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.

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Stuart

Training day 7 – 5 football grounds and a basketball arena

I’m not sure why I decided to do this but the end of my first week of training was a 75 minute “easy run” so I thought I would try to run from Ibrox to Celtic Park.  Looking at this on Google Maps though I saw this was going to be too short a route so I thought I would chuck Hampden in there as well, this was my mistake, Ibrox to Hampden seems to have plenty of hills!

At the start – Ibrox Stadium

Kirsty dropped me at Ibrox at 10am.  Rangers are playing today and there were already supporters about the place with the scarf and flag sellers, Ibrox catering staff and some of the burger vans were getting parked up, I love burger vans.  I decided to do a lap of Ibrox first, a really impressive stadium.  Last time I was there I saw Morton draw 2-2.  I have also been to a couple of Old Firm games, some Rangers Champions’ League games when my brother was in Spain and a Scotland game or two.  It was here I heard the loudest noise I’ve heard at a football match when Morton played there in 1995, I think it was Paul Gascoigne’s competitive debut and the roar he got literally did make the air seem to crackle.  Pity he elbowed Derek McInnes in the face and Paul Blair missed a sitter but there we go!

Nice big main stand

I did stop briefly to take this picture, I really like that main stand, from inside the stadium under the floodlights it looks pretty cool.

I plodded my way through the South side of Glasgow towards Cathkin Park, home of Third Lanark.  I think they went out of business in the 1960s.

A picture of my brother’s dog Buzz for no reason that I was sent during the run

I was a little bit lost at this point but there was a set of stairs that were undeniably football stairs leading up a banking so I thought this must be it, the sign below confirmed it.

Cathkin Park, home of Third Lanark

I know very little about Third Lanark other than they went out of business and were called the HiHi as a nickname.  I think football historian Bob Crampsey may have supported them.  I liked this peaceful little piece of Glasgow.  I think someone is trying to fix this park up and get a Third Lanark team playing there again, I really liked the terracing and I reckon it would be a great place to watch a game on a warm summer’s evening, not so much in the winter maybe though.

Inside Cathkin Park

Then I made it to Hampden surprisingly quickly.  I really had no idea Hampden was so close to Cathkin Park.  Kirsty met me here to make sure I was alright and to take a picture.

Outside Hampden

Hampden is the home of Scottish football, the SFA and SPFL are based here and it was recently confirmed Scotland would continue to play here, Murrayfield in Edinburgh put in a bid for all the big games to be played there instead.  I think my first visit to Hampden was in 1986 for Aberdeen v Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final, Aberdeen won 3-0 and Walter Kidd was sent off for Hearts. I also went to the under 16 World Cup final, Scotland against Saudi Arabia in 1989 where many questioned if the Saudi Arabia team were actually under 16!  When Hampden was refurbished a few of my friends and I drove up from Dunoon to see Holland beat us 1-0 with a goal from Brian Roy in the game to mark the re-opening.  I think these details are correct, I am going google-less for this!

I was getting tired by here

The run itself was pretty tough up until that point, Ibrox to Hampden is really steep in parts but I passed through a really nice part of Glasgow along Nithsdale Road.  Next, I set out to Celtic Park, it must surely be nice and flat?

Shawfield, former home of Clyde

As I left Hampden I passed Toryglen football centre where I used to play 7 a sides on a Thursday evening.  A few minutes later I passed Shawfield Stadium where we had a football night out, I had an uncanny ability to bet on the dog that finished last in something like 7 of the races.  Shawfield is a greyhound track now but Clyde used to play there until they started shifting about, they now play in Cumbernauld.  This part of the run was flattish and my speed was picking up a little despite me being at the 7km mark, I can run on the flat for ages but hills are tough!  Kirsty met me here and I checked the next part of my route, it seemed to drag on for ages but I was pleasantly surprised to see Celtic Park looming before me relatively soon.

