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Islay marathon week.

One week to go till Islay and the excitement builds.  I am really looking forward to the race and am making sure that I am prepared for it.  I   Idecided to try a weekly diary of this trip rather than the normal road trip blog and see how I get on with it.

Monday:  A nice long lie with no running at all.  I did do some cycling but only around the North of Kirkcaldy delivering flyers.  I went to yoga in the evening and had an early bed.

Tuesday:  Early rise and a fartlek session on the beach.  It was a great morning.  After the run I headed to Pete West for a massage.  This man has a knack of finding knots!! I spent most of the afternoon painting my summerhouse and starting to get things together for the weekend.  I headed out for a tri club meeting then to Carols where I spent the night.

Wednesday:  Another long lie. Spent the day with Carol we had a test drive of a Fiesta, visited Toni and went for a look at the tapestry in the museum.  I then headed to the track where I met GTC or 1 of them and we did a cooper test.  I was pleased with the result as I was 370 m up on my last test!

Thursday: Packing stretches and Jog Scotland.  Hardly slept a wink.

Pre Skye week!

Another wee break planned at end of week with Carol this time.  We have rented a cabin in Portree on the Isle of Skye a place we both love.  As is my habit I have been laying an assortment of clothes out all week-biking, running, walking and “day” clothes.

There is still five days of this week to get through however and I have been pretty busy getting the house back in order after my Marmotte break.  My thoughts have also turned to my summerhouse now almost a year old it needs some TLC to help it through the winter.  A closing DIY store has a big sale on so I took myself off up to ir and purhased decking paint and blue and cream wood paint for the shed.  I am going to attempt to paint this on my own!

Training for the week has gone pretty good although not up to the levels I would have liked with a marathon only three weeks away!  I have totalled 25 miles running and 45 biking.  When on Skye I need to get a few runs in over the hour mark.

With the car packed I left the house on Thursday and headed for Carols.

Week comm 29th July 2015-Marmotte week.

Normality is many things an anchor, a distraction sometimes an impossibility this week it has been a mix of all 3 for me.

My routine for the start of the week hardly changed and normality was indeed an anchor Monday night a run with GTC including some Plyo, Tuesday a run with a new client and Wednesday another run with GTC this time in the Lomond Hills.  So much for an easy week!

Tuesday and Wednesday I spent with Carol.  We had food then went to the cinema Tuesday night.  On Wednesday we spent more time at Carols mothers house tidying up and packing the remains of the household.  Carol has organised 3 pickups and by next week it will all be over!  I had an early rise Thursday so Carol headed home after first purchasing some cat toys for her new arrival, which hasn’t arrived yet but I have already been banned from playing with!  I had an early night but a very disturbed sleep due to thunderstorms!

Fringe programme, Sony action cam,

When we visited the EIFF we managed to pick up the 440 page Edinburgh Fringe programme.  Unusually it had lain unlooked at until I picked it up this week and started preparing the Fringe spreadsheet!  In previous years I would trawl through it picking out interesting looking shows which were on the 2 for 1 days, normally the first 2 days, however this year we are on holiday in the Lakes on the 2 for 1 days so we decided to try and have a free Fringe! There are over 400 free shows to choose from but using the main website I was able to download a file of the free shows for the days we were available and started to trawl through them.

Before I went to China and Vietnam I purchased a Sony action cam if you have been on my FB or YouTube pages you will have seen some of the videos that I uploaded with it.  The videos were of good quality and I am really happy with the camera.  The camera can also take stills as you can see:


Training wise this has been a strange week.Knowing that the Marmotte is a week away I am keen to get out on the bike but aware that there is a thin line between trained and tired.  With nothing in my experience to compare the Marmotte with the proof is going to be in the pudding.  As well as training of course I need to ensure that my bike and kit is ready for the event.  I spent 3 hours cleaning the bike, fitting new tyres and packing it away for Thursdays trip.

Training wise I did very little this week with only 64 miles and 3780 ft of climbing on the bike and 12.5 miles with 660 ft running.

The week ended with a couple of days helping Carol pack up her mothers house.  Hardly anything left now and once a couple of pick ups have been made it all be over bar the shouting.  On saturday evening we went out for a meal and a few drinks with friends, quite surprising as Carol was running the Race for Life 5k the next day!  She did well finishing in 31 :30ish although she thought the course was short.

