RCD Session – DCP Trail – 20th September 2016

Small group tonight but well done everyone;))

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GNR 2016

“As you can see, I really enjoyed my day. Thanks to everyone for your kind wishes and to Ally for cracking the whip” 🙊

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“Massive thanks to all for their very kind words of support and encouragement😘
……T’was tough, hot and loooong but lots & lots of fun!…… I would highly recommend GNR, even if only for a one of experience and if I can do it anyone can!!”🏃🏼👍😃

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THAT Run

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Okay. So, we’ve all been there, done that and got the t shirt. And the medal! THE run from hell. The run that questions our ability drains our confidence and leaves us with a taste worse than a red wine hangover in our mouth!

For me, it was the Scottish Half Marathon in 2014. When I finished, I was never running again. Done. Dusted. Trainers in the bin and a new keep fit regime being planned. I’ll spare you the gory details. Suffice to say, I have never been closer to phoning a Granny Taxi (aka my wonderful Mum) to pick me up at Lidl in Prestonpans as I was that day.

Regardless of whether it’s a 5k training run or a full blown 26.2 race, sometimes, just sometimes, it’s not meant to be. We are a funny breed, where our bodies dictate what happens both physically and psychologically, sometimes without any explanation whatsoever. Is it physical? Psychological? Or even both? I guess we will never know. But sometimes, we all have runs that just don’t go according to plan.

For me, I could list my thoughts as to why September 2014 made me feel like the worst athlete of all times. You will be able to explain your reasons too. Injury stabbing your leg like a needle in your bum. The dreaded runners’ trots, meaning all you can do is clench. Or even the unmentionable blood blister, throbbing through your trainers like, without being wholly inappropriate, a young loves heart in a beat of passion.

Regardless of the reason, our heads go down and we lose the battle. We struggle to the line, sometimes in tears, and feel traumatised at “that” time. Or we give in. We don’t cross the line and call on our personal equivalent of a Granny Taxi. We beat ourselves up about being rubbish. About being unprepared and unmotivated. Why did we think we were ever good enough? Why did we even start in the first place? Again, the reasons are plentiful. But none are realistic. We feel like we feel because we care and we are human. We get disappointed. For various reasons, every now and then, we go out and have a nightmare run. Nothing clicks. The breathing and the legs are like strangers in the night. The pace is off the radar and our heads are in the clouds. It just doesn’t happen on that run. And it hurts like hell.

Since 2014, I have returned to running. I have run a couple of other half marathons and a few 5k and 10k races. The pain eases. It’s like ripping off a plaster – it hurts like mad at the time, but the pain doesn’t last long. You will come back and you will run again. The body works in a funny way. It plays tricks on us, just to confuse us. But you will come back and you will run again. Anyone who is reading this will be a runner in some form. It doesn’t matter what distance you run or what time it takes. Set your own personal targets and don’t let that brain of yours play tricks. You can run. And you will run your best. If you have a bad run, don’t dwell on it. Just go out the next time and enjoy it. The more pressure you put on yourself, the more room there is for disappointment. We are human. We have good days and we have bad days, like everyone else. Above that, we are runners. And for every bad run you have, you will have a dozen good ones. Bask in your own personal glory – you deserve it! And the bad runs? Well, I can’t even remember my last bad run……………….!

 

….Pamela McIntosh – October 2016

Arthur Seat – RCD 5k – Sunday 21st August 2016

A warm and sunny Sunday, saw Run Club Dalkeith begin their 5k series for this year. 15 members made the 11am (ish) start – just as the sun was warming up!

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A strong wind swