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04/05/2013 at 22:46

Welcome iksander!

Finally back running myself with a gentle trot around the local parkrun (plus a warmup lap to check that the slight course adjustments to accomodate a new football pitch and some serious standing water added up to the usual length). Helped out by running with a wee boy from Orkney who didn't have a 'responsible adult' in his family who could keep up with him, and we found quite a bit to talk about as he ran in places around Kirkwall I know and had done the kids race on Hoy. May go longer tomorrow.

I'd agree with TP in not downplaying the Fling finish. All those walkers we passed were mightily impressed at the concept of going to Tyndrum in a day I'm sure. All I had to do was look at the first view of Ben Lomond in the early morning, calculate the summit as being only just further than half way and impress myself!

04/05/2013 at 22:49

I'm sure that ultra near Loch Ness has so few entrants as you don't seem to get much for your 55 quid. All races will now be judged against the Fling for value for money. And few will match up!

I have enjoyed running around Phorp cragchick. Fortunately with a friend who knows the area so as not to get lost. Are you fit to run Benromach?

05/05/2013 at 08:29

morning all

off to marshall shortly!! lovely day compared to last year as weather was dreadful for this race last year... shame I cant race  Should be a fun day.

You lot always have such cool runs!! Sounds fab. Will catch up properly later!!

Have a good day everyone.

05/05/2013 at 11:40

Thanks for the welcomes 

Just back from my first 10 mile run this morning. Quite pleased with myself as I felt I had plenty left in me and should be able to go longer.  

Reading all your posts with envy I have to say.  I hope to be able to put in the long mileage in the not to distant future.

Edited: 05/05/2013 at 11:43
05/05/2013 at 13:02

iksander- don't worry, if you keep slowly increasing the mileage, you'll get there- slow and steady is the main thing. If you're comfortable over 10 miles, you would manage a half tomorrow- race day atmosphere counts for a lot on the day. GSR is a good event. Loch Ness is a great marathon to aim for- great day out, friendly race, and with the hills, it will give you a nice "soft" PB target to beat for your second marathon! I thouroughly recommend it, but DO make sure you do some downhill running to train, as otherwise you can trash your quads.

Wow- 46 DNF's at the fling.......that gives me pause for thought.

 

05/05/2013 at 14:19

Hi everyone, just had quick flick back on return from Glasgow. Rather tedious conference but had a nice run on Kelvin canal Wed night - wonder if our paths crossed UTC?

Everyone seems to be running well, I am still very sluggish, it felt hard the other night.

Recce run on Devil course sounds good TP - when are you planning it?

Best get out for a run now, though rather sleepy after long day travelling yesterday - Cape Wrath is fast approaching!

57.5 - was that Steven? Nice of you to run with him.

FFB - enjoyed your race report.

05/05/2013 at 17:21

That was indeed Steven, Elspeth.

05/05/2013 at 17:44

Orkney summer has officially been declared, it's been warm all afternoon! Of course it may be over by tomorrow 11 mile run over wideford hill then down to the sea and along the coast, tough enough still for my legs.

57.5 - I know his mum a little. He's doing well with his running.

05/05/2013 at 18:31

Just adding my welcome to iksander, we're a friendly bunch here! Do you do the strathy parkrun then? Good fast course but a bit dull. GSR has a wee hill at the start but I expect you know that already.

Thanks for the comments UTC!

05/05/2013 at 20:48

Good evening all,

I did the first long run of my half marathon training today so just did 5 miles. Was disturbed by the presence of a strange bright and glowing orb in the sky. All very odd.

I am starting some threshold training and hill work too so have been scouting routes. Hoping that I can get quicker because I am painfully slow (11.30 minute miles ) and would like to do the GNR in 2hrs 20 ish.

05/05/2013 at 21:03

Welcome Iksander.

Good long running MrsMac, sounds like a great weekend.

Elspeth - not decided on recce date yet, May is looking very busy, June I've got my big race, prob have to be July at this rate !

Other Fling facts for the number crunchers amongst us  - the official WHW website puts Milngavie to Tyndrum at an estimated 35hrs walking time  - if you add their 'max' figures together for each stage - but they also say that doesnt account for food / rest breaks, or how heavy your pack is .

57.5 - I hadnt seen how expensive that Loch Ness race was. Prices seem to vary so much on races, it is hard to see what you are getting for your money sometimes.

8.2miles run today, then a 3m walk after lunch. All good ultra training .

05/05/2013 at 21:43

Welcome iksander.

Just over 7 miles today. Quite warm here.

05/05/2013 at 22:25
Joe Volcano wrote (see)

Just adding my welcome to iksander, we're a friendly bunch here! Do you do the strathy parkrun then? Good fast course but a bit dull. GSR has a wee hill at the start but I expect you know that already.

Thanks for the comments UTC!

I haven't yet joined up for a parkrun yet as a few months ago I didn't have the confidence and now I find myself using the weekend for my main long run.  I've started running the trails through Chatelherault so that I can do a bit of hill work. 

I work in Glasgow city centre so yeah I'm familiar with the likely course.  The GSR will be my first official race so quite excited even if it is mass participation.

06/05/2013 at 08:13

Morning

Just in a for a nosey over coffee

06/05/2013 at 10:10

Elspeth been posing as me again, I see

Haar slowly clearing here after our one afternoon of sunshine, just heading out for 6/7 miler on taper for CW next week

Welcome Iksander

06/05/2013 at 10:32

morning

off work for the bank hol today.

great day marshalling yesterday at the triathlon. tiring day though. Bf did well, a little slower than normal (for him) on the run as he'd twisted his knee at the hill race on Saturday but still was 10th out of 200!!! Smart arse.... his friends were 2nd, 5th and 11th... hmmmm.

long-ish run planned again today, after proper clear up of the flat.

good luck with the Half training Lee Anne..

I've just bought some new pedals for my road bike - with same cleats as my new triathlon shoes so my next race should be fun... need to get fit and booked up!!! (Need some sprints, only booked for the Olympic distance and the Half IM for the year!)

Right... coffee and cake time 1st it's a bank holiday after all

06/05/2013 at 13:54

Enjoy the cake UTC - thats an impressive set of results from your bf and his pals , were they blocking everyone else in or something?

Was the race in Pollok Park? I saw there was a race going on yesterday afternoon when I drove past, but wasnt sure what it was. Some speedy boys at the front though !

Had a good run this morning and got in 12m round the park, bit wet but not too cold. Housework to do now, and a load of stuff to package up for delivery. Courier coming this evening, and hopefully he won't destroy any more of the neighbouring tree with his massive truck, like he did last time !

06/05/2013 at 14:57

Hi All, Been a bit busy.

OK main news is that the QUIZ NIGHT has been PUSHED OUT TO 19th JUNE. Same venue, same time same price.Various circumstances have conspired plus I have some time constraints and want to make sure it is a good night so taking the extra few weeks will ensure that.

Welcome back Joe and welcome Iskander

UTC - great result from your BF

Off up to Aberdeen this evening. Need to kick start back into my training this week too.

06/05/2013 at 15:00

Meant to say, I did not mean to underplay the Fling finish. I just have this tendency to tuck my tail between my legs when I am so far back in the field. But yes, it was an achievement to finish especially when so many did not, including some seasoned ultra and fling runners.

A firedn was up on the Rowardennan to Inversnaid section this weekend and had some vertigo issues. It was not until she posted some photos I realised why. Just as well my brain was mush by then. I did not notice some of the drops down to the loch

06/05/2013 at 17:30

Its always a good idea not to look down .

Good luck in Aberdeen FFB.

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