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The Middle Ground

Posted: Yesterday at 23:19

Hello again - I've been away with work for a month so I've had four weeks where I didn't run over 20 miles… but I did go to Glasgow to watch the marathon which was great fun despite the stupid diversions, security and general chaos Glw 2014 is causing. There's armed police outside my work (the dive team is staying in a hotel next to my office) we have to cross the road as we are not allowed to walk on the pavement or road and are questioned constantly. The Glasgow office is even worse (next to a 2014 venue) everyone is getting searched every time we try to go to work. Don't get me started on the confiscation of water and packed lunches! 

DT19 Glasgow airport isn't far from the city centre, there's a bus that will take you to Buchanan bus station which is right next to Queen Street train station. 

Anyway I'm back running, I've got a plan and I've got a lot of cooked breakfasts to burn off!

The Middle Ground

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 23:30

Wouldn't it be nice to go part-time to run more? I might have to start running at midnight the way my work patterns are looking over the next month...

Sorry I haven't had time to read back yet but a quick race update. Did the Skye HM and it was a really tough hilly race, I knew it was going to be a struggle as I haven't been doing much distance. In fact the day of the race (warm up 2-3miles) was the longest run I've done since last year! My time was pretty slow 1.32+ but fast enough to get in the prizes and I actually felt fine afterwards so I probably could've pushed it a bit. 

But the real story of the race was my OH he went sub 1.15 for the first time, which is mental considering the course. He's been following the McMillan 4-5days a week HM plan from 'You, only faster' 

I also met one of those 'fast in 80s' club runner blokes, the secret of his success? Running over a 100 miles a week in winter and around 100 during race season. I might have a bit of work to do...


10 year old son 5k time - 20min 3 seconds

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 01:03

The parkrun local to me has had a few issues with children bursting into tears and stopping along the course and the parent being too far ahead to notice, which has meant that other runners have had to take care of the child. 

You know giants, I'm not even 160cm..

MikeDuke wrote (see)

I have seen 10 year olds who are 165-170cm tall.  



Working Grief

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 23:23

The plumbing in the building I work in is really bad so we often have to deal with shit. It's led to much speculation with people (in the other department, of course) being suspected of staging dirty protests. 

The Middle Ground

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:39

Duck that's still a really decent time especially after a recent race. I was at the track at the Aberdeen sports village the other day, what an amazing facility it really puts Edinburgh to shame. Are you trained by either Joyce or Ken?

Mr V I found the Vo2 work a real relief from long runs in the P+D plan, I can't say if it helped my performance but it did stop me getting really bored. 

Been doing unstructured easy running for the last few weeks while I get over whatever was making me feel rubbish. Unfortunately this coincided with what should've been my build up to a rather hilly HM on Skye so I'm going into the race quite unprepared, it's going to hurt.

What do you like to find in a race?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 20:35

+ toilets

age group prizes

accurately measured course, well marshalled/sign posted

accessible by public transport

I really don't want a big cotton T-shirt as I'll never wear it

Sub 20 5k for teenagers

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 22:24


Just increasing your mileage will help you get a faster 5k. I would also suggest finding an athletics club with a youth section as they will really help you to progress, I don't know much about training junior athletes but the general rule seems to be to concentrate on speed at shorter distances first. 

Minimalist but cushioned

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:43

Hokas - don't wear them myself but I know plenty of people who love them.


You know these great running and weight loss stories.

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 11:07

True, but I sit for 10 hrs a day in an office so I don't use up many calories. 

You know these great running and weight loss stories.

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 10:31

Booktrunk do you look leaner though? I've never lost weight by increasing my milage but I have lost fat. My BMR is 1200, if I didn't run I would've used up all my calories by lunchtime! 

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