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OH - Nice picture
NN - Well done on the intervals. I think your son might be right too
NP - Good running
Mace - Sounds like an 'interesting' session!
Tek - Great running in those conditions.
Stewart - Good tempo run last night
AGF/Tek - The idea of some miles before the half is obviously the best idea, not sure it'll be possible tho.
4.55 miles @ 9.34 this evening. Probably go for a swim in the morning after work.
mace- like NP says, 14m is great going in a big week of training
NN- good session there!
Glad everyone is surviving the weather
On the subject of running faster, I realise that last week I ran a tempo session on Friday evening before running a parkrun at tempo effort on Saturday morning. Don't think that this got in the way at all when it came to Sunday's 24, so I guess I'm thinking of repeating this experiment more regularly
Nothing fast today- sports massage yesterday, so took it easy- 6m recovery this morning and 10m easy with a few strides thrown in this evening. Much warmer this evening: 4 degrees!
Well done to everyone who's got out. The forecast for the weekend is meant to be wet weather so hopefully that will mean warmer temperatures.
OK attempt at race report
1st Marathon of 2013 - Loch Katrine - 10 March.Overnight rough boat trip to Aberdeen then overnight at B+B in Aberfoyle. Porridge and toast breakfast. Bright but cold morning with a few flecks of snow difting down as we drove over Duke's pass to the start at the pierhead.
Met a few friends from Cape Wrath in the car park as well as putting faces to a few forumites. Another old friend MrsMac managed to quire bib "no 1" for her 70th marathon/ultra. Few flurries of horizontal snow as we registered and waited. 47 runners + sweeper at the start.
About half mile mark did a speed check - 7.x MM - TOO FAST for me and consciously slowed down to end first mile at 8:55. First mile was fairly flat. but then undulations began but managing to run up all the hills even managing to try to smile for photographer! Beannie and Montane jacket now off and tied around waist. 10k turn point past. Glad to reach the HM turn point before any of the Halfers caught me (starting 30 minutes after marathoners). Stunning scenery all around. On the steep downhill after that I began to feel the outside edge of my left foot (the injury that had bugged me in the 2 weeks before the race) but fortunately settled again once it levelled off. Onwards to the 8mile water point where my wife Elspeth was marshalling. Dumped jacket (with most of my edibles) there. Weather still bright but cold. The course continued up round the tail of the loch. At this point I was aware of a few runners ahead and behind but were all quite spaced out by now.At 10.5 miles I met the first runners coming back all proffering encouragement. Finally guided through some buildings (to avoid a gate) to the turn point. Met more runners than anticipated after the turn, one of which overtook me at about 14 mile mark. Had mini dairy milk. Now looking forward to seeing Elspeth again at 18 mile water station. Shortly before then I passed a guy who was really struggling with sore feet who had to call it a day at the next station . This was the last runner I saw before the end. Met Elspeth who had walked up to meet me. Ate a few goodies from the stash I had left there leaving jacket and rest of goodies behind. Probably should have take more "fuel" on with me. Walked up the big hill next when the weather closed in with heavier snow. Began to feel a bit isolated alone wearing just running gear and was glad when the road eventually dropped back down towards the loch. Beginning to count down the miles. There was apparently quite a head wind as splits show although I wasn't particularly aware of it (being from Orkney!). Rather cooler now and any lingering doubts about a post run swim dismissed. Left foot really aching now and affecting my stride. Passed by reurning marshalls including Elspeth in car. Although I now knew I would complete every stride was now an effort. Glucose supplies exhausted (shouldn't have left majority with Elspeth at water station).
Glad to see the 4/22 mile water station and be on the home run. "Just another 5k" greeted a marshall. Now counting down the kms and feeling it quite hard work. Quite big flakes of snow coming down which was quite refreshing catching them on the tongue.
Caught sight of Elspeth coming out to meet me after 25 mile mark. She ran along with me a short way. Met a family with 2 little girls, one of which commented loudly - "He's VERY slow!".
