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10/04/2013 at 22:41

Hi. 

I am a newbie to the forum and to running. I live in Alloa.

I am in training for my first 10k at Balfron. I am loving running because there are so many beautiful places here.

11/04/2013 at 09:39

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n (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) another name for a horsefly esp one of the genus Haematopota [from Old Norse kleggi   Well, that's that question answered.  They don't sound very nice to be bitten by.  If, indeed, there is anything that is nice to be bitten by.   Welcome Lee-Anne.  I remember looking at the Balfron 10K last year, then being far too disorganised to enter it.  Good luck with it.   Last night, I went to Morrisons and bought lots of carbohydrates, because I'm allowed to eat as much as I want for the next 3 days, or something.  Do any of you actually do carb-loading?  I read some of the web sites about it, and I think I'm going to spend the next 3 days feeling sick if I eat what some of them recommend.  Also, the same people that told me to carb-load told me to go for couple of runs in the days before the marathon.  They are wise running people, but I don't get it - surely one counteracts the other?  
11/04/2013 at 09:44

Welcome Lee-Anne. Balfron will be a good first 10k  Sounds like you have the bug.

Yep, fling tapering. I feel as if I have not really got back into things after the D33 and I am back on tapering: yikes  Run today and then rest day tomorrow as I have hairdresser, then an interview for a new contract. And then as it is our 22nd wedding anniversary we are going to the GFT later afternoon, followed by cocktails at the Blytheswood and dinner at Two Fat Ladies.

Not quite decided what to do for the weekends training. Do I risk a 20??? or would it be better to do a couple for shorter runs back to back  

11/04/2013 at 10:12

Morning all

57.5 - true, I am kinda not worrying too much about missing this weeks training, this 'Man-Flu' is my body telling me to ease back a bit I think .

Its funny, cos I didnt do that 100 obviously, but its like, psychologically I have gone through all the things I would have if I had done it , and physically felt knackered and I now have a bad cold, which I might also have got at this point.....weird stuff.

Good luck at Balfron Lee-Anne. Its a nice race and very well organised and welcoming.

Good luck also Ian this weekend. No I don't really do carbo-loading, although I would probably have something like fish and chips the night before a marathon. For ultras I tend to up my salt intake slightly in the week before, ie eat more crisps , and generally try to eat quite well, but I don't pig out by any means, think it can make the system a bit sluggish.

Good luck with the interview FFB and happy anniversary . I definitely won't be doing 20m this weekend , but probably try a couple of short runs if my lungs are clear of gunk.

11/04/2013 at 10:32

Thanks TP... yeah, one of the things I thought when someone advised "11 bowls of pasta" was that that was a good way to spend 3 days on the toilet.  Although this guy has done a few marathons in his time.  Hmmm... well, I might as well eat this cookie, just in case.  I wouldn't like to jeapordise my race time by not eating it.

FFB - a 20 mile run as part of a taper?  That's one tough taper.  Happy anniversary, though!

Edited: 11/04/2013 at 11:43
11/04/2013 at 16:21

TP - Hope the cold soon goes.

Happy tapering all you fling runners, wish I was too. Still 8 miles yesterday - felt OK just slow!

57.5 - yes a Beach holiday in the sun - though it was more like a windy week in Orkney last year - even had a small snow shower in the middle of one run! Hoping for sun, sea and sand this year!

IJ -  nice to see you, enjoy Lochaber, bound to be sunny that weekend, it always is!

FFB - Happy anniversary.

11/04/2013 at 21:06

Thank you all for the welcome and best wishes for the fling!

I didlooking for some beautiful runs to do in central Scotland  the summer. Any ideas?

11/04/2013 at 21:26

welcome Lee-Anne! the Balfron 10k is a cracking race, it's quite hilly in parts but nothing crazy. you will find much flatter 10ks though. i've done it 3 times and it's always been great, the school is an excellent base for it and the course is beautiful. the views are amazing and the atmosphere supportive. you've chosen a peach for your first race!

there are loads of stunning races and routes to be had in central scotland especially in the summer. check out the scottish running guide for the most comprehensive race listings.
Persoanlly I love the Callander Crags for a leisurely but hilly run which ain't far from you. or go from Bridge of Allan to Dunblane and back along the river path, short but sweet. you'll know the Hillfoots well no doubt so no need to tell you about Clackmannanshire! there is a free 5k Parkrun which is timed in Falkirk every sat morning at 9.30. run round part of Loch katrine is nice. forest paths in Queen Elizabeth forest in Trossachs is great too. there are hundreds on your doorstep. enjoy!

http://scottishrunningguide.com/race_listings.php

 

 

11/04/2013 at 21:51

Thanks Ewan,

I will give the Callendar Crags a go. My running friends and I are trying to do a different run once a month.

I am so excited about the Balfron race. Terrified but excited. 

I have fallen in love with running.

11/04/2013 at 22:56

dropping briefly in, nearly at end of school hols, although have flown by, parents just departed after a week-long visit, lovely for all but pretty tiring for me!! Running - hmmmm, some but not much.

TP - boo to the cold but would agree that missing a week training at this stage is going to make little difference.

Would also love to be in my Fling taper - sad to be missing it, but I only need to look back at this years rather haphazard training to know that my somewhat limited long runs would not allow me to do it justice!!!

11 weeks until Lairig Ghru ...

need to flip back a few pages, am well behind with everything!

12/04/2013 at 07:26

Wow lots to catch up on

Lee Anne- Welcome

Glazier coming at 8:30 am to put in a new kitchen window.

12/04/2013 at 10:46

Morning all

Cragchick - yeah the Easter hols do seem to have gone quickly this year.

