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Posted: 13/05/2013 at 07:36

Hi all,

been out of touch for a couple of weeks, excuse been busy and a long weekend away.

Did my half marathon on Saturday around Loch Leven at Kinross. Having run a 1:59 in training I was hoping to get it down to 1:55 but actually did it in 1:52 and a few seconds (still waiting for official times to be posted) so I was well pleased. A cool day and breezy with the last 2 miles in to a headwind, Got a Ron Hill running top as reward. 

My last half marathon was 20 years ago when I ran 1:42, so a 10 minute drop in 20 years feels acceptable, as well as something to aim for.

Not sure what I will do next. I will probably ease the mileage down to a couple of 5 mile runs a week, now that I can finally get out on to the mountains. I plan to do a few overnight camps and tick off some of the big Cairngorm summits this Summer. I also want to get back out on the bike which I have been neglecting.

What I don't want to do is lose all the running fitness I have gained, so I might just do a couple of 10k races over Summer.

2013 - 171 miles

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Posted: 30/04/2013 at 07:42

Grendel - Surprised to hear you have Karrimor shoes after the thread when you asked about them, and the consensus seemed to be don't go near them.

I will be interested to hear how they perform

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Posted: 29/04/2013 at 07:53

Hi All,

B2B - I'm a big fan of Montane gear (and RAB) and do most of my walking in the Terra pants.

That 50 is getting ever closer - I thought I would have seen mention of some longer runs, or are you easing back now.

Welcome Froglet - I did a similar plan to start me off, but you need to make sure you resist the urge to run too fast early on in your comeback- that's the way to an early injury. Hold back and it will all come good in the end.

As you say we all think we can just come straight back and run like we used to. Sounds like the Marathon might be something to keep on the back burner and just enjoy the shorter distances. Its a distance I would like to do at some point, just don't fancy having to do all those long runs.

Gamineez - Good luck with the training for the half. I built my long run up by a mile a week from 6 to 13 and it seems to have worked well for me. It was just the snow and ice that made it hard. Glad I wasn't training for a full marathon. It was snowing again at the weekend.

Off to the dentist this morning to get my 4 implants fitted, at last. 4 months of wearing a denture has been too long. Just not looking forward to the mega invoice. 


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Posted: 27/04/2013 at 17:39

Just run my final long run before the Loch Leven Half Marathon in 2 weeks, so I ran..... a half marathon. Achieved my race target of sub 2 hours as well, by clocking 1:59:29. Don't really need to do the race now, only going for the t-shirt !

Well pleased with this run as it was one of those days when I had to force myself out of the door having just done a big clean of the hostel for 3 hours.

It does make you feel more confident for the race when you know you can achieve the distance and set a decent enough time.


Lots of families staying this weekend who are all taking part in the various runs at Balmoral Castle today. Everything from 10k to a 1.5km for the little kids. Just as they all left this morning it started snowing, but turned in to an ideal running day, cool and hardly any wind

2013 - 153 miles

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Posted: 24/04/2013 at 23:16

10 mile walk today up 2 Munros (3000ft hills) Mayar and Dreish. It was a bright day and the views from the tops were outstanding. It was good to get out on the hills again now the snow has nearly all melted.

3:30 If you don't fancy B2B's choice of trail footwear I use Inov8s which are excellent. Good in wet and muddy conditions and very comfy. The model I use are Roclite 295 which are especially good on wet rock.

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Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:58

Like 3:30 and Grendel I often forget I'm now in my 50's not my 30's when I used to run.

After about 6 months of running I'm at a stage of being about 1 minute per mile slower than I was 20 years ago but still getting faster. Knowing that in my first 10k race back, my time was 1 minute faster than the average for the under 40 age was a good ego boost.

I would love to get back to the times I used to run, but if I have only lost 1 minute per mile in 20 years then I still feel that's an achievement. 

Grendel like you I feel Spring is slowly arriving. Here though that means that the snowdrops are just starting to flower, the daffodils are still a way off. Then I look at the mountain forecast and it shows more snow from Thursday onwards. Sigh. 

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Posted: 22/04/2013 at 20:11

Just a 3 miler today but it was very windy. At one point I could feel the wind actually give me a push for a few strides.

Got 40 PhD Anthropology students staying for 4 days, I feel like I am being watched.

A very diverse bunch - the tutors are Colombian, Icelandic, American and British

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Posted: 21/04/2013 at 15:13

Out yesterday and did 11 miles. Aimed for sub 1:40 and came in at 1:39:56. Snow finally gone so ran a few miles along the road and then on a track along one of the glens then back the same way. Lovely to get off the roads again but it was windy all the way out and a gradual climb, but the joy of returning downhill with the wind behind me.

I did a 10 miler about 2 weeks ago and it seemed a doddle, this was one mile more and my legs were aching for the rest of the day. Just one of those days I guess.

Next week aiming for a 12 miler before easing back for the half marathon in mid May.

One great comment after Boston 'If they were trying to crush the human spirit, Marathon runners were the wrong people to pick on

London Marathon on the TV was inspirational again, expect to see more joggers for the next few weeks

Keep running everyone.

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Posted: 14/04/2013 at 18:53

Just done my first 10k race for 20 years today, the Glenlivet 10k. Its quite a hard course with a 2km steady hill after the first km. Thankfully I'm used to running in hilly conditions so I overtook quite a few during this section. Also glad that the glen was very sheltered from the strong winds higher up.

My time was 51:12, which was pretty much spot on what I hoped for. This brought me in 143rd out of 597 and I was 26th in the over 50s, so I'm happy with that.

Speaking to other people they reckoned that this course is about 2-3 minutes slower than a flat course, so the next target is to get under 50 minutes.

The goody bag included a miniature bottle of the 12yr old Glenlivet whisky, though the bottle of water was much more welcome at the time. Next race is a half marathon in May.

2013 - 125 miles.

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Posted: 12/04/2013 at 22:31

Hi all,

I am doing my first race on Sunday which is the Glenlivet 10k. Just seen the weather forecast and at last its getting milder, trouble is its going to be very windy.

The forecast for the mountain tops is winds of 60 to 80mph with gusts up to 100mph. I'm only at 1000ft but it could still be pretty wild. Looks like a fast time might not be on the books.

Fingers crossed its not as bad as it sounds.

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