Monday, 26 April 2010

I spoke too soon

Last Wed is was enjoying the Harriers run and actually thinking to myself "I 'm really finding running easy at the moment" when I felt a pull in my left calf. I was able to jog back OK and hoped it would be OK after a short break. Unfortunately when I went out on Sat it was far from alright. So its back to cycling and hoping its not too long a layoff.
I was really looking forward to the Kinross 10K as well.
On a more positive note I marshalled at Rowardennan for the H Fling on saturday and really enjoyed it. It was great to see so many people I knew and wish them well.
Liz and Elizabeth did leg2 which finishes at Rowrdennan and it was great to see them come in so well.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Bridge of Allan 10k and a tour de strathearn

Yesterday I did a new race in Bridge of Allan. It was billed as the toughest 10K in the UK.
It was run in a fine drizzle which was ideal. Four of us from the harriers went over so it was good to have a team spirit.
It was a pretty tough event with over a 1000 feet of climbing on rural roads. Thankfully I was feeling good and after a slow start I passed a few runners and by the time we left the Uni campus and started climbing I was in 5th place which is where I stayed.
The long hill I remembered from a cycle. It is a v steep and long hill. After this hill there is a steep descent then a not so bad hill. After about 4.5 miles a long descent starts. It was great belting downwards. At the foot of the hill was a marshal who said that it was all downhill. Almost immediately after that we started going up again!. Anyway I finished in 41.18 although the course was abit short.
They do need to sort the distance out but apart from that it was a great event and I won a nice running top for being 1st MV!
Today I had the day off and had planned for some time to do a TDS.
Conditions were good but cool. Again I felt good from the start. Apart from a couple of walks on the steepest hills I ran strongly the whole way round and finished in 3.02hrs.
I clocked it as 20.5m which is .5m longer tham Ian had it when we along with Phil famously went round in 2.51hrs. So perhaps we took a slightly shorter route that day.
I am delighted to be running well again. Long may it last.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

A good weekend

7 miles on Friday
Yesterday Liz and I did a walk north of Comrie with some friends. I had seen the maam road before and its road renovation. However I was quite unprepared for how far along the ridge to Crappich hill they have gone. It doesnt go all the way to Crappich hill but avafir way and it will make a big difference to leg2 on our hill race
Today I did possibly my favourite run around Glen Artney which was 10m.It was a stunning run and I really enjoyed it. There have been alot of changes at Aberuchill estate as well with renovations of the cottages and general upgrading.
33m for the week

Friday, 9 April 2010

Fri 9th. Looking ahead

Had a really nice run on Wednesday with 5 other Harriers. We did a tempo run or the 10K which worked well even in the mud.
Today I did a run to Braco and back which is 7m. To be honest it wasnt a great run but no injuries and a lovely morning so Im not complaining.
Time to declare some goals.
A week on Sunday there is a new 10K from Bridge of Allan which I would like to do. Its a hilly one so time doesnt matter
29th April is the Kinross 10k
9th May is the Glenlednock race
15th may is the Loch Leven 1/2M
19th may is the Kinnoull Hill race
If I can all the above I will be a happy man.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Tue 6th

Yesterday I did a run from PRI down to the N Inch and did a a couple of circuits before returning.
Felt OK and managed a decent 2nd lap in just over 10min.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Take it easy

Yesterday I did a 9 miler with Phil. I only intended to do 5m or so and we fairly pushed the pace. I really enjoyed the run but am aware I need to reign myself in at this stage so I will have a cycle today and assess tomorrow

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Something positive at last

Yesterday I did 7 miles at 7.14 pace which I was quite pleased with
Today we had an orienteering event organised by Phil for the harriers. I didnt have massive expectations for this but in the end had a fantastic time. I ended up running 7miles but it was great fun with different people whizzing around in different directions. It was all followed by a picnic in the park. The weather was also kind.
This is definitely something I would like to do more of.
Finally I have just heard that 3 Harriers completed the Deesde 33, 2 in their 1st ultra. Well done to all 3. Sounds like a good event. Next year perhaps.