Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

I started last week with a day off, and I was looking forward to having a trail run in daylight. And it was worth waiting for! Here’s how my week turned out:

Monday-

I had a lovely 7 mile run, making it to the end of a trail I’d been planning to explore for some time. I didn’t have it all my own way, mind you, as it started to pour at about 2 miles in. It was lovely to enjoy the daylight!

Distance: 7 miles

Time: 1h 25m 32s

Pace: 12.13/m

Elevation: 974ft

Tuesday-

I wanted to give my legs a bit of a break, so went for an evening walk instead of a run. It was raining, but that’s what waterproofs are for!

Distance: 3m

Time: 1h 2m 40s

Elevation: 121ft

Wednesday-

Another dark evening and it was another wet and windy run! But I was fair cheered by all of the Christmas lights that are springing up around the village. I love that people are brightening the darkness with early Christmas cheer 🎄

Distance: 3.12m

Time: 33m 10s

Pace: 10.36/m

Elevation: 203ft

Friday-

I was working from home, and I literally had a half hour gap open in my diary so I took advantage and headed out for a 30 minute run. And….. it stayed dry! Woo hoo! As it was daylight I headed out to the West Loch and back, for a change of scenery.

Distance: 2.93m

Time: 30m 11s

Pace: 19.18/m

Elevation: 102ft

Sunday-

Some runs take little or no motivation, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday. After putting up our decorations on Saturday, I was having a lovely leisurely Sunday morning all cosy at home with the Christmas tree twinkling and fresh coffee brewing. It was a bit of a wrench to get myself out the door! The plan was a 5k at Corranbuie but it was really busy so we headed south and did a 5k at Cour windfarm instead.

As is often the case, it was a lovely run- don’t you often find that the ones you struggle to start end up beating the ones you’re glad you did? It was very misty and atmospheric, but that feeling of having the trail all to yourself is so incredible.

Distance: 3.29m

Time: 36m 8s

Pace: 11/m

Elevation: 259ft

I’m 3.3k short of 100k running in November so I may decide to add in a short extra run tomorrow night before I start my Great Solo Run December Accumulator on Tuesday. We’ll see!

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

After finishing on a high last week with a dreich-but-wonderful 10k, this week has been a little different: lower mileage to accommodate an incredibly busy week. I did what I could, and I’m sure my back and my knee are grateful for lower mileage!

Monday-

I didn’t want to push too hard after Sundays run, and so we headed out for a daytime walk at Kintarbert Forest. We managed to dodge most of the showers, which was nothing short of miraculous! It did feel good to get out in the fresh air, with no concern for time or distance.

Distance: 2.88 miles

Time: 57m 20s

Elevation: 407 ft

Tuesday –

After a hugely busy day at work that was full of unexpected events I was in need of some headspace. It was another very wet evening, and I was pushed for time but I was grateful to be able to get my trainers on and run around the harbour.

Distance: 3.12m

Time: 33m 14s

Pace: 10.50/m

Elevation: 51 ft

Wednesday –

It was another very busy day, and I knew I wouldn’t manage to run on Thursday or Friday due to work, so I squeezed in a short evening run. Not much to say: dark, wet, short but very much needed!

Distance: 3.03m

Time: 33m 27s

Pace: 11.02/m

Elevation: 51ft

Sunday –

I think it’s fair to say that on Sunday morning I was desperate to get out for a run after a few days of having no time for it. I kept it short, and I think I’ll be grateful for that over the next few weeks, I know how much our bodies need to cut back every so often. We headed out to the timber route above Torinturk and I ran a lovely but slow 5k in sunshine. It was gorgeous! It was a run that was good for the soul.

Distance: 3.32m

Time: 39m 30s

Pace: 11.51/m

Elevation: 440 ft

I finished the week with 12/13 of my Great Run Solo – November Accumulator runs done, so only one to go! Roll on next week to get that completed!

