Sunset Run on Killoch Hill.
After work I headed up through Glen Park onto Brownside Braes and up to Killoch Hill around 5pm for an easy paced 8 miler. My right calf muscle was a bit tender from my recent WHW training run (Drovers-Inversnaid-Drovers) so I wasn't going to push too hard over the steep climbs I would be covering. I didn't want to risk aggrivating it so close to the D33. I chased the setting sun and played amongst the lengthening shadows up onto Killoch Hill. It was very peaceful up here tonight and I sat at the cairn for a few minutes watching the sun dipping below the horizon. All too soon I was decending past the golf course into Barrhead before returning to Paisley. My calf was fine during the run but felt a bit tight after a shower, so gentle does it. The views over to Dumgoyne, Ben Lomond and the Arrocher 'Alps' were fantastic. The deep blue sky and the orange glow from the setting sun had created a fantastic backdrop.
With all the running and training I've been doing recently I've been neglecting my other passion, hillwalking and climbing. I've been surprised at how preparing for the WHWR has taken over everything I do. Even simple stuff like food shopping has taken over new meaning. I walk past the laiden shelves thinking what would work during the race, scrutinising the energy and carb content of everything I pick up. So to amuse myself in other ways I've been reading walking books, route guides and watching films based around walking and climbing to get my 'fix'. I hope to use some hillwalking trips soon as 'cross training' to help build leg and core strength. Here are some photos of what I've been looking at recently.
I'm not as fan of gels but the one brand I find I can swallow without gagging is SIS, especially their 'Smart 1 caffine' gel and the Isotonic version in orange or blackcurrent. The rest of the gels I've tried are too thick and gloopy for me to comfortably digest. It's the same for energy bars. Most taste manky, even though I'm sure they are doing the prescribed job. The ones I do like are the SIS Go bar (in banana fudge flavour), Mule Bar's Mango tango flavoured bar and the chocolate chip Cliff Bar.
Kendal mint cake is rocket fuel, but doesn't last that long over distance and it nips the 'bejesus' out your lungs when breathing hard if running.
"21 years after Glasgow's term as European City of Culture, the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Life (my employer) have joined forces to create a new space for critical reflection on future directions in the Arts and Creativity. This landmark series - intended to become a regular feature of the city's public life - will explore the thoughts of leading figures in the world of cultural practice".
I had no idea what this meant in the language I speak. Not a clue. I was Inrigued if a bit confused. But I'm always first in the queue when something is free, as were tickets for this lecture. I decided I would go along. The lecture was being given by BBC presenter Aleks Krotoski (who I had never heard of) at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. It was described as "a unique opportunity to hear from one of the leading commentators on this rapidly developing field (new media) which is having such a huge impact on our personal and working lives". I was still none the wiser on reading this so, hoping that I might learn how to stop people sending me 'farmville' invites on Facebook, I went along (if I learn anything exciting I'll let you know in my next posting).
Glen Croe (Ardgartan) to Gleann Mor and back to Ardgartan Training Run (11.5 miles).
Originally I had planned on running from Butterbridge up Glen Kinglas past the head of Loch Sloy to the end of the track on the nothern slopes of Ben Vorlich, near to Ardlui. Instead I ended up parked at the, now closed, Argartan Information Centre.