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Musings from Edinburgh, Scotland

August 1, 2010

I’ve had the chance to meet some great people who happen to be amazing
runners, including one (Martin Hyman) who was a world class 10,000 meter Olympian back in 1960 and
another (Iain Donnan) who is a national-class runner and has to be the fastest runner I’ve ever known (13:50 5k).
I have run at 3 club runs lead by Martin and Iain was compassionate enough to humor me on a 9-mile trail run where I was running hard and he was at something shy of warm-up pace.  These runners have been very generous with their time and have really changed my ideas about training.

During an outing to Loch Lomond, where Iain and I ran while Al, Marianne, and Sagan were shown the sights by Martin:

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Running nerds update: Scotland in summer is quite a place to train.
Highs usually in the 60s, green hills everywhere, newbie-friendly
running clubs, and enough murderous history, castle-y architecture, fluffy sheep, and general
differentness to keep things interesting.

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In just the last two weeks I’ve been able to get in two speed (hard
intervals) sessions with some fast locals, along with a 10-mile urban
hike with Alison, dozens of miles of sightseeing (Sagan still loves
riding on my back in his carrier), and other runs of 8, 9, 12, 16, 18,
and 23 miles.

August 1, 2010 at 4:15pm · Privacy: · Like · 
    • Jessica Carter Dang, and I was excited we did another 1/2 yesterday. You ROCK!!!

      August 2, 2010 at 10:01am · Like
    • Mike Randall JC, I’m looking forward to your race report. You and Matt run it together?I just finished my first back-to-back long runs in about a year. Very slow but not much pain for 23 yesterday and 16 today. But in case you are wondering, “just” 13.1 is still definitely a long run, especially when running fast. Good job for dedicating yourself to the training and enjoying the race.

      August 2, 2010 at 12:30pm · Like
    • Jessica Carter Kind of together… I ran with my cousin Jill, and Matt scooted on ahead of us. Jill and I averaged about 10min miles, but Matt wiped out all previous pace records for himself by averaging about 8.5 min miles – barefoot. He amazes me! And thanks for the support – I guess since 13.1 is the longest I’ve ever run, and probably ever want to run, then yea, it is long 😉

      August 2, 2010 at 1:45pm · Like
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