Archive | June, 2012

Windy running

29 Jun


I think it was windy and raining today!

29 Jun

Great run in the hills today.  Punishing climbs that even made me walk and even use my hands too!  The views were truly stunning and only fell once.  No damage thankfully apart from covering myself a lot of mud with around 5 miles to go.  


Oh, and managed to lose my running shades.  Darn it.  If anyone finds a nice pair of Specialized Shades on Pentland hills I will be a happy man!  I’m not holding my breath.


First run back!

25 Jun


So, after abandoning my plans for a short run yesterday, I embarked upon a run from South Queensferry round Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay.  I planned on going long, but never did I imagine that I’d do 30 miles. At one point I thought it was going to end up being 32, but I found a short cut and was glad to leave out the extra 2 miles.  Ankle feeling great!  The only bad mark on the run was, despite trying to keep as hydrated as possible, my best efforts still resulted in a product with the appearance of Chateau Musar White!  

The highlight of the run has to be the coastal route round Dalgety Bay which was trail-tastic!  The low light has to be getting hit in the crotch by a stone flung up from a passing car on the A921.  That never happens on the trails.  Road running might be easier on the ankle, but I’d much rather have a sore ankle than sore…  Anyhow!

This weeks long run was partially motivated by Ellie Greenwood’s success in the famous Western States 100 mile Ultra in California.  Taking down Ann Transon’s long standing record by nearly an hour, Ellie is making a big name for herself in Ultra running.  Born in Dundee, Ellie is no doubt in frame to be Scotland’s greatest ever Ultra runner.

Tomorrow brings a short run in the Gym, bit of core work, then a good old Sauna session.  

Not so much fun.

23 Jun

Having spent since Monday not running, I have discovered just how boring life at snail pace is!  I’ve really had to to try not to but realise that it could damage my long term ambitions.  

After my triple marathon last week, it was evident that my right ankle wasn’t taking to kindly to the 98 mile week.  After a nice ibuprofen filled summer sun run on Monday I decided rest was a worthwhile medicine. 

So, hopefully tomorrow will see a pain free run!  If not, it’s another grumpy me for a week wallowing in my own self pity.  On the plus side, had an awesome Dom Perignon/Clicquot/Moet tasting with work this week to take my mind off things.  Hard job, but somebody has to do it.


An ode to…

17 Jun

An apple a day keeps the doctors away,

a run in the park keeps you out all the day,

but with running it definitely will have been proven,

You’ll one day be needing 1 or 2 ibuprofen.




*insert unhappy face here*



It was tricky indeed!

16 Jun

Ran 17 miles in the damp surroundings of Balerno and West Linton.  Finished off with 10 miles on the treadmill at the gym.  This makes it a 27 mile (split) run, taking me to 3 marathons for the week and 98 miles in total.  Ok, I missed the 100 mile mark, but the Simpson’s finished earlier than I thought, my math skills aren’t great, my toe was a wee bit sore, fancied a quick session in the sauna…  Excuses, Excuses!!  If you go to the video section you can see a wee snippet of the trail conditions today!


Today’s training…

16 Jun

Was going to hit the gym for a short session before the 30 mile run tomorrow.  However, having looked outside and seen that there is a torrent of water running down the street…  I’m going to hit the trails!  The wellie loving kid in me is coming out to play!