Almost finished

Celtic Park is Glasgow’s biggest stadium and the venue of one of my happiest nights as a Morton fan, when we beat Celtic 1-0 in the cup with a Dougie Imrie penalty.  I have also seen us lose here a few times.  It is a really impressive stadium and can be seen from a long way off.  I was at a Scotland v England game here a few years ago and would love to go to a Celtic European match, the atmosphere always seems amazing.

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The home of basketball

A new addition to the Glasgow sporting scene is the Emirates Arena, ideally I could have went in and ran a lap of their athletics track.  There is also the Chris Hoy Velodrome which I would like to try and, of course, it is the home of the Glasgow Rocks basketball team.

All done

At last I was done.  I chose to run from Ibrox to Celtic Park and not the other way around because I wanted the wind at my back most of the way.  In truth I didn’t feel much wind and next time I would do it the opposite way around so I didn’t have those brutal hills at the start.

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Proof that I did it!

As you can see, it wasn’t the fastest time ever but my splits below kind of show that I was managing ok once it came to the flatter areas.  That was an enjoyable morning and it was great to see such iconic venues from a different perspective.

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My split times, you can spot the flat areas.

 

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Official training week 1

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A thing on the wall in the Nike shop

That’s the end of the first week of training, it went alright I think. The way my training is written out it seems Sundays should mark the end of the week but I like to think of Sundays as the start of a new week so I am doing it this way!

Monday saw me doing 30 minutes of “conditioning” work. I am not too sure what is meant by that, the internet throws up many different ideas – one of the things seems to be press ups and stuff like that, I am not so sure I can do them anymore so I am just going to do a really gentle run on conditioning days. At the moment I am doing most of my running on a treadmill because it is nice and warm in the Aquatec gym and there are no hills – I don’t like cold or hills but I know I will need to dry my eyes and deal with them at some point.

Tuesday was 40 minutes at “easy” pace. I did 7.5 km in 41 minutes, it felt easy enough so I figured I had done ok. I am not sure if this is normal but sometimes the start of a run, the first kilometre or so feel hardest – then I seem to settle down and it gets easier – who knows?

Wednesday I was to do a gym class or cross training for half an hour. I hate the cross trainer, I went on it for about 3 minutes but couldn’t get going well at all. So I just did a 30 minute run instead. Is the reason I am to mix it up with cross training and stuff so that I don’t over-run and hurt myself? I will need to get that sorted.

Thursday I had to do 10 minutes easy, 10 minutes steady then 10 minutes easy. This was not bad. I chose 10.5 km/h for easy and 11.5 km/h for steady. I think 12 km/h is my threshold pace for when I have to do that. Again, this was not bad.

Friday was a rest day – I celebrated by going to Dunoon and visiting Anselmos for the first time in years! It has been taken over by someone else and the sausages have changed. Anselmos always had different sausages but now they just have the ordinary battered ones you get everywhere else – progress! Apart from that the new menu and everything looked great – as always, a tasty dinner, my dad’s haggis looked amazing, I have never had haggis from a chip shop.

Onto Saturday, 30 minutes cross training or gym class, I went for a parkrun. I think I will always do this on a Saturday. Parkrun today was a lot quieter than usual today, probably due to the horrendous weather forecast and cold wind, hail, snow, freezing rain and rain.

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A hardy bunch in lesser numbers today

153 people braved the elements though, plus the poor cold volunteers who did a great job. I was not feeling up for this at all this morning but I figured the most important runs are the ones you don’t want to do! Plus, if I start slacking off on the training I am in trouble, I need to get into the habit and make it an every day thing rather than an additional task I have.

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Trying to get in some kind of zone

The run went ok, for a few weeks now I have been meaning to have an easy parkrun to see if I could make it without feeling too tired and with the slippy conditions today it was as good a chance as any to try it out. I aimed to run it in 27 minute and 30 seconds and I did 27.44. I was quite pleased that I felt fairly fresh when I finished, it’s not always faster times that indicate progress I guess.

