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19 mins dead at Kirkcaldy parkrun this morning. Good to see Socks there to scan my barcode at the end, although it took me a while to realise it was him after my sprint for the line.

Couple of hard runs done through the week in the warm weather and 12 miles planned in for tomorrow.

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On 04/07/2016 at 10:55, Yngwie said:

Yesterday I was running on the outskirts of Perth when I came under attack from a pair of buzzards! I didn't know they were there and the first swoop came from behind, passing just above my head - what a fright! There was nowhere to take shelter so I just kept running. There were about 5 more swoops at me (all from the same one I think, the other was just circling) until I found a branch at the roadside which I waved above my head while I ran, which prevented it from coming as close as before.

 

Obviously there must have been a nest with chicks nearby. Luckily for me there was no actual contact from the talons, as I've since seen pics online of joggers covered in blood, these things can cause nasty lacerations.

 

A bit more interesting than the more customary being chased by a dog!

Never been attacked by buzzards but i have reguarly been attacked by herring gulls around July, August time,worst one was when about ten of them started swooping down on me had to run for some trees to give me cover:lol:,i'm sure i could hear them laughing...they also like to shite on you when swooping..

Kinda lost my running mojo lately but went out this morning and did 5 and a half miles in 40 minutes so was ok with that considering,need to get back out regularly though.

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Hit the target of 200km for the month on Strava over the weekend.Most I've ever ran in a month, became a bit of a chore in the end but felt good to get the  Target.

Need some new running shoes now,last ones have a few miles on the clock and I'm getting a few blisters and so on.sweatshop have a few good offers on ,saw a pair of mizuno that look good .

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I done my first park run on Saturday at Portobello. 24:54 so it's a time to improve on. I've recently done a couple of 10k's and finished both in just over 53 mins. I'm off on holiday for 2 weeks, but I'm training at the moment for the Great Scottish Run in October. I'm up to 6.5 miles in my training for that at the moment. Will me taking 2 weeks off affect my training for the run? Also should I just gradually build up the mileage again towards the race day? I've heard good things about the run too, so looking forward to it.

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Been away basically all of July so done no exercise of any note so got myself out for a run today. Managed 6.5k in 30 minutes. Happy enough with that given the heat and my recent inactivity.

Trying to get myself fit this month for an alps trek next month so will try and get put a few times a week at least

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On ‎22‎/‎07‎/‎2016 at 14:23, morrison said:

 

 


I'd recommend more long runs in the 18 - 21 range (5 per training plan, say) provided you're coming off a decent base to start. Something like a 20 easy - 16 - 20 (5-8 at tempo) - 16 etc...

And chuck in tempo runs of 6-10 miles midweek at near HM pace.

All about time on feet so you build up the stamina, with the tempo sessions to help maintain speed. parkrun's also good for outright speedwork or have one interval session of km/mile reps during the week.

That's my tuppence-worth, anyway!

 

Cheers min, only going to manage four LSR's due to a week on holiday, probably going to work out at 17 - 20 - 18 - 22. Also managing an injury just now so sticking to 3 sets of dreadmills a week but getting into bother anywhere north of 10k. Toying with the idea of joining Metro at the end of the month too...

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On 8/1/2016 at 13:51, Rossi1990 said:

I done my first park run on Saturday at Portobello. 24:54 so it's a time to improve on. I've recently done a couple of 10k's and finished both in just over 53 mins. I'm off on holiday for 2 weeks, but I'm training at the moment for the Great Scottish Run in October. I'm up to 6.5 miles in my training for that at the moment. Will me taking 2 weeks off affect my training for the run? Also should I just gradually build up the mileage again towards the race day? I've heard good things about the run too, so looking forward to it.

I'm not really the best person to dish out running advice, but 6.5 miles at the moment should put you in good stead for 13 miles in 2 month's time (the first time I did a half I never ran farther than 6.5 miles previously, although as I said, I'm not exactly somebody you should be copying). 2 weeks off should be fine as well (in my book). The GSR is a good laugh though - love running over the Kingston Bridge and the thousands of people who cheer you on. Does get a bit crowded in parts but it is a nice day out. 

Only 2 weeks to go till my Icelandic marathon and I'm woefully under prepared. Set out for an 18 miler last weekend - got stung by a wasp almost from the off, and chucked it after mile 3 with some of the worst chafing I've ever experienced (despite me putting tons of that Glide stuff on). Going to try it again next weekend with my new skin-tight undershorts. Armed with them, various plasters, water, energy gels, headphones, phone, GPS watch, and emergency £10 "just in case". I thought running was supposed to be a simple sport?!

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Was hoping to be back running at Linwood park run this weekend but the pain in my backside has flared up again. It's been a problem for more than three weeks, although I thought it had gone. It's nowhere near as bad as it was but it's still not right.

It's either my glut or my hamstring and a few folk have said I should see a physio. Anyone know if that will sort me out?

Half tempted to run this weekend anyway on the basis that I might as well wreck it properly and get my money's worth!

