06 Dec

Back On It

After training hard over the summer months I decided to take a break from blogging and running in an effort to get my motivation back. I have had a good year by my standards and I am now making plans for next year. I am thinking about taking on the 1500 miles in a year challenge. This should keep in the races with a view to doing at the very least a race a month.

We will see. Back to the plodding.

29 Oct

SockMine

I got these socks from The Sockmine Company. I have had a pair before and they were outstanding. On this occasion they didn’t have any shorter ankle socks so I got a pair of the longer ones. Previously I trained and ran the Glencoe Marathon In them and I suppose the test is did I get any blisters? of course i got a couple of small bubbles on the inside of one toe but none on the heal and the base of the foot. These are by far the most comfortable running socks I have ever used. I get into a mild panic if I can’t find my SockMine socks before a long run which is often because my kids seem to find it funny to mismatch my socks. Or the tumble dryer develops an appetite for high quality and devours them.

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12 Oct

Flint 10km 2014

A week after running the marathon it was time to get back out. I went for a 6 mile training run on Friday and my legs were in bits. I've got a lot of pain on the top of my right big toe. I think it's just a swollen tendon. I took a couple of anti inflammatory tablets before both runs and these helped out a lot. I ran this race with my wife Eva. She was kind enough to stay at my plodding pace. The route is basically 3 miles up then 3. Miles down. Really enjoyed it despite fatigued legs. Was a beatifull day to run.

 

 

08 Oct

Glencoe Marathon 2014

Just got back from a weekend in Scotland after finishing The Glencoe Marathon on Sunday. This was my second marathon my first being The Snowdon Marathon.

The whole race was off road uphill, downhill through a marsh, streams and rocky ground. It had everything. I did it with a good friend of mine who roped me into entering it a few months ago. I know the area from previous adventures, camping and kayaking etc.

The first 6 miles takes you up the beautiful Glencoe pass which is flanked either side by magnificent mountains. Then you go up “The Devils Staircase” which is not famous for it’s flat profile. A long drop down to a small village called Kinlochleven which is the 13 mile point and also the starting place for the half marathon runners. It’s also the place we stayed in over the weekend. Then it’s up again and I would say this is where it started to get really tough for me. At the 19 mile point I was in bits but thankfully there was a fuel station at the 20 mile point where I gorged on Bananas and Cheese (yep a cheeseboard). We then carried on through undulating rocky paths and into a wooded area which mercifully descended to the finish line. A great experience one which I will do again.

We finished and enjoyed a free hog roast roll.