BM - good luck with the new window.

Lee-Anne - I would have been at Balfron too, but this year it is the day after the Fling, so there is no way I will be running anywhere (well, not fast enough to do a 10k anyway!) .

Feeling much better today, I think I 'broke' the fever on Weds night, couldnt stop shaking, had the cold shivers part and headache, but not the 'sweats' part, now thats gone it seems much improved. Still gunky lunged, so will give it today to make sure, and probably try a run tommorrow. Downstairs neighbour has been off sick for two weeks with hacking cough, so that is probable origin , thinking myself lucky I have shaken it off in a week.

12/04/2013 at 11:53

Ewan - you make Balfron sound great.  Is a 10K a fortnight after a marathon a stupid idea?  Let us know how you do Lee-Anne.

Cragchick - just looked at Lairig Ghru.  Wow!  That's the sort of route elevation that would have me running in the opposite direction.  Impressive stuff.

TP - hope you're reeling better.  Doesn't sound like a fun-filled experience.

Turns out eating 600-750g of carbs requires dedication.  I gave up at 400 and still feel rather balloon-like.

12/04/2013 at 12:07

Just organised a week on Harris (to time with the HM)

57.5 Hope you're right about the weather at Cape Wrath
(but will be in the sea whatever even if not sunbathing weather )

FFB Happy 22nd (we'll be on 29 this year!)

12/04/2013 at 13:10

Ouch Ian - don't overload yourself !

Harris will be lovely OH , always fancied a go at that Half.

Was thinking about maybe heading back to cape wrath next year, mainly for the marathon - but I do miss that beach .

12/04/2013 at 14:22

Busy again

TP: new window fitted in about 20mins.

More catching up to do then some  cross training-Ironing

12/04/2013 at 20:22
ewan w wrote (see)

welcome Lee-Anne! the Balfron 10k is a cracking race, it's quite hilly in parts but nothing crazy. you will find much flatter 10ks though. i've done it 3 times and it's always been great, the school is an excellent base for it and the course is beautiful. the views are amazing and the atmosphere supportive. you've chosen a peach for your first race!

there are loads of stunning races and routes to be had in central scotland especially in the summer. check out the scottish running guide for the most comprehensive race listings.
Persoanlly I love the Callander Crags for a leisurely but hilly run which ain't far from you. or go from Bridge of Allan to Dunblane and back along the river path, short but sweet. you'll know the Hillfoots well no doubt so no need to tell you about Clackmannanshire! there is a free 5k Parkrun which is timed in Falkirk every sat morning at 9.30. run round part of Loch katrine is nice. forest paths in Queen Elizabeth forest in Trossachs is great too. there are hundreds on your doorstep. enjoy!

http://scottishrunningguide.com/race_listings.php

 

 

Falkirk parkrun has been shut for a while so DON'T GO THERE! not yet anyway I wish it was on as I missed the whole winter with course work then flu and I want to do it again. Latest outlook is to resume May 6th.

13/04/2013 at 14:54

Been out for a very snottery 6.6m slow run today , legs felt really weird after a week of no running .

Got back and decided to wash my trail shoes (I can hear you sniggering at me from here Cragchick ) - normally I would just give them a wipe or something, but after wearing these ones in the flooded Lakes last year, then through stinky sewer farm on the RAW, decided they needed a proper clean as they stank like raw silage . Been putting it off, but figured if they get wrecked in the machine, at least I have others.

So, a pre-wash with Nikwax foam cleaner, the machine starts going mental, foam spews out of the door, water leaks all over the floor ......errrrr maybe by 'two cap fulls' they meant the inner cup and not the outer cup?  Foam central, it was like 'The Blob' in there, and it was slithering toward the cat !!! Cat ran to his safest place - the cat basket I take him to the vet in - and hid in there ! Drained machine, scooped out foamy excess, water everywhere.....think I should have just left them stinking! Second wash on now - gore-tex reproofer - so far no foam and no leaks! Hopefully they will be dry in the next two weeks !

Subsequently missed most of the football - and it looks like it has been a really good game.

13/04/2013 at 17:27

afternoon...

phew that was a significant catch up! Finally home from Mallorca and surprised myself with the amount I was able to do, although disappointingly the swimming was near impossible... Shoulder update-am now down to just 1 or 2 doses of pain killers a day. Bruising and swelling much better. Movement much improved but still nowhere near enough for swimming... Managed a lot on the bike although uphill was a bit of a struggle at times as it was pulling a bit and I still have only about 50% range of movement. Can run but reps have been sore as the driving is still difficult and thats what hurts. More relaxed but have yet to attempt anything too long.. hoping to do a long run tomorrow in the Lake District though on our way to Manchester (for a concert on Monday night!-staying 2 nights, and will do MTB hopefully en route home). Hoping Im ok for CW.... it could have been so much worse though so I have to be grateful. My triathlon at the end of the week was a duathlon but I was happy with my time, esp on the bike!!

Great week if disappointing in some respects due to the injury. Weather lovely. Great roads. Quiet. Away from main resorts. Saw some famous cyclists and dined in Mr Wiggins' favourite cafe Tollos and got some nice new kit!!

well done Tricia on G2E!! Dont think these things are ever without a struggle or too!!

Welcome Lee Ann and well done any other racers. Glad you are running again Elspeth.

 

 

 

 

 

13/04/2013 at 17:31

Oh and welcome back (again) IJ and glad you're on the mend TP!!

Looking at new training plans since the week as the coaches were excellent and the standard was good and mixed. Bf won the tri... and he had a great time in the mountains. Good times had by all!!

Off for a rest this evening before we head off again in the morning....

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