Adventure Stories

May 5, 2015

The North Pole – Arrival at Barneo

Arrival at the North Pole and Camp Barneo, the 24 hours before the North Pole Marathon

May 4, 2015

Preface to the North Pole Marathon: Lonyearbyen

The North Pole Marathon: the coolest marathon on earth in so many ways. This entry is about the time spent in Lonyearbyen preparing to depart for the pole.

April 3, 2015

Science, blackcurrants, a broken treadmill and boiler, endless lists and a Harp Odyssey with just a splash of madness.

Science, blackcurrants, a broken treadmill and boiler, endless lists and a Harp Odyssey with just a splash of madness.

My journey to the North Pole Marathon.

March 19, 2015

VO2 Max & Lactate Threshold: Forrest Gump to Wyle E Coyote

A new aspect has come into my life as a runner: science. Heart rate, VO2 max and lactate threshold are all things that I was aware of but never really thought applied to me, at the level I perform.  Now that I am working with Nairn at the Life Sciences Department at Glasgow University they have taken on a greater significance for me. It is through these tests that Nairn is able to measure my fitness and any improvements (or decline). They provide the basis for training advice and recommendations for race pace.

December 31, 2014

A not so serious reflection on 2014

As I coast through the festive season, with training in a hold and maintenance plan it seems appropriate to take a look back over the year. Here are some serious and not so serious reflections.

December 22, 2014

The Volcano Marathon part 3 – Marathon day (20k – 42k)

Had I been thinking straight or even thinking at all I would have realised that things were about to get a lot tougher, but blissfully oblivious I trotted along quite happily, continuing to admire the surrounding. A long gentle climb, a nice downhill and we then turned right off the track to follow another one into a valley, where we got our first sighting of Alpacas and donkeys. What more could you ask for: volcanoes, desert, alpacas and donkeys.

The 2nd instalment of my volcano marathon experience.

Title photo: Mike King. Copyright www.volcanomarathon.com

December 20, 2014

The Volcano Marathon part 2 – Marathon Day (start – 20k)

Running the Volcano Marathon; a race in two parts. First Instalment. It was all going so well.

(Title photo copyright Alasdair McIntosh)

December 7, 2014

The Volcano Marathon – part 1 – acclimatisation

I was Chile-bound once again. This year it was my final destination as opposed to a stop-over and I was heading for the North rather than the South. It was also ‘Team Audrey’ this year as I was accompanied by Alasdair.

November 7, 2014

It’s November and it’s groundhog day

Hmm, I seem to have been here before?

It is early November and  there is a bed with a pile of kit laid out;  a pile assorted electronics; a folder with itineraries; insurance docs passport and currency out and a large empty  holdall on the floor.  The intended destination: Chile.