Liz McColgan and a short training (netball) update

Hiya, first of all, a massive thanks to Scottish running legend Liz McColgan for answering some questions for me for this blog, it was really nice of her to take the time to do this for me and I really appreciate it.

Liz McColgan, or Liz Lynch as I first heard of her is a Scottish athletic great, alongside Alan Wells, Yvonne Murray and Tom McKean (have I mentioned before how much I loved that guy??!!). Liz McColgan first became known to me as a 10 year old boy in the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games of 1986 where she won Gold in the 10,000 metres before repeating that achievement in Auckland in 1990. Liz McColgan then won Gold in the 1991 World Championships – a spectacular achievement. In between all this she also won silver in Seoul in the 1988 Olympics – that’s a remarkable collection of track medals before moving on to cross country and half marathons (world champion in 1992). Today the McColgan name is still prominent in athletics through the continued success of her daughter Eilish.

Here is a link to Liz McColgan winning Gold in Tokyo in 1991, a phenomenal achievement for a Scottish athlete and an achievement that would inspire many youngsters across the country.

Below are some of the answers Liz McColgan gave to some of the questions I asked her:

  • First of all, what got you into running? “I started through a PE teacher who put us on class x country runs at school and noticed my talent and advised me to go to Dundee Hawkhill Harriers where his friend was head coach. I started when 12”
  • What role does running currently play in your life? “Today running keeps me fit and healthy but most of all it helps me mentally , I have depressive tendencies and running for me is my pick me up , makes me feel good about myself and gives me more energy”
  • What was your most memorable race? ” World championships in Tokyo is my most memorable race as conditions were so tough and I spent 2 years specifically training for the race so to win and be the best in the world was amazing.”
  • What has been your most iconic running memory as a fan?Iconic running memory was Steve Ovett winning the Olympic medal over favorite Seb Coe. The race was amazing to watch and it inspired me to keep pushing boundaries and even though people might not see you as a winner the drive is within you and only you can make it happen”
  • Why do you think there has been such a resurgence in Scottish running in recent years? “Scottish Running is doing so well due to investment in coaching and clubs within Scotland that were put in place over 15 years ago ,investment where it matters ,we also support the individual athlete /coach pathways and now are reaping the rewards through amazing performances across the board”
  • Top training tip or advice you would give a slightly overweight man who may be going through a midlife crisis by entering the London Marathon? “My advice is be bold enough to start an exercise program and commit to it. Look at the balance in your lifestyle ,work, nutrition, sleep and keep it real, don’t put a limit to what you can achieve … most of all enjoy getting fit and do not put pressure on yourself to achieve a time just look to finish the race and being strong throughout”
  • How do you feel the resurgence in Scottish running at all levels will benefit the country? “By having world class athletics performances in Scotland means one thing motivation – kids are inspired and want to run and because they see result in their doorsteps they then believe more that they can achieve the same”

So there we go – some really interesting words from possibly Scotland’s greatest modern day runner, what an amazing insight she gave me. Talking about the mental health benefits of running as I did in a previous blog right here

She also provided inspiring words on her 1991 World Championship victory and some good sensible advice for the middle aged man going through a mid ife crisis (who may or may not be me!!)

Anyway, after all that excitement I have had a steady week training. I wasn’t feeling too well on Tuesday so had a night off. On Wednesday I played my first netball game in 28 years as we drew 13-13 against a team of pupils. Here is a picture of the glorious staff team, all gave permission for their photo to be used in this blog!

Staff netball team

It was actually great fun. We were a few points down after the first quarter but once we got the hang of things we pulled it back. Although the pupils did have a shot in the last second to win it. I played Goal Keeper, Goal Shooter and Wing Attack. The game ended with one of the opposition asking me “What the hell are you doing back here?” as I was in a bit of the pitch I wasn’t allowed to be in – it is hard to stick to where you are allowed to be!

Once I got home I headed to the gym to do a 10 minute warm up followed by 3 minutes of threshold running followed by 90 seconds of recovery. I had to do this 5 times before a 10 minute warm down. My threshold speed is 12 km/h but I may increase this next time as I felt it a little easy, and my recovery speed was 10.5 km/h.

Anyway, thanks for reading this far. If you would like to support me in my training and running of the London Marathon for the marvellous people at the RNIB you can do the following:

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Bye for now,

Stuart

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