Finish line now in sight and managed to put on a bit of a spurt, spurred on minimally by Elspeth's shout "Come on there's 2 coming up behind you". Over the finish line, water and a very hard frozen Tunnoch's wafer log!
4h55m09 on Garmin (not quite what I'd hoped for but happy enough)
Hobbled up the stairs to the cafe while
... Elspeth fetched warm dry clothes.Hot Cullen Skink and hot tea in front of a log fireAt this point the weather turned really nasty with white out conditions.The last runner came in with at least an inch of snow on his cap brim.Good meeting up again with others after the race before my comedy walk back down the steps to the car.6h drive the following day is not recommended recovery but hey ho ...41st out of 47. 4h55m05 official timeOfficial photos all make it look lke a lovely bright day (which it was between the wintry showers)Splits8:57 10:16 10:10 9:48 10:17 11:25 10:46 10:28 10:34 10:24 10:23 10:36 10:12 11:22 10:59 11:15 11:18 12:41 13:11 12:49 13:02 12:08 13:45 12:50 12:33 12:14 (9:14)
And just to prove it wasn't all blue skies (the sweeper and last man home)
Very well done OH, those photos are great and just shows the weather changes in the blink of an eye. A great result for such a tough and solitary run!
Well done on the gym session MG1, tough doing a tempo in the gym as usually quite warm.
mace hope the tape etc does the trick.
AGF, Stuart, jason nice easy running.
NN you poor thing worrying about your run! I'm such a softie I don't mind my treadmill.
Great early running Teknik and NP.
Did a couple of miles easy before running with the group tonight as had been told it would be pyramids. A few are doing a 33 mile Ultra on Saturday so ended up a nice easy 8 miles, some hills thrown in; very slow but still some miles.
Head to London next Wednesday night then to Faro first thing Thursday. Got the schedule - a lot of tempo running on cross country course in the afternoon after a steady morning run.
OH - how very kind of that child to give you that Motivation at the end Thanks for the report - a nice read.
Mace - I think the half broke me on the back of a weeks running fast sessions... but a am gradually recovering thanks. Good to hear that you have a solution for diagnosis - hopefully that will see you through.
Enjoy Portugal Fiona - if your like me - you will like the warm weather training. a chnage is as good as a rest !!
7 miles this morning before work and hope for another jog this evening ....
Tek, the conditions sounded aweful for your run yesterday,
Mace, well done with the interval session, and hope the physio has fixed the knee
NN, I think we all are a bit barmy if truth be told, well done
SM6, nice run last night, hope you enjoyed the swim
Jason, well done with the 16 mile double yesterday, hopefully it will warm up before the weekend but more importantly the wind dies down
OH, great race report and congratulations, it is amazing how quickly the weather can change at this time of year, four seasons and all that, hope you're recoverying well
MG, well done with the treadie tempo run, enjoy the core and cross training later
Fiona, you're right to take it easy before your ultra, who else is doing it with you, I know Ben and Steven are doing it, sounds like a nice run last night
AGF, well done with the early 7 miles, enjoy the easy run this evening
JS last night so it was a steady 5 mile run, not as cold as Monday night, which made the run all the more enjoyable
Mace well done on the Vdot in the wind! Hope the knee gets fixed.
NP nice 10m yesterday
NN well done on getting the intervals done
OH great piccies. The weather sure did change! Don't fancy that hill either...nice report.
Stuart nice easy 4.55m
Jason nice double. Glad the weather's balmy over there
AGF good you're getting some miles in again. Nice 7m this morning
HM hope so
MG nice treddie tempo and good cross training
Fiona well done on the hilly pyramid session. Enjoy your holiday
Stewart nice steady 5.5m with the JS group last night
Weather much better this morning. 1m w/up and w/down plus 9m at "MP" (run with a 83%max ceiling). Turned out to be 7:55mm so very chuffed.
Tek - Pace is coming along nicely now, and you've still a good bit of training time to improve further. Good going
Stewart - Nice run
AGF - Nice run this morning, enjoy your run later
FIona - Enjoy the holiday!
