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Here Comes A New Season

So I have now had two weeks off since I completed the JW 30 Mile Ultra Race. That race was the end of my season. I have been running for 3 years now and that was my first successful season which I was able to complete and compete. I ran 5 races in this season and got personal records on them all! My next season starts this week and this seasons grand finale is the A Week at the Knees in March – 7 marathons in 7 days.

I have done much more research this last few months on how to correctly structure my training plans for the next coming season starting next week. This will be the first time I have followed a solid personal training schedule.

I will be having 20 weeks of foundation training. In this phase I will be running between 65-75% Max HR. This is within the aerobic zone. Running in this zone will help to build my aerobic capacity, help me become faster and also help my body to do some crucial building in preparation for the strains of both higher mileage and speed work later on.
There will be no speed work within this element of my training. I will be taking part in a few events, but I do not anticipate racing these. I shall just be using them as training.
There will of course be a weekly long run which will increase each week and on the 4th week be reduced to prevent plateauing and crashing in my training.
Once a month I intend on running calorie depleted long runs of between 2 and 3 hours without taking on any fuel apart from water and electrolytes. This also means no breakfast before the run. This will help me to better utilise the stores already in my body before the addition of more fuels to help keep me going. I will also be running some back to back long runs on weekends. Most of my training will be peaking at 70 miles in this phase.

Phase 2 will be lasting 8 weeks and will be incorporating a 2 week taper and the 3rd week will be a week of running a marathon every single day for A Week at the Knees event in Milton Keynes in March 2016. Of course the biggest challenge here is getting to the start line. Then recovering, then training lol. I will be adding some easy speed training in the this phase. I have purposefully made my speed work all fartlek sessions between 70-90% MAX HR. This is so I can just go by how I feel and not be overly strict and overdo it.

Throughout my training there’ll be a stress on body weight strength training once a week, regular flexibility exercises and post workout stretches and finally a set of different drills will be done weekly.


Summer Around the Reservoir Marathon 2015 in Northampton UK

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26th July 2015 was my first marathon event. I have ran this distance more about a dozen times now. I just hadn’t ran in any event beyond half marathon.

The night before the race I ate about 600g of boiled potatoes with a can of baked beans. I also drank about 3 litres of water the day before race day. The night before I also put some overnight oats in the fridge. I had about 150g oats and covered this with soya milk. You then put it in the fridge and it goes soft over night and tasted even yummier than cooked porridge. I only just heard about this method by one of my friends Mélanie.

The things I had prepared to take with me were my Vegan Runners Tshirt, My fluorescent yellow short running shorts (which I found out at the end showed everything once soaked :O ), My Hoka trail sneaks, my toe socks, my Salomon Lab waist belt and collapsible water, my headsweats cap to stop so much rain getting in my face and 240g of dates which were squeezed into little zippie bags. I had 2 bags each hour (60g) which gave me 40g of carbs each hour…. oh and I brought a waterproof seal bag to put my phone in for music. (never took lotion after seeing the weather).

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On the morning I lathered up my feet with petroleum jelly. I use Cotton Tree which can be found in many discount stores and £ shops. This product company has been contacted and is 100% vegan 🙂
I put some on my nipples too. I dunno why as I have never had any nipple problems before but I thought just in case. In my holding bag I brought 4 Lucozade orange sport drinks (2 for me and 2 for Steve if he wanted them), spare socks and hoka conquest sneaks, bio degradable small waste sacks, tracksuit bottoms, underwear and a clean tshirt to put on later.

I woke up at 5:10am, got dressed and had breakfast. Me and Philip were both ready to be collected at 6am by my friend Steve and his partner Rhian. Philip was coming along to show us support as he wasn’t working. It was nice that Rhian was going too so they could keep each other company in between laps. I can’t say how much their support helped. May not have had this luxury in other events.

The registration was from 8am and we wanted to give ourselves a nice 2 hour cover to get there safely on time. We got there at about 7:40am. We noticed registration was already open, as people were already warming up with a light run, wearing bibs as we entered the Holiday Inn car park.

The event is in Northampton and consists of 6 laps around this reservoir. It’s a nice route. I would say about 1/4 to 1/3 of it was man made path and the rest was grass trails.

So at 8:50 we were all called to the start line for the 9am start. We took a few minutes walk to reach it. They announced some people who had done this same run yesterday and was doing it again today. They also announced someone who done this run yesterday and the day before. I quickly checked my sneakers were tight enough, but not too tight. Me and Steve wished each other luck and then we set off. I started with a few seconds of walking really and then really slowly picked it up.

