Return to running

Following my recent groin strain – stop sniggering at the back – that’s me back running again.

Slow and steady – but I never did run any other way !



So – back to Strathclyde parkrun this Saturday and more importantly – the MND Scotland fun run also in Strathclyde park on Saturday 16th May.

It’s a cause close to my heart and I will be fundraising for MND Scotland in memory of my brother Derek and my daughter Emma.

You can donate here :

Need A New Running Watch?

I’m looking to liberate two of my Garmin running watches.

A GPS enabled Forerunner 205 and a non-GPS (foot-pod based) Forerunner 50.

I’m doing a mini-auction with the proceeds going to charity – MND Scotland.

See here for the 205 and here for the 50.

Did you see parkrun on the TV at the weekend ?

You can see the video here :

Day Two Of Acclimatisation

Just like the true athlete that I am what else would I do the day before the loch ness marathon but run another parkrun?
The walk to the event gave me a good opportunity to walk the last mile of the marathon, I doubt it will be that quiet tomorrow!
Here’s to a nice gentle run today, ticking off another Scottish parkrun.

Remember – you can show your appreciation here : or by texting ross70 £10 to 70070.

Running Again

I found a much shadier and scenic route for today’s run :


But I quickly realised why the local runners all stick to the main roads.


My slowest 5k in a long time. Mind you, according to my Fitbit I climbed the equivalent of 34 floors yesterday!

Well that was a first in a long time:

I went for a run

Yes it was only 5k
Yes it was slow
Yes it was uninterrupted
Yes my head was held high
Yes I smiled all the way


Wondering why I couldn’t download my run from my watch.
It was not plugged in!

What I’m Reading – The Martian

It’s been a while since I found a true “can’t put down” book.

I have found one The Martian by Andy Weir:

The story of an astronaut left on Mars.

Dublin Marathon 2012

2012-10-29 08.46.45 Well – that’s my final marathon of the year done and what a way to end it. Fantastic location, fantastic people/support, fantastic weather (cold and dry) and a personal best by over 14 minutes!

You can review my marathon stats here.
The stats make interesting reading (if your into stats or are a runner).
It shows how my pace per mile has changed since my first marathon and also how Chester compared with Dublin (4 weeks apart). It also finally drummed it into me that starting slow DOES enable you to hold a more consistent pace for longer.

Continue reading Dublin Marathon 2012

Chester Marathon – My Race

2012-10-07 08.53.04-2

As you should know by know my plan for the year was to run four marathons, one in each of Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland for MND Scotland.

The start of October saw the English leg with the Chester marathon.

Continue reading Chester Marathon – My Race

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