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A cold looking Strathclyde Loch

So then I went home and had 2 rolls and sausage, I felt I deserved it! Tomorrow is a 75 minute “easy” run so I will get a podcast downloaded and get on with it in the tropical surroundings of Aquatec rather than the icy environs of Mothewell.

A well earned couple of hot rolls

10 points to anyone who can name what programme is on the telly…

My running stuff

Right now I should be doing the Santa Dash in Glasgow but, because I didn’t open all the attachments in the email they sent me after I registered I didn’t know you had to go into The St Enoch Centre in the days before the event to pick up your number and Santa costume. So, I thought I would go in on the Sunday morning to get it all but alas, this was not possible, the shop was shut. Hopefully next year they make it clear in the actual email that you can’t pick up your stuff on the day of the event, somewhere obvious that a daftie like me can’t miss it!

Anyway, this blog isn’t about that, it’s about the stuff I wear when running. Firstly, probably the most important thing – the shoes. I got myself these bad boys (Saucony Guide 10 I think) from the good people at Achilles Heel.

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My dirty running shoes

You should always buy them from a proper running shop I think where they will look at how you run and recommend you a pair of shoes. I got my shoes from Achilles Heel in Glasgow https://www.achillesheel.co.uk They were really helpful as I thought the shoes didn’t fit me properly at first but on taking them back they explained a few things about how they were making my feet feel and gave me some advice and, hey presto, 2 weeks later after resting, they fitted me like a dream, very comfy and they feel pretty bouncy and everything.

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The most excited I have ever been about a pair of shoes
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I chose the tongue symbol, colours and ST and 76 myself

These shoes were bought for me as a Christmas present by Kirsty. I got them from Nike ID and designed them myself. I think I will keep them for indoor running as I don’t want to get them dirty! So far I like them.

Now the shoes are done I guess it should be socks next. I used to hate trainer socks and would often go running in the socks I wear to work – dress socks, This wound Kirsty up something awful and she would always want me to go for trainer socks – I resisted though. Now I wish I had listened to her – trainer socks are far superior – as long as they are decent ones that don’t slip down off the bottom of your heel.

Jackets now. I have a load of these, firstly this one:

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Ronhill

It’s made by Ronhill, I think my brother got me it a few years ago but it never fitted me, was always a little on the tight side. Thankfully now it fits me fine! I like it because it has a hood on it. Next, I have this old trusty top, again bought for me by Kenneth. Again, this was too tight at first but I really enjoy running in it, now it is probably a little big for me but it’s really comfy and warm and nicely fitting.

Puma – a favourite running top

I went out in it one night for a run but I think Kirsty thought it wasn’t bright enough to protect me from the threat of being hit by a car so she kindly bought me this shiny specimen, it lights me up like Blackpool Promenade in October and I love this too!

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In normal light – made by BTR
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With the flash on…

As you can see from the 2 photos – it reflects light really well, even me driving with my dodgy right eye would be able to spot someone wearing this thing! This jacket is also nice and warm but it does generate a little bit of sweat, taking it off and leaving it in a pile on the bedroom floor is not a good move (sorry Kirsty!). Finally I have this jacket underneath, following on a common theme, I have managed to slim down to fit into it and, again, I like wearing it. There isn’t much to it, it is very thin but ideal for running on days that aren’t too warm but aren’t too cold either!

Made by Ronhill – think my brother must have a sponsorship deal with them

Next, the contentious issue of shorts. I would like to make one thing clear here, I will never go running with those tights things on! I am sure they are great but I am not sure of the point of them, I always think I would get too warm wearing them. I do not own any running shorts although with Christmas coming up hopefully that will change soon. Here is a picture of me finishing the Glasgow 10k in the year they messed my time up – I look nothing like a runner. I wear an old Uruguay away shirt as it does something weird with the sweat that comes off me, I can’t quite explain it but it seems to draw the sweat away from me better than any other teeshirt I wear. You can also see me wearing a pair of Glasgow Rocks basketball shorts, they are knee length and spare anyone having to see too much of my pasty white legs!