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

If we were in any doubt about what season we are in, this week was a stark reminder that we’re definitely easing our way through autumn, with some pretty relentless wet and windy weather at times. Perfect running weather, of course! I had lots on this week between work, Fèis, prepping for AGMs and so exercise took a little bit of a back seat. I did manage some runs, of course.

Here’s how my week worked out.

Monday-

It was very dark by the time I finished work, but I was determined to start the week well with a run. I also had new reflective Sweaty Betty leggings to try out! My head torch had another outing and I ran 4 miles around the harbour. It was incredibly mild, and it was great to see other runners out too, despite the showery weather. My verdict on the leggings? Incredibly reflective, great pocket, not quite as comfortable as my Lululemon leggings but a close second.

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 44m 34s

Pace: 11.09/m

Elevation: a whole 30ft!🤣

Wednesday-

Well, on Wednesday evening it wasn’t just damp, it was pouring down, and the thought of heading out wasn’t filling me with joy. But, as is often the case when I got out there I loved it. I really do love running in the rain! The photo is of Tarbert Castle- the picture doesn’t do how it appeared any justice, it was only half lit, creating an eery shadow across its harbour front.

Dinstance: 3.14m

Time: 33m 58s

Pace: 10.49/m

Elevation: 39ft

Friday-

I had a day off and a trip to the hairdressers planned, so I wanted to get a run in first. I’d been looking forward to a daytime run all week, but when I got out there I just wasn’t feeling it. As soon as I started running I was kicking myself for not heading to a trail, and I think that was the start and end of enjoying it! Ah well, you’ve got to have tough runs to appreciate the fun ones.

I also received my Great Run Solo Halloween medal, which was pretty cool!

Distance: 3.18m

Time: 34m 04s

Pace: 10.42/m

Elevation: 30ft

Sunday-

And just like that, back to loving it! On Sunday morning I headed out for a socially distanced trail run, which I was looking forward to. The plan was to get in 10k to cover both run 9/13 of my November Accelerator and my virtual 10k MoRun. During the week I had received my 10k medal, so thought I’d best get my run in to earn it!

We started out with dry, mild sunny conditions and after about 1.5 miles they quickly deteriorated when the heavens opened and we were absolutely soaked within minutes! All I could think about was my poor new hair colour! 🤣

But, it was a lovely run, it made a lovely change to chat and run, and the miles ticked by. Medal earned, even if it was a slower, chattier way of earning it, I loved it!

Distance: 6.22 miles

Time: 1h 25m 7s

Pace: 13.41/m

Elevation: 935ft

Another pretty solid week of running, here’s hoping the momentum remains!

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

Last week was a week of short but steady running. I still need to improve my strength and conditioning, but with planning and prepping for our Fèis an Tairbeirt online weekend, prep for a number of AGMs and some long work days I’ve just struggled to fit it in. I’ve been lucky to just manage the short runs!

My Great Run Solo November Halloween Accumulator is well underway, and after a week I have 5 of my 13 runs now complete.

Tuesday-

I had a rest day on Monday, as I had a lot of prep to do for Fèis but on Tuesday I pulled my trainers on and headed out in the rain for a 5k around the harbour.

Distance: 3.16m

Time: 34m 42s

Pace: 10.58/m

Elevation: 78ft

Wednesday-

Two runs in two days, I was trying to make as much of any time slots I had, and so I squeezed in a lunchtime run. It was another wet day but I managed to get most of it done in sunshine. My original plan was to get a slightly longer run at Corranbuie but there was no room to park, so I headed to Kintarbert Forest instead, but the extra drive meant I had less time so 5k was about all I had time for. I was graced with a lovely rainbow, though!

Distance: 3.1m

Time: 38m 31s

Pace: 12.25/m

Elevation: 429ft

Friday-

I had an online meeting on Thursday, so no time for a walk or a run but on Friday evening I was out again in the dark for another run around the harbour. It was a good progression run, improving my pace with every mile. I’m loving my new head torch- it’s really effective!