I find it hard pacing my first few miles. If it’s a busy race it’s hard to make a good first mile, if it’s a quiet race I find it hard to go slowly. I had planned to bring in an average 10 minute mile on my first mile but I got a 9:40. I could see Steve ahead of me after about 1/3 a mile coming onto the reservoir trail. I could just about see him by the green middle strip around the Vegan Runners Tshirt. It was dry until about half an hour into the race. Then it started spitting. Each lap was about 4.36 miles. I managed to slow down a bit for the rest of the lap making my rough average of about 10 minute miles. When making the first lap I wondered where Philip and Rhian were. I checked my time and said each lap would be about 45 minutes… couldn’t see them anywhere. Not to worry because I still had date packets and I can get water at the drinks station, I don’t need energy drink right now. I grabbed a cup of water, threw it down my gullet and chucked the plastic cup into the garbage bag and off I went again.

I realised as I got into lap 2 that I was feeling a bit stronger than I thought. I then decided to pick up the pace a little and see what happens. Again about 1/3 into the route I could once again see Steve going around the reservoir. He looked like he was keeping up a good pace and sticking with it. I decided I would try and do a few miles in within the 9 minute range average and see how I got on. I was toying with the idea that if I felt comfortable doing this, I may make it to 8:45-8:55 minute miles later on and bag myself a sub 4 hour race. That would be awesome.

After I got around to half way through this second lap I was really needing to pee. I’m not sure how because I had been sat on the loo for 15 minutes while waiting for the race to begin back at Holiday Inn. I started to think if I had been acquainted with a portaloo since arriving, and I didn’t think I had so knew it would be a Holiday Inn toilet job. As I got closer to the end of lap 2 I was wondering if Philip and Rhian would be here this time. They were which was good so I grabbed a Lucazade orange off them and some more packs of dates for my waist pack. I then ran to the bathrooms quickly, thanked reception and off I went again into my third lap.

I was listening to some mixes off YouTube while running. By now the rain got a bit heavier. The tracks I listened to were progressive house tracks and they just kinda had a flow to them that really helped with my running. It was a quiet event with only 54 runners on the results for this day. So over the distance you were pretty spread out throughout the course. At some points I couldn’t see anyone in front of me or behind me. The music helped me keep pushing on. I also had a Rockstep track which is a mix of dubstep and rock/metal music. This was for my angry moments. I never got any angry moments though. I did get some tough parts, but I’ll talk about them as I get to them in the race.

I remember coming up to the half way mark… I’d ran 13.1 miles nearly and I felt great… could I do that again? Oh fuck yes! “wait hang on why so sure of yourself?.. erm cus that was easy. OK then you need to pick it up a bit… this is a marathon and it’s not supposed to be EASY”. A bit arrogant? Maybe, but it was true to how I felt and helped keep pushing me on. I remember switching everything off around me and just going. As I came to the end of this lap I noticed Steve talking to Philip and Rhian. I’d expected him to start running with me as I passed. Only later when watching a video Philip was recording at the time, did I even realise Philip was calling to me. He was asking if I wanted anything and I just ran right past lol. Poor Philip sorrrrry 😀 I had 2 cups of water at the drinks station this time and on I went.Towards the end of lap 3 I was on a mission to get under 4 hours at the end of the race.

Now I’m into lap 4, and I knew that I could start focussing on staying just below 9 minute miles now and try and get my average for the whole race down as close to 9 minute miles as possible. This would put me just under 4 hours at the finish line. The rain was really coming down now. It was belting down on the first road section of the course. Bouncing off the ground and making puddles very quickly. Also the temperature dropped quiet a bit. My feet were now soaked. The Hoka trails waterproof covering had served me well though to this point. Oh lets not forget the wind which was inevitable with the cold air, rain and open reservoir grounds. I was running enough though to not notice this and kept soldiering on. I noticed that when I turned by the other end of the reservoir I couldn’t see Steve behind me. I’d passed him earlier on the road section as there’s a bit of an out and back section. We high-five each other and he shouted “go on Scotty!”.

I started to notice that I didn’t have enough bags of dates to complete comfortably. I’d maintained 2 bags every hour but started to wonder why I seemed to be 2 bags short, as I thought Philip had passed all my bags by now. As I approached the end of this lap they were not there. I fancied my energy drink then as well. I was a little panicked. This showed on my next lap. I slowed a bit as I worried I was out of fuel. I think because I had started to ration I was losing momentum. Also my feet felt really heavy due to all the rain absorbed into my sneaks, and the course was getting pretty muddy. I switched my music down as it was becoming a distraction. Every time my right foot hit the ground I counted 1 step. I kept doing this from a count of 1 just up to 4. I repeated this over and over a few dozen times and when my focus strengthened again, I upped this to a count of 1 up to 10 then 1 up to 20. I knew I was slowing down as my average pace over the distance so far, had slowed down from about 9:14 to 9:22 minute miles. Still I passed Steve again at the bisection. I don’t know whether he noticed my counting over and over lol. We high-fived again (I think, I can’t really remember now :O I then grabbed my phone out of my waist pack and dialled through to Philip. “Please can you be there at the end of this next lap? I don’t know how long I will be maybe 20 mins but I need fuel!” He said he was on his way there now and I thanked him and and kept on going.

