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Scottish Runners

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 18:20

Braver than me Tricia ! Hope it all heels up nicely now, sounds like you did the right thing.

I have been hiding out at the allotment all afternoon . My scaffold boards got delivered that I have been waiting for, straight up to the site, so I can build my raised beds now properly. Had a good weeding session, planted some peas out, and then carried 5x 4m long planks down to the plot . Arms knackered now, but very happy, next job - build the beds .

Hope everyone is enjoying this bit of sun, even if it is blowing a gale!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 17:23

Ouch to all the nail issues !

Short run today, it lured me out in the sun, only to get 5mins in and then it pished it down . Good Easter weather!

I have to go to a 50th wedding Aniv on Sunday, so need to make sure I get a run in before, as its gonna be stressful I can sense it . Too many family shenanigans and last minute planning going on as the 'recipients' insisted they didn't want anything, no fuss, just a quiet lunch with a couple of folk, and then yesterday the feckers announced they want the all singing all dancing family party  !!! Yes because that is really easy to organise with 3 days notice!!!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 18:58

Short run today, legs okay, just took it easy, nice day .

Get well soon Elspeth!

GUCR 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 12:46

Had a good steady run at Glasgow to Edinburgh on Saturday, 55m on canal. Good test for kit and food.

Pished it down in usual Glasgow drizzly fashion at the start and along the Forth and Clyde canal which was very muddy in places, and then as soon as I had passed through the long tunnel at the Falkirk Wheel and onto the Union canal the sun came out . So a very pleasant 2nd half along leafy banks, through a scary dark tunnel and over some high aqueducts where I tried not to look down too much, but the fear of falling in (or over the side!) at least kept me awake !

A good day out, legs recovering well and feeling good. Couple more easy days of short walks and pottering on my allotment should bring the legs back into line without getting too knackered.

Hope everyone else is enjoying the Spring. It is still freezing up here but at least the sun is out occasionally!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 14:55

G2E fitted really well timing wise for me this year, (and good practice for running that far on the flat ), but otherwise I would have probably done the Fling again. It might not have the glamour of the WHW but there is something quite satisfying about running between two Cities . It was really well organised and very friendly, relaxed, and good discipline-wise for pacing run/walk, so it ticked the right boxes. Doing it once is probably enough though .

The guy I ran most of the last 30m with had done lots of endurance 'challenge' type events, 24hr kayaking, cycling around Europe etc, but no ultra running, so I had quite an entertaining afternoon, a) keeping him running, b) comparing insane distances and c) getting ideas for doing events I probably shouldn't .

Well done on the sponsorship FFB .

Couple of hours pottering at the allotment this morning, because tomato plants  do not care if you have sore legs .

Scottish Runners

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:59

Well done Tricia .

I enjoyed the run and had a nice steady plod.

Bloody hell its flat though !!! Strains on muscles in ways very different to hill running!!

Who knew there were so many scary aqueducts going over roads in Edinburgh?  But I was slightly more freaked by the long dark tunnel at Polmont ! Still I suppose the fear relieved the boredom !

Ran on and off with the same guy from the Falkirk Wheel onward, then when we got to the outskirts of Edinburgh and it started to get dark, he was slowing down quite a lot, but also a bit freaked by some of the people hanging about on the canal going through the schemey bit...and he had no headtorch . So we agreed to buddy up and finish together, which was just as well as just after that 3 dodgy looking blokes appeared out of nowhere from behind a hedge and loomed toward us ! They got my head torch in their eyes and that seemed to deter them ! He was going quite slow and I could have just run ahead but it didn't feel right to leave him. So I probably sacrificed about 20mins of time, but worth it to finish with a new pal . Who then announced, 'that is my first and last ultra'  yeah but they / we all say that .

Scottish Runners

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 14:19

Thanks 57.5 .

Good luck everyone running, and look forward to seeing at least one of you tomorrow .

A gentle morning shopping and watering the greenhouse plants at the allotment - tomato plants have gone massive all of a sudden . Some amount of rain last night - my rain bucket had about 3inches in it !

Gonna be a muddy canal path!!!!

running can be harmful

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 18:41

A couple of weeks ago I had a fainting turn brought on by food poisoning and the friends I was staying with (one of whom is a nurse) thought I was having some kind of stroke - so he phoned for paramedics and when they looked at my heart read-outs they were like OMG!!!

I thought the worst - and then they said - you are tiny, very slight in weight, but you have the heart of an OX  LOLOLOL!!!!

Yes, I said I run marathons, so that is good to know !

Scottish Runners

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 18:31

Tricia - hopefully if we run fast enough we will miss the rain coming into Glasgow Sat morning - but I think it will still be cold.

Was up at Falkirk wheel last week - scoped out free toilets in the visitor centre and there was a coffee kiosk outside - so that might be getting a visit on Saturday too !

Had a friend visiting from England and she wanted to go out and see the Kelpies at Grangemouth as well as the Wheel - really quite a spectacular sight altogether actually - but I was like, if I see the Kelpies on the race I have gone 5m the wrong way !

Scottish Runners

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 18:15

Shoe plan scratched and back to the 'old faithfulls' for Saturday !

I cannot believe my feet have changed that much in a couple of months that previously okay shoes no longer feel good?  Very strange...

I also cannot believe that Glasgow CC think its a good idea to demolish peoples former homes at the Red Road flats as part of the Commonwealth opening ceremony?!!!!  WTF??? What a totally stupid, bizarre concept...(talking as someone who spent 8 years on the 24th floor of a tower block in Maryhill and has seen both the very good community spirit but also the very bad druggie sides of living like this). Still even though I have been in the Southside for 7 years now in my own 'owned' house, I would find it a deep insult if I had to watch my former home demolished as part of some 'entertainment' feature blasted around the world .

Mind you, they demolished a good few folks homes to make way for the East End athletes village, so I suppose it has a certain continuity to it ...

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