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Quebec training week 7.

Another hot week though not as relentless as the last few.  I am really loving this weather.  Early runs are the key then a nice relaxing time for the rest of the day!!

Another good week of running and cross training done.  Weight continues to drop off just 1 or 2 pounds a week but this happening without any real effort on my part and it is staying off!

Running :26 miles with almost 1800 feet of climb.

Biking : 84 miles with 3900 feet of climbing.

A good week, Intervals were 800’s again 5 of them this time, really liking this aspect of my running.  Intervals were never a favourite of mine but it looks like this might change.  Long run this week 15 miles although I had planned to leave early I did not get out quite as early as planned!20180701_124833

One of my bike rides was piloting for Talking Tandems a charity I am involved with and was a very enjoyable day even with mechanical problems on the tandem!

I also attended two yoga and one core class.

Quebec training week 6

The heat continues in Bella Scotia.  If anyone is any doubt that #scotlandisnow they just need to be here.  The beaches are amazing, the wildlife is out and the mood is one of intense optimism.  Just like my training at the moment.

There are comments appearing on FB running pages about the heat and how it is hampering training I have news for you there is always a way.  I hate running in the heat but you do everything possible to make it comfortable and safe.

Run when its cooler this may not always be at the beginning or end of the day there might be a cool patch at some other time.  Stay hydrated.  Carry water with you, 0r cash to buy some.  Run in loops sp you can rehydrate when required.

Embrace the heat!!!

Anyway how did this weeks training go?  Really good as it happens.  More running miles than planned more cross training than planned and more weight lost!

Total miles run was 23.6 miles with 1100 feet of climbing.  My intervals have increased from 400’s to 800’s and the long run is 12.5 miles.

Biking 120 miles with 6000 ft of climb.

1 core class and 3 yoga classes.

Quebec training week 5

It has been unusually hot in Scotland this past week and I do not do well in the heat.  However a good week of training was done and a fair bit of relaxing in the sun!

Run: 19 miles with 1125 feet of climbing this included a park run of 23:07 1:14 quicker than 1 month ago.  I was well pleased with that time.  It is the second best run at my home park run.

Bike: 60 miles with 3500 feet of climbing.

I did 2 yoga classes and 1 pilates class.  Core and resistance have been missing from my training for a short while due to shoulder pain but I have a had a steroid injection and am going to try a core class and some light resistance work next week.


Quebec training week 4.

A full this week with a lot of calendar items whoever said you have plenty time when you retire need to withdraw that statement.

A good week where the mileage target was met again and all the run objectives were met.

Run 4 runs totalling 26 miles with 1700 feet of climbing.  I have introduced 400’s into my training and can feel myself getting faster after only 4 weeks.


Bike.  Two rides one with Talking Tandems totalling 46 miles and 2000ft of climbing.

I also did 1 pilates and 1 yoga class with 1 core gym class.


Jog Scotland, Toni still ill, A Client, The Vigo Thieves and Happy halloween.

The details for my jog leaders course with ScotishAthletics has finally arrived and as normal when dealing with a governing body a screed of other paperwork.  Course is on November the 8th at Heriot Watt uni in Edinburgh.  It looks quite good and comprehensive.  I have already tweeted and FB’d about a new group starting in Kirkcaldy.  There are two already but both in the evening I plan to have two sessions one in the late morning and one early afternoon.

Carols mother has been ill on and off for a few years now suffering from a sort of mini stroke or seizure this last one has been really bad and recovery, usually within days is taking much longer.  Carols brother has come up from Cambridge to help with her care but a long term solution may be required.

Thursday I spoke with another potential client seeking fitness advice.  The meeting was pretty positive and I think I may have my first regular client.  Heres hoping.  He is going for a gait assessment and we are meeting again next week so he can see a plan I have drawn up and go for a run.

Thursday evening with Carols brother “babysitting” we were able to go and see the Vigo Thieves and the Courteeners at the Alhambra in Dunfermline.  Good gig marred by drunks during the Courteeners!

After biking on Friday I headed over to Carols to help her out while she visited her mother and brother.  She came back and went out for a run a wee bit role reversal! After the run we settled down for the night with Big Bang and WallE and headed for bed hoping that Carol could get a good nights sleep!

Saturday was an open day at my local bike shop loads of good offers and half price bikes for sale.  Unfortunately I had to visit it twice.  The first time I took my big sis and her grandson along so he coud pick a BMX bike for his Xmas it took him all of Oh a nanosecond to choose one.  In the afternoon Carol and I went along to have a go on a tandem.  Not great at first but after we sorted balance, communications and gears out everything went along swimmingly!