MG - Nice tempo run and gym work
OH - Good rce report. The weather didnt look too bad for you on Sunday
52 lengths of the short side of the pool this morning. Think its about 18m, so about 900m total.
Great trainig all
OH - fabulous read and photos, thanks. I particularly like the comment about the snowflakes providing refreshment .... made me smile. And a fantastic run
Fiona - so you missed out on the pyramids ? Having never done them is that a or a ??
AGF - sure you'll be fine
Tek - much better here as well .... well done on the sub 8'ing
Stuart - do you watch Ant n Dec on Saturday night ? And the 2 little lads who are little Ant n Dec ? Don't get me wrong cos i couldn't swim that far but i reckon you're little NP with that swim ..........
...... and this morning i was little jason with a progressive 14M which went 8:24, 8:28, 8:21, 8:12, 8:08, 8:09, 7:57, 7:47, 7:41, 7:39, 7:29, 7:25, 7:08, and cool down 8:31 .... ave 7:57 @ 78%
I'm not doing the Ultra Stewart but Craig and Ben are so decided on an easy run which is fair. It was a lot milder, not even freezing!
Nice morning running AGF, mace and Teknik.
Stuart that's a lot of swimming!
Afternoon,just woke up managed to sleep a little better today, just a 15 MLR to do now before getting ready for another shift.
Mace I am glad I am not the only one waking up worrying about intervals, bloody stupid really well done on that 14 miler verrrrrrry nice indeed
OH super race report, crikey you are 'ard running in those conditions, hope the legs aren't too stiff today or are you coming down the stairs on your bum ? and what lovely photos I bet is was a beautiful course
Nice running Tek and Stuart and the weather is a little warmer here too today so looking forward to getting out in a bit.
SM6 nice swim ..MG1 nice days training wel done on the early tempo run on the treadmill
Fiona I dont see that running on treadmill makes you a softie, quite the opposite especially mentally, its tough, I have missed something somewhere? are you the Algarve for warm weather training ? who with ? I did that about 5 years ago with 209 events fantastic fun and lots of interesting talks and varied training we finished the week with a 21 miler
NN that's who I'm going with, went to NY and Berlin with them. Sounds like a busy week they have planned! Doubles every day which should be easy enough with nothing else to do!
Got 6 miles done today progressive, snow shower just when I was out, typical!
Good luck hope that does the trick for you.
Well done & great photo.
Well done on everyone's training.
Had a strange run, I have a hilly 15 miler around the country lanes which I do occasionally if its light enough when I get up which at the moment it it as the days are getting longer...the last time I did this route it took 2.22 which was average time on those hills today it took 2.16 so route PB by 6 mins at same hr although my legs felt like lead my hr was only 73% for the run..it was very windy too, it felt tough on the legs but easy on the hr and the pace was good but it felt like 11 min miles
MG1 does she have to do day shifts aswell as nights ?
NP its about time you had an easy week..well done on the 15
Fiona you will have great time I loved it and would love to go again sometime
Nice relaxing recovery (pool) swim tonight. Have large purple bruise stretching down back of left thigh! This is the bit that was painful after the race. Soreness is settling now the bruise is showing. No idea when/how it occurred, but presume I tore a muscle in the cold.
Maybe run with JS group tomorrow.
NN- Your legs are bound to be feeling heavy at this stage- good running
Mave- well done on the 14
OH- I had something similar after Sniowdon- slight tear to the hamstring, but nothing to worry about or slow me down
NP- Cut back sounds sensible- well done on the MLR
Fiona- well done on the 6- hope the weather improves for you!
MG1- Like you say, not a bad thing- the rest will do you good
5m recovery run for me this morning and 15m in a steady 1.47 this evening (7.09 av) splits: 7:28 7:28 7:18 7:28 7:30 7:25 7:27 7:31 7:14 7:08 6:45 6:47 6:42 6:39 6:22 8 Recovery day tomorrow