  I lived in Farnham before we moved up here three years ago (still have a house there) so am reasonably familiar with countryside. Definitely agree cul-de-sacs and dead-ends are NOT good though

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