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Scottish Runners

Posted: Yesterday at 08:43

Boing - I'm back!

Sorry to hear that you have been unwell TP. Sounds horrible. Hope you are recovering well.

Well, that was bloody awesome 

The hardest, most gruelling thing I have ever done. Combine altitude, windy conditions, heat, epic climbs, soft sand and technical terrain and what do you end up with: altitude sickness and a finish line collapse and oxygen  

24 runners started including  6 women. 21 finished and I was 3rd woman. The worl champion stair runner from Mexico city who was marked for 2nd place dropped out, as did 2 of the Chilean runners.

So, it may have taken me an appalling 7.16, but I finished. I will get some blog entries up soon.

The Atacama is an amazing place, bleak, majestic and awesome. Mr FFB loved it too and was a regular David Bailey. We have some great photos. One of the other British runners gave him her mega DSLR camera with huge zoom lens which he went mad with, so hopefully we will get those pictures too. There will also be the official photos once the photographer gets back from Antarctica,

Good to see everyone planning for next year. I have put in an entry for the WHW  and have entered the North Pole Marathon. Neither a definite  as I have to get through WHW selection and need to sort finances for north pole which is very expensive. Looking for some corporate backing - so if anyone knows of any big corporates looking to off load some profits let me know 

Just as I was departing for Chile I got word that I had been given an Exceptional Volunteer award from Alzheimer Scotland 

Scottish Runners

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:47

Meant to say - update on the Loch Katrine Ultra. So, I have been a bit short of time recently which is why the 'trial' invite run only has not happened.

I have now reccied the whole route and some 'add ons'. There are a few logistics isseus around getting folk to the start, where to actually finish it. There is also the small matter of the path going through the middle of a working farm at Brig O'Turk. Been chatting with the Trossachs path person and what I might do is arrange a trial run to coincide with the official opening of the path next easter, then look to get a full event scheduled for autumn. It is going to be quite tricky to find a good time to hold it so that it does not clash with other ultras.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:39

Well done TP - your marathon was almots a replica of mine including the times at halfway and finish

It was really good to see Elspeth and OH at Loch Ness especially at the finish.

I am totally at sea with my events for next year. I did not particulalry want to do the Fling again, but I am probably going to enter WHW and everyone was saying that I 'must' do the Fling in preparation. I was actually fancying the Kintyre Way, but everyone says that is too long to close to WHW. Arghhh  Problem is, that if I do manage to raise backing to to the North Pole, that is in April and I am pretty sure that 2.5 weeks recovery for the Fling won't be enough. So, I have enetered the Fling not knowing if I will actually do it. If I don't I will have to take the rsik of doing the Kintyre Way, so will probably have to enter that to ensure I have a place, so either way it is going to be a not insignificant entry fee wasted

Scottish Runners

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 17:52

Well done Samantha and 57.5  I am slowly getting back into things and have done another hypoxic session. Hoping to get a couple of weeks solid training in before a short taper into the Volcano marathon. Only 4 weeks away

Have been nominated for the Alzheimer Scotland individual volunteer fundraiser award. My fundraising now at £13.5k  Ironically the award event is on the 7th November just as I go out to Chile and hope to raise more funds

Did I say that I somehow managed to come 2nd in my age group in the SUMS long series  and 5th overall in the long series.

Here is a wee blog post for Loch Ness

Scottish Runners

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 10:11

Hi All, another extended absence on my part  LN was a disaster  Actually, collapsed - yes - woman down - at 24.5 miles  What happened? Well, no ntirely sure, but I think I went too fast and too hard with not enough recovery from Glenmore 24, and possibly not enough food.

I was wearing an HRM to get some data for the sports sicentists who are doing my hypoxic training, and really should have paid attention to the readings. Going great to 10 miles at which point I decided to eas back a bit as my HR as hitting 172ish. Still good at half way which I got to in 2.08. At 15 was beginning to feel it a bit and my HR was sitting at 177 . Anyway, I pushed it to the hill which I decided to walk. Felt fine at 20ish miles/top of hill and started to motor on again. HR was still high though. Got to 23 and felt a bit  so walked a bit then got back to running. Just passed 24 I started top feel dizzy and light headed and then at 24.5 I decided to walk again. At that point my legs went to rubber and refused to go one in front of the other and I started to stumble about. Just as a motorbike marshall arrived my legs went, I started to black out and crumpled

Sat at the edge of the road and a couple of first aiders came along. I had some water and took another gel (had already taken on at the previous water station a mile or so back). I was sure a hell not getting lifted so asked them to lift me up. They got me on my feet and steadied me and I started that awful wobbly walk that we all laugh at on You Tube. The marshall decided to tail me.