A long run on the Fife Coastal Path

A point to point long run is so much better than running in loops and it was with that in mind that i decided to hop on a train on Saturday and go to North Queensferry and run home to Kirkcaldy approx 20 miles.

An early rise, breakfast of toast and jam a beetroot and a cup of tea and I was off for the 07:26 train.  Forecast was for high winds and rain so I packed an extra layer and a pair of waterproof trousers in my camelbak.  Also in my pack I had rice cakes spread with peanut butter my nutrition plan was to stop every 5 miles and have a rice cake and peanut butter sandwich fluid was water only.

Train arrd just before 9 and I set off down the hill heading for the water.  The FCP is in general well signed and you need to make a sharp left turn coming down the hill to get on it.  At NQ you are right underneath the iconic Forth rail bridge an amazing view if you have not been up close to it before.

Gloomy morning

The first  part of the trail is uphill on a bouldery  well defined and used path towards an old quarry and nature reserve.  On the cliff is a modern home totally out of place but designed to make use of the light and view.

It is not long and you are rounding the point and coming into Inverkeithing not a pretty sight at first but as you head into the village some old buildings come into view and it’s obvious that at some point in history Inverkeithing was more than an overspill from Edinburgh and a rail stop. The nutrition plan had failed me on this occasion and with just 2 miles in I popped into a shop and bought a mars bar which I nibbled on like a wee field mouse for about the next 10 miles!  Necessity? Crutch? Placebo?  Leaving Inverkeithing you come to a long flat straight and with the wind at my back this was prob the fastest stretch of the whole day such a shame it was so short!

The commuter village of Dalgety bay then comes into view with St Davids Harbour, Downing Point and Donibristle bay all forming this part of the coast.  At this point I stopped for my first rice cake.  Five miles in and the forecasted wind and rain was begining to make an appearance.  I could see across the bay to Braefoot Point and ships at the marine terminal getting loaded with thier cargo.  I set off again, the path hugging the coastline past “the” beach where all the problems with radioactive waste have surfaced, excuse the pun!  Up a slight rise to St Bridgets Church.

You then head along a wide tarmaced path which takes you towards Braefoot Bay terminal and Aberdour.  You run through some of the village and then back down towards the shore following the signs takes you to a narrow steep staircase not recc with bikes which brings you out at a plateau above Hawkcraig Point  you then descend  and follow the path leading to Silversands.  Leaving Aberdour the rain came on heavier than previously and I sought shelter at 10 miles for another rice cake and the last of the mars bar.  Under the railway  and towards Burntisland past a lovely wee waterfall  and onward into the second “industrial” village  on the route.Heavily industrialised at one time, the dock area is still very much an eyesore  but the path along past the leisure centre and beach is pleasent.  At the end of this there is an option to take a low tide route this cuts out a boring road section luckily the tide was out and I managed to get along the sand from Burntisland to Kighorn beach.  At the beach the small cafe was open and I purchased a cup of tea to have with my third and final rice cake sandwich.  Fifteen miles in and although slightly cold my legs were fine and it was brightening up!

Time for the final push from Kinghorn to Kirkcaldy.  This is a section I have ran on many times and although scenic it does tend to be muddy and is quite undulating, but feeling good and with a spring in my step the milees were eaten up and I was soon  approaching  Kirkcaldy prom and home.  

Distance-20 miles Av pace-9:39 Climb-1557ft Time-3:13


Hello 2015!

The pipes are quite, the bells have stopped ringing and the fireworks have stopped firing.  Welcome to 2015 everyone I hope it is everything you want it to be.

2014 was seen out by the chimnea with Carol and a nip of Scotlands finest.

The last time I have done any training at all was a 4 mile run on Boxing day and I am still feeling the efects of “manflu” with a race sch for the 3rd and a bike outing for the 4th now looking doubtful to say I am fed up is an understatement.

Training week 22nd Dec to 28th Dec

Terr week ending up with me doing nothing after boxing day.

Run 11.61 miles 1:50:13

Bike 15.77 miles 1:36:26