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One Big Weekend
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by JogScotland after tweeting to them about the crazy idea of running all 4 of their events in August. After a number of emails between the organisers and others, everything was put in place.
What is the One Big Weekend?
jogscotland One Big Weekend is a series of 5k timed runs which will be held over the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August 2014 in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth. One Big Weekend is a chance for existing jogscotland members from across the country to meet up, and for non-members to give it a try.
Mrs ScottishRunner is running the Edinburgh event and I am currently talking her in to running Aberdeen as well. She is a member of the Leith jogScotland group which is run by Andrew Jeske, I've been involved with jogScotland in the past as a jog leader at work. I used to take a small group of runners out twice a week, we would head out at lunch time for a plod around the local park.
For a bit more background about my running and Mrs SR then have a look at the recent news article on the Scottish running guide.
Time for a check-up
The Scottish National road relays on Sunday were great. I always enjoy the the race. I've ran the national relays for the last 3 years and this was the first year I've ran for Edinburgh AC. Over the last couple of months I've been training the hardest I've trained in a long time, maybe ever! 6 days a week, 50 to 60 miles a week, 2 speed sessions a week and a long run on a Sunday morning of anything between 12 and 22 miles.
What have I to prove for all this hard training? So far this year a PB over the half marathon distance and now a new PB for the long leg (5.88) of the relay yesterday. I've always ran the long leg of the relay so it's a good indication as to how I am improving or not in some cases!
For yesterday's race I tried something a bit different after speaking with the Saughton group Coach. I ran with my Garmin so that I could look at the stats afterwards but I didn't show my current pace or the time, I just ran how I felt.
The result was all my mile splits coming in sub 6 minute per mile, except for the second mile but if I remember correctly, that section was up hill and in to the wind.
The nationals were the first time I've worn my VR compression sleeves while racing and they felt brilliant, they didn't slip or move and I felt strong on all of the hilly sections, actually, strong for the entire race, whether this is all in my head or they are making me run better, I'm not sure but so far, everything is looking and feeling good. You could also argue that I've been training harder so I should be fitter.
I've also decided to book myself in to the physio to get a check over. I've been having slight pain in my left leg for a couple of weeks and I had hoped it would ease but it hasn't. I wouldn't say it's got worse and after yesterday's race I feel no worse for it but I don't want to take any risks and want to be 100% for Edinburgh marathon.
On your marks!!
I've been thinking about how to get more people runningbeside.me and after just completing Jantastic I was thinking about setting up a virtual race. A suggestion would be for everyone on a set day, at a set time, over a set distance, maybe 5km and everyone posts their times on here. You can run the 5km anywhere in the world and we can see how many do it.
What do you think?
Hi! My name is.......
A couple of times recently I've had the slightly awkward moment when I meet someone I've chatted with on Twitter, in person. Why do I find it awkward? Well, do I introduce myself as "Hi, I'm Owain" to be greated with "Oh, ok" or do you say "Hi, I'm ScottishRunner" to be greeted by, "Hi, I'm also a Scottish runner".
How do you introduce yourself to people you have 'met' via social media?
Thanks to Karen Forsyth for the photo from Sunday's race.
I've got a load of other stuff I want to put in the blog but I think I will keep it for another rainy day!
Some of my other thoughts are:
- Looking back at my old training diaries
- Thought on how to tackle Edinburgh marathon
- RunningBeside.me tshirt orders
- RunningBeside.me stickers!!
If there is anything you would like me to blog about or just have a question about my running / training or anything really, leave a comment and I will see what I can do!