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13/04/2013 at 19:44

Good luck to anyone at Lochaber tomorrow, welocmoe back IJ and TP- glad the shoulder is setling, and didn't completely ruin your trip.

So now my question for those who have done both GE and the fling.............which should I do next year?

I've gone past the "never again" stage, to the "what next?" stage. I am already planning Clyde stride and Glen Ogle for this year, but should I do GE again next year, or the fling? - otherwise I'm not really trying anything new next year.

Dunno- I'm not much good at off road stuff at present, so would need to really get working on that side of it. I have time, though, and at least I know that 11 hours on my feet doesn't kill me.

The fling sounds more "fun" than GE, somehow.

13/04/2013 at 20:06

Just been catching up after a few days away. Welcome Lee-Anne, and welcome back IJ and Joe. 

Didd the parkrun again today. Quite a nice day, and good turnout. Doing the Angus half next Sunday (are you doing it Mrs Mac?).

Good luck to anyone doing Lochaber, and anyone else racing tomorrow.

13/04/2013 at 20:17

Welcome back UTC and glad you are mostly mended.

I will give you my opinion after the Fling tricia, but I did like finishing a race in Edinburgh where a few beers and a curry were of high quality and easy to come by!

Good luck to tomorrow's racers.

14/04/2013 at 11:36

thanks 57.5, off to the Lakes for a long run now but will have to see how things hold up as still pretty sore.... aiming for 18-20 but only time will tell...

14/04/2013 at 13:23

Anyone do the Balloch to Clydebank half today?

just had an email saying the timing hardware was gubbed. 

Anyway, had a great run and PB'd by a good 5 mins. Now just hoping the time isn't "lost".

Good luck to everyone else racing today...some wind to contend with in certian places.

Edited: 14/04/2013 at 13:24
14/04/2013 at 14:14

Afternoon all

Decent 12.5m run today, almost feeling back to normal .

Glad to hear you had a good week despite the injuries UTC.

Tricia - I dunno if 'fun' is the right word, but , there are certainly more runners, so you do get to chat a bit. Now you have a time for a flat 50, I would add a generous 2 to 3 hrs extra to complete the Fling, to account for the roughness of some of the terrain along Loch Lomond, and the hilly bits. This would get you finished within the cut-off .

Got home today just as the last few stragglers were going into Hampden for the football - was looking forward to sticking the TV on and doing my stretching, but the game isnt being televised on terrestrial....Bah!!

In some moment of lunacy I was looking at the Loch Ness marathon website this morning  LOL, well, its been a while since I've done it, would be nice to go back, just have to put that pesky bus journey out of my head . Leaning toward more marathons in 2014 I think, and fewer ultras.

Hope Ian is doing okay at Lochaber.

14/04/2013 at 15:58

Well done Kenny - hope you do get an official time.

Good running TP.

6 mlies this morning - tapering for next week's half. Quite windy.

14/04/2013 at 16:34

Hope everyone is surviving the taper.

I  had a beautiful run on the banks of Loch Tay yesterday and a cycle round Loch Rannoch. Just as well as the Tay has  today with all the melt water I assume.

my long run is tomorrow and I am going  do the 10k distance for the first time. Am planning to keep it slow and steady and see how it feels.

14/04/2013 at 18:49

Hello... Back from a fabby week up Glenshee. Lots of running on the Cateran Trail and plenty of drinking wine Back to work tomorrow Right, off to see what you guys have been up to.......

14/04/2013 at 18:54

Well done Kenny

TP - glad you feel better but don't you know washing trainers is dangerous! Laughing at the cat running away!

UTC - glad your shoulder is improving, hope you are OK by Cape Wrath.

Mrs mac - nice wee holiday then

Lovely morning here yesterday before the wind came. Had a sunny 10 miles from SKaill to Marwick Head, all offroad. Followed by a picnic on the beach - well for 10 minutes until we got cold!

14/04/2013 at 21:58

welcome back MrsMac and well done Kenny!

Thanks Elspeth... the annoying thing is the ROM progress seems to have slowed. I cant really raise my shoulder elbow 1st (if u know what I mean) and I was getting there with that but it now seems impossible.. The pain is settling but it now feels like ligaments rather than just bruising... Any movement originating in the shoulder is almost nil if I attempt it without support of my other arm. I can cycle though and on a positive note I did manage a run today and it was relatively comfortable.. atlhough shorter than intended. Will run again tomorrow before gig (down in Manchester til Tuesday).

