Events

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.

October 25, 2014

Training for Altitude – Hypoxic Training

Since I will be running at high altitude in the Volcano Marathon, and have never been at altitude, let alone run at altitude, I jumped at the opportunity to do some hypoxic training. It is not about performance or improving performance, it is simply for me to get a feel for how my body will react, and set my expectations based on how I respond.

October 12, 2014

When the wheels fall off the bus ….

I have run Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon on 7 occasions now, and it is the marathon that I have run most frequently. Bearing in mind that this is my most frequented marathon and the law of averages, this event has provided me with my 3 best times and my worst time, and been the scene of some major highs and major lows.

October 4, 2014

Glenmore 24 race report

The Glenmore 24, is as it says on the tin, a 24 hour trail race that is run on a 4 mile forest trail at Glenmore near Aviemore. There is also a 12 hour event. It is a superbly organised event by team BaM who are also responsible for the GO33 and Great Glen Ultra. Having previously done the other events, I knew that this would a relaxed, fun and well supported event, and I was not disappointed.

August 17, 2014

Glenmore 24 – the preamble

Here we go again, another first for the McIntosh ultra-team: my first 24 hour event.