Wk40 – 24.5M Glasgow to Milngavie and back

Clean trainers...

As I was lacing up my Saucony running trainers this morning, I thought to myself – ‘my trainers are so nice and clean.’ – I think I thought to soon. :-/

Saturday morning, 8am I was lacing up my nice shining white trainers ready for my (what I thought was going to be) 20 mile run up the Kelvin River from Glasgow to Milngavie (and back).

I wore my over the knee Nike shorts, my white under armour compression top with my pink north face top over it, and my trusty white gore cap.  I had my water pack on my back, my ipod with some new songs on it and some gels to keep me going.

I’d had porridge for breakfast, and had some caffeine (pro plus) pills to give me a kick.  It was a little cold and windy when I stepped out to start at 8:15am so I put my buff round my neck but soon realised I didn’t need it. It was actually quite pleasant out, with some non threatening cloud overhead.

Here’s what happened, let see if I can summarise it: 😉

Paisley Road… GPS out a bit, first mile wasn’t that fast… Squinty Bridge… Sun rising behind me… SECC… Clyde Stride markers… 8:30 pace as planned… Comfortable… Happy … Good tunes… Kelvingrove Park… Cute little puppies… hello Kelvin River on my left… Maryhill… Energy gel…West of Scotland Science Park… (please take the right turn Lorn)… Quick look at map…. Went straight on, wrong way, should have turned right… Retraced my steps a little way… Back on track… Is it the right track?…

I’m meant to be turning left up the River, but where is it?!…on a cycle path, Road ahead, need to turn left…. Eeeeeek… Turn left, onto a trail…I think this is the right way…. Leaves, mud, puddles, off road … Not sure if I like this… Whoa!! It’s muddy, and watery!!… Oh, that’ll be my feet wet and my shoes muddy… oh, and again…

Slip…and again…. Slow down… Jesus this is hard work… River on my right… Muddy again, better to go on the dry long grass to the right… REALLY muddy, slippery and wet underfoot….Maybe I should turn back?… Thank F it’s not raining!… Keep going… Slow it down a bit… Feet and ankles not feeling too steady… Stop and re-tie my shoe laces tighter… Trainers just a brown mess now lol…no grip (all caked in thick mud)…. Mud all up my calves and 

mud splashed everywhere…stairs down….. styles….. Thinking how my best running buddy ‘Twinkle Toes’ would love this… Twinkle Toes, now that’s a good idea… Try it… Light on my feet… Small light steps… wet feet… When the hell will this end?!… Legs getting cut up as I run through the undergrowth, blood drawn…. Scratch here, scratch there… Oweee!!…

(Now I know what calf guards are for!!) … Road… Where now?… Look at road sign….See the trail path continue on the other side of the road… Aw man, I could just run on the road, lol… Onto the trail… Bridge…running along uneven grassy ground (at least it’s dry and not muddy)…….STOP – a straight drop down to the river….. sort of dead end….. go back a bit….. should have turned left instead of going straight on…… back on track……another bridge….. Grass path… Lift my feet…. Concentrate on where I put my feet… Thinking all the time… Straight flat long bit… Phew… Open up pace again… Love it…. Better take an energy gel… Dropped one somewhere – damn it….got a spare, took it…Rangers training ground…. Getting there… Main road… Nearly there … 

Up to Milngavie town centre… Past the start of the WHW… People must think I’m mad (and dirty)… Milngavie Railway Station…

Do I need to toilet? – No… Keep going… Wait a minute – is that ‘Fred’? – I think so – Great timing, sigh…. Ow… Bastard…. Keep going….Round in a loop (not really sure where I’m going) onto the Allander
Walkway (on the right track)… Sign says 6 miles to Glasgow – aye right!! Maybe 6 miles to the boundary of Glasgow!! … 12.8 miles in, maybe 12 to go… running back home… back through the (wet, jaggy and muddy) trails… I’m not sure if I really really like this or not?! … lol… Nice straight bit again … how odd – my eyes are really itchy – possible side effects of the medication??… more mud and wet bits underfoot… Probably got about 4 more mile of trails to go… running on grass again… 

