whw 19.02.10

whw 19.02.10
A cold winters morning.

Friday, 29 April 2011


With just under 1 day to go to the biggest ultra race in britain this year, i really am getting excited at the prospect of the top ultra runners in britain passing me on loch lomond and running my 5th highland fling race.
The weather looks as though its going to 19 degrees tomorrow, so will be a long day on the whw route. Does the weather make any changes to my race, well i might change to 2 water bottles for the section between inversnaid to beinglass farm as this section in previous years can get very hot and nowhere to get a extra drink and catches people out at how long it takes to do this section. I may decide to dilute my carbo drinks as i expect i will be drinking more.
During the glasgow to edinburgh race i lost 8lbs after the race, with me drinking 5.5 litres of fluid during the race.
So plan tomorow is to weigh myself before i leave for the start, get plenty of sun screen/vasoline on and try to be well hydrated for the rest of the day. Bad news is my wife suzanne is going to a wedding reception tonight in motherwell which i cant make, due to getting up at 5am and suzanne will be lucky if she can make it home for 3am. So not long to go and wishing everyone a good holiday weekend again and happy running.

Thursday, 28 April 2011


Was at work today and stopped off on my way home to get some energy drinks from sweatshop at anniesland. Once again was given great service and managed to get the box of gels for £30. Today is a rest day so no plans except to try and get as good a sleep tonight as possible for the fling on saturday.
Must admit im getting excited and a bit nervous as my ankle got sore running home on tuesday after my track session, but i cant do anything about that except, use my portable ultra sound on ankle and do ankle rolls.
Rest Day.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011


Ran to coaching from work and arrived at 6.50. I left at 7.10pm, i had been told a few of the athletes werent coming tonight but was expecting 2 kids, suppose the lure of the champions league semi - final was too much. Ran home.
Total mileage. 6.64m and 2.2m. 8.8Miles.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Tonight was to be a light track session of 12 + 150m with the rest of the lap recovery. Felt ok during the session and it was great having lots of bodys on the track. My ankle started to get sore running home, never mind ! Iv only got 2 more runs to go before my race on saturday.
Total mileage 12 miles


Due to all my athletes for tonights session calling off, it was easy just to cancel the session and make today a rest day.

Sunday, 24 April 2011


After my duties of rolling eggs and easter egg hunt and having to watch the old firm game with my father inlaw it was my turn.
So i set out onto grt western road along  to the botanic grdns, kelvin walkway then garscube estate and dawsholme park then westerton forrest home.
Total mileage.8.27 miles in 1hr 8m 52sec.
Weekly Mileage.56miles.

To Taper Or Not !

I have my next ultra on saturday, the highland fling. This race is one of my favourite races of the year and it will be my 5th time running the event. Last years race was going well till i was running down the nice section at conic hill on the path and lost my consentration then went over my ankle at 19 miles. I managed to get to the finish but it was later that i discovered i had a grade 3 twisted ankle with torn ligaments.

So do you taper when iv only got 50 odd days to the westhighland way race, well after my glasgow to edinburgh race, i had not tapered and did find it harder than it should have been. But i recovered alot quicker than before in this race. Cause the race is 53 miles i only need to run 22 miles monday to thurday to give me 75 miles for the week. So im coaching on monday and wednesday so plan is 10 miles each day and a jog for jesus on thursday.

Plans for the race,
                            I am probably fitter than iv been anytime doing ultra races, so will i do as the g2e and go at a steady pace or easy at the start with the plan being not to slow down as much, well i think that it will be plan (a)
 Steady at the start and make the most of the 7am start and a flatish 12 miles to drymen.