The Deer Runner

The Deer Runner

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Still Struggling

After a failed attempt to run on Boxing day I needed to resume training and chose today before the new year celebrations. I went to Fyvie Castle, reason being it is flat and a one mile circuit around the lake. Two circuits later and it was all over, thats all I could do as the right leg started to protest.
It was a nice day for a run though and good to get out, if only for two miles.
Here's hoping I can build up from this run today.
A family walk on new years day will fit in with my plan before attempting a whopping three miles on Monday.

Happy New Year when it comes.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Up Against It

Little did I know it, but after entering the whw race I have struggled with injury, not the best of starts.
I ran round Haddo estate last saturday and felt something wrong with my right leg after only three miles.
I now think the problem is coming from my hamstring which is not getting any better.

Today I put Hal Higdons 24 week Ultra program into my diary for the race. I have three weeks to shake off
this niggle and get onto the training programme or its all over early January.

I seem to struggle with injury before every ultra I do so this is no exception.

On the plus side - i have bought a pair of Hoka Mafate One One off road shoes so I can't wait to try them out.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Another week off

Its Friday night and after a busy week at work I type this blog drinking a few red wines. I decided to take another week off running, trying to shake off the ITB niggle. A sickness bug is in the household which I have so far been lucky enough to avoid. Hoping to start running again on Sunday and I am drawn to a run over Bennachie, even though I should be easing into training slowly. We'll see what happens over the weekend.

Sunday, 11 December 2011


After taking a week off running I went to the Braes of Gight today. Easy run for 1 hour 50 mins but the ITB niggle remains. I should have known better and taken more time off but the urge to run is a strong one. Not sure what the training plan will be this week, maybe I should book into the Gym instead and build up core strength.

On the plus side, one of my brothers has responded and I think he will be okay to support me at the whw.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Just been accepted for the west highland way race 2012. The shine has been taken off the good news with a niggling ITB Syndrome, probably caused by upping my milage too much. I should have known better, so its  ITB stretches and lower the milage a bit for now. They don't know it yet, but I have planned for two of my brothers to support. Messaged them tonight and I await their replies.......

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Another Challenge

I started running in 2005 to lose weight and get fit. Little did I know how much the running bug would bite. Six years later and I have applied for a place in the West Highland Way Race. The entry list is decided  tomorrow, so hopefully I  will be succesful. Today was the first snow of the winter, so I went to my favourite running place, the Braes of Gight. The scenery was stunning in the late winter sun. I took it easy, stopping every now and again to photograph the trails.