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 42m 48s

Pace: 10.41/m

Elevation: 58ft

Saturday-

My original plan was to get a 10k in, but I had too much to do in other areas and so again I found that I only had a short window of time available for a run. But I had a new toy to test out- a new Garmin watch! Yes, I’ve gone over to the dark side and opted for a Garmin Venu. I’m still getting used to it, and the Garmin Pay isn’t compatible with my bank 🤦‍♀️ but it is pretty! I decided to set up a training plan and that was a bit of a mistake. With Nike watches in the past and with my Apple Watch I could run beyond the training run but I couldn’t with the Garmin, so it cut out after the initial 9 minute training run! So my run was split in two, with a little time and distance lost in the middle.

Another niggle about the Garmin is having to wait for GPS which brought back memories of having your arm in the air before being able to set off- something you never have to do with an Apple Watch 😏

Part one- all uphill:

Distance: 0.64m

Time: 9m

Pace: 13.58/m

Elevation: 243ft

Part two- with a bit missing:

Distance: 2.58m

Time: 29m 27s

Pace: 11.24/m

Elevation: 528ft

All in all, not a bad week of running!

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

After last week’s decent mileage, I’m afraid that this week’s mileage has dropped pretty drastically. Being back at work and with too many daytime commitments has meant that I’ve had to run in the evening, which means no solo trail runs at the moment. But here’s how my week shaped up:

Monday

After a long day at work, I was itching to get out for a run, but with the clocks changing it was dark very early. I had my new head torch to try out, so I tentatively tried to get one last evening trail under my belt before winter. Alas, it just felt too remote and risky, in case anything happened (I am a clumsy runner). My torch really did help, but not enough to make me feel entirely comfortable on my own. The darkness has also put paid to most of my scenic snaps for now!

Distance: 1.5 miles

Time 17m

Elevation: 250ft

Tuesday

Another long day and an evening meeting meant I only had a short window to squeeze in a run. I’ll need to do more Village runs now it’s dark, and that means I’ll need to be careful as my back/knee definitely fares better on trails. It also means I won’t get the same elevation so I’ll have to add in some hill training.

With work happening around the harbour I was grateful for my head torch!

Distance: 2.56m

Time: 29m 51s

Pace: 11.39/m

Elevation: 78ft

Thursday

It was a really wet day, but that didn’t stop me from getting out for my run. I quite like running in the rain- it’s the combination of rain and wind that I find unappealing!

Distance: 3.23m

Time: 36m 3s

Pace: 11.09/m

Elevation: 78ft

Friday

After two road runs my back wasn’t feeling great so rather than run, we went for a walk. Better than sitting indoors, and we had a fabulous moon!

Distance: 2.93m

Time: 58m 43s

Elevation: 78ft

Sunday

I had planned to run on Saturday but Storm Aidan put paid to that! I use the time instead to do lots of prep for our forthcoming Fèis an Tairbeirt online weekend, and I also read this in two short sittings- it is well worth a read!

But on Sunday I was back out on the trails- in daylight, woo hoo! With the aftermath of Storm Aidan and the forecast for more high winds due at any time I changed my plan from a 10k, down to a 5k. My back was still niggly so I thought that was a more sensible plan.

In the end, though, I did 4 miles, and loved it!

Distance: 4.21m

Time: 43m 36s

Pace: 10.20/m

Elevation: 470ft

Hopefully I’ll get a few more miles under my belt this week. I finished off the Hallowe’en Accumulator on Wednesday, and kick started the November accumulator today, so I’m hoping to get that well underway in the coming week.

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

What a week! The weather has been dreadful but that hasn’t stopped me from getting out in the fresh Argyll air. Ok, so being off work all week has really helped as I’ve been able to make the most of daylight, and I’ve really enjoyed it. Here’s how my week went.

