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Scottish Runners

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:23

Great report and PBs OH and Elspeth. The Gleee club run sounded good too. I would have joined if we had not had others plans.

Welcome back Iskander.

My training going OK, but still a bit behind. Only 8 weekds until the North Pole

I did a VO2 max test yesterday. result was 41.2 ml/kg/min which apparently puts in elite class. Pity that is not translating into my performance LOL I also blew the lid off the old theoretical max HR, sitting happily on 181 when my theoretical max is 169  Lactate threshold test next week. I suspect that will not be so good and that is why my performance not good. Either that or I am lazy and don't push hard enough

My friend Katherine, a fellow runner and a harpist has organised a concert in Killearn on 29th March at 3pm. This is her first self-organised concert and she has kindly agreed to pass the proceeds over to to help with my North Pole costs. It woul dbe lovely if anyone could make it along. Here is a link: A harp Odyssey

Scottish Runners

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 13:00

Mrs Mac, thanks for the tip. It is just a manifestation of my insecurities. My logical brain knows that running with a group would be fine, but the not so logical side is not so sure.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 12:42

Hi All, TP that sounds odd re your Mum. I sometimes have those with my Mum but put that down to her being a widow and spending too much time on her own, plus she is disabled, and her local support netowrk is not as good as it used to be since they are all aging (dying too) and my aunt has problems with my uncle who has dementia.

TP sometimes infections, especially bladder infection, can trigger a strange mental response.

Don't want to be alarmist but it could also be a brain/dementia thing. Sounds a lot like my uncle. Dementia can cause aggression, mood swings, highly emotional responses to things.

I do hope everything is OK and it was just a bit of a 'moment'.

Elspeth, what am I not selling? The NP

Tricialitt, it is good to hear about the training weekends. As a mainly solo runner who still lacks confidence i always shy away from these things because I worry about pace and distance. Couldn't have done the one last week though cos my mileage not there:  only did 14 for my long run at the weekend.

The concert is confirmed. It will be at Killearn Church/village hall on Sunday 29th March at 3pm. The tickets are £12 and will include an entry into a raffle. I think Katherine is going to title it 'A Harp Odyssey'. Tickets will be through paypal once we have it set up, or cash/cheque/online banking. More info in due course.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 13:21

Such a lovely day today. It is times like this that I really hate my Mon - Fri, 9 - 5 desk job.

Finally managed to get back into doublre figures last week  So now need to get out and start hitting the WHW, snow and beach.

Fling is only 2 weeks after the North Pole

Mr FFB went and collected the LK prizes on Monday  I am really pleased with them

Atfer re-watching the North Pole Airport programme the other night I think the biggest challenge is going to be the toilet facilities. grim does not come close to describing them, and I am not exactly fussy about that sort of thing

Scottish Runners

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 12:29

Hi All. Crikey, been reading back. That was awesome for CC  Really good going.

Loch katrine sold out in 24hrs  I then had to close the half waiting list when it got to 47  and just closed the 10k waiting list as it is now over 40 too. The marathon waiting list has got 37 on it.

Did I say I am in the WHW?  And signed up for G24 again. Hoping to crack 100 miles but everyone says I won't after doing the WHW. Now there's a challenge. A bit like a red rag to a bull  

I have also comitted to the NorthPole. Not quite sure how I am funding it. I have a search out for corporate sponsors and a crowd funding project running (rather unsuccessfully at the moment  ). A friend who is a harpist is kindly setting up a concert to fundrasie for me. It will be on the afternoon of Sunday 28th March in the village hall in Killearn. Will announce times and tickets prices and how to get shortly.

I am still looking for a few marshals for LK so let me know if you are interested.

It is odd. This year I have mainly men volunteering. Previous year is has been mostly women. Races onthe other hand have shaped up contrary to the norm. More women than men in both the half and 10k and a decent number in the marathon too.

My training is behind schedule due to being very lazy over december and christmas, then getting a niggle, a cold and the weather not helping.

Forgot to say an doing the Fling again, just 2 weeks after the North Pole. That shoudl be interesting

Scottish Runners

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 09:33

Belated happy Christmas to one and all. I for one love it , even though I am landed with the oldies and the cooking. At least it is usually only for 7. Slight blip though when my father in law fell in Glasgow city centre on mad Friday. He had been at the GFT. Waited 2.5 hours for an ambulance which he shared with a drunk woman . Mr FFB and I caught up with him at the Royal and eventually got him home for midnight. By the time we were called to help we had had a couple of glasses of wine so had to rely on train and feet and miraculously managed to flag a cab down just outside the Royal to get us home. He has broken his arm in 2 places including the ball, so goes in tomorrow to have a couple of pins put in. Apart from that we have had a good few days, although a sigh of relief went out when my mum departed yesterday.

Back to the running. I have been very lazy but will need to get myself organised and into some major training now. Still managed to clock over 2k miles for my year.

Here is volcano marathon part 1 (first half).

And here is volcano marathon part 2 (2nd half).

FInally, here is the piece about the acclimatisation and training days


Scottish Runners

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:24

I'm needing to stock up on shoes too TP. Mine are all worn out and I am abotu to break out my last pair. Maybe the sales will provide a bargain or two.

I am really tired at the moment so have ditched a few training sessions, and been doing things like dozing on the train on the way home

Scottish Runners

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 12:25

We are a quiet bunch these days. I am easing back into training and being a bit of a fair weather runner and opting to use the spin bike on days the weather not good

The official photos and and video have been released for the Volcano marathon. I will post photos on my website over next day or so and get my race report out.

Here is a link to the video

Here is my blog entry covering the acclimatisation

So, got a WHW place  My 2015 is looking like this: North Pole marathon in April followed by the fling 2 weeks later (fling could be dependant upon delays etc from NP), WHW in June, Glenmore 24 in September. Just a light year then

Loch katrine entries will open on entry central on 30th December sometime mid- late morning. Also looking for marshals so if anyone fancies volunteering let me know.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 12:53


Mmm chocs  Well done Elspeth.

I have a couple of blog entries ready to post for the volcano marathon, but am waiting on the relase of the official photos which be particulalrly slow  Might just go a head ans post with the pictures Mr FFB took which are great except he did not catch me crossing the finish.

The WHW entry is being decided over the weekend - eek!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 12:44

I am going come down on the pro support team for WHW. having supported a really experienced ultra and trail runner last year I definitely think it should be there as an option.

DOTH is quite tempting. That could be a triple crown for me in 2015, assuming I get in to the WHW. That said North Pole Fling (entered but might no make due to North Pole), WHW and Glenmore 24, adding in the DOTH might just be a race too far

I missed the whole malaria post when reading back  My brother got amoebic disentry - not good. He had survived travelling out east easting from the street stalls, but then got ill when put into a 5* Hilton  he was in the Philipines at that point and things kicked off, so they got all the vistorrs herded into hotels at the airport and guess what .....

TP, I too am coming to the conclusion that the artificial sweeteners in sports products casue stomach issues. I do not undertsand why they have to add the artifical ones as well as the real ones.

I struggled in Chile. Eating and drinking left you gasping for air, chewing real food was nigh on impossible and the altitude supressed apetite. Blergh.

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