Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2,000 miles

8 miles into today's run, just at the isolated house a few miles before Inversnaid, I reached my 2,000 mile target for the year. I was running with Brian, John, Stan, Sue and Mandy, on the WHW from Sallochy car park to the Inversnaid hotel and back. We covered 20 miles all in and had a great run, with a lot of good chat, finished off with a lovely bowl of soup in the Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha. It was a first class day out. I feel I've earned my glass or two of red wine tonight.

I was also on the WHW on Saturday, running from Milngavie to Drymen and back with a group of 20. John K has written a full report and produced a video for his blog http://west-highland-way-race07-training.blogspot.com/ , so I won't say much more other than it was another great day's running. On Sunday I travelled south to Strathaven for the Striders' 5k Christmas handicap race, following a very kind invite from El Presidente, Mrs Mack. The first mile was all uphill and I struggled badly, but I picked up a bit of pace after that and finished reasonably well. I was 3rd overall and had the 2nd fastest time of the day, despite going slightly off route on a couple of occasions. Unfortunately I was driving and had to miss the post race piss up in the Bucks Head - from the looks of the video clip on Dave's blog http://subversive-running.blogspot.com/ a great time seems to have been had by all who stayed on. I definitely missed out on quite a session - maybe next time, if I am invited back :)

In case I don't get the chance to post again before the 25th, a very Merry Christmas to all.


pacepusher said...

Well done Ian, you beat me to it. I have 2.25 to go which I should do in the morning. Here's to a much more relaxed WHWR training schedule for 2009!

Have a good one, and best wishes to Allybea over the festive period... I'm sure she'll be the one hovering over the stove!

Debbie Martin-Consani said...

Congratulations, Ian.

Seasons greetings to all the Beatties.

The Sunday Adventure Club said...

Wow! thats a scary video! well done on the 2000 miles, have a good Christmas, Richie

Subversive Runner said...

Thanks for coming to the handicap, mate. It was good to see you.

Merry Christmas to you and Allybea.


Rachel Jayne Stevenson/Rogers said...

Well done and MERRY CHRISTMAS.