As I started to approach the end of lap 5 I could see Philip and Rhian in the distance. For the last 10 minutes all I’d been able to think about was clean sneakers and socks. I was debating the idea though as I knew they were tarmac Hoka Conquest sneakers and the trail had got seriously muddy now. I decided it was worth the risk. I called over while approaching. “New sneakers and socks please quickly”. Philip started to get them out for me as I ripped off my sneaks and socks. Sneakers were hard to remove due to a bit of swelling I think lol. New socks and shoes and off I was… I grabbed my last energy drink and 2 packs of dates!!!!…. and 2 waters at the drink station. I knew I’d only need half the energy drink and didn’t’ want to carry the weight. So I squeezed half out on as I ran and drank the rest, then put the empty bottle in one of my back pockets on my waist belt.

My feet felt fresh again and the rain had stopped… “thanks for being a king and generous mother”… I called to Earth. I felt A OK again. I still kept it a bit slower as I wanted to make sure everything was good and that I could finish strong. Also I was right about the slipperiness of the ground. I managed by staying n the grass and not the mud trail that ran through the grass. The energy started to kick in pretty quickly from my drink and I started to speed up for the last few miles. I knew I was going to miss the sub 4 hour mark at this point. I still picked it up as I thought I’d like to be sub 4:05:00. As I kicked my pace up on the final stretch at 8:35 minute miles I kept looking at my watch and it was showing 04:04 but not the seconds. I was striving to get through before it hit 5 minutes. As I passed the mark though they called my time as 4:05:03 and I was 19th out of 54 . This gives me an average pace of 9:21 minutes per mile. Still I wanted anything under 5 hours and so I can’t complain about this time at all. Also in the end I never ate those last 2 packs of dates. 😉

Other runners congratulated me and me them. We all shook hands. I grabbed my big chunky medal which I love, and my goody bag. Swapped the cheese and onion crisps for ready salted and donated the other sweets to other runners. I then went up to near the end line where Rhian and Philip were. Philip asked how I was… I swore “effing hell” (only jokingly) and we waited for Steve. Only 5 minutes behind my time Steve came running up. We cheered and shouted him to keep going. He passed us and we walked down to greet with him at the finish.

Both soaked, a little tired and very happy we took a picture together and then got dried off and then all headed back to Birmingham 🙂

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On a plus note we both mentioned we weren’t overly tired. I had a hard few miles of panic but we both could have done better. We were also cautious not to overdo it as we have the JW Ultra 30 mile event coming up mid September.

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Woke up today, legs a bit stiff around the knees but feeling pretty good. I think I’ll do a bit of swimming this next few days and try getting out for a few shortish runs towards the end of the week and resume training for the Ultra 😀

Thanks to the organisers of this event. I really enjoyed it and I’m hoping that next year I may be able to return to do both marathons one a day after the other. If you fancy this run next year then you can check it out at the Madeyarun website. Also thanks to Philip and Rhian for their support. It meant a lot and helped so much especially towards the end when I had fresh sneakers 😉

Thanks for reading. Everyone.
Peace and love
-ScottyRunner

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Upcoming First Marathon

Hey guys,

I know it’s been a while since I blogged. I would say that I have been super busy and so it’s kept me away but to be fair I aint gunna lie, nothing that interesting has happened. Bare with me I know some of these posts may seem a bit boring to some of you but they are more of a record for myself. As always though if they can help anyone then it’s worth making them public.

I have been cautious over the last few weeks as I have a marathon Sunday 26th July 2015. This is my first marathon and its the Summer Around the Reservoir Marathon in Northampton. I am rather nervous about this course as it’s around a reservoir 6 times in circles. I have not really ran around in circles yet. I did at the Blythe Valley 10k in Autumn 2014 but what’s 10k? Plus it was only 4 laps.

Although it’s my first marathon I have actually ran past the 26.2 distance 10 times in the last year. So it will be nice to finally go from being a long distance runner to being a marathon runner… likewise when I do the JW Ultra I can go from being an ultra runner to being an ultra marathoner. Not that labels are that important but they do have a nice ring to them 😉

My taper has been pretty naff to be fair. I think I took the taper too far and rested up too much. On the second week before marathon date, I only ran 4.5 miles lol I don’t think I have ever been that inconsistent. I have done a few more this week (Marathon week). I ran 4 miles on Wednesday and 4.5 miles on Thursday (Today). I plan on running on Saturday for about 2-3 miles at a much slower pace of around 12 minute miles. This is just to loosen up the muscles, and put my mind at rest knowing my body is ready.

