Early morning run

This morning the alarm went off at 6.45am and within 15mins I was up, changed, fed the cat and off running.  It was very dark, wet and windy! I was pleased that I had decided to wear gloves and a rain top.

I wanted to do 10miles before heading out for my regular swimming lessons. I knew the 10mile route so didn’t need to look at my watch at all.

I was feeling very comfortable all the way round. The first mile was just over 9min pace the rest were all just under or just over 8min per mile so happy with that.

This week I have run 32.12miles in four runs which is what I’m planing to do for the next few weeks. week ending 25 oct

I’m well on target to achieve my 2014 miles in 2014.  So far I have ran 1881.77 miles so have only 132.23 miles to go so hopefully I’ll reach the target by the end of November.

2014 miles 25 oct


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Hill Run

Tonight I fancied doing my run up and down the steepest road out of Paisley past Robertson’s Car Park.

It is basically a mile warm slight uphill, then a mile pretty steep gradient. Then an undulating mile to where I turn round and run back. The profile looks like this …profile 23 oct

It was quite windy on the way up and out but that meant it was behind me on the way back! So a good solid workout.

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Preparing for Lakeland 100

Tonight I set off for a run after work. My calves were a bit sore after Monday’s Fartlek session. I cycled to work and from work yesterday which helped a bit but as I set off I wasn’t sure how fast I would be able to run.

I decided to start easy and see how I felt. I didn’t look at my watch so was quite happy when I downloaded my mile splits once I was home. I ran the first two miles in 7:59 and 7:44.

Then the next four miles were 7:13, 6:58, 7:05 and 7:18 so pretty consistent and a decent effort.  My heart rate strap is still not working very well so it looks like I will have to replace it.

2014 is not quite over yet but my thoughts are very much on my big target for next year, namely, Lakeland 100 in July. I’m not going to really start my ultra specific training until the beginning of February but I’ve already started to prepare mentally for the race.

Videos of the route

When Dave & I prepared for the race in 2012 we made videos of each leg. They have proved very helpful to lots of people and I still get messages thanking us for doing them.  So I’m going to watching them again regularly over the next few months so when I get back on the route it will hopefully feel very familiar. The videos are on Youtube and there is a link on the top menu Lakeland 100 videos.

All time personal bests

I started compiling all the races for the West Highland Way Race a few years ago and find it really interesting to see where I stand in the list of those who have completed that race. For anyone interested I’m 106th !!

Since then I have done it for the Highland Fling and the Hardmoors races. You can find them by clicking on the Triple Crown tab on the menu of this blog.

So I decided to compile a list of personal bests for Lakeland 100. The first race was in 2008 so there have been 7 races.  According to my records my time of 34:33:59 puts me in 286th place out of 550 people who have completed the race at least once.

This is a good motivational tool for me as I would like to get higher up the list!!  If I could finish under 30hrs I’d move up to 127th !!

Entry list for 2015

I took the list of those who have entered for 2015 and merged it with my all-time list and produced a spread sheet with past races which shows who has completed the race before.

According to this sheet I reckon 67 have completed the race at least once meaning 344 have not finished the race before. I’m not sure how many of those 344 have started before but not finished.

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Fartlek session with Kilbarchan

Last night I was back at the club for the Fartlek session and I was looking forward to pushing a bit harder. 6 of us set off for the warm up along the cycle track towards Bridge of Weir.

I was chatting to Hayley and it was really interesting to hear all about her run in the Commonwealth Games.  It was her last really competitive run but she is going to continue to run marathons, choosing some nice races around the world to enjoy.

Once the session started Gemma went off for a steady run as she is doing Dublin next week. Hayley ran the first few sets with us then ran back with Gemma. After the first 3min run Steven’s knee was a bit sore so he wisely decided to head back before it got worse.

This left Jennifer, Claire and I to complete the session of 3min (90sec recovery) x5, 2min (1min) x5 and 1min (1min) x5.

I was feeling pretty good so tried to push hard right through the session.

My figures were ….fartlek 20 oct

I always think if I can run over 5miles for the 30mins I’ve done well so I was pleased to see I was just over that.  It does help when the longest run is 3mins!

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Running and Cycling in Holland

Katrina and I caught the 6amKLM flight to Amsterdam on Wednesday 15th October. We left our bags at the Golden Tulip Hotel and walked into the city. In there afternoon we went on the Yellow Bike Tour of Amsterdam.  It was excellent.

There were 12 in our group ….tour 5

We’ve not been to Amsterdam before but this was definitely the best way to see the city. Here is our route ….Yellow Bike Tour

We would ride for a few minutes then the guide would stop and tell us something about the city. NOVATEK CAMERA

Here is a photo of the smallest house in Amsterdam …NOVATEK CAMERA

It seems when they were built the family were taxed on the size of the front of true house so this one gets bigger the further back it goes … crafty!

We went past Anne Franks house. We did look into going there but it was sold out and involves a 2-3 hr wait to get in anyway.


