Highland Fling 2017

Since 1st January, I’ve logged only 36 runs, with just two runs of any distance, a 20 mile run on 21st January and the 33 mile D33 Ultra on 11th March, a total mileage of 274 miles and an average mileage of 7.6 miles (or 6.44 miles if you remove the two exceptional 20 and 33 mile runs). Far from … Read More

The D33 2017 – Ultramarathon Finish #25

D33 - Running in Scotland

A painful weekend, but nonetheless, a weekend which saw me (somewhat unexpectedly) secure ultramarathon finish #25. You may have read my previous post, Ischiogluteal Bursitis – Quite Literally A Pain In The Ass, which outlined my predicament. If you haven’t, well, in a nutshell, it goes something like this: Back and shoulder pain leads to physiotherapy, which identifies a possible imbalance … Read More

Ischiogluteal Bursitis – Quite Literally A Pain In The Ass

The D33 Route

The D33 ultramarathon is tomorrow and training has not gone to plan. Not that this is much different to any other year. However, thanks to ischiogluteal bursitis 2017’s training has, quite literally, been a pain in the ass. Despite my best efforts to cope with the bursitis, and with the best will in the world, I am approaching this weekend’s … Read More

Running Round In Circles – Glenmore 24

Glenmore 24

To say that I’ve neglected the blog of late would certainly be an understatement. The Glenmore 24 ultramarathon was back on 3rd September and here I am, finally starting to write something, on 22nd October. So, why the tardiness? There’s no single reason but it’s likely in large part down to my less than stellar performance that weekend, a ‘performance’ … Read More

Dancing With The Devil – I Really Didn’t Expect That!

Devil O' The Highlands

Despite my best efforts at self sabotage (Ice Ice Baby) I did make it to the start line of The Devil O’ The Highlands. Believe me when I say that this is the closest that I have come to the dreaded DNS. Travelling down from Ellon to Fort William on the Friday morning, we stopped off briefly in Aviemore, and … Read More

Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby. That was the advice at least. Unfortunately, late in the evening, when I finally got around to attempting to address the malaise that had all but robbed me of my running mojo since my completion of the West Highland Way Race back in June, I forgot to engage my brain. The term ‘fidiot’ springs to mind, a … Read More

The West Highland Way Race 2016

West Highland Way Race 2016

I’m still trying to work out if it was better to approach the start of The West Highland Way Race knowing what lay ahead, but knowing also that I had overcome adversity back in 2012 to finish despite apocalyptic weather conditions, extreme diarrhea, and projectile vomiting, or if it was better to approach the start line for the very first time, … Read More

Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush (& Other WHW Race Tips)

I’ve had this post, ‘Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush (& Other WHW Race Tips)’, knocking around unpublished for some time now and, given that this time next week I, along with approx. 200 others, will (hopefully) be a good way into the 95 miles of The West Highland Way Race, I thought I had best get on and finish the post. I … Read More

A Tough Day – Hoka Highland Fling 2016

Well that most certainly did not go to plan! On Saturday 30th April 2016 I participated in my 5th Highland Fling, recording a Personal Worst (PW) time of 13:39:53, some 66 minutes slower than 2015’s PB time, and some 36 minutes slower than my previous slowest completion time back in 2011. I can only be thankful that my 22nd ultra … Read More

Ding Ding, Almost The Fling

Hoka Highland Fling 2015

Ding Ding, almost the Fling. Well, at least, it feels like it’s almost the Fling. And yet, it’s actually still approx. 1 month away. Probably just as well as far as I am concerned as ‘training’ hasn’t gone to plan since the D33, just for a change. In fact, I would go so far as to say that calling it … Read More