My diets been a mess lately. Having said that, I did do the 80:10:10 which was closer to a 90:5:5 in the end all vegan, raw, fruitarian pretty much for a couple of weeks. Even though I’m not doing it now it’s given me many valuable lessons about increasing fruits and veg even on a normal vegan diet…. and what really constitutes a healthy salad etc…. on top of that I have had an excellent detox from that few weeks. I have completely cleaned out my body…. then refilled it with crap :v lol. Maybe one day I will learn the lessons and take action.

So what’s my trick for the marathon then? How am I gunna do this? I was debating a “miles in the bank” approach earlier in the race, but I know from experience that doing that leaves me very tired 2/3 to 3/4 of the way through the run… when I did that on other runs that I have done this at distance and beyond, I had to death march in the last few miles. I think it would be best to stay at a decent slower pace throughout, and push it in the last few miles if my feet aren’t packing in and I have the energy.

So then on to energy… I have only ever hit the wall once and it was at mile 18. This was the first time I ran 30 miles in autumn 2014. I just kept running and running and didn’t bother to drink that much water or eat that much. I had one Nakd energy bar at about mile 3 and then left it until I crashed. It was a hot autumn day too. I managed the distance and I got my mojo back and carried on. I made a few calls to my husband crying I couldn’t do it while I was still on running lol. Then just got on with it and told him I needed to go to concentrate.

Since then I haven’t crashed or hit any walls. Well not imaginary walls anyway…. though I did run into a railing blocking a road from the street a few months back. On a normal weather type of day then I will eat and drink something once every hour. Usually 2 mouthfuls of water and 5-6 dates or figs. This has worked for a while now and that’s what I plan to do on race day. If it’s a hot one then I’ll eat and drink about every 35-45 mins, and maybe 3 mouthfuls.

I’m not really going to be racing this event as such. It’s more of a training run for me for the JW Ultra in September. I will be happy with anything under 5 hours. I’ll get some snaps on the day and let you know how it goes.

Thanks for reading.
ScottyRunner

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I Did Not Cheat on an Ultra to Gain a UTMB point.

It has been brought to my attention that there are some private secret groups on Facebook who are trying to make my life problematic within the running community. I just wanted this blog to get out around there and passed on to them that you have the wrong details. I hope that these people will eventually see that I’m a decent , honest person with my integrity full in tact. I have no joy in cheating and don’t see any point in doing so at all.

I was signed up to a Go Beyond event recently – Thames Trot 50 miles. As it turned out a few months before I didn’t think it was achievable to do that event with injuries for overdoing it… as I always do cus I aim too high. (no harm in that).

I asked Go Beyond if I could defer my place and this was denied.

I had a ticket going which I couldn’t use and a friend of mine wanted to take part in the event. At the time this friend didn’t have the funds to buy a ticket and get over there and back. So I gave him my ticket for FREE. It never even occured to me that people would think I was cheating for UTMB (ultra marathon de Mont Blanc) points when I know that I do not even have any intention of doing it for many years yet. This is a prestigious event you need to do other ultras and gain points over  certain period (I think 2 years) to be able to apply and qualify for entry.

I have since just contacted GoBEYOND and asked them to remove my name off the board. As can be seen here.

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So there we have it. I will not let this get me down. I can understand how people can get angry sometimes when they believe that someone is cheating at something they have worked so hard on for so  many years. I can completely understand how I’d feel if others had done the same. I understand that you made a simple error and I am not angry with anyone.

On a side note. In future I shall  make certain that my intentions are clear and true to event organizers, regardless of what the outcome may be.

Much peace and love
-ScottyRunner


At the End of my Life Looking Back.

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I am very old now. I am beginning to approach my hundredth birthday. I feel myself becoming more and more peaceful with every single breath that I take. I feel no pain, no worry or fear. I know that I am close to passing over. I know my time in this physical body is coming to a close and that a new chapter is to begin for me. I’m sat here on my swinging chair outside my glorious home within the tropics. In front of me I see a smorgasbord of trees carrying juicy fresh organic oranges, lemons, limes, nectarines, bananas and figs and more beyond that. I see a sprawling ground full of exotic vegetables just waiting to be picked and eaten over the coming days. Beyond these I see the sun coming down over the horizon as it makes it’s way to meet the end of the oceans. The sky turns orange just as it has done 36, 250 times and more since I came into this wonderful world. I’m thinking about the amazing life in which I have had.

