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Scottish Runners

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:48

I'm not running any ultras...this year . I am re-aquainting myself with the joy of the 10k .

Deliberate attempt to give myself a year off and try to get faster at shorter distances - and get some enjoyment back into my running rather than hours of plod plod plod . It was all getting rather boring and predictable tbh.

BM - I shall keep a look out for it, but probably mostly be eating ice cream .

Nice running today, apart from the gusty wind, but its better than its been for a while down here.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 15:32

I was poised on the computer at 9pm last night so managed to just about get a place in Southside 6, but in the 10mins it took to complete the form it was saying only 50 places left ! Its 'only' taken me 3 years worth of attempts to get in, so it better be good !

Freezing cycle to the allotment today, couple of hours weeding and tidying, then the rain drove me off.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 13:34

Thanks BM - it is good to have these tips.

Run today, very cold and wet, not many people out.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:25

BM - going to Sorrento for a week, so will be having at least one day out at Pompeii . Maybe try to get up to Versuvius too.

From what I've read the running seems a bit dodgy with all the traffic, so might have to get up early and run around the town. I've been to Southern Italy before but it was about 12yrs ago - I remember all the mad drivers and people riding 5 to a scooter, a baby under one arm, and a dog and a basket of chickens hanging off the back !

Few hours at the allotment today, much colder than I expected.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 16:56

Rest day today.

Cascadia's have been okay for me in the Lake District running over wet rocks, through deep mud and on roads. Ironically I was wearing them on the way to Gucr last year and nearly went erse over tat when I got off the train in Birmingham and they had resurfaced all the pavements with smooth black stone that was like glass when wet - possibly the slippiest surface I have ever walked on!

Off to Italy at the end of March and been planning my trip . Wonder if there are any races I can do?

Scottish Runners

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 17:20

Good race at Kirkintilloch 12.5km this morning, lovely day, slightly slippy on a couple of the downhills but from mud on the road rather than ice. Knocked 1min 08secs off my time from last year over the same route . Felt slower than usual on the way out, but then managed a negative split and picked it up in the second half to end strongly . Followed with a quick drive up to Aberfoyle for a bacon roll and walk, good day out all in, and a medal in the goody bag this year as well. I do like some bling in a race!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 13:35

Nice report OH.

Well done on all the pb's.

Not so much a pb for me 57.5, more a multi-day event . How to build a Roman road in 10hrs .

Very mild run today, Spring-like, hope this lasts for next weekend. Kirkintilloch race is usually icy with a freezing blast of wind - be nice to do a mild one this year!


Scottish Runners

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 16:27

Good to see you 'restored' BM .

No running this weekend, had two good days at the allotment. Yesterday I built about 3m x 1m crazing paving path with drainage down the sides, knackered from that ,  then today went back and finished the path and put edging boards in to hold the soil back. Sore hands / back / legs / (everything) from lifting big rocks and having to break bricks for the drainage layer.

Hope all the weekend racers have done well.

Kirkintilloch 12.5km next weekend.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 17:37

I like the sound of these social runs . I think that's why I enjoyed being up at Cape Wrath so much because you see the same people all week, its like a big club .

Allotment is taking up lots of my time at the moment as I need to knock my new site into shape over the Winter, but I enjoy all the building work so its not a problem. Once I have the plot up and running it will free up more time for other stuff.

Rest day today, had a mega-writing session ! I only have a short conclusion to write tomorrow and some formatting to do and that will be it, off to my editors at Oxford Uni to be cut down (I have written rather a lot ). Hopefully the final publication will be out toward end of year if all the other collaborators pull their finger out .

Scottish Runners

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 15:02

Thanks for the advice FFB. I've noticed over the last 4 or 5 years my mom seems to be developing this neurotic anxiety disorder type response to everything that happens, but she doesn't normally kick off like a sky rocket to the moon !

Its interesting you say about the dementia thing, because one of the things she was screaming at me was 'you are not going to put me in a home with old people with dementia!!!' I was like WTF??  I've no idea where this has come from...I'm the one always saying they should move to Scotland where they get free care for the elderly and I will be close enough to take care of them .

The key thing will be if she remembers anything this Saturday when she phones, or has totally forgotten. If so then I will be texting my father to take her to the GP rather than burying his head in the pub / fishing.

Good luck with the concert FFB.

Lovely morning and a cold crisp run. If I couldn't run I would be going doolally myself with all this family stuff .

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