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Finishing the 10k

I have never actually bought a pair of these shorts, I usually win them in raffles. Here is a picture of me being presented with them by a Glasgow Rocks’ basketball player, none of the 4 people in this picture look happy to be there!

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A very awkward photo

Finally, my trusty earphones. I resisted wireless earphones for ages but finally I succumbed. I keep losing these and have another pair in the flat somewhere. I can’t remember who makes them, I think it may be Soundbuds? They are nice and loud anyway. I quite fancy the bone conducting ones, they wouldn’t  keep FALLING OUT MY STUPID EARS EACH TIME I RUN!!! Sorry, had to get that off my chest!

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Any excuse for a plug

Thanks for reading again, the number of people reading my stuff is pretty cool. I start proper training tomorrow so I will post again during the week looking at my training plan. I will give a wee fundraising update too – I am so close to halfway there and would love to hit the £1,000 mark by Christmas. I have a collecting tin for loose change on my desk at work so if all else fails that will be getting emptied in 2 weeks and paid in to the account!

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Volunteering

That was some wind this morning, the kind of wind that is going to seriously annoy you on 2 of the 4 straight bits at Strathclyde parkrun, fortunately I wasn’t running today, I was helping out at it – result! I mentioned in my previous blog about parkrun that I was going to make a serious effort to volunteer at one soon, I seem to have picked the right day for it certainly, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The view from my marshal point, not bad!

I arrived at around 0845, a little nervous as I always am when I need to meet new people but I had no need to be as everyone was friendly and welcoming. My first task was to be handed a tent pole to assist with putting up a wee tent in the prevailing hurricane – as someone with their Chief Scout Award this should have been easy meat – but it was no nijer tent like we used in Scouts so I probably was more of a hindrance at this point. Soon enough the rest of the volunteers arrived and we were issued with our high-vis jacket and lanyard with emergency information etc. on it, turns out being a marshal has some more responsibility than making sure people go the right way! I was assured I was in for a pleasant morning and was assigned to marshal point number 2 (the one I secretly wanted anyway!). I walked round the kilometre and a half to 2 kilometres to my point with the man who was going to be at marshal point 3 – he had 2.5k to walk. We had a good chat abut parkrun and running and I enjoyed learning about his running past and how well his children and grandchildren do at running (one of his sons seems to be a runner of quite some repute with some really impressive times). One note of encouragement for me was that he told me he didn’t put on a pair of running shoes until the age of 49 – it’s never too late to get started. We eventually got to my point and my fellow volunteer wandered off into the sunlight / cloud / rain / wind to his point further on. Here I was, now all I had to do was wait for the runners.

Continue to enjoy yourself in a safe and orderly manner – thankyou!

The wait was quite pleasant and it wasn’t long until I saw the runners streaming up the South West side of Strathclyde Loch. I could already see one guy had opened up a big lead (but it’s not a race!) – he was fair flying into that wind. All I had to do at my marshal point was make sure people went the right way along a fork in the path and offer some encouragement, I was a bit hesitant at first, not quite sure what to say but I soon got the hang of it. The reactions I got from all the runners made the morning really worthwhile. A few high 5s, load of people saying thanks to me, a few comments about the wind and a big smile from most had me smiling all morning as well.

A nice rainbow summed up the morning

Another great thing about being a marshal is getting to see the runners that are usually way ahead of me, the speed they go at it something I will hope to approach one day. Gradually more and more people came past and I recognised some of the people that are usually around the same speed as me, all looking far more comfortable than I feel when running! More and more people passed by with a friendly wave, a thumbs up, a “thanks marshal” or a smile. Being able to offer some encouragement to the runners on their way back past me for the second time was really rewarding, that was a tough stretch into a fearsome wind and every single one of them had all of my respect for getting out there on such a rotten morning and getting it done. When I said “great run” to them, I actually did mean it. I think I said well done, great effort to people just out a walk or a run who weren’t doing parkrun but even they smiled and said thanks.