Monday

After being away for the weekend and clocking up over 1,000 miles in the car, it felt great to get back out on a trail again. I stuck to the timber route at Torinturk and kept my first run back short as I had new trail shoes to try out. I have a pair of Asics, which I’ve never worn before but it turns out they are super comfortable and I think I might grow to love them!

Distance: 3.25 miles

Time: 36m 13s

Pace: 11.09/m

Elevation: 469 feet

Tuesday

We went for a wander, and we didn’t quite manage to duck all of the showers! We stuck to the village, heading out over the high road, along to Garvel and over towards shell beach.

Distance: 4.3 miles

Wednesday

I wanted to spend the midweek point of our time off doing a long run, and so I headed to the timber route once again as I wanted to get beyond the 4 mile mark where I turned around a few weeks ago. Although it was dry when I set out, the rain soon started meaning I was absolutely soaked very quickly! No matter, I don’t mind running in the rain, and as it was unseasonably mild I didn’t bother fighting with a rain jacket. My new trail shoes were great, and I found myself running a lovely and comfortable half marathon- my first for quite some time! It was lovely to finish my run with a view of a rainbow!

Distance: 13.35 miles

Time: 2h 24m 14s

Pace: 12.09/m

Elevation: 1,415 feet

Thursday

After Wednesday’s escapade, we went for a trail walk on Thursday morning, heading up into the Kintarbert Forest, taking the climbing road rather than the loop. I had an afternoon meeting so although we were enjoying our ramble we had to turn back all too soon!

Distance: 3.6 miles

Friday

I pulled on my trail trainers once again and headed off to run the circular route by the Giants Grave. I took a short detour into the trees to reconnect to nature, but didn’t venture up to the Dun- it was pretty slippery underfoot so I’ll save than until the spring I think! The route was boggy, muddy but lots and lots of fun!

Distance: 3.5 miles

Time: 43m 14s

Pace: 11.2/m

Elevation: 418 feet

Sunday

I was tempted to take another test day but instead I though I’d get another short run in to round off my holiday. I headed to the West Loch, building in the hill at Carrick cemetery and finishing at the harbour itself. Boy, was it windy out there!

It was also my last run in my Lunarglide 8s, which have now done about 350 miles so it’s time to retire them. New trainers next week then, but these have been favourites for some time.

Distance: 4.1 miles

Time: 43m 59s

Pace: 10.43/m

Elevation: 218 feet

So that’s me now ticked off 13/15 runs for my Great Run Solo Hallowe’en Accumulator. Woo hoo! All in all, I clocked in 25.5 running miles this week, and almost 35 miles in total, with some pretty decent elevation too, at 2.315 ft. Not too bad! If only every week could be like this- but it will be back to lower mileage now that the clocks have changed and the evening will be darker after work. Winter running is now the focus!

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

Last week, I ‘front loaded’ my workouts so I could get some exercise in before we headed away for a few days at the end of last week. It was great to get away for a few days for the first time since before last Christmas, but running was still on my mind!

But here’s what I made time for before we headed off:

Monday –

After Sunday’s long run, I wanted to give my legs a break and so we went for an evening walk instead. We went to Kintyre Forest, as I wanted to get some hills in and I also wanted to test out my old head torch. Turns out that it’s nowhere near up to the job- it’s fine to ‘be seen’ on a road run, but is nowhere near powerful enough to run trails with when it’s dark. We started our walk just as the sun was setting and finished in darkness, fortunately we had other torches with us too! We also caught a couple of heavy downpours, but those were fine!

Distance: 2.95 miles

Time: 1h 3m

Elevation: 331ft

Tuesday-

I was back running again, for run 8/15 of my Great Run Solo Hallowe’en Accumulator. I changed things up a little, deciding at the last minute to stick to the village, and so I thought I’d do a couple of laps of Tarbert Castle loop, as well as running up Big Brae on my way. And that Brae is always a tough one!

