Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, sorry for the lack of posts: I’ve had a short break, with visitors and other things going on. Also, we’ve had a break from classes so I haven’t had too much to report on. 

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been running sporadically and walking a lot, recovering from my adventures during the summer. Last Saturday was the Tarbert TT10K, and we took part in The Dooker’s Doubler by running both the 5k and 10k. It was warm and humid which was very unusual. As ever, it was a brilliant event, but since then I’ve been a little floored by a cold which has- unusually- wiped me out a bit. I’m on the mend now, though. This year’s TT10K shirt is my favourite ever- black and yellow with long sleeves, I’m looking forward to trying it out in the autumn and winter:  Tonight, it felt fab to be back at WAR, it was tough as we’ve had a few weeks off, but it felt so good to get working out again. It’s the only class I’ll make this week, but I’m planning on a few runs to keep my training for the Great Scottish Run on track. 

Here’s some positivity for you tonight:  Time for me to get consistent again. Have a good week 🙂

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Commonwealth Games Marathon

Commonwealth Games Marathon

Many of you will remember my post last year, when I excitedly announced that I had secured tickets for judo and for athletics, including the 10k, at the Commonwealth Games being hosted in Glasgow this summer.

I’m really looking forward to it!

Yesterday, the marathon route was announced, and I’m so excited by it! There are some great vantage points along the route, and it covers loads of roads I’ve run along before!

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It begins in Glasgow Green, which is where I ran the MoRun back in November, and is also the finish for the Great Scottish Run too.

It then heads out along the River Clyde to the SECC and The Hydro, and over the Squinty Bridge which is also part of the GSR route.

Next, the route goes through Bellahouston and Pollok Parks, which is part of the route for the Glasgow Women’s 10k which I didn’t run in 2013, but I have run it 4 times before, and it’s over 10 years since my first one!

The route then follows the old GSR route back through Glasgow’s south side, and back into Glasgow Green. It’s a great route!
I now have a few months to work out where I’ll spectate from 😀

Meanwhile, the first week of half marathon training has gone well. I got in a slow 4 miler today, the first of my ‘long’ runs, I know they’re just going to build from there. Mileage for this week: 13 miles. Bring on week two!

In wedding news, it’s my hen weekend next weekend, and I can’t wait! 🙂 It’s now less than 9 weeks until the big day!

Do you have a long run (or a not-so-long run, like me) planned this weekend?

Race Report: Great Scottish Run

Race Report: Great Scottish Run

Date: 6th October 2013

Profile: Flat

Terrain: Road

Weather: Cloudy, cool, dry

Website: http://www.greatscottishrun.com/

Positives: well organised, goody bags, well supported

Negatives: narrow route in places; poor water station placing

After the excitement of the Family Mile, we had spent the evening before the race at my sister’s house, celebrating two of my nephew’s birthdays, Ryan and Aidan, who’s birthdays were on Monday and Wednesday. We had a great family party; but @TheWelshWookie and I were very good and only had a couple of beers to celebrate 😉 We carb loaded with fish n’ chips and birthday cake!

I had my gear all prepared and ready:

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We drove to Glasgow Green, and parked the car near to the finish line, for a quick get away later and walked along with lots of other runners to the start line in George Square.

Well, when I say George Square, we didn’t get near the square itself today, as the green muster area was just along Cochrane Street, back towards Merchant City. We had a long wait of about 20 minutes for the portaloos, but fortunately we had left plenty of time for this. We then headed into the corral, and it wasn’t too long until we heard the elite runners start, and we could see the big hill facing us to start the race, heading up St. Vincent Street. Here’s my view from the start:

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Very quickly, we were moved to the start line, and we were off!

We headed up the dreaded hill, and this year there seemed to be far fewer walkers here than there were last year; or maybe we were just more prepared for it? Who knows, but it was much better. The hill finishes just at the 1K mark, and by then @TheWelshWookie and I had settled into a comfortable pace.

We ran along, past the slip road we used to use, to head over the Kingston Bridge. This year, we ran along the Clydeside Expressway instead, past a few highlights of the Glasgow Skyline: the SECC, the Armadillo, the Hydro (which is a brand new venue, opened earlier this week).

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As we came off the expressway, we ran around the amazing Transport Museum, which is a fantastic building.

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But, here’s my biggest criticism: the running width narrowed substantially here, at around the 3K mark, and it stayed quite narrow for the out-and-back to the ‘Squinty Bridge’ at 6K. This definitely affected my time, and that of many other runners, who had to dodge and weave, and run on the soft verge to get past.

Fortunately, a lot of runners followed race etiquette, and walked to the right, but not all did this.

As @TheWelshWookie and I carry water, we didn’t need to pause at the water stop which was at the 5.5K mark; it was a crazy place for a water station, as it was far too narrow, the rod as still open to traffic along our left hand side, and runners were tossing bottles right into the way of traffic! That’ll need to be thought out again!

