Ali - It's Garscube Harriers. Knee still isn't quite right so thinking about treating myself to my first day of no training since Nov 28th. It'd be sad to see an end to the streak but think the half marathon on Sunday is more important..
Redjeep - Thanks very much. Is that book a good recommendation for someone like myself trying to find out more about the science of carb loading? I might have to invest in it. Out of interest, I've noticed when Steve Way does his carb loading, he starves himself of carbs for the few days before he starts, is that what you do also?
EdO - that's a great video! I thought the start of the Scottish Nationals was manic but that looks crazy!
bigeater - Thanks but don't think it really transfers across from cross country to road racing as simply as that. I think I probably run better in the mud than on the road. Great result for your daughter!
Gary - great result for you boy too, definitely showing some serious promise. Hopefully you can keep him interested in the sport as he gets older and discovers alcohol/women etc.
iansi - hope the physio has cured your ills and you got back on track today!
Does anyone have any good literature on the science of carb loading? I'm interested in giving it a try but want to know exactly what the logic of it is and how it works.
Animal - great run today! Good to hear you've got your mojo back!
Welcome back Zonda! Hopefully that's the end of your woes..
Mixed week of highs and lows for me. Definite high was Friday night. Our running club was nominated for the club of the year award at the Glasgow Life Sports Person of the Year awards and won! I was given the proud honour of accepting the award on behalf of the club. Very exciting but didn't realise I was going to get a Q&A from Bryan Burnett while I was up..! I hate public speaking!! But it was still great and got my photo taken for the paper with the other winners including Laura Muir, Ross Murdoch and Charlie "The mail man" Flynn. Not sure if you guys down south are aware of Charlie but one of my highlights of the Commonwealth Games was Charlie being interviewed by John Inverdale after winning a gold medal.
The low point was after my run on Thursday my knee started swelling up. No idea why but by Friday morning it was massive. Had to miss my big cycle on Saturday but other than that I've still been able to train on it, just not very fast. Todays long run was bloody awful but still managed to slug it out so can take that as a positive.
Another taper week for me this week as I'm racing a half marathon on Sunday. Hopefully my knee will have cleared up and the weather will have improved by then!
McCarthyC - i'm with sorequads. Assuming you're following one of the popular programs, they are tried and tested. If they don't have marathon paced sections in the long run it's probably because they've put the hard training in during the week. Adding extra sessions at MP into your long run is just inviting injury or over training. Just be careful.