Antonine preparation, Sunday running and great music πŸŽ§

A relatively quiet week here in rainy Ayrshire, with the Great Scottish Run now looking forward to 2019 already. For me up next is the fantastic Antonine Trail Race at the end of the month – on Hallowe’en weekend.

Known as Frontiers of the Roman Empire and about 37 miles long, this world heritage site was built by the Romans and is due to undergo significant improvement with lottery funding and hopefully raise awareness of the site – Antonine Wall 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

The Trail Race will start and finish at Croy train station and covers a mix up of moor land, trails and roads. It’s sure to be a very tactile event as the terrain and weather both will be challenging, with a ‘slight incline to the top of Conic Hill’ just to finish of with.

So this past week has been great with some mild training, a HIIT routine on Tuesday was good to get in at the gym. A few days recovery followed before the running trainers were back out and it was a short run once again.

The weekend proved to be fun at the local ParkRun, this time I was volunteering and timekeeping, which is always great and fantastic to catch up with everyone. Roll on this Saturday, not only will I be running but the small matter of my birthday too…cake me thinks. πŸŽ‚

Had a wonderful catch up in Edinburgh with friends on Saturday night and was amazing to see inside the Dome bar, lovely place. Fantastic meal at The Dogs Restaurant in the city, well worth a visit.

Sunday morning and with the ATR on my mind, it was time to get focused and think about all those Sunday LSR running days I had done last year. Plan is to increase the miles in the next few weeks before tapering week, hopefully get a few trail routes done too.

Was a busy lunchtime run, starting at Portobello beach in the rain I might add but surprisingly cleared up rather quickly. After running through areas of Musselburgh I opted to turn down towards the beach and followed the trail along the coast with great views of the city behind me and Cockenzie area ahead.

Some fantastic coverage on social media once again following on from Glasgow and as an Ambassador for Help For Heroes it’s always encouraging for me to share my story and update all you crazy runners, athletes and anyone who is currently going through recovery and need that extra bit of motivation. πŸ‘

On a sad note my thoughts go out to the families of the two tragic deaths this weekend during the Cardiff Marathon. Running is great fun but remember we must always stay safe and as a phenomenal community look out for each other. πŸ‘Œ

Tune this week was one I listened to on a training run and reminded me not only of last year but growing up in Ayrshire, sung by a brilliant Scottish Band. Deacon Blue – Dignity 🎢🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Have a great week all. 😊

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