Just past 25 miles Sue Walker caught me. She was a god send. She grabbed my arm, got me walking straight and breathing properly and even got me running again for about the last 3rd of a mile.

Still managed to finish under 5 hrs, but quite a scary unnerving experience. Then had the most horrendous doms last week. The started on the Monday and did not clear until Friday

Anyway, fine now and easing back into training. Bike and weights yesterday and a run later today hopefully.

Good to see everyone else running well

Scottish Runners

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 14:10

Boing! Back

Final G24 mileage 95.03 and I was 4th lady  Still a bit disappointed with my mileage and based on the speed of my recovery I suspect I could have pushed a bit harder and bagged that extra 5 miles. Oh well, next year.

Loch Ness for me next week.

Did another hypoxic training session yesterday and did 35 mins running (slowly) on the treadmill  Coped well. Oxygen saturation went down to 61 lowest, but settled roundabout 63 to 64%. My heart rate shot up rapidly, but then settled at about 148. Stats came back very quickly after stopping too.

I have been manically busy at work and have been avoiding web and social media over the last few days.


BTW not sure if I mentioned, but the Loch Katrine Running Festival will be on Sunday 22nd March.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 13:17

Boing! Mrs Mac did amazingly at G24  The conditions were awful. As the rest of Scotland basked in sunshine Glenmore had: heavy rain, hail storm, thunder & lightning, near freezing temp at night and the camp was a swamp

I fell way short of my targetted 100, but that was a big ask and with the conditions my 92++? was fine. Still waiting on final mileage. I was on 92 after my last 4 miles lap before swtiching to the short 0.25 mile laps for the last 40 mins. Incapable of counting as was Mr FFB. Mt FFB did a grand job in horrible conditions. He probably had it worse than me.

Resting this week. A couple of blsiters and the tendons/muscles up the front of my right foot/ankle are tender. I have quite a bit of swelling too.

Not sure what to do for remaining weeks before BLNM.

Will be back to G24 tot try and bag the ton.

Also, am about to launch a campaign for sponsorship to see if I can do the North Pole next year. Very long shot and unlikely to happen, but I can at least try. If I do raise it I will see if the organiser would be prepared to set me up for an ultra rather than standard marathon.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 08:48

Hi All. Sorry been a bit absent. Well done Mrs Mac and Elspeth.

Don't think my naked ice bucket challenge will set a new trend  Long story. My unsupportive non charity giving cousin's wife nominated me . It is my cousins dad (my uncle) who has Alzheimer's. I have no idea why she nominated me, but anyway I turned round and said if over £100 was raised for my Alzheimer fundraising in 24hrs I would do it naked. It was great until about an hour before the deadline then £120 came in. Done and money raised for my cause.

More hypoxic training and yes Tricialitt oxygen saturation down to the well below 85%. I coped really well this week. Did 30 mins on the bike then they re-filled he air bag and I did 22 mins of intervals where I used 1000 ltrs of gas  stats were low and heart up but very steady and not changing when effort was increased. I am going to assume that the sports scientists know what they are doing. I am closely monitored with stats notes every minute and constant check asking me how I feel and where I have to point to a scale on 2 charts.

Major tapering now for Glenmore 24.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 14:56

Wah, the 2nd hypoxic training session was not quite so successful as the 1st. I lasted all of 6 minutes walking! I felt Ok, but a bit drunk and I seemed to forget how to walk so started to stumble at which point they stopped the test. My stats had dropped low very quickly too

We had a chat, I recovered, and we decided to try the bike on the basis that I would not fall just slump forward if anything went awry

Was Ok on the bike and cycled for 25 minutes until the bag of 'air' ran out. Stats dropped very quickly again and lower than when he stopped the treadmill, but they settled and I felt OK.  managed to get through 700+ litres of air cycling.

All very strange. I am really glad that I am doing this and will be a bit prepared for how i will feel and be able to set my expectations in terms of effort.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:22

Hi TP what a pain with the boiler. Ours is a bit temperamental and every now and again just cuts out. We have had it looked at a number of times and no one can find anything wrong other than the fan being a bit noisy. I wonder if the fan is getting to the stage it needs replaced and that the boiler is overheating sometimes.

We were lucky, liast call out only cost us £35

Hope your repair not too costly TP.

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