Edinburgh - A wonderful city

Edinburgh is such a fantastic place to live, work and run in. Even at this time of the year when the the streets burst at the seams with people on unicycles, juggling fire sticks and wearing just their underwear and no-one even thinks this is odd. Welcome to the Edinburgh Festival! 

The Royal Mile is full of people trying to hand you a flier for their show. Tourists are busy taking photos of everything and anything that moves and then you have the locals that live and work in the area who within 48 hours of the Festival kicking off they are wishing it was already over! 

At this time of the year I'm really glad I live where I do. Just far enough away from the city centre that I hardly notice that the festival is on apart from the nightly fireworks display closing the Tattoo. All my running routes are still quiet enough to get a good run in but I'm close enough that if I do decide to go to a show or two, I can within 15 minutes. 

Yesterday was a brilliant day for a run. I headed out at 7am and decided for a change to do a 6 mile easy run out towards Portobello and back.

Portobello is a coastal suburb of Edinburgh. Once known as a beach resort, it is located three miles (5 km) to the east of the city centre, facing the Firth of Forth, in eastern central Scotland. Although historically it was a town in its own right, and is often seen as such by its inhabitants, it is now a residential suburb of Edinburgh, with a promenade fronting on to the wide sand beach. - wikipedia

When I got to the prom the sun was shining and the beach was empty. It was almost begging me to head down and run along it. It was so nice to run on the beach, it was a refreshing change from the tarmac. I think I will head down on to the beach more often. Maybe even do some training on the beach on the run up to cross country season.

Normally my Wednesday runs are really slow due to track training the night before but I'd obviously not pushed myself hard enough as my legs felt great. There might be another blog at some point about my Tuesday night training from this week, I've had a word with myself. That's all I'll say just now! 


I enjoy my runs in the morning. I find it's a great way to start the day. 

I've been trying to take photos on the run as well. If you follow me on Instagram you will know I almost always take a photo each morning but these are time consuming. I need to stop, set the timer on my camera, make sure the tripod is secure, run past the camera, check to make sure the photo worked, then get running again.

I can easily lose 5 minutes, sometimes more, just setting up the camera on my phone and checking that I got a shot, this eats up how much time I have available to get showered, have breakfast and get to work by 9am!

What I've started to do is use my Contour video camera but set it up to take photos every second. The results are a bit hit or miss since I don't have a screen on the camera but it does mean I can take photos while on the move. No need to stop. 

This morning's run was really enjoyable. I love it when it starts to rain once you're out running and that's exactly what happened this morning. The heavens opened and some massive puddles formed. Rather than trying to dodge them I was running and splashing through them like a big kid. My shoes were squelching with every step after I went through one particularly deep puddle. It was great fun. Another 6 miles in the bag. 

This week I've only been getting one run in per day instead of two. I've just got a lot of stuff on in the evenings and so something has to give. 

This was taken this morning, I had hoped it would come out a bit better but it was a dull morning and I think I need to work on holding the camera a bit firmer so there is less shake. Always good fun splashing in puddles though :)

The rest of the week will be more morning runs and then on Saturday I plan on getting my second last half marathon pace session in before Barry Buddon half marathon. I'll be aiming for a pace between 5:45 and 5:50 per mile for 10 miles which will be split up in to a 4 mile, 3 mile, 2 mile and 1 mile reps. I'll see how it goes! 

Owain Williams

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