We then ran over the Squinty Bridge, and I was feeling great!

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We headed past Pacific Quay, and could see the Glasgow Science Centre, before we turned around, headed back over the bridge and ran along the Broomielaw alongside the River Clyde, towards Glasgow Green.

At around the 8K mark, @TheWelshWookie was slowing, but only ever so slightly. We had a half kilometre of a slightly slower pace, and with one mile to go, he told me to run on. I set off, still feeling really good, buoyed by the fantastic support along this stretch.

The final kilometre took me though Glasgow Green, to the finish point: again, the road narrowed, which I remembered from last year; but it was difficult to weave in and out; so my finish wasn’t as strong as I would have liked. But, all in all, I was pretty happy with my whole run!

Here’s the map of the race:

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As I crossed the finish line (and remembered to stop my SportWatch this time), there were a lot of runners  taking sick bags, and using them. A LOT. Yuk. I kept walking, and had to de-tag my trainer myself, with no scissors. I’ve bruised my leg, accidentally punching it as I pulled it off. Oh, well.

Shortly after, I saw that @TheWelshWookie had finished, so we queued to collect our goodie bags, which contained our medals and finisher T shirts. Here’s the contents:

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And we posed for a couple of photos:

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There was then another bottle neck, trying to get out of the finisher’s area, which was crazy. Then, we weren’t able to get out because so many spectators were standing about waiting to met finishers: hello, people- that’s what the meeting area is for?? Hmmm.

Other than that, it was a great, well organised event, which we thoroughly enjoyed!

My Stats:

Time: 57:45 19 seconds short of my PB, but given the issues, that’s OK. I finished 3331st out of over 8000; 484th in my age group, and the 960th female to finish. @TheWelshWookie PB’d with 58:32

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The Medal: pretty simple; the same medal was given out for a events this weekend.

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Goody Bag: draw string bag, discount leaflet, chocolate bar, power gel, gel shots, Eat Natural bar

T-shirt: A grey marl T shirt, with ‘Finisher 2013’ on it. I already had the technical shirt.

Now, do I register for my third GSR 10K in a row, or for the half next year?

Race Report: Great Scottish Run Family Mile

Race Report: Great Scottish Run Family Mile

I’ll premise this report by saying that I didn’t run this one!

But, @TheWelshWookie ran it, along with two of my brothers, and four of my nephews. From what I saw, they had a blast!

All of the junior events were run on the Saturday, before the main half marathon and 10K which were on the Sunday.

We made our way to George Square with three very excited nephews, and arranged to meet my brother and nephew there. When we arrived, the whole area was filled with excited kids, and fortunately the weather was kind to them!

My nephews were instantly drawn to the sprint track, where the kids were able to queue up, and race against each other. They loved it!

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Here’s Kieran and Aidan, running in the middle two lanes:

And here’s Ryan, winning his race!

We then had time for a quick photo, before the boys headed off to the start line, and us girls headed off to find coffee, and a good point to see them run past.

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My sis-in-law then met us, and my brother and nephew joined up with the others at the start line. We heard the race begin, and I did my best to be a good supporter: clapping, cheering, shouting ‘you can do it’, ‘you’re almost there’, ‘you’re almost at the finish line’, and I got some really puzzled looks from the kids running past!

First to fly past us was Ryan:

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He was the followed by Liam and my brother Ants:

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Next, we saw Kieran and my brother Joe (He’s Ryan’s dad, but Kieran was obviously running more at his pace;) ):

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And then we saw Aidan, and TheWelshWookie. Aidan was pretty overawed by the whole event: the minimum age was 3, and Aidan only turned three on Wednesday!

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We met up with the successful runners after they had collected their race packs and medals. They had Belvita biscuits, an organic strawberry leather and a bottle of water in their bags, along with their medal- which is the same one given across all races this weekend.

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We then spent some more time at the sprint track.

Liam and Kieran are running in this one:

And Ryan here:

They had a few more goes; including Ryan racing one of the staff!

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We then headed for some well-deserved ice creams!

The organisation for the kids runs was great, and they all certainly had a ball!

100th Post; 10K Success!

100th Post; 10K Success!

I’m using my 100th Post to let you know that the Great Scottish Run 10K for 2013 has been conquered!

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It has been a fantastic weekend of running- it’s described at ‘Scotland’s Biggest Weekend of Running’ and it was certainly that!

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I’ll follow up with a couple of race reviews later this week, because celebrating is coming first today!

We’re watching the BBC coverage of the event, which is great 🙂

@TheWelshWookie has achieved a fantastic PB of 58:32, which is brilliant. I ran it in 57:45, 19 seconds short of my PB, but I’m pleased with this, considering the volume of runners.