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Physio might not necessarily sort you out but it should narrow down what the problem is, allowing you to take steps to fix it. As long as you're not sure what the issue is then you're gonna struggle to heal fully. See the physio and try get an answer - they'll give you the best advice on recovery

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12 hours ago, Stu said:

Was hoping to be back running at Linwood park run this weekend but the pain in my backside has flared up again. It's been a problem for more than three weeks, although I thought it had gone. It's nowhere near as bad as it was but it's still not right.

It's either my glut or my hamstring and a few folk have said I should see a physio. Anyone know if that will sort me out?

Half tempted to run this weekend anyway on the basis that I might as well wreck it properly and get my money's worth!

I had a similar problem a few years back - it was my piriformis - fairly common runner injury

 

The piriformis muscle:

  • Starts at the lower spine and connects to the upper surface of each femur (thighbone)
  • Functions to assist in rotating the hip and turning the leg and foot outward
  • Runs diagonally, with the sciatic nerve running vertically directly beneath it (although in some people the nerve can run through the muscle).

 

I rested - the pain went away - trained then pain (and limping) came back immediately.  I saw the physio and he gave me a deep tissue massage and a couple of stretches.  I was ok to train on it and with the stretching I was right as rain after a couple of weeks.  I still include these stretches as part of my warm down.

Paul-r-cfc is on the money it wont go away after a visit to the physio but they should be able to give you the advice to get it sorted - if at all possible try to get a specialist sports physio.

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Cheers for the advice. There's a couple of places in Dumfries that deal with sports injury so will see who folk recommend.

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Cheers min, only going to manage four LSR's due to a week on holiday, probably going to work out at 17 - 20 - 18 - 22. Also managing an injury just now so sticking to 3 sets of dreadmills a week but getting into bother anywhere north of 10k. Toying with the idea of joining Metro at the end of the month too...



I know a few of the folk from Metro, they're a good bunch. Go for it, I say.

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Well, I managed to do my planned 30km along the canal. It went okay, apart from sparking my energy gel thing at 10km, spilling it all over myself and being chased by wasps. I also didn’t have any water for the run. It started raining heavily, and I was so thirsty that I took to running with my tongue out to catch some raindrops, which must have made me look a bit special to the people I passed.  

A question though. I’d never run further than 21km, but I managed the 30km – although I was seriously struggling the last 2km with tired legs. Given that I’ve only got 12 days till the main event, do you think I should try another long run (perhaps going 35km this time) – next weekend, or should I take things relatively easy?

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Definitely don't do another long one next week - it won't do you any good that close to the race and will just tire your muscles, especially so when they're not really used to running for that long. I'd suggest something like 8-10 miles at an easy pace next weekend with 2-3 shorter efforts this midweek.

If you've only managed that one long run then the marathon might be a struggle, so take it a bit slower than feels natural at the start. Might not be pretty, but you'll make it - good luck with the race.

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Decided in my infinite wisdom to try running club tonight on the basis I could chuck it if I felt bad after the warm-up. The pain in my arse felt at it's worst after the warm-up - seemed to get better as the run went on. The morning will probably give a better idea of how sore it is but I don't think I'm back to square one.

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Training for Dublin still going well for me. Weekend running consisted of Edinburgh parkrun on Saturday, running hard to go through in 19:24 and then out for 16 miles on Sunday, my longest ever run! Really hard on the way back straight into the wind which took a bit out of me so lost a little bit of pace at the end but still felt ok.  

Track intervals and an 18 mile run planned for this week...

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Been a while since my last update. My last post was after Falkirk parkrun on 09/07!

The following Saturday (16/07) I went to Drumchapel parkrun for the first time. This one is horrendous - very hilly, tight and twisty. It is quite dangerous at some points as well - the downhills are extremely sharp and have tight turns and if you get it wrong and fall then a bad injury is a certainty. I got around in 19'37", which is better than most as it was 2 mins outside pb and the average is closer to 2'30". That should give you an idea as to how tough it is.

The Saturday after (23/07) I went to Tollcross parkrun and won in a time of 18'39". 24 secs outside course pb, but it was pretty much a solo run and conditions were pretty hot and humid.

Then it was 3k on the Green on Friday 29/07. Had a good race in pretty hot conditions and finished 1 sec outside pb in 10'02". Thought I was going to go sub 10 mins, but my legs tied up in the last 200m.

The next day I went to Pollok Parkrun and finished in 5th place in 18'07". A good run on heavy legs.

Finally, I went to Linwood parkrun for the first time on Saturday. Loved the course and the atmosphere here and, as my local parkrun, I will be a semi regular here.

The course is super fast and flat, with just a few twisty sections that slow you down a bit. I ran a great race and finished in second place in a new 5k pb of 17'36" (2 secs inside my old one at Greenock in early June). Delighted with that, especially as it was pretty hot and my first run on the course. Quite confident that this is the place that I will go sub 17'30" at in the not too distant future.

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Just now, paul-r-cfc said:

What's Tollcross like compared to the other Glasgow runs? Only one I've never tried

Tollcross is a good course, I've ran it a few times. Quite hilly though, I found it tougher than both Pollok and Springburn (I haven't been to Victoria Park yet). You start at the bottom of a fairly steep hill at Tollcross and there are a couple of other hills in the route. It's quieter than Pollok and Victoria, with usually 80-100 people going. Lovely crowd though, I really enjoy going. You should definitely try it :)

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