Adventure Stories

November 12, 2013

I’m Packing

And it’s not a concealed weapon, unless it’s the large set of metaphorical cojones that I am going to need.

Let’s see: thermals, fleece layers, windproof jacket and trousers, mitts, gloves, fur hat: fur hat?

Cat! Cat, get out here! That could have been a bit of a, ‘should have gone to Specsavers,’ moment.

November 11, 2013

Another Aspect of mental preparation: films & writings

I have watched and re-visited an interesting and diverse selection of Antarctic films during my planning and preparations for the Antarctic Ice marathons.

November 8, 2013

Sweat, Spit & Snot

I am not referring to a new cartoon comedy trio, or a dodgy legal firm here. This post is probably not for those of a delicate disposition.

October 30, 2013

Running in the dark

Song title, perhaps; oh, no that is dancing. Although, I have to say that I did feel a bit like dancing during my run in the dark last night, and tonight it came up on my MP3 player.

October 26, 2013

Tail End Charlie

The Scots have a good track record with this event. Wendy MacKinnon won the first Antarctic Ice Marathon in 2006.  Dr Andrew Murray won the marathon last year (2012) setting a new course record.  He then completed 50km in Antarctica before continuing on to do a further 50km on the remaining 6 continents in under a week. Shona Thomson who completed the marathon last year has gone on to become the first Scottish woman to complete a marathon on all 7 continents

October 23, 2013

Is that a penguin I see before me?

No guesses as to who this little person is, and thanks to Alasdair (my husband) for the caption.

From what I gather I was a determined little individual from the start; and according to my Mum once I found my legs there was no stopping me. I would walk, and walk and walk, had a ton of energy and needed little sleep. Sound familiar? The photo shows a little person that is set to go and no messing.

October 22, 2013

Do bears ….. in the woods?

When I saw 1 x Litre Water Bottle with wide opening (Pee Bottle!) on the ice marathon kit I initially, and naively dismissed it as one for the boys: apparently not.

October 16, 2013

Three tired runners and a meringue as big as your head

My last ultra-distance run before going to Antarctica. Another milestone: the last long distance run before I start to taper, 4 weeks before I leave the UK for Chile, and just under 5 weeks until I run the first marathon.

October 6, 2013

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

The 2013 Loch Ness Marathon was set to be fairly special for me.

It was exactly 10 years since I ran my first marathon, which had been Loch Ness in 2003 which gave me my marathon PB which still stands to this day. This would be my 7th run of this event. In addition this was my last formal running event before Antarctica. Emotions would potentially ride high this weekend.

September 22, 2013

Further conversation with the uninitiated: mad penguins and Scots girls

Conversations with the uninitiated: back by popular demand. Banter: the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks. I think that it can be said that there is a fair amount of banter going on between my ultra uninitiated friend and myself. It is fun and it is interesting to see things from his perspective. It is probably also keeping me grounded, giving me pause for thought, and it is probably contributing to that healthy dollop of nerves that I am feeling.

September 18, 2013

The changing of the seasons

Saturday was a beautiful autumn day. There was no denying it, summer is passing and we are transitioning into autumn. The dashboard display told me it was 4 degrees on my early morning trip to the supermarket and there was a definite chill in the air, not to mention the half light. Later when getting ready to go out for my run I swithered over the shorts versus tights and vest versus t-shirt decision.

September 11, 2013

Perthshire Highland Marathon: 2 jelly babies and 500ml of water

Firstly, thanks and credit to Fiona Rennie whose comment on a recent facebook post provided the title of this blog entry.

September 1, 2013

Speyside Way Ultra – Antarctic Odyssey Rehearsal Week, Part 2

The Speyside Way is a national trail that runs from Buckie to Aviemore, following the route of the river Spey, and by default the Scottish Whisky trail . The Speyside Way Ultra covers 36.5 miles from Ballindalloch to Buckie and has been run since 2012 and is well organised by race director Sarah Louise Grigor and a band of dedicated and happy marshals and helpers.

August 28, 2013

Balmedie Beach Run Report: Antarctic Odyssey Rehearsal Part 1

The week commencing 19th August was going to be my Antarctic Odyssey rehearsal week, and as such a fairly epic and momentous week for me. It was another milestone in my preparations. The objectives for the week were: to test my ability to run long distance on a surface similar to the Antarctic snow; test the nutrition plans; test my recovery rates; hit a new weekly mileage total. The keynote activities were to be a 20 – 21 mile beach run on the Wednesday and the Speyside Way Ultra on the Saturday.

August 27, 2013

Conversations with the uninitiated

At this point in time there are not many of my friends who have not been roped into race support to some level. This weekend, a dear friend, who has successfully managed to avoid this delightful duty, got roped in.

August 16, 2013

Going for that lean, mean running machine approach

With only 14 weeks to go there is light at the end of the training tunnel, but things are getting tough as my training starts to peak. I have had a tired and hungry week so far this week. A 6 mile beach run on over 24 hours without food due to bad timing on one of my fast days was tough; and the planned easy session the following day (2nd fast day) was cut short as the energy just was not there.

July 30, 2013

Funding the Odyssey: a matter of passion and determination

An odyssey: an epic journey of discovery filled with challenges and experiences. My Antarctic Odyssey is certainly living up to that and I have not even embarked upon the final trip.

July 21, 2013

Clyde Stride Race Report, 2013

In 2010 Clyde Stride ultra was my first ultra. I completed it which was great, but it was not one of my better moments and there was plenty to learn from it. I entered for the following year but had to withdraw about a month before the event due to a knee injury. I duly entered for 2012 and was a DNF (did not finish) at 20 miles due to energy problems (which I subsequently found out were caused by a magnesium deficiency. So, was 2013 going to be my year?