Distance: 5k

Time: 41m 45s

Pace: 13.25/m

Elevation: 413 ft

Wednesday-

Wednesday was the first day of our leave, and I wanted to celebrate with a short birthday run. My legs were feeling a little tight, probably a combination of Sunday’s run and the hills the previous evening so I thought I’d just enjoy a short road run instead of a longer trail run. I ran to the West Loch, but still included the hill up to Carrick cemetery just to get some elevation in. I fair enjoyed it, and counted it as run 9/15 of my Great Run Solo Hallowe’en Accumulator.

Distance: 3.2 miles

Time: 38m 9s

Pace: 11.54/m

Elevation: 217ft

While we were away I stocked up on a pair of new trail shoes ready of winter, and I also bought some new road trainers, as they were a bargain and I couldn’t resist! 🤣 I also stocked up on some other gear- leggings, a swiftly tech tee and a long sleeved top for winter running. Not a bad haul, though I’ve still to get a head torch. With the clocks changing next weekend I’ll need to get that ASAP if I still want to fit in some evening runs.

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

Well the Great Solo Run Hallowe’en Accumulator is well and truly underway, and over the last week I got some solid runs in, although some have been rather short. But they have indeed been sweet!

My running motivation remains high and I’m feeling that my trail running is continuing to improve, and I want to make sure that I continue that during the winter months. First up is a need to test out my head torch, so that’s on my list for the coming week. Here’s how last week worked out for me.

Monday-

A lunchtime trail run at Kilmory which I have missed! Of course I didn’t have any company from the usual crew, but I had a chance to get out and so I took it. I skipped the run around Kilmory Loch as I’m always a little worried about slipping on the rocks when I’m on my own, but I did tackle the hill which has not gotten any easier! It felt good to start the week with this run under my belt.

Distance: 2.7 miles

Time: 31m 13s

Pace: 11.32/m

Elevation: 395ft

Thursday-

After a couple of incredibly busy days that meant I wasn’t able to squeeze in any running I was looking forward to hitting the trails. I managed to get out slightly earlier than I thought I might and so was able to get in over 4 miles for the first time in a good few days. Loved it!

Distance: 4.2 miles, though Strava thought it was 4.64 miles

Time: 45m 8s

Pace: 9.43/m according to Strava. Doubt it!

Elevation: 497ft

Friday –

I had just enough time at lunchtime to squeeze in a short 30 minute run, and somehow I managed to dodger the torrential downpours! Result!

I did get a little wet at the end of my run, but it wasn’t too bad at all. First run around the harbour for a couple of weeks!

Distance: 2.9 miles

Time: 29m 46s

Pace: 10.15/m

Elevation: 66ft

I also managed a live fitness class with Jacqui on Friday evening which was a real bonus!

Sunday-

First long run for some time. I had some company for a chance which is now very rare so we had a lovely socially distanced run, starting in Clachan we made our way into the Kintyre Way, which after the autumnal rain was really, really boggy and muddy, with some sections almost like swimming pools! 🤣I think we’ll need to stick to forestry tracks for the remainder of autumn and winter now. The views, however, made it all worthwhile, and it was really fun to splash and slide about in the mud- there wasn’t too much running at this section! We then ran past Loch Ciaran, and rather than joining the Cour windfarm road right away we added in a loop which gave us some spectacular views over to Jura.

It was a stunning autumn day, and just perfect for an early morning trail run. Days like these really remind me how lucky we are to have all of these trails and forestry roads so, so handy.

Distance: 9.75 miles

Time: 2h 3m 41s

Pace: 12.41/m

Elevation: 1,078ft

Let’s see what this week brings!

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

In my post last week, I alluded to the fact that everyone sees themselves as the main protagonist in life. Look, I’m blogging, so doesn’t that demonstrate that principle? Assuming what I have to say is important, has value and is of interest, aren’t I?

