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.
It really has been a while since my last blog, and it's been a mixture of not really having much to say and just being disenchanted by the whole expressing myself malarkey. I just felt here that I had to put this one down in writing to remember how I felt as it ends well … Continue reading Winter – from parkrunning to the Scottish indoor 3000m and an unexpected result.
So the racing year for me is over. I’d like to tell you it finished in a blaze of glory, smashing the field as I sprinted to glory in that most prestigious of races, one in the echelons of Athletic prowess, the Lanarkshire X Country Championships. Now I could but it would be a total … Continue reading Running out – LAAA XC and the year that was
Disclaimer before the usual twitter polis/keyboard hard men start with their holier than thou crap. I know my times aren’t particularly impressive and I don’t claim to be a good runner but this is my blog about me and what I am trying to do for myself. I don’t think I am great, or my … Continue reading Pearl / First World Problems – that parkrun where your body and mind start talking again.
It’s great coming back to that point where I can genuinely say I am really enjoying running again. I’m not at my best but with every week I am getting fitter, training better and I am getting myself back in the mix again with no fear, expectations or reservations. That feels brilliant. It was great … Continue reading Ottolenghi – Three little ducks, Strathaven 10k and Scottish XC in a Whippet style
Another new one for me and 13.1 miles of up and down hills on the trails. This one is talked about in hushed tones with a new extra hilly route this year apparently. Distance-wise having only managed one slow 11 mile run since my return to training I was looking forward to this and dreading … Continue reading Lost and Found – The ATR (Antonine Trail Races) Half Marathon