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From small beginning of limitations set by others and set by myself I have come far. The memories of the abuse from family I suffered as a child. I remember always being told I would never be anyone and I would never go anywhere. My life was a waste of time I should never have been born, that I was an accident. I remember the fists in my face, being strangled my by collar while thrown out of rooms and being beaten in the chest by his foot while curled in a ball on the ground. I remember the memories of those who bullied me through school. I was a victim and played easy target to them. I remember the self-harm I can still see the cuts on my arms. I can sometimes still taste the metallic taste of medications in which I overdosed on.  I’m also remembering my shaky start to adulthood. Oh how I have been ‘rich’ and been poor but always remained poor. Remember that being rich goes beyond what is in your wallet. I’m remembering the times of drug use as a means to escape. The times of smoking and drinking, feeding my body with poisons, perhaps because I didn’t feel that this body of mine deserved to be treated well. The times I allowed my thoughts to overtake my happiness.  Yes the first quarter of my life was a difficult one. Though I’m not the only one. I remember all this but the pain is such a distant emotion. It’s just as though the printer has almost ran out of ink. Actually I think it might have. All I sense from my past is gratitude. For without all the trying times in my life I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t have grown how I have grown and I wouldn’t be able to help others the way I have. I’m thankful for all the experiences I have had in life both good and bad.

Since then on my life changed. Disbelief was taken away, limitations erased. I learned better coping mechanisms. I found the positive in the negative. I noticed steps back and decided not to dwell on them but move forward, I’d began to find my way and my achievements have been plentiful. One of the most important being my ability to live in balance with joy and happiness, regardless of any mental health issues I had when I was younger. I have learnt to be inspired, motivated and positive throughout my life. Even greater I have been able to pass this onto others as my full time mission.

I have mastered the Spanish language and am living in a Spanish speaking country. Here I have been working in harmony with nature and my surround with the food I eat and energy I use.

I have had a successful and inspiring running career. I have ran across vast distances.  I have covered hundreds and thousands of miles across national trails throughout different lands. Always on a journey, inspiring myself, motivating myself moving my body, and most importantly, my mind forward with every single step that I took. I have continued to blog about this in some way or another through my life though the methods have changed somewhat since the ‘blogging’ days. I’m not quite sure what they call it now. This has just as importantly brought inspiration to others which has been my life’s work.

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I have achieved almost everything I had hoped for. I think that achieving everything that we ever wanted in life is a fallacy. To have achieved everything is to stop being inspired, stop being motivated to stop learning more, to stop loving and creating and living. Love, joy, happiness, peace, fulfillment knows no boundaries and I will continue to build on all those things I already have a great deal of and feel a great deal of now. Right through these last days of my life. The world is a vast place with infinite things that we can do out there and learn out there, and within ourselves. I know for sure I won’t have completed all my goals when I pass. For one I have just started to rebuild on my knowledge of quantum physics and I do not expect to learn all that I’d hoped to within my last few days. I do it though because it fascinates me. So yes I know I will have goals that I have not achieved and I am happy with that so long as I am happy with WHO I currently am, and I am.


The first quarter of my life was difficult but my my my how I have made up for it with the rest of my life. All the earlier difficulties were there to help build my strength to have the amazing life which I have had. 

Philip is my life and soul and he has been with me right up until this day.  We have had trying times the two of us. We have not always enjoyed the same things. Sometimes we wondered if we were suited to each other we spoke about how we both imagined doing the things we loved most as individuals, together, laughing and smiling. Though there are many things that fascinate my husband which do not fascinate me. We spoke to each other about the things we do love and our dreams and we created dreams together and achieved those with support for one another and love. People believe love is lost when the spark has gone. Love isn’t a spark between two people that’s an infatuation which turns into something much deeper, something that was never achieved with anyone else I ever met. He has been my lover and he has been my best friend, and a little piece of his spirit will be with mine when I leave this world, just as it is now. We are both very old now and very happy. Living our final days together in peace.

I have found the diversity in the people I have met very interesting and rewarding. So many people don’t give themselves enough credit but luckily they can find it within themselves. It’s always been there, they just need to find it, accept that they deserve to feel that way and have those things and make the choice. People who have come to me for life coaching who thought their lives where in ruins have come out with some of the most inspiring and profound things I ever thought was possible. They were just simply beyond my wildest dreams. I have seen 100s of people and every single one of them enriched my life with my guidance to enrich theirs. We are capable of so much more than we know. The great riches in life are not just for a select few but can be achieved for anybody. This has enriched both my life and theirs and allowed me to better my service by sharing their wisdom along with mine to the next person. This has been pretty powerful stuff.

Another thing that’s interesting is how life just continues to go on and on. The hills and mountains continue to sit there almost never moving through their existence. The wind continues to blow through everything that is passes. The trees continue to grow as tall as buildings. The birds continue to chirp their beautiful songs. As I come towards the end of my life I see all new life around me coming into existence every day. I sit and I think of all the trivia that I allowed into my life once upon a time. All those silly things that I allowed to get on top of how I felt and thought about myself, other people and the rest of the world. I may be old and I may be wise, but overall I am only a tiny fragment of something much greater, the great cycle of life, and all that which is beyond the beyond of the universe and our minds. What an amazing world.

