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Weekly Cool Down #22

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Weekly Cool Down
10.06.20 Hanging onto Dad's wheel down to into Crail Weekly Cool Down - #22
Morning Everyone,

I hope you are all well. Sorry for the delay, I ended up loosing a lot of content yesterday morning that did not save. Very frustrating!

Training took a positive step forward this week. It is nice having the goal to build back to full fitness when there is no rush to get back racing, as I am sure at this time with no races on  the cards it’s hard to keep your motivation up if you are in the best shape possible and it’s even harder to maintain it at that level.I have enjoyed just keeping the training relaxed but I am defiantly missing racing and the social scene that goes with it, especially at this time of the year when those Sri Chimony Monday Night 5k start to kickoff.

As I have been steadily increasing my mileage over the last three weeks I have started using a new piece of tech called the Stryd Power Meter. From what I can make out this is the only device out there tha…

Weekly Cool Down #21

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02.06.20 Best looking course on the east coast of Scotland? I would think so... up for debateWeekly Cool Down - #21
Morning Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying this sun.

I will admit that I have been rather busy over the past 7-days and the time I have been at the computer has been spent writing an article for a fantastic website called SomeGoodIdeas . They produce some great content around food, culture and sustainability, please check them out. I was honoured to be asked to write a piece on my top tips for getting into running and enjoying it. I have not written something like this for a while and I believe no matter the level you are running at there are some relevant ideas to remind yourself off. My piece will be on their website at some point during this week.

The idea I just want to briefly touch on that resonated with me while writing this piece was the theme of patience. When you started swimming you would not have just jumped into the deep end and tired swim 40 …

Weekly Cool Down #20

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26.05.20 Getting back to it Weekly Cool Down - #20
Morning Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday.

Lockdown haircuts are one thing but getting your mum to step up to be your physio is another. Having been a bit of a pain in the arse over the last few weeks, Mum got to seek revenge and use her elbow to loosen up the muscles around the lower back, glutes and hamstrings. My lower back and pelvis are all locked up, and she was tasked with sorting me out, FYI she trained as a Lawyer not a Physio or a masseuse. It has significantly helped with my range of motion and I was able to get back to running on Thursday. I am still feeling pretty swore but it should ease up with a bit of flatter running, elbow action and keeping the back mobile.

It was good to get  back running even if I wasn't moving that well, it will be back to the golf course loop as that seems to be the flattest route around here. Got to join Rory on a golf course loop for his 21st birthday before th…

Weekly Cool Down #19

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19.05.20 St. Andrews Park Run record holder, fastest Dunfermline Amazon packer, and 20 year old after his 4:51 Mile    Weekly Cool Down - #19
Morning Everyone,

I thought I would dive straight into what I have been reading, watching and supporting.

Reading & Listening: 
- Little Bets - recommended by friend and reader, Bobby Weaver - The book showcases parallels between differing industries and individuals that have been at the top of their field to illustrate how little ideas lead to big discoveries, it is very interesting as you can apply any aspects of it to day to day life - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Bets-breakthrough-emerge-discoveries/dp/1847940498

- Tartan Running Shorts -  I have just started listening to this podcast. It does have a Scottish focus but as Scottish running is in a very healthy state they have some fantastic interviewees. The top episodes I have recently listened to are the Hawkins Brothers being coached by Steve Jones, Clapham Chaser Steph D…

Weekly Cool Down #18

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12.05.20 With time of running its time to start lobstering!  Weekly Cool Down - #18
Morning Everyone! Yet another week of this crappy situation passes on by and we now have to 'stay alert' - whatever the heck that means. I don't want to use this letter as a political rant nor lend any more conversation around this virus and the UK response but personally I believe this just needs to end. It should now be down to the individuals discretion and if you feel you are at risk then stay home but otherwise lets open up business's and get things going again.

Back to running or lack off....what I initially thought was a niggle has turned into an injury and put me off running for a few days over the past week. Working with my physio Manni, we worked out that the symptoms show an issue with the piriformis muscle which helps with hip stability and pushing off the leg. It is a tricky one, because if the muscle is irritated it can impact the sciatic nerve and cause pain…

Weekly Cool Down #17

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05.05.20 Another one of Dumbarnie Links - 10*150m (running the bend)  Weekly Cool Down - #17 Morning Everyone! I hope you are keeping well and not too stir crazy. All is alright on this side of the screen, I throw myself at  training last week and ticked off two sessions that I was happy with and then kept the running easy for the remainder of the week, even though my HR would say otherwise, I think the battery needs a swap out.  This week I tried a session that I have never done before and on paper it looked rather light and easy but I was blooming knackered after it. Having joined the athletics scene later in life via triathlon I feel I have missed out on the traditional route most athletes take when stepping into longer distance stuff. It is obvious that there is a focus on short faster sessions in youth athletics, and I never really had a shot at focusing on this, not that I ever really had a strong 100m or 200m time but I have missed out on working on that max spee…

Weekly Cool Down #16

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18.04.20 Easy grass loops Weekly Cool Down - #16
Morning Everyone! I hope you are all keeping well.  A small pretext as a am sorry for the rather preachy write up this week. I could have written a shoe review about the Nike Zoom Fly 3 or a training session but this letter is based off what has been on my mind while running over the past 7-days and I thought it would be good to shed light on what has been a challenging 7 days to make sure I provide a full account for the ups and downs life has to offer and to be honest with you all. Running & sport, once again provides an answer to life's questions.  On Thursday I was told, by work, that I was to be placed on furlough. My initial thoughts were ones of uncertainty, anxiety and worry and this lent itself to me forming a belief that I was going to be let go and I was expendable to the company.  Having had time to reflect as well as talking to friends and family, it has helped me deal with such beliefs, so thank you.…