Anyway, I digress. We do position ourselves as central to our stories, and if we are able to be empathetic we can better understand how other people see themselves. I think that when people lose hope, or lose confidence they still retain an element of this but it is diminished. And it’s our job to help them recover that.

Everyone is ‘selling’ something, promoting something or trying to get others to better understand their point of view, and earlier this year I read Don Miller’s essential read How to Build a Storybrand. This book should be on your to-read list if you haven’t gotten to it already. As a writer, Don understands the power of storytelling and this book reframes how we can use that storytelling to improve our engagement with customers and with others more widely, all people we engage with. He uses some great examples to demonstrate where this does, and doesn’t, work well.

There are clear steps to achieving this but the one step that has stuck with me above the others is that customers don’t care about your story or your brand’s story. They care about their own, and want to know how your products can help them achieve their own story arc.

I’m simplifying the message, but this small snippet has stuck with me, and over the past few months I’ve been seeing this everywhere, and watching how people and businesses position their own story in comparison to how they centre their customer’s story.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Spoiler alert: Don tells you early in the book that he will spoil movies for you as he talks you through how the basic narrative construction works. It hasn’t ruined anything for me, but I have found myself putting his framework to the test when watching films! Try it!

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

Last week was quite a change from the week before, when I enjoyed a few longer runs. Being back at work meant that I didn’t have the luxury of running when I most wanted to, and my runs were all a good deal shorter than the previous week. But I did have a lovely, enjoyable week of runs.

I also signed up for the Great Run Solo- Hallowe’en Accumulator, which calls for participants to do 15 runs of any distance throughout the month of October. So far, so good!

Monday-

It was a public holiday here, and so I had another sneaky day off before going back to work. I started the week with a lovely, sunny trail run out above Torinturk on the timber route. The colours are definitely changing, as early autumn makes itself seen!

Distance: 4.09 miles

Time: 47m 59s

Pace: 11.43/m

Elevation: 364ft

Tuesday-

Back to work, and I was home later than planned, so I was a little worried that it would be too dark to run on a trail by myself. Instead, The Welsh Wookie and I went for a walk, exploring the trail on the other side of the road from Monday’s run at Achaglagach. It was dark by the time we got back to the car, so I made the right call.

Distance: 2.56 miles

Time: 50m 54s

Elevation: 258ft

Thursday- GRS Hallowe’en Accumulator 1/15

I started my accumulator challenge with an evening 5k. Again, I got home later than planned, so didn’t want to push the distance too far. I’ll be fine running in the dark, but I need to check my head torch and leg torch to check they are working ok. It was a lovely evening to start a new challenge!

Distance 3.3 miles (Strava said 3.94 but that’s not accurate!)

Time: 34m 4s

Pace: 10.12/m

Elevation: 468ft

Friday- GRS Hallow’en Accumulator 2/15

I managed to head out for a lunchtime run, for the first time in weeks! It was just what I needed and I really need to find time to build in more lunchtime runs, making the most of daylight. As I was working from home I opted for a short road run to the West Loch, but I added in Carrick Hill.

Distance: 3.22 miles

Time: 33m 3s

Pace: 10.15/m

Elevation: 509ft

Sunday- GRS Hallowe’en Accumulator 3/15

My original plan was to get in a longer run, somewhere between 6-8 miles but when I got up my back and knee were a little niggly. I don’t want to take any risks now that I’m committed to the accumulator runs so instead I decided to head to Cour wind farm and have a little fun with a 5k. It was really wet and rainy, so I deliberately ignored any focus on pace and just enjoyed my run.

Distance: 3.32 miles

Time: 39m 21s

Pace: 11.51/m

Elevation: 488ft

Not quite the strong finish to the week I had planned, but it’s been a solid couple of weeks so I’m pretty happy with that. I think I’ll be taking it easy again this week, seeing how the back and knee hold up. Have a great week!