I did not have to utilise the lifebelt – phew

While standing at the marshal point a couple of people stopped and asked me what was going on. I actually felt really proud to be able to tell them about parkrun and how it was happening all over the UK and how it was free and open to all abilities, I think I bored one guy with how much I was banging on about it as he wandered off mid-sentence! Soon enough the tail walker came by and I could pick up my little signs and make my way back round to the start/finish area.

On arrival back at the start we were thanked for our work and off home I went – via the bakers, I think I deserved a wee treat after being out in that cold! Overall, I loved this morning. Volunteering at parkrun is amazing, the appreciation shown by all the runners makes it such a rewarding and worthwhile experience and I would urge everyone to give it a go, I will certainly be doing it again – if they let me…

Marshal point 2 is the best marshal point.

Just to add that just as I was about to hit “publish” on this, I got a text from parkrun saying:

Stuart, thanks for volunteering today at Strathclyde parkrun. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by us and all the runners” – that was nice.

This is part of my London Marathon training blog, I’m running it for the RNIB, if you would like to sponsor me a quid or something you can text SMTR76 £1 to 70070. Or you can visit my justgiving page here or you could simply share this blog, that helps me massively too. Thanks a lot.

Get the Tunes on

Aloha, my wife tagged me in this picture today on Facebook:

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Scary…

and it scared me a little, I thought it was frightening.  I was also stuck out in the rain for a lot of today:

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Disappointingly wet

I couldn’t stop marrying up the frightening aspect of the 150 days post with thinking about thunderbolts and lightning being very, very frightening due to being out in the rain and I made a note to stick that onto my running playlist.  Then I thought I may as well write a short blog about it – so here it is.  At the end I will try to ascertain what I would have on a 1 hour long running playlist.

Before I get going remember you can sponsor me here for the RNIB – a charity that does wonderful things for so many people.  You can also text SMTR76 £5 to 70070 to slip me a fiver – for the charity!

I often wonder what the best type of music is to run to, there are loads of differing opinions and lots of playlists available.  My first instinct is do go with a bit of rock music.  For starters I would look towards “Enter Sandman” by Metallica.  Ever since I saw WWE/ECW One Night Stand and The Sandman’s epic entrance I have associated this song with exercise and aggression and for some reason that helps me run!

It takes a while to get going  but it is worth it.  Another obvious one is Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills”, it seems a nice speed and motivates me well.

These were pretty cool blasting out at full blast as I jogged along but then I discovered the tremendous Leo Moracchioli.  He seems to do a load of pretty awesome metal covers of more mainstream songs.  I think he is touring Scotland soon, if it wasn’t a school night I would be there!  Here are his covers of “Africa” and “Mamma Mia” – honestly, they rock!

Enough of the metal though, anyone that knows me will know that I love my cheesy music, alas though, ,Build Me Up Buttercup doesn’t work for me!  Summer of 69 and Livin’ On A Prayer are alright but this song here:

has a pretty perfect beat to help me along.  I should have mentioned this in my podcast blog but I used to love listening to the Christian O’Connell breakfast show podcast, what a funny guy he was – with Richie too.  I could also have mentioned him in my blog about how running makes you feel because listening to that podcast every morning on the way to work helped take my mind off things that were worrying me – a colleague once asked me why I was so happy in the mornings – this guy’s breakfast show was the reason.  But anyway, he re-introduced me to Spagna, “Call Me” – I think he got into trouble for playing it once on Absolute Radio.  If you live in Melbourne listen to him on Gold 104.3 or here if you are elsewhere in the world (I listen on an app called Simple Radio.)