Glad you are feeling better TP! 

Oooh and on another positive, we ran on Southern Uplands way today... absolutely beautiful route and both bf and I are thinking of organising an Ultra there... would be a multi day event... what do you Ultra people think? Tricia.. TP, Elspeth, MrsMac... and everyone else, thoughts are appreciated

15/04/2013 at 09:32

Morning all

Elspeth - nice run, sounds like a cold picnic !

UTC - Southern Uplands has some lovely remote spots, would be great for a 'proper running' ultra - what I mean by that is, there is already an 'ultra' that does that route (not widely advertised) but it seems more of a multi-day walk and carry millions of your own camping gear type event, which put me totally off. If it could be trimmed back to minimum kit, no camping, maybe even an option to do sections of it in a oner rather than multi-day, or if it was multi-day some decent accommodation, then I would be up for it . By the way - multi days make people cry - in some respects a oner is better, gets it over with quicker .

15/04/2013 at 10:01

Lol - okay so I've just looked up the route and its 212m long .....not that that would particularly put people off doing it one go  - so if you used the whole thing you would have one of the longest ultras in Britain. Go for it, lets do it .

What kind of daily distances would you be thinking of? Or maybe there could be optional distances etc? You might find you get more entries if you have a choice, say 30m, 50m etc, or if people could 'drop in' for certain sections, but not have to do the whole thing if they didnt want to.

15/04/2013 at 15:53

Scottish and proud!

15/04/2013 at 19:56

Sorry you're still suffering UTC but good news on your run. VERY interested in your new Ultra idea...

Did you enter Loch Ness then TP?

Alison, wasn't planning on doing the Angus half but I had a look and they're still taking entries..

Great to hear you're out running 10 miles again Elspeth Try and take it steady though (not that I'd be sensible/patient).  Brave souls pic-nicking in this weather

How was the 10 Lee-Anne?

5 tready miles tonight as I had a dose of the CBA's after my first day back at work.

15/04/2013 at 20:01

Hi folks,

We're just back from Lochaber (via Loch Ness - I've been here for 3 years and wanted to see it), checked results and am so relieved to find out that I finally have a marathon time that starts with a 3!  Admittedly, the next 2 numbers are rather high, but that doesn't really matter.  A brief report will follow (no, really..) but it went pretty well - some very tight IT bands for the last 3 miles but generally I almost enjoyed it!

Thanks for the good luck wishes.  An early night, I think.  If you raced Balloch or anywhere else yesterday, I hope it went well. 

16/04/2013 at 08:41

Words fail me re what's happened in Boston.

Hills x 6 in wind and rain. (Mile warm up and down)

Kids and MrsB back at work today

Younger son (in 6th Year) has been given an unconditional offer to do HNC then HND in Sports Coaching at local FE College

An early 'All The Best' to those on here doing London this Sunday.

MissB starts athletics at PE today.

Jamie: Welcome

Need to catch up on lots.

Back later.

16/04/2013 at 09:57

birkmyre congrats to son!

Also thinking about Boston today. Just terrible.

Well done to those who raced this weekend. I have been so inspired reaing through all the posts.

I went for a run last night but it was a bit of a disaster. Too much food and alcohol wwith not enough water and rest over the long weekend. Lesson learned.

Do I need to taper for a 10K (first one!)?





16/04/2013 at 10:04

Morning all

MrsMac - no, not entered yet. Think it might have to be 2014! I'm trying to save a bit of money this year, by limiting my race entries to more local stuff, so I will probably do the RAW again in Sept , and maybe try to get in GO33 in Nov being as you lot all gave it good reviews . Nothing planned further afield apart from SDW100, but that's a holiday .

IanJ - well done, hey a 3 is a 3! Doesnt matter if the other numbers are 59.59, I would still take it

BM - well done to your son.

Boston thing - very sad, shocking to see on the news . Anywhere there is big crowds like that these days, gonna attract these sickos....not so much aiming for the runners, as the fact there would be loads of families, innocent folks just having a day out . London needs to be on full alert this week - what with the 'Maggie thing' on Weds and then the marathon, I wouldnt like to be a police officer this week .

Off for a run in the hoolie gale outside!

16/04/2013 at 10:11

Lee-Anne - I would recommend a couple of short runs the week before your 10k, then no running on the Saturday, no alcohol Fri or Sat either , get an early night and you will be raring to go .

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