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Training Log Archive: BrandNewMe

In the 7 days ending Mar 14:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail running1 59:51 6.22(9:37) 10.01(5:59)
  Orienteering - race1 36:10 4.5(8:02) 7.24(5:00)
  Total2 1:36:01 10.72(8:57) 17.25(5:34)

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Sunday Mar 14 #


Hmm. Things aren't getting much better here hence no running. Did walk a lap of the seat and then drove out to Corstorphine to chaperone Cat around the Green course.

Saturday Mar 13 #

(rest day)

Bubble weekend so we joined the Mowbray’s in cycling to Corstophine to do the map run courses, meeting the Rathjens there. Kids loved Kaimes Road, and when we got there we split into Mairi, Lucy and Eilidh on orange, Jon and Sandra on the old green course, Laurence, Calum and me going around together on the new green and Freya shadowed by Megan on the new green too.

Lots of fun. Bit of jogging to keep warm but not too much as o was trying to teach Calum how to navigate. We kept getting caught up by Freya who is getting much better every time she goes out. Twice this week for Laurence and Freya as they did the night o on Thursday too. The younger girls did well on quite a tricky orange.

Then picnic and home before we froze completely.

Lamenting my lack of exercise but too tired from lack of sleep, and busy at work, and busy with childcare. Hard to find the spare time and energy coinciding.

Wednesday Mar 10 #

5 PM


Ward family walk, just as the clouds and wind were gathering. Lucy had spent the afternoon googling the rights of a child to stay home and watch American YouTube nonsense and had prepared papers of divorce from her family and so we let her stay in. Laurence was feeling more up for it though (he is THAT bored) and we set off towards the Seat. Bertie deemed it too windy to summit, so we proceeded into the bog as the rain started lashing. Up the Royal Mile in the horizontal deluge, then a rather quick break for home along George IV and past Teviot. Chips well earned by all of us (well, except Lucy, but she definitely thought she made the right choice judging by how wet we were).

Tuesday Mar 9 #


Interested in all of the gender equality discussions. The discussion is in danger of being boiled down to an elite women’s discussion though. Surely equality ought to apply to vets and juniors classes too? And if we are looking to equalise the courses in some way it’s not just the women’s courses that have to change but the men’s too.

It’s good that any discussion is being had.
4 PM

Trail running 59:51 [3] 6.22 mi (9:37 / mi)

Braids and Blackford with WHB. Tired legs. Rest day needed.

Monday Mar 8 #

7 PM

Orienteering - race 36:10 [3] 4.5 mi (8:02 / mi)

Winterlope Inch Park plus.

I should have used my Trainspotting test and gone running elsewhere. This was grimmer than I expected. Two separate groups of approx 10 + young adults hanging around and some kids about Laurence’s age one of which was waiving a baseball bat around his head. I like to think he was doing it to encourage his friends to remember the 2 metre rule. At some point an orienteer is going to get seriously beaten up at an area like this. Does BOF insurance cover it? It won’t be me. I think I’ll become more terrain snobby in the future. Not that I’m ungrateful to those who organise races like tonight, it’s just personally not my thing.

The orienteering was a secondary concern. I dropped a chunk of time near the end when some dog was barrelling towards me, and I decided I’d had enough for one night and went by the main road instead. And I didn’t pick up 17, but I realised afterwards that the map and the MapRun have 17 in different places. Did everyone else navigate off the phone, as they seem to have got it? I might have to give it a try.

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