Classical music is also another interesting one.  I say this without a word of a lie but the following tune gave me a warm glow in the final kilometre of the parkrun when I got a PB.  A genuine, literal warm glow all over my body, it was weird!  It’s the music that the BBC use for the London Marathon:

Another inspiring and uplifting tune that I can’t find on Deezer anywhere is from the soundtrack of one of the best films ever – not Happy Gilmore but Remember the Titans.  It’s called “Titan Spirit” and would be on my playlist if I could find it.

These links are taking ages to appear so I will cut them out now!

Other music I find motivates me or helps me run include: “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac, “Stronger” by Kanye West, “Cum on Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot and “Enemies” by Shinedown (another nod to the wrestling).  “Party Hard” by Andrew WK is perfect for the speed I run and “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters helps out.  For some weird reason my first song is always “Fascination” by Alphabeat – go figure!

One final link actually, I think this is a Glasgow or Scottish band but this tune is just so happy and catchy I couldn’t miss it out, it’s by Tom McGuire and the Brassholes – filmed under the M8 somewhere, give it a watch!

Anyway, here is my hour long playlist, let me know any other decent tunes I could get in there!

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Running playlist – it would be on random so this isn’t the order.

 

 

What’s happened and what’s happening?

Hello, I’m just going to post a small update on where I am with things, typing this on my mobile so it will be a short one probably.

Random picture of a run I did.

First of all, my fundraising is going really well, a massive thanks to everyone who has supported me. Every single donation I get is really important to me and gives me a boost. I’m currently at almost £1,000 as can be seen below.

Justgiving page

My Panini draw raised £188. It should have went for £138 but I got a coupe of extra donations for it. It turned into more work than I thought getting rid of all the stickers but I got there eventually!

I also managed to book flights and hotel for the weekend in London in April, this has near enough bankrupted me coming in the same month as car service, MOT and insurance, I should do something about the service and insurance next year and move it to another time of year I guesd. We are flying down with British Airways into London City Airport Friday evening, I even splashed out extra money on emergency exit row seats in both directions! Booked a hotel in Croydon too for 2 nights. With work on the Monday morning I can’t hang about after the run, straight to Heathrow and a flight home, does anyone know where I would be able to have a shower by the way?

Another cool thing that has been happening is that loads of people are asking me about this and showing me loads of encouragement. I was at a growth mindset training session at work today and we were talking about goals and how to achieve them, this is certainly a goal that will take a bit of achieving. The messages and conversations are all great though, keep them coming!

Training is going ok but I’m in a bit of a paradox, I’m running well but that makes me think I deserve a burger or something so I’m not shifting weight like I want to. I reckon dropping a stone and a half would make my life so much easier, must focus on getting that right!

Finally, I’m volunteering at parkrun on 8th December, as promised in my parkrun blog. I’m also running in 2 Santa races over 5k. One in Cumbernauld and one in Glasgow so they should be fun.

Coming up, I’m trying to organise a quiz night in Glasgow in February or March and I’m trying to get a few well known runners to interview to try and attract done more traffic to the blog, I guess it’s a case of keep chipping away! If anyone wants to write anything give us a shout because I can see me drying up soon! I’m also going to try getting to a track in Glasgow over Christmas to compete against my 10 year old self in a Thistle Award challenge. I will find out the points values for a man in his early 40s and see if I can score more than this wee guy here:

Aside from that there’s just the countdown to Christmas, Kirsty is getting me a pair of Nike Pegasus which I’m scarily excited about and I will return the favour with my annual donation to Jo Malone, the amount of money I’ve given her over the years she can’t refuse me a wee donation for a raffle prize surely? If anyone has any hints or contacts that maybe able to get me something then please let me know. My good friend Cory has already secured me something really decent and a few other people have said they will help me out too.

For once, I’m not going to link my justgiving page or text number, I just wanted to give a wee update towards the end of the month.

Thanks for reading and for your support,

Stuart