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I had lost who I was when I was younger I think most people get lost at some point in their life. I think they do as they believe they should. They do what they are told to do and never question for many years why they are doing it. They never question whether it’s what they want to do. Even more scary many people know they are not happy every day and decide to not take action. Does it make them happy? Do they love what they do? Do they love who they are with? Then they find themselves lost. They look in the mirror and don’t see the true reflection of who they should be and want to be. They don’t see the reflection of who they are inside. They are the reflection of the person the system tells them to be. They are living by that system as ‘individuals’ and are also limiting themselves greatly by self-limitations and limitations imposed on them over the years by family and friends. I think the best thing anyone could ever do in life is to become lost for a length of time in which to go back to basics and discover who you really are inside. What makes YOU happy? What do YOU want? Sometimes when our lives have taken control of us, we are sad, depressed, lonely and lost and we don’t know what we want or what makes us happy. Sometimes we feel nothing makes us happy. Think as you did as a child what made you happy then? What did you dream? Through being lost and experiencing all those emotions that go with it we have a chance to find ourselves. It may take time but stay lost and you will find a way.  Much like I did all those years ago.

Now I am much older and looking back on my life and I love the person I have become. I love the person I became a long time ago. I am proud of the work I have done and the world I have created around me. I am proud of the people I have helped.  Through sheer stubbornness to not accept that “that is life get over it” I have managed to find who I am and what I want to do in life.  I discovered how to make a living in doing what I love best. I have maintained good health through eating good nutritious healthy foods that I have mainly grown myself right here at home. I have eaten well and still been treated. Fruit are the best treats in life. I have taken up exercise most of my life and even now toward the end of my life I enjoy the occasional walk through the forest or to meditate on the beach. I have shown love and compassion to all those who have come into my life. Well the most of it anyway. Those that I have had disagreements or fights with in my younger life I have apologized to upon further contact and settled our differences. Some of those have become close friends to this day. Others we have agreed to disagree and wished each other all the luck and happiness in the world for the future, both separating with smiles, love and peace for one another. 

I wouldn’t change a thing. I have set out to achieve all the things that I held most dear to my heart to help me to be successful and wealthy and have a rich life. I have done all I can to help other people to do the same. I have done all I can to help other animals and life around me. I have spared their lives by making the choice to not eat animals nor use any products in which they need, or to use them for my own entertainment for men to profit from. I have helped any animal I could help at that current time. I have become guardian for several animals over my life, in need of a home. I am very content with the way my life has gone.

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The most important wisdom and advice I would like pass on to others at this stage in my life, would be to get lost and find yourself! It doesn’t matter how long it takes to find yourself but do so. When you do then live and breathe it with every inch of your being. You may need to make changes, you may need to let go of some of the things or even people in your life… and that’s ok. Everything will be ok.

When the heavens have come to me and it is my time.I shall close my eyes, I shall smile, I shall allow the light to enter my body and lift my soul, my spirit and the true essence of me from my body. I shall look forward to the amazing journey ahead of me to come.

Behind me I will leave my love for every single one of you.
-ScottyRunner

Forest path in the woods


Food for Thought. A Few lessons in Life.

Yesterday (30th January 2015), I posted on Facebook that I was a little saddened that as an ultra marathoner I had only managed to go out and walk 1.89 miles in the morning. I have recently been injured with Plantar Fasciitis and as I use running as my medicine for a range of mental health problems it’s been driving me crazy. So from lunch I decided that I would have a little personal me time doing some soul searching and reconnecting back with who I am. I felt I needed to remind myself that medicine isn’t always available on a physical level but I most likely have all that I need in my mind.

Of course these lessons I learned were supposed to be personal but if anyone can take anything from them then it is worth the time to share the information with you. In case you struggle reading the images I have written underneath each one what is written on each page.

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“Lessons Learned 30th January 2015.” – ScottyRunner

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“To be appreciated for who I am and not what I have. To be grateful for who I am and not what I have.” – ScottyRunner

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“The things that money can’t buy are the things that are the most special and important.” – ScottyRunner

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“I’m nearly 30 with no career, no education and hardly any money. Am I happy? Yes. Why? because I do not abide by the norms. I am true to who I am 100%. This has safely brought me to where I am today. If others do not value this simple widowm… They are not worthy of my time have much to learn.” – ScottyRunner

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“Who am I? Most people can not describe who they are, but they can feel and sense who they are. That alone is special. – No descriptions required.” – ScottyRunner

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“Why I run? a physical, mental and spiritual journey. The only medicine required to hopefully realising where I am going… and where am I going? – I hope to never find out.” – ScottyRunner

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“It’s funny you know. I am bi-polar, and I just remembered that I am libran.” – ScottyRunner

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“Some of the things that I attach myself to who I am and represent with PRIDE. Freedom, Veganism, Vegan Runners, Running, Green Party(UK), Peace, Friends of the Earth and 100s more.” – ScottyRunner

