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05/04/2013 at 09:54

Nice running 57.5 - I remember the road to Applecross from attempting to cycle it about 15yrs ago ! Enjoy Loch Lomond - do let us know how the paths are looking - I was hoping to get a trip up to Conic sometime next week myself to see what they have done with this new path, largely to decide if I need my grippy shoes or slightly slippy but more comfy shoes for the Fling ! Last year it was very wet underfoot.

Holiday sounds good MrsMac, lots of good places to explore .

How are you feeling UTC?

Run for me today at some point.

05/04/2013 at 10:16

TP Im ok but not great up top. Frustrated, angry, disappointed doesn't even begin to explain.

Trying to do a turbo session-near to useless as I cant centralize my weight if u get me so cant do anything at speed.

Cant swim as  shoulder completely useless... and havent attempted running but think more than a jog will be asking too much due to the vibrations. The day before a tri training camp this is not good.

Everyone else doing good. Sorry Im not fairing good in the mood stakes at the moment.                           

05/04/2013 at 14:25


About 5M off road this morning. Cold, dry, no wind. Not a bad run.

Tri: Hope you recover quickly

It's warm outside, well warmish.

05/04/2013 at 17:47

Bad news, I have a cold. Good news, no dog fights .

The Drovers Inn says Conic Hill reopens on the 15th TP, if I read it right.


05/04/2013 at 18:32

OMG......GE tomorrow..............what have I let myself in for???????? (weather looks great, though)

Sorry to heat you are in the wars, UTC, ARGHHhhhhh

05/04/2013 at 19:35

Tricia - best of luck with Glasgow to Edinburgh

UTC - sounds horrible, hope you recover soon.

Mrs Mac - enjoy your hols, sounds lovely, weather getting better too.

Hi to everyone else!

Had a nice week in snowy Keswick but back to an evil week at work! However some short runs being done again with no ill effects - just hope I can stay intact for a bit now.

05/04/2013 at 21:03

Good luck tricia

Great news Elspeth Gently does it though

57.5, get well soon. Applecross was on our holiday shortlist Have a great run on the Fling route.

Its all relative bm

All packed and raring to go Running Spittal of Glenshee to Blairgowrie tomorrow with friends. I hear there is still LOTS of snow


05/04/2013 at 21:38

Good luck Tricia - you will do great I'm sure .

((UTC)) - I'm not surprised you are frustrated, awful timing . Some walking and gentle stretching may be the order of the day whilst you are off work.

Have fun MrsMac.

Yeah, take it easy Elspeth - no going for crazy 20m runs now .

57.5 - I had heard the 8th for Conic, but possibly they were delayed with the snow - I might go up anyway and check out what is happening with that whole Drymen forestry bit etc.

Had a nice 10miles again today, but think I have got a cold too . First one of the year Boo to that!!! Terrible headache overnight and this morning, shook it off with the run, but then felt progressively knackered as the day went on. More early nights required pre-Fling I think!!

05/04/2013 at 22:04

Good luck Fling-ers and everyone else running/racing.

Off to bed for early night, early flight so may not get on.

I will let u know how I get on,am sure there will be net access.

Trying to stay positive. 

06/04/2013 at 07:20


MrsMac: Enjoy your hols.

Flingers: Aw ra best

Tri: Stay postitive.

45mins Steady  mixture of paths and off road


07/04/2013 at 07:45

Morning all. Hope G2E went well yesterday and that Mrs Mac had a good run of the Cateran. I was up on the westy way. Had Mr FFB and a baby FFB with me so did a mix of running and trekking. Set out from the Drovers and just went as far as Crianlarich. I was intending to head on further but then realised that actually I am supposed to be thinking about tapering for the Fling . Seems odd when I am just getting back into things from the D33 . We had a great day and for the first and only time Mr FFB could say I was his bitch  Just because I was a bit like the family dog, running ahead then running  back then running on . Did 17 - 18 miles in total.

It was odd though cos Mr FFB is now all worried and says I have to pay the £10 and have vehicle support. He's more worried than me . TP what are you doing? Have you got support or are you just getting picked up at the finish?