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Well done to everyone who has run in the various events across the weekend; and elsewhere: it’s been a busy weekend of running all across the UK and worldwide! 😉

GSR Family Milers

GSR Family Milers

The boys did it!

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Funny Friday

Funny Friday

Just in case anyone I actually know reads this blog:

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Just so you know what I want! 😉

And here’s what’s likely to happen at Sunday’s Great Scottish Run:

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Happy Friday, all, have a great weekend!

Rural Living: Landslips

Rural Living: Landslips

As you’ll have seen from yesterday’s post, we had some heavy rain yesterday. I know because I ran in it 😉

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And so, as a result of all this rain, we have had a landslip. Actually, we’ve had three landslips today: two on the A83 at Glen Kinglas and Glen Croe at the Rest and Be Thankful, and a third at Tighnabruaich. The A83 is the main road into (and out of) Argyll, and this is the eighth landslip closure in six years, since we moved to Argyll.

Here’s the clear-up job today:

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And just to give you some perspective, here’s a wee map.The dark blue line is the affected part of the road:

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The road has just been re-opened for now, but as the forecast is for more rain, I’m obviously a bit concerned about getting to Glasgow tomorrow night for the Great Scottish Run weekend. 😦

The alternative route is a sixty mile detour, also marked on the map, and it adds about an hour and a half onto the two hour journey.

It’s just one of the joys of living in a rural area, on the west coast of Scotland!

Here’s the BBC coverage if you’re interested.

I have just one thing that I puzzle over. This is the warning sign at The Rest:

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When the lights flash, we’re advised to proceed with caution. Does that mean I should drive slowly, and keep an eye on the hillside; or drive fast to minimise the chances of being swept away? 😮

Wish me luck in getting through to Glasgow tomorrow!

Running in the Rain

Running in the Rain

When I was in Dunoon today, I watched the storm clouds brewing:

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And my first thought was, urgh!

You’d think I’d be used to it. I live on the West Coast of Scotland. Rain is something you’d expect me to be used to running in. But I’m not!

In the past, I’ve always been a ‘fair weather’ runner; I’ve skipped any runs that would involve running in the rain.

Yes, I know, I know.

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But over the past 18 months, I’ve run in all weathers, and I really do love it, but I still find that I need to drag myself out there when it rains. When I’m actually running, I enjoy it- running in the rain is great! It’s refreshing, it keeps you cool, the roads are generally quieter, I get to splash in puddles…… but why do I still find it hard to get myself out the door?

Tonight, the rain was torrential, and the wind was quite strong. I didn’t really want to run. But I did. And I LOVED it! We were pretty speedy (well, for us, that is). We only did a two miler, since we’re, ahem, lazy ‘tapering’ for Sunday’s 10K, but I’m really pleased with the run 🙂

And, I found another heart!

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Here’s a heart I found a couple of weeks ago, that I forgot to share….

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Run: 2 miles

Time: 18:44

Trainers: LunarFly GTX

Weather: very wet, rainy and windy

I listened to a Jillian Michael’s podcast again today, instead of music 🙂

Today’s Life Lesson: am I the only person who leaves their reusable bags in the car EVERY time I go to the supermarket?

How do you feel about running in the rain?

Newsday Tuesday

Newsday Tuesday

Today, I have a news round up for you, from the last 24 hours.

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The main news headline is: I GOT COMMONWEALTH GAMES TICKETS! Hurrah!

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@TheWelshWookie and I submitted requests for six events, and were allocated tickets for our two top events! 😀

We’re going to see the judo all day on Saturday, 26th July 2014: it’s the heavier weight categories, men and women’s and features all qualifying, right up to the repechage, but not the medal matches.

And, on Friday, 1st August 2014 we’re going to see Mo Farah run the 10,000 metres! I’m so happy! 🙂

We’ll also see triple jump, javelin, steeplechase, 4×100 heats, 4×400 heats for men and women, pole vault, women’s 800m, 100 hurdles, high jump and discus.

It’s so exciting!

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In other news, our Super Saturday race packs arrived today, for the Great Scottish Run! We’ve already received our packs for Sunday’s 10K:

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But the packs for the Family Mile, which my four oldest nephews are running along with the ‘big’ boys (i.e. their dads, and @TheWelshWookie) arrived today. They each get a proper race bib, and a tshirt, so it’s a great introduction to running for kids! I’m looking forward to taking lot of pictures!

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And finally, did you notice my new address, tartanjogger.com? I’ve had the domain name for while, but since I’m not very tech-savvy, it’s taken me a while to get it set up! If you’re having problems viewing my blog, please let me know!

That’s tonight’s news headlines; now for the weather.

It’s cold and windy, so I haven’t run. I’ll definitely need to head out tomorrow! 😉