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“I ask each and every one of you think create a world without money. What an amazing world for humans and our other living friends (animals), and what a precious gift to be left long after us to Mother Earth.” – Scotty Runner

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“We allow so many little annoyances to build up over time without ever realising it. Like somehow they are all there just to personally attack me. I think not! Just let it all go.” – ScottyRunner

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“Religion – I do not know what is and what is not. If religion brings hope then that alone is worth my, and the worlds attention.” -ScottyRunner

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“It doesn’t matter where I am going, so long as I am truthful to who I am each step of the way.” – ScottyRunner

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“The secret of happiness? How may I help?.” – ScottyRunner

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Homework. Do not forget the lessons in which you learn. Live them, breath them, share them. Make them become a part of who you are. In doing so you will enrich the lesson, you will advance the lesson, you will pass them onto others.” – ScottyRunner

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“If these lessons have failed then come back again tomorrow. Xoxo” – ScottyRunner

And just on a final note;

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“we get so wrapped up in how we are told to live our lives. I am sorry. I have failed you all, but I will not hide who I am anymore. My reason for existance is to spread Joy, Happiness, Peace and Love to everybody (and every animal) that shall ever cross or walk my paths. Be truthful to who you are and not who you are told to be. I mean it when I say I love each and every one of you, and everything will be ok.” -ScottyRunner

All in all a very productive day. I was very tired at the end of my thinking session and my mind and body exhausted. Though I found enough energy within me to walk 6 miles in the night to meet my husband outside of his work place to give him the message that I love him.
Thank you for reading.


31 Mile Canal Path. Birmingham – Worcester – Why Use a Narrowboat?

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OK So I said I’d write a report on my long run yesterday of 31 miles so here we go.

The route was across the Worcester and Birmingham Canal Towpath in the UK. With 3 off path diversions. It starts just before Bath Row in Birmingham UK and ends just along side Worcester High Street (also in the UK).

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The distance was ran in 6:31:14 (hr:min:sec) which is a similar pace (12:37 min/mi) to first time I ran it. This was the 4th time running this route. Although there wasn’t much progress on the time the terrain was much more technical than the first time. There was a lot of boggy mud and there was enough ice to top back up the Artic. Not just little bits of lite ice you that you can plod along, but sometimes thick sheets on road downhills like this. There was also plenty of ice on narrow curving downhill stone paths under bridges on the canal in which one I went right on my ass and just decided to slide down to the bottom.
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This was a ‘luxury’ route because the actual overall elevation gain was less than the loss. The gain was 768 ft and the loss was 1 145 ft. This didn’t make it any easier to the end of the course though but it was welcome of course.
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The night before the event I had a nice portion of chilli con beans and rice. I eat this all the time and I never have problems with it so was perfect comfort food for me.

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On the morning of the long run I had a smoothie with 500ml water, 4 bananas, half punnet blueberries, half punnet raspberries and a large mango. I also tossed in a handful of spinach and a tablespoon of agave nectar to sweeten it more.

For the run I had a mixture of energy bars and fruit bags. I also had a packet of Vegan cola bottles. I don’t normally take sweets with me but rather what I fancy just before and I spotted these… they did the trick for later in the day. I bought coconut also for the fat but I forgot to take this with me. Never noticed and to be fair the bars are a blend of nuts and dates anyway. The fruit bags were ok but I didn’t realise that most of them were laced with sugar so I’ll get the whole dried fruits again next time rather than this overpriced candy!
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A word on gels because someone recently brought this subject up. They mentioned doesn’t food like this take longer to fuel you when you have it as a pose to gels? Yes they might, but you should never actually be allowing your body to get to the point that you must have energy right now or things will go tits up. Eating foods at regular intervals will keep you fueled much better without so many spikes. I have only ever hit the wall once when out running longer distances. I ate a bar an hour and fruit bags as and when I fancied something a little more as a treat. I have only ever used gels once and they were vile foul things! To me (and a lot of people) eating is one of the finest pleasures EVER and if I can combine my pleasure for eating along with my love for running. Well then I’m in ecstasy. Are your gels pleasing you? Well then maybe try something different. It might just work. Then again it might not. Not everyone can hold food down when running whereas I’m known for stopping at a store and buying a large pack of potato chips/crisps and eating them all in one go plodding along still running.

After the run there was a bit of a distaster with food. I ate a big pack of potato chips/crisps from the store at the end and then later had ciabatta toast and sunflower oil and then after this I had a vegan pepperoni pizza takeaway. I did keep up with my fluids though :O

For my equipment I took with me my WAA ultra bag 20L + 4L WAA front pouch. With modifications the 20L bag was 570g the cover was 40g and the front pouch was  185g making it 795g. I probably didn’t need a bag of this size for such a short distance but I am training with it as it’s the bag I will use for my longer runs and T184 Mile Endurance Race.
I also took a very basic home made first aid kit, a few sheets of toilet paper and an emergency blanket coming to 219g. I took my camera which was 100g and my phone to connect with you all when I finished 😉 Apart from these all I took was a little dinero for the train home, a thin fleece jacket, beanie hat and dry gloves to warm me up at the end. The overall weight came to 5kg without water. Then 1.5L water was all I needed.

