Munro bagging from the front door

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In Strathblane on a clear day you can just see Ben Lomond poking out in the distance. It looks quite far away but an idea had been brewing for a few weeks. Why not run all the way to Ben Lomond before running up and down it? Much nicer than faffing about with a car or bus to get there. After knocking about a few dates myself and Joe thought it might make a good last(ish) big run before the

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100 not out

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As an addendum to yesterdays pre run breakfast digesting post- I managed a 55km bimble taking in in a meandering route to Conic hill via a detour up Dumgoyne. A bit windy, squally and underfueled but an enjoyable 5 hours. Strava Link 171.6km for the week which is my biggest mileage week since march last year. A couple more of these hopefully then it is taper time.

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Fling Training: into the business end

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Time for a quick blog as I wait for my breakfast to digest before my last run of the week. Into the last 4 weeks of training for the fling before we hit taper time. The plan is to up the weekly mileage to about 100 over these last weeks and concentrate on some good long runs while cutting back a bit on the speedier stuff (ha ha as if there has been a huge amount of speedwork). This week

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Beer & Mountains

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Sometimes the stars align and you have a day doing not one but two of your favourite things. Yesterday was one of those days. We currently have My brother in law to be Joe Symonds and his wife and daughter staying with us while they are having an extension built on their house. Needless to say its a bit cramped, so a day out in some wide open spaces was much needed.  A plan was concocted to head up to

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Fling Training Week 5: Jan 11th-17th Inc Feel the Burns

Weekly training summary 132.1km/2835m ascent/12hrs2mins Mon 11th AM 4km PM 8km easy commute Tue 12th AM 4km easy commute PM 23km including hilly fartlek Wed 13th AM 4km easy. PM 18km inc 3x10mins off 90 sec recovery (3.49/3.44/3.42/km) Thur 14th 5km easy commute Fri 15th 5km easy commute Sat 16th 41km: snowy dumgoyne loop Sun 17th Feel the Burns Hill race. 21km 900m ascent Solid weeks mileage, including my first visit to Selkirk for Feel the Burns Hill race. The race

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Fling Training week 3 (28th Dec-3rd Jan): Getting through christmas

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Christmas is a weird time for training, despite having more spare time somehow with all the eating, drinking and hanging out with family (1st world problems) it is harder fitting everything in. But  I have made it through and my manky exploding toe isn’t causing any more problems. Mon am: 4km test run to try out toe- felt ok Mon pm: 18km easy Tue am 10km hilly run inc 3x3min hills (intended to be 5 but headtorch battery started to

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Highland Fling Training week 1

Being a bit of a running nerd I’m quite a fan of Steve Way’s blog when he details his training in meticulous detail. I am always too lazy to do such a thing. But seeing as I am in week 1 of a training plan for the Highland Fling I might give it whizz untill it inevitably fizzles out in a few weeks time. So weekly summary Mon am: 6km easy. Mon pm 16km easy Tue am 5km easy. Tue

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Beinn Dubh

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With 7 days to go to the next race todays session was a wee bit lighter than recent weeks. I headed to Bein Dubh for todays hill reps.  Bein Dubh is a great wee hill with a nice gradient that is just about runnable all the way, but only just. So you spend the whole time flicking between running and fast hiking as it is hard to tell which is quickest. The descent is great fun, if you are in

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