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The Glasgow Hills were alive...

With the sound of my breathing :-)

We decided to do hill runs today. So went up and down and up and down and up and down many hills.

Hopefully running on flat ground should get easier after this. Or at least, that is the hope :-)

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Well done Ash , tough aren't they ? Its good though isn't it to mix it up a bit .

Im doing these at the moment too . Flippin' hard work but I do enjoy them in a sort of warped and twisted way :-)

All stamina and muscle building,so its all good

The only way is up , Baby ! :-D xxx

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I phoned up and asked my wife if she and my running buddy had taken out an insurance that I didn't know about.

She said yes...but it doesn't kick in for 6 months. So I am to keep going :-)

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Ha ha ! :-D xxx

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She is just as mad as me xxx

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Ha ha you will make a lovely couple then :-D xxx

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Well done! Yes, it makes a change from the flat, OK it's obviously tougher, but will build stamina, I could do with a tad more power in the pins, but am getting there slowly..

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Thanks Dave.

I am sure there is plenty of power in your pins.

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Don't feel like it sometimes Ash, just have to keep pushing...

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Please accept my respect Dave. I did my first ParkRun today and it was hard. Definitely not a walk in the park.

Yes, need to keep pushing. Need to push harder.

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No, a run in the park Ash! lol

You have a few wee hills on that Parkrun then Ash? Tough arent they! Which Parkrun is that? My nephew lives in Troon.

Then if it's muddy as well it makes it even more tough with the heavy going, what with trail shoes on collecting all that mud. But Parkruns a nice atmosphere with all the other runners, even if it does bunchup a tad at the start...

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It's the one in Callander Park - Falkirk Parkrun. It's not muddy...just one long gradual hill at the start and then one cardiac hill at the end :-)

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Having lived and worked in Glasgow, Ash, I pity you running those hills - they are a nightmare !! Well done :-)

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Thanks Lucca.

I remember, I used to stop while WALKING up those hills.

And now I am running up and down those hills!

Thank god it is winter and thank god for the ice cold rain!

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It sure will! You only have to run hills for a few sessions before you start feeling the benefit. I've been running more uphills than before as my physio says it's easier on the calves

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I am sure I will soon find out if I am benefiting or not :-)

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We will have to compare notes, Ash.

Just think, in a couple of months we will be a pair of proper racing snakes, smashing PBs left, right and centre :-) xxx

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Poppy, what I haven't told many people yet is that I have entered a competition to win a place in London Marathon.

That I am mad - everyone knows.

The hill sprints (if you can call them sprints) are all part of my training.

Part of me is dreading getting through. And other part is wishing that I did.

In the meantime, I am enjoying the runs as much as I can :-) xxx

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Oh Ash that is fantastic !

What an amazing experience that will be ! I can understand totally what you mean though,it is a scary prospect - 26 miles , but you don't have to run it all do you ?

Okay I wont tell anyone promise, my lips are sealed - Sssssh :-D xxx

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I will have a 2 min run 1 min walk plan and intend to run/walk the distance...or at least as much as I can. I will walk the rest.

The cut-off time is 08:15...or so I think. I can definitely do that :-) xxx

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I am sure you can , Ash !

Good Luck , I really hope you get in ! :-) xxx

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Thanks Poppy xxx

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All my c25k was up and down hills. I have no choice here because I live on a hill. I didn't realise how difficult it was until I went on holiday by the sea in October. Running on a flat surface was so easy compared to what I had been doing before. Hill running is excellent for stamina. Enjoy the icy rain. Hope you win your place in the LM

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I respect you even more Cath. Running up and down hills is much more difficult compared to flat surface!

Well done indeed!!!

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Bless you! Hills are quite a challenge but it gets easier .

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