Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Trying For A Third Time

by Russell Turner - 16:20 on 05 February 2021

There’s snow all around, cars trapped on the Ullapool road, and ski centres bemoaning the best conditions for years when no-one can use them. On the Black Isle it’s just windy, much to Matchgirl’s displeasure – although if we have a big snow fall tomorrow that stops her next jaunt to Shetland she’ll be equally displeased. There’s no pleasing some folk.

Strong wind is my least favourite running condition, but as Monday’s snowy 10k feels like weeks ago, and my Lonely Goat souvenir medal arrived yesterday (surprisingly chunky as well as subtle) I felt the need to do something today and began my Edinburgh Marathon training programme a few days early. It’s useful to have some in hand in case weather or life interferes with the schedule.

This is the third time I’ve begun it; whether it will end with the race depends on whether the Running Gods or the Covid Gods emerge triumphant from their ongoing tussle. I’m not optimistic.

Week 1.1 called for a steady 30mins, and steady it was up to halfway when I turned into the wind to return home. Illogically, my second half was marginally faster; it’s difficult to judge effort when battling the blow. However, I finished in reasonable shape and ready for more tomorrow – an equally windy day – when 45 easy minutes is called for, and a 35min mixed session on Sunday.

Monday would be a rest day – just as well because the forecast is for snow and wind on the Black Isle. More is expected on Tuesday. I might be using up my spare days quicker than I hoped.

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