The temperature was not much over zero or hovering around that. I decided to wear a base layer tight tshirt, a long sleeve running tshirt over that and then my waterproof outer shell jacket ontop of this. I also wore my buff as a beanie hat and wore long base layer tights. I know some people hate it but I did wear tight boxers under these too. My reason being because when I pee I don’t always manage to fully drain off when in a rush to keep going. This extra layer makes this less important. Probably something the girls didn’t want to know but I’m certain many guys have this problem too! My sneeks choice was a pair of Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail sneaks along with a pair of gaiter socks to keep crap out of them! Finally I wore a pair of cheap running gloves.
It certainly was a cold start at 7:45am just as the sun was rising. At about half way I did take off my gloves and then around mile 20 I took my hat off too.
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The morning promised good sunny clear skies to be had throughout the day and that was true for the entire journey. In fact it stayed sunny right until we got onto the train back home! Then it rained and it rained hard and was overcast!

The lack of clouds and rain didn’t make the ground any easier for running though. The mud and ice made things a bit slower throughout than we may have wanted to go. But we soldiered on and found this tricky terrain would give us a bit more of a challenge which ultimately allowed us to enjoy the experience even more.

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The first half of the run was a doddle really. We chatted and caught up on whats been going on in eachothers lives and work etc and ticked off the miles without hardly even looking at our devices.

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That’s David by the way. David hadn’t ran anything beyond 23.2 miles before this run and he said that shorter run nearly killed him. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t capable of this kind of distance though! If you ever saw any of his training runs and races he’s a pretty fast runner even when he hasn’t had much time to put in the training! He kept mentioning how he might have the speed but I have the endurance. So I was looking forward to showing him that if he slowed down a bit he’d find that wasn’t the case.

It was absolutely awesome watching us tick off the 23.2 miles and then the 26.2 mile achievements for him and then the 30 and 31 for the finish. He kept soldiering on and I’m really looking forward to seeing how he might do at this course on his own some time.

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About half way I wanted to pick up a Geocach in the local area as I don’t often get that far out in that direction and knew it would be an easy one right on our path so I picked that up and we signed our names on the paper and gave it a new sealed bag lol. I think this along with an electrolyte drink store stop and taking some snaps probably lost us about 15 minutes of the run but it wasn’t a race and these things added to the experience.
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Once we got to about mile 18 as per usual I began getting this real burning feeling on the bottom of my feet. Well actually it was only very mild at mile 18 through to about 23 then it was really bothering me. We reduced from running long stretches to running 5 minutes and walking 5 minutes on and off. We did this for a while and then at about mile 26 we began increasing the length of the runs by a minute or two here and there.

My feet where throbbing with a burning aching pain on the bottoms and David said that we should stop if it gets too bad. I tried to remind him that I aint stopping. I’m already in pain and might as well get a reward for it… as the inspirational speaker Eric Thomas says. “if I say I’m going to do something then I do it we are finishing this run at mile 31”.
My mind was ready for the long haul and the rest of my body was. But my feet cried. Which began to show on my face.

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So we kept going and then I realised I’d completely stopped looking at my Garmin GPS watch and when I next looked we were at 30.31 miles or something. As we got closer to 31 miles I picked up the pace and started legging it to the 31 mile mark as quickly as I could. My watch marked 31 miles and I stopped and threw my arms up in arm going “wohooo”. What an accomplishment for both of us and I believe David finished much stronger than myself.
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We then went to a local store to get something to eat on the train and to Costa to grab a quick coffee. I had a nice Americano with Soya for myself.
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Overall I know this long run doesn’t amount to a great deal. According to my training plan to prepare myself for the T184 endurance run I should be running this distance another 7 times and running beyond this up to 50 miles another 4 times. Though you need these little accomplishments to keep you focused on the bigger goals. To keep you going “hell yeah I can do this…. I have done 30 I can do anything!” This is not the case right away lol but that’s how my bipolar mind works. In fact I believe partly my bipolar helps me to keep pushing on and wanting to reach extreme levels in my running.

When I woke up today (the day after the run) I was worried I wouldn’t be able to walk much for recovery let alone a recovery run. I struggled on the last times I ran this distance. But my feet seemed to be better and I managed to get out and do a nice gentle 4 mile recovery run. I then came home and did my regular post run stretch and felt my body would benefit from an additional Vinyasa Yoga session this week to flex out my muscles and aid recovery.

Bring on the next challenge!
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