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Scottish Runners

Posted: Yesterday at 19:44

Yes- I am worried about the fling! But it wouldn't be any fun if it wasn't a challenge, would it?

Hopnig to get out to the hills tomorrow, but it's a tad snowy out there just now.

Legs are tired now after 2 lots of spinning, a long run and 1 lot of intervals since sunday, so a run tomorrow will be good trainig on tired legs, howver much I manage.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 18:26

Everyone else seems to piling in the miles, - puts me to shame, but it's a good kick up the arse to see how hard most of you guys train.

Re: missing flights -entirely our own fault, but for a while I thought we were going to get stung for £1600 extra for tickets!

Stuart- I will be doing at least one training marathon in build up to fling (Loch Katrine, which is hilly enough  to be of some vague relevance). I will do it as a back to back, if all goes to plan. I did it a couple of years ago, and it's a great wee race ( but full now- sorry).I will probably do a few of the group recces , which tend to be about 4hrs/ 20 miles on theWHW. And most of the rest will be sub 20 miles, but a few 2x11mile commutes to work as doubles or back to backs should help. I'm always a lower mileage person than most. I self - destruct if I try to match the mileages most of you handle.

Spinning monday, bad night on call last night ( total about 4 hours sleep, but in dribs and drabs, the rest of the 24hr on call was spent working, so good endurance traiing in some weird way.

Intervals today on tready- 6x800 at 12-12.5 kph, which is about 5k pace. I think the faster paces are geting easier, so something is working.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 16:59

Hi all- I'm back today after a week's ski trip. We missed our flight yesterday, so ended up getting back 12 hours later than expected ( and £600 poorer, having had to buy new tickets, and pay for a hotel).

Got out for a MLR- 12 miles - at lunchtime today- my legs don't feel too bad_ I've often found I get niggles when coming back after a ski trip- it's usually PF or ITBS- don't know why ( it's not as if I overdo the ski-ing, more effort/ time is spent eating and drinking!).

So- my next marathon is in march- hilly ( Loch Katrine) but it's basically a trainig run for the ultra in april. I need to get going now with the training, so am going to try to get in 2 spin sessions, plus 4 days runninng per week- I fall apart if I move up to 5 runs per week, so this is the best I can do, traiing- wise. My weekly mileages always pale in comparison to all of you guys, but I've managed to shuffle my way round a few marathons and ultras now, despite never consistently managing more thatn 30 mpw.

I've tried doing a lot of very slow miles, - not impressed by that , as I seem to just get slower, so I'm planning to do more hills and more intervals this time round...........we'll see.

Great runnnig from everyone despite what sound like horrible conditions in most of the UK last week.

Did someone describe a 3:24 marathon as slow???-That's about my 5k pace!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:41

Not doing G2E or CS40, as they are tooclose to fling and fort william marathon. Not sure what to do in the autumn-Loch Ness, GO33, and / or speyside way.Hmmm...........

Got back from ski tripthis morning, then went out for 12 miles- fuelled mainly by guilt feelings about all the beer consumed last week! LEgs are sore now- always takes a bit of adjusting back to running after skiing.

G2E was good, but having done it twice, I wanted  a change from canal- side flatness- hence the fling, which may be too much in the opposite direction!


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 21:27

The good news for you is that it's visceral fat that is the major cardiac risk, those of us with a bit of a belly that won't go away are at least storing it in a non- high risk location. IF you ever find the answer to this one you'll be a millionaire!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 18:27

I'm off on a ski trip this week, so no running for me. I'm sure that if I tried hard enough, I could locate a treadmill or clear path, but actually I'm knackered from the ski-ing, so haven't bothered sp far.

I'll feel guilty enough when I get back, and will have to make up for it then.

First ultra challenge

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 18:15

It is good to be able to access at least one smallish pocket at the front, then you will find it easier to keep nibbling away at some sort of food- percy piglets, those squares  of flapjack you can buy in a petrol station, or a cliff bar are my favourites. 

It is worth having these to hand, so that eating becomes a habit.

I used a verve osprey for a while, for commuting runs to work, but switched to a vest style pack/ bladder after my first ultra.

My camelback gave me dreadful chaffing on the side of my neck.

The Spine

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 21:19

Not running much this week- am away ski ing in austria. The Spine sounds amazing, but like at least 1 other person on here or Facebook ( can't remember which) I don't think I will ever do it as Im' a bit too nervous of the idea of being alone "out there". Probably hails back to my urban upbringing, the idea of being alone, at night, in the countryside seems a bit daunting............pathetic, I know.

Cragchick- I'm glad that you can take sone good points out of your race, despite the disappointment. So- are you going to go back to it next year?

£100 for the doctor to sign my form!!!

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 22:45

The need for a form is ridiculous in my opinion. What a waste of appointment slots- they could be spending tha time doing something more useful, I'm sure.How the hell do they know whether you are fit to run a marathon, even after a double appointment?

I am also a Dr (surgeon) and the amount of time wasted filling forms for DVLA, DLA, CICA. occy health, insurance, etc etc is just nonsense. The main reason to charge for them , as far as I am concerned, is as a deterrent to everyone who thinks that it's  a good idea to get a c'tificate for everything.

The only solution is to try to get the race organsiers to drop this requirement. In the meanwhile, as far as I know, there's a lot of forged certificates being handed in.



Talkback: How to train for a 53-mile ultra: The Hoka Highland Fling

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 20:51

Running max- there are checkpoints amd drop bags, so not totally unsupported. And for folks like me who are slow, you can also get some extra freebies at the CP's becuase no one ever eats everything they put in their drop bag.

The advantage is that you don't need a "crew" , or pacers to do this. That is a requirement I wouldn't be able to fulfil.

I'm pretty sure you get your money's worth, though. Very different to doing it as a solo effort ,from my reading of previous particiapnts blogs.

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