Canter- good to hear you're getting a bit more running in! Well done! And yes, 10k in Linlithgow on Sunday 28th September. Looking forward to it.
PS and Carter- I had guessed these were your 'real' names... I must get in on this Strava business. Can someone explain it to me?
Carter- 20 miler at Ladybower sounds like a really good plan. You can at least 'enjoy' that slightly more...! As to Glasgow- just about understanding the Glaswegians, after all I have put up with Aberdonians for that many years... and the teaching training is intense but I am loving it. It's going fantastically, thank you
Carl- well done on getting in these miles abroad, you truly are our international man of mystery and I'm so impressed as ever. You must find the travelling itself quite tiring?
Nell- how are you feeling at this stage in your plan? Tired?
This week I took a rest day yesterday but today did an interval session on the treadmill in the Glasgow Uni gym which I have joined at a ridiculously cheap price of £60 per year. Yes per year. That's a fiver a month.
I did a five minute warm up, 7 sets of 400m intervals with a couple minutes recovery in between and then a cool down. Was going to do 10 but my head gave up before my legs. Anyway still a great workout.
I've also made an effort over the last few weeks to keep a more consistent core/strength routine. I've developed a little routine that I'm trying to get in at least once a week which includes Russian twists, crunches and press ups using the exercise ball, planks, and a few upper body exercises. I have definitely neglected core work up till now despite enjoying the gym a lot and I want to make a conscious effort to give it a try and see if it impacts my running at all.
Carter- what super advice for PS. Every paragraph of your marathon advice rang a bell with me- what I SHOULD but don't always do before marathons and yes yes YES to not starting to fast, PS. You never reach mile 22 in a marathon and think 'oh gosh, I should have started faster'. But you often think the opposite. Tells you a lot.
But 'Pete' and 'Rachael' who are these people.....
Oooooft Canter strong KM argument there.
This week I've done an interval session plus weights on Tuesday, a quick 5k on Wednesday, a 4 miler plus gym work yesterday. Beautiful weather here.
G- nice to 'see' you. Feels like yesterday you were announcing the missus' pregnancy. Delighted to hear that baba is nearly here and hope you enjoy every moment. Never mind the running too much just now eh. More important things.
CONGRATS NELL! Wowsers what a great time. You are a speed demon. How do you feel now? Exhausted? I am intrigued at the girl with the 'tremendous running gait'... let's be honest do you mean 'great bum'?
re: garmin 'overspends' the Aberdeen parkrun sometimes has measured pretty close to 5k for me. Last time I did it it measured 5.1k. Now an extra hundred metres is a lot in a 10k. But then is it the course that was wrong, or the way I ran it which was wrong (ie weaving) or is it my garmin that varies? You don't know so you have to take the race's word for it.
I haven't done much running at all this week. One day before today. I was focussing on getting better.
I still don't feel 100% but had the Perthshire Half Marathon today with my friend who was doing her first.
Even though I've not been feeling great I knew that she was unlikely to get round in under 2:15 and I had agreed to pace her to somewhere between that and 2:20 and run with her for encouragement and support. So I thought, hell, it's just a training run, even if I don't feel amazing I'm sure I can do it.
And indeed it all went fine for me- and I was so proud of her! Running hasn't come particularly naturally to her but she's really been dedicated in her training, and finished today in 2:17. Of course she beat me in the finishing strait My job was just to keep her on a steady pace and give bursts of encouragement when she needed it. I think I did that fairly well and she came out of it absolutely beaming about how delighted she was to have done it.
It was a beautiful morning in Aberfeldy before a very VERY rainy afternoon so we got the best part of the day and were able to really enjoy the scenery.
Carl- the nights are coming in quickly. It is quite hard to decide on good streetlit runs now it's getting darker!
Sean- good to hear from you. Almost 12 miles is way too long to go without water. Especially as it's been really warm again recently (well it has up here anyway). I'd have been about crying. Brings me back to a race I did last year, a half marathon, by the time I got to the water stations they had been emptied, no water from the first few miles, just stations manned with sorry looking volunteers cheering us on as we scowled at them. I felt so ill and dehydrated that I actually resorted to picking up half finished bottles of water that had been chucked to the ground by other runners. That was a miserable day.
Canter- we've a while to go before long sleeves yet Where is your British optimism.
Carter- you've enough miles in your legs to get you round any race just now. Might not be pretty but you'll do it.
I'm still a touch off colour and exhausted. Haven't run in 3 days. My body needed it. A few weeks till the Linlithgow 10k on 28th September so sure I'll be in good shape for that and not have a repeat of last weekend!