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double digits!

At last, a milestone in my training program has passed, I can now claim to be able to run 10 miles without stopping!  Cracking day for a run on Sunday and I even had a running partner, the conversation was a bit sparse due to the distance involved but we started out in St Andrews, ran along past the Old Course and along the hilly road homewards.  The weather was pretty much perfect, overcast and not at all windy, well if you excuse my beer farts!

I’d spent the day before in the beautiful! town of Kirkcaldy, beers, a rubbish game of football and chicken pakoras at midnight maybe isn’t the best preparation before a big race but I soldiered on, like a true athlete would!

I started this blog entry on Sunday and have only got round to posting it, I apologise for its vagueness and what not, but I’m off out for another run soon so better get it posted!


an eventful run

So usually my runs are duller than chess, but today it was quite exciting really.  I almost got run over twice (by the same lorry), I passed 3 other runners (no they weren’t going the other way) and my watch reset itself halfway round the run (bloody annoying).

So there I was trudging along the quayside minding my own business when a lorry driver decided that a stop sign didn’t apply to him, if I didn’t sprint and get out the way quick snap I’d have been pretty flat by now.  Of course I voiced my displeasure at him, but he was foreign and didn’t seem to notice.  I continued my run and the lorry slowly drove past me, I got to another road crossing before him and started to cross over.  At this point he had stopped, clueless as to where to go so he decided to turn into the road I was crossing.  Another sprint and some gesticulation this time, bloody idiot!  I soon got into my rhythm again and was bombing along the beachfront and I passed not one, not two but three other runners.  It felt good, eat my dust slow coaches!  Then I decided to see how long I’d been running for, 0:00:00.  Brilliant.

The run felt good, my knee help up well and the pace was, I think, pretty fast.  The only downside (aside from almost dying) was the fact my head was a big sweaty mess.  I  need a woolly hat to stop the sweat getting in my eyes but its getting warmer now so I may need to invest in a *gulp* head band of sorts.  Watch this space.

Music wise, I got a hold of A-Trak’s “Running Man: Nike + Original Run”.  Its a 45 minute compilation of upbeat techno and hip-hop designed especially to help you keep your pace up.  It seemed to work, there are others available including one by De La Soul and another by LCD Soundsystem, I may need to get them too.  Watch this space too.


a run at last!

So the knee-knack has cleared up and there’s no snow in the glorious Kingdom so out I trotted this morning.  After my 2 long runs the last 2 Sundays today was just a short stroll, 6 miles.  It was a pleasant, sunny morning so I braved the elements in shorts and a tshirt and headed out.  A typically uneventful run was had, the highlight was em well there wasn’t really a highlight but it was good to stretch my legs, 48 minutes and 30 seconds to do the run so not too shabby at all.  A rest day tomorrow and then we’ll see how the snow is in Aberdeen in Tuesday.


snow joke – again

So there I was fast asleep on the train until we neared Aberdeen, on waking up I rubbed my eyes and looked outside.  I rubbed them again, surely this snow isn’t real.  Am I in Narnia, or Siberia?  Nope it was Aberdeen and the snow was there, bugger thought I.  My knee had survived a night at 5 aside football and I had my running gear and was eager to get out running.  Honestly, I was.  Knowing my luck I’d slip on the pavements and fall into the North Sea and be swept away and to an isolated island in the middle of the North Sea.  Maybe.  So I took the safe option of sitting in my (sometimes) warm office and eat my sandwiches instead.  It’s almost home time and the snow is still here, its dinged it doon now and then but hopefully this is just a passing snow shower and we wont be subjected to the type of snow we had earlier this year.  I might feel slightly guilty tonight when I gorge on crisps and drink some rum.  Might.



or Iliotibial band syndrome to give it its proper name is a right pain in the arse knee.  Don’t worry, I didn’t know what it was either until the last few weeks.  It is a very common injury in long distance runners (of which I am now one!) but its also an injury I’ve had for over 3 years now.  Of course, this is a self diagnosis so I may have it completely wrong.  Over to wikipedia for a description:

ITBS is one of the leading causes of lateral knee pain in runners. The iliotibial tract (iliotibial band) is a superficial thickening of tissue on the outside of the thigh, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting just below the knee. The band is crucial to stabilizing the knee during running, moving from behind the femur to the front while walking. The continual rubbing of the band over the lateral femoral epicondyle, combined with the repeated flexion and extension of the knee during running may cause the area to become inflamed.

Yeah makes a lot of sense eh?!  The key thing is rest, now this isn’t exactly great when I have a marathon schedule to follow but there’s no point running through the pain or I might miss out on the marathon.  I’m meant to be out for a 3 mile run today but I will instead do nothing.  I’m trying to keep the knee iced as often as possible, and have invested in some voltarol cream, which I have to say seems to ease the pain a fair bit.  Combined with some ibuprofen, the pain has virtually gone today.  There are various stretches I can do on a daily basis to strengthen things up, one legged squats are meant to be good I just have to make sure nobody is watching!

So, total rest until Thursday when I’ll head along to the 5 aside game, if all goes well it’ll be a 3 miler on Friday followed by an easy 6 miles on Sunday.  Wish me luck!


where’s the fastest place in Scotland?

Scone.  Badoom-tish!  This weekend saw us visiting my parents in Scone, so strange surroundings for my Sunday run.  9 miles today, unfortunately my dad’s rubbish computer meant I soon got bored mapping my run over on and estimated the distance.  I got it a bit wrong and ended up doing 9.4 miles, and I didn’t stop running once!  Finish the route in 1 hour and 28 minutes, still bang on time for a 4 1/2 marathon, it all seems to be falling into place.  The route itself was fairly decent, although the first 3 miles were all downhill which meant the last 3 miles were all uphill.  Good for stamina training if nothing else!  The middle 3 and a bit miles saw me do 3 laps round a park in Perth, nice little spot that ran alongside the River Tay.  Runners in cities really are miserable sods, not one of the other runners nodded good morning back to me.  Also, cyclists in Perth like to ride really slowly, I overtook two different groups of cyclists which was quite nice.  Note to self, slightly long toenails and long runs do not mix well!


kneeasy does it – again

So my kneeknack is back, played football last night and I was unable to run about the pitch like a headless chicken for the full hour so I’ve taken a rest day today.  Shins are a bit sore too, I guess running on pavements for the last four months is doing a bit of damage.  I stretch before going out running, so I’ll need to properly warm up before playing football as well.  I also forgot my knee support, possibly a coincidence but I’ll need to hunt it out for Sunday when I’ll dust myself down and head out for a 9 mile run.  As I missed the Monday morning weigh in, I thought I’d treat myself to a Friday morning one and whaddyaknow I’ve only gone and lost a pound, 13 stone 12 now.

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