We had a stop for a drink in the park ….NOVATEK CAMERA

One of our group was running the marathon on Sunday and did say she had a spare number as one of her group couldn’t run but we weren’t tempted!


On Thursday morning I went out for a run. I wanted to run 6 miles and so decided to run 3miles out and 3 miles back. I ran through a local park and ended up coming back to our hotel at about 3miles to just ran round the same loop again …run in amsterdamWhen I ran on Tuesday I had a slight soreness in my groin and while it was a lot better I could still feel it so took it steady. It was raining for most of the run but the weather got loads better from mid afternoon onwards.run 1 holland

At 12noon we caught the train to Zutphen and spent the day and evening with my Mum and Sister and Brother-in-law.

On Friday morning I was up and out before breakfast for another run. This time I did do an out and back running on the cycle track alongside a main road. I was so impressed with the way Holland is set up for cycling and how everyone cycles everywhere.zutphen run route


My groin felt so much better so I pushed it a bit harder and felt good.

The wedding was in the afternoon. It was really interesting to see a wedding in Holland. They have the same parts as the UK but in a different order.

So Steve and Marlies went off for a couple of hours having photos taken around the city. Then close family and friend met at 2.30pm for coffee and cake followed by group photos.

Here is a photo of the happy couple with my Mum …wedding 2

Here is a photo of Katrina & I with my Mum, sister and brother-in-law ….wedding 1

After the group photos we went back to the restaurant for a lovely buffet meal and a short speech from Marlies’ Dad.

Then at 7pm we went across the road to the church for the service. Steve’s Pastor from Wrexham led the service which was in English with Dutch translation. Steve and Marlies play in an orchestra so they were all out side to play for them as a surprise.

We were then back across the road to the restaurant for the evening party. There were about 100 friends and family to that one. There were items from various people.

Sue, my sister, had written a song based on ‘Yellow Submarine’ which we had good fun singing ….wedding 3

Marlies’ family sang a song based on ‘Rule Britannia’ ….wedding 4

So it was a great day!

On Saturday Katrina and I hired bikes and went off for a cycle ride for the day …

There is an excellent system set up allover Holland with cycle tracks all linked together with nodes which are numbered so it was so easy to find your way round.

Here is our route …Cycle Route in Holland

At each main junction there is board with map and directions to the next junction …NOVATEK CAMERA

We came to a river and there was no bridge … but there was a ferry who came over and took us over the river ….NOVATEK CAMERA

We saw lots of Windmills and one was open to go in and have a look round ….NOVATEK CAMERA

We stopped for lunch at a lovely lake ….NOVATEK CAMERA

We really enjoyed the ride as there was a wide variety of views and bridges to cross …NOVATEK CAMERA

We covered almost 54 miles with a total of 65ft ascent!! NOVATEK CAMERA

We travelled home today arriving in Glasgow at 12.30pm to be greeted by rain!!

So we had a great time and really enjoyed our trip.

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Running in Inverness

We had a nice break in Inverness for a few days.  Jo & Jono are away so we stayed in their lovely cottage.  I went for a couple of runs and we climbed Ben Wyvis.

Monday 13th October – 6.35mile road run

I did an out and back route as it’s harder to get lost that way. I went early while it just dark and enjoyed the run. Just under 8min per mile pace.

Monday 13th October – walk up Ben Wyvis

We both really enjoyed the walk. The weather was excellent with blue skies and great views.

We went up and down the same route …wyvis route


Here are a few photos ….

Heading up the hill ….

wyvis 1


Lots of stone steps to climb ….wyvis 7

On the ridge ….wyvis 2

At  the top (it was a bit colder) ….wyvis 3

Beautiful views on the way back down …wyvis 4

One of our favourite bits walking along the river …wyvis 5

Back at the car park …wyvis 6


There were a few others climbing the Ben including a couple who ran up and down.  We both agreed how much easier it was to walk up rather than run!

Tuesday 14th October – off road run 6.07miles

This morning I went for an other early morning run before we packed up and headed back to Paisley.  This time I explored the woods close to Jo & Jono’s house.  Again I went for an out and back.

After a couple of miles I felt a slight pain in my groin which stayed with me until the end. I’m hoping it’s nothing serious!

Tomorrow we fly to Amsterdam for a few days. My sister’s son Steve is getting married to Marlies on Friday in a place called Zutphen.  We are looking forward to our little holiday. We have booked a 3hr cycle tour of Amsterdam tomorrow and plan to hire biked on Saturday and go for a ride.

I’m also hoping to go on a couple of runs no doubt alongside a canal!

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Steady Run

I was out at 7.15am this morning for a steady 10miles.  I started in the dim light and cold crisp morning but it soon warmed up a bit and I really enjoyed my run.

I didn’t look at my watch at all but was happy to see that my average pace was 7:59.

I’m on holiday this week so we are off to Inverness for a few days and then Holland on Wednesday to attend the wedding of my nephew so I’m looking forward to running in a few different places.

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