This mornings run featured myself and a couple open water swimmers
Weekly Cool Down - #12
I hope everyone is well and to cite what seems to be the line of 2020 - ‘I hope you're keeping safe’. Well that is week one off lockdown ticked off - some of the highlights that have come out of the Sandison household in the East Neuk of Fife have been, Jamie’s Table Tennis game needs to improve otherwise he is at risk of being relegated from Rory and my league however his cycling game has picked up. To keep mum preoccupied and distract her from our antics we got her three hens for mothers day. To quote Rory and the Telegraph ‘Chickens are not just for lockdown they are for life’ so she is in it for the long run, even if the chickens don't like her. Rory and I are on a feeble 27 press-ups for the day and they aren't getting any easier. Oh and every day seems like a victory so we have been drinking a lot more beer and wine, this has resulted in us purchasing a keg of Brown Ale from the pub across the bridge.
I am quite lucky being able to escape to this part of the world as it is naturally pretty isolated but also what has come into its own over the last week is the new golf course they are building just under 2miles away. 12 months ago this was unused farmland and sand dunes but with some amazing landscaping they have turned this into what looks like an incredible golf course, looking forward to a round on it here is the link for all those interested in golf https://www.dumbarnielinks.com/. There is a dirt track that runs through the middle of the course which is just over a mile long with a number of short but sharp undulations. It is ideal as it does mean i'm not pounding my legs against pavement on every run, and it is an undisturbed route where you can go out and back countless times without seeing a sole. As I read this back it does make it sound like the most perfect place to run but I will remind you that this is Scotland and yes we have been lucky with the weather but you still face a cold headwind for over half your run. You might not get a sweat on but you lose as much fluid through your eyes streaming instead.
To get to this gem of a track I have to run up to a disused railway line which is a grassy path that runs parallel to the seafront. Before the lockdown I would put money on that I wouldn’t see anyone on this path,but since the lockdown and us being rationed to one exercise token/day it has turned this path into the bloody M3. Now don’t get me wrong this is no bad thing and in fact it is actually fantastic to see people getting out there jogging.
I still believe this is the greatest and most effective mass participation initiative rolled out by the UK Government to get people active, reverse psychology. Tell the people they can only have one piece of exercise a day and it results in a massive fitness craze both in and outdoor, whether it be blooming Joe Wicks all over the news, and Peloton shares out performing the market or a notification on your phone saying - Facebook friend ‘........ just joined Strava. View their profile’ this seems to be a daily occurrence now. I know my small railway path phenomenon has nothing on the same extent as my normal Thames Path route in London, and I am sure the Hudson River Greenway in NYC is even more packed. However with a lot more time on my hands I thought I would look into this abnormality taking place, even in the sleepy seaside village of Lower Largo.
To kick things off here is a small bit off Strava analysis to quantify this phenomenon. My Dad created a segment a couple of years ago which is from the start of the Railway Path to the pub (0.47mile). Since its inception, 250 people have passed over it but this year only 30 people have had a crack at the segment. 50% of the people that have run it this year have run it in the last 7-days. On a completely different scale I looked up the segment I normally run over that goes between Hammersmith Bridge and Putney Bridge, on the south side a go to joggers favourite. This segment alone had a strong 917 people go over it in the past 7-day, this doesn't surprise me to much given Fulham Park run can swell to 800+ people but that being said this strava number is obviously not taking into account the dog walkers, those running not on strava or sharing their activity so when you factor that on top this is quite a considerable amount.
Via observational analysis (i.e.having my WFH desk look out the windy), experiential exploration (i.e. using my exercise token to get out running and looking out for folk) and the ever reliable strava data my findings indicated that peak activity was reached on Wednesday (day 3 of lockdown). Since day three there has been a severe drop in the number of joggers, dog walkers and pram pushers. As the weather has remained consistent I can draw a hypothesis from this small sample (the small village of Lower Largo) since day three people (and their dogs & babies) enthusiasm and determination has subsided. Future analysis will need to be taken to investigate if the drop off is in fact down to the ‘cannae give a F@#!’ attitude or what I suspect individuals have picked up an injury after going from zero miles to 10 miles at threshold straight of the bat. I will be interested to hear if this is also the case for other areas like London’s Thames path. In turn this has meant that I have only seen one other person on the path on both Saturday & Sunday which are normally the busiest days for the path.
Either way it is lovely to be up here and I have been enjoying following people on Strava recently.
Weekly Cool Down #1 07.01.20 A week in Chamonix really takes a lot out of the body trying to fit in the running on top of the skiing meant that I went into this past week with tired legs and a couple niggles specifically in my hamstring and right ankle. Robert, kindly squeezed me in on the Monday to help work out the niggles and flush out the legs ahead of Wednesday. Wrap Up Monday: AM: 8miles @ 7:07/m - massage session /PM: 60min cycle Tuesday: AM: 6miles @ 7:07/m / PM: 6miles @ 6:54/m - This was a different approach to telford so really took it easy on these runs but inluded some drills in the PM Wednesday: AM:1.4m WU - Serpentine NYT Race - 31:51 / PM: 5miles @ 7:15/m Thursday: AM: 12miles @ 6:52/m / Gym session - included kettlebell and plyometric drills Friday:AM: 8miles @ 6:52/m / PM: 6.3miles @ 6:00/m Saturday: AM: 10min Tempo (5:09/m) - 10* 60”hills - 5*250m (avg. 4:40/m-45”) - this was a tough session but a great one to put in the bank. 10.8miles @ 6:24/m / PM: 5miles @ 7:07/m Sun…
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10.06.20 Hanging onto Dad's wheel down to into Crail Weekly Cool Down - #22
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…
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Another one of Dumbarnie Links - 10*150m (running the bend) Weekly Cool Down - #17
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…