Fell over, landed on my knee and hand… Thank F it wasn’t in the mud… Got up, kept running…. 3 massive doberman dogs ahead – owner on phone let me pass… Mud bits again… Slippery… Take my time…. Twinkle Toes… lol… Oweeee jaggy bits…. Trainers are f ked!…. Slip again, watch my ankle/s…. Imagine breaking a bone out here!! No thanks… Better be careful…

When the hell is this trail going to end??!! (I should know, I ran along it not so long ago) … I think I can see buildings, soon hopefully… A trolley? I don’t remember seeing a trolley on the way out…. Am I going the right way? – I must be going the right way – have a little faith in yourself Lorn…. Another trolley!… mmmm, not so sure…. Keep going… Near the end of the trails… A bit more mud and water just for good measure… Back on the cycle path… Thank F for that!!!…

About 6 miles to go… 11:15am… 18.5 miles in, legs feeling tired..maybe under an hour to go. Back beside the Kelvin River… uphill… downhill… Fat man with a dog….. Another energy gel – strawberry and banana – yuk, too strong, tastes horrible… Keep going… Legs feeling a bit sore…. Keep going… Picking up the pace again… Kelvingrove Park… itchy eyes again – arg!!…. Running group – helped me keep up the pace …. 21 miles in… a running man said, ‘You’ve been on the trails’, I chatted to him, said I might go
slow, he said I’d be just pacing myself…. Said I’d done 21 miles, about 4 to go… He called me Crazy…. A group of amateur photographers along the Kelvin…. Pointing their cameras at me (or past) me… I gave them a big wave and a big smile… Lol… Hope they got a good photo for their collection…. a bit of drizzle – nice… tired now… old Museum of Transport…kids in karate outfits… 10 minutes to go? Please?…. Along side the Expressway… Wind against me… Head down… Run to the beat…’Alesha – Drummer boy’… Nearly there…. Over the foot bridge… BBC…. Bells Bridge… STV…. Nearly there….woman over took me…. then waited to cross the road at the Squinty… I cross the road on the Squinty Bridge (careful not to get run over) … Keep going… she over took me again…. she hasn’t just run 24 miles…….. I’ll go to 24.5 and I’ll stop… 0.2 miles to go… 24.5 at the Drs surgery on Govan Road… Finished!! 😀

That’ll do. I finished with mud caked trainers and legs. Dried blood on my legs from the trail. Shins nipping. Quick stretch and into the flat for a mars bar milkshake, shower and some water. Fred is here 😦 ow. First day is always the worst.

Glad to be finished!

I decided my trainers needed a good wash in the sink and spent a bit of time cleaning them up. Ended up soaking them by leaving them in the (filled up) sink for a bit.  They are now a distinct shade of GREY. Worn in, used and trail run.  ‘Twinkle Toes’ (aka Jackie) says I’m a proper runner now because I got my new trainers caked in mud (and mud in them too I might add)… I think she might be right… 😉

After the shower we went to Houston (Brodies) for some lunch where I had calamari followed by steak. Yum. Then 3 hours later I was hungry again. Love it.  Had rasperries to keep me going before dinner.

It’s nice to be back on long runs and pleased I could do 24.5 when I’d originally planned 20 miles. I felt strong mostly throughout and kept going to finish. Although My shins are cut to shreds, I look forward to explaining that to the kids tomorrow at swimming teaching – not!

I said last year I’d like to try and run more on trails… it’s a strange experience.  When you are so used to running on roads… you can control your pace easily, you can push faster and slow down when ever you want to.  You can turn off and just run… the only time you really need to concentrate and think is when you cross roads.

On trails it’s so different. You constantly have to look where you are putting your feet and constantly have to think about how you run… should you slow down, should you walk?…. Is that muddy bit going to be slippy? Did I just tweak my ankle? Am I going too fast for the terrain… it’s a real challenge… and one I think I’m up for?!

Run: 24.5M, 3:39:44 , Pace: 8:58, Calories: 2,094
Ave HR: 159 (84%) Max HR: 173 (91%) Garmin Training Effect: 4.5

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