Anyway, a good day out. Also introduced baby FFB to the Drovers which was an experience LOL

07/04/2013 at 07:46

Good to see you are getting back into some short runs Elspeth. Don't overdo though, just take it slowly.

07/04/2013 at 07:59


A rest day for me today. been out walking Geordie though.

07/04/2013 at 10:08

Rest day for me too! GE was hard work, but I made it. I was making good time until about 35 miles, then by 42 miles I felt like quitting- just feeling no energy- lightheaded at  checkpoint- but everyone at the CP was so positive and encourafing that I felt I couldn't quit. OK again until 50 miles, then struggling with general leg tightness- I hooked up with someone else for the last few miles, as I didn't fancy sighthill/ westerhailes alone , he had been vomiting, so was only walking anyway, so the last 5 miles were pure walking ( apart from the sprint for the line!). 11:45 -ish. Feet not too sore- I can walk (just), oddest ill effect is a very tender toungue surface- feels burnt! Celebrating  my birthday today- will be the laziest onE ever!

07/04/2013 at 10:15

Morning all

18miles for me too yesterday, some good hills, although not quite as spectacular as the WHW . This cold is trying to get on my lungs so I am double-dosing the steroid inhaler to keep it out !

FFB - I always just get dropped off at the start and picked up at the finish of the Fling. Tbh the drop bag system is so good, and well spaced, and the car parks get really busy, so unless you wanted a change of shoes etc, or to drop off kit, there is not much point having the car support. Although (whispers) I have often thought Millarochy Bay would be a good place to have someone meet you cos a) it has great toilets! b) its not a CP! c) they wouldnt have to drive all the way to Rowardennan then just turn around and drive back.

I have always taken Rowardennan as 'the point of no return' - so I will text L from there and say, all going well, going to carry on, see you in Tyndrum etc. Its a good spot to make the decision because of the road access issues further up, and lets them know you are doing okay. I always put a small flask of tea in the Rowardennan drop bag as a moral boost - lots of people stop at this CP and get some good food down them, its like a runners picnic spot, and the mobile receprion is good .

Fling will be a bit different this year with us all starting at 6am.

Off out for a gentle cycle, if the lungs will allow it .

07/04/2013 at 10:16

Well done Tricia  and happy birthday!!

07/04/2013 at 10:49

Well done Tricia, and enjoy your Birthday rest day

Thanks for the tips TP. Daft question, does anything you leave at the CPs get back to you or is it basically ditched/lost? Also, do they do a kit inspection? I currently do not have waterproof trousers (but do have windproof shell trousers). I don't 'do' waterproof trousers as a general rule. 

07/04/2013 at 14:55

Hi FFB - they don't return the drop bags, as a general rule, so don't leave anything you plan to keep. Last year I think John did try to return one or two items that people had mislaid/left behind, tops etc, but this was all done via the Fling forum, and not generally encouraged.

No, there is no kit inspection, it is all very relaxed (not like the Army-esque weigh in and inspection they do at the Lakeland 50 ). The only compulsory item this year is a foil blanket, everything else is up to personal choice. They have brought this rule in this year because a woman fell last year and broke her collar bone and was lying on the trail for a while before they could evac her (although they were very quick with the medics). I tend to take a little more warm stuff than some, as being slower I will be out longer and it does get a little chilly toward the latter end of the route as it starts to get dark. I won't take the waterproof trousers on this though, unless it is absolutely lashing it down .

07/04/2013 at 16:18

Well done Tricia. Hope you're enjoying your laezy birthday.

Goodd to hear you're running again Elspeth.

Did the parkrun yesterday - first time for weeks - new pb. Good run this morning - snowing again.

07/04/2013 at 19:50

Well done Tricia and Happy Birthday

FFB- sounds like anice family day out.

TP - Nice run too.

Ali Mac - nice work with new PB

Still only little runs and so slow for me, very impatient to be fully better, but worried of course that it might recurr again. Another DNS for Fling for me. Think I'm jinxed!

Light snowfall last night! Lovely day but got called into work for the afternoon

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