A two song special this week, because I couldn't have a happy blog here with a Smiths song as the main one. Doesn't mean that you escape it because its the Round the Houses 10k race at Grangemouth, that sea of salubrious sunshine. "William, it was really nothing" by the Smiths eloquently begins "The rain … Continue reading Chemical Beats – the Grangemouth Round the Houses 10k 2019.
Disclaimer: This is a personal blog. As I have to keep stating I know my runs and times seem good to some, modest to others, poor to others, if I talk about a good time I am talking about in relation to me. I will make sure that I put (for me) as we go … Continue reading Harmony Hall – The Tom Scott 10 mile road race 2019
Confidence can take days, weeks, months even years to build up but it can disappear just like that. My confidence had been building up ever since my 3000m win at the Emirates and that combined with a lot of hard graft had seen me PB at 5k and demolish my 10k PB. But you read … Continue reading Makes no sense at all – Troon parkrun and Scottish Six Stage Road Relay 2019
Now I am no youngster, you all know that. I'm long in the tooth, bald on the head, been around the block, know that injury can come in many shapes and size, be it toothbrush shaped, poodle shaped or just general old-aged wear and tear. After two consecutive sub 18 5ks my next quest was … Continue reading No Distraction – The Jack Crawford Springburn Cup 10k 2019
Sometimes I shouldn't be allowed out the house. I am not the cleverest at times, but not malicious with it, I am just careless and daft. Last week for example I fell going round a corner in Wishaw in the mud, then a few days later sliced the top of my head with a road … Continue reading The boy in the bubble – Allan Scally Relays 2019
The usual disclaimer because unfortunately I have to, with keyboard warriors quick to jump in and tell you that you're rubbish. This is my own wee blog and I know my aims and achievements are modest and perhaps even count for nothing to anyone except me, but to this wee bald rapidly approaching 50 ex … Continue reading Get a knife between your teeth – Strathclyde parkrun no 440
Fife. You hear the stories. The horrors. Even people from Greenock show trepidation when the Kingdom is mentioned. You see the pictures on Running Friends Scotland with their luminous vests, stories of running around pan handles, mad names like Skwerls, these people who apparently wear shorts over their tights and wear headphones in races just … Continue reading A Forest – the Devilla Forest 15k Trail race 2019.
Now this race is legendary around these parts. Yes it’s a quirky distance but that’s part of the appeal, more than a 10k, less than 10 miles or a half, but the distance is relevant because for every full kilometre you run there is a hill. A 12 hill race. As Kev said “what goes … Continue reading The Whole of the Moon – Kirkintilloch 12.5k 2019
You know the saying. "It is a wee baldy middle aged man’s prerogative to change his mind." There may be paraphrasing involved but it’s my blog and my baw so deal with it 🙂 I wrote a blog last year about my feelings about club loyalty and not getting along much and feeling on the peripheries … Continue reading The Storm – SVHC Scottish Masters Relays 2019 and a wee surprise
Disclaimer: Yes. I know, parkrun isn't a race. There's hundreds of them every week and hundreds of people finish first every week. As usual this is all personally relative to me, and not how top runners would feel, but how a heading rapidly towards 50 baldy never-was feels. It's all about the perspective so … Continue reading Fight – so that’s what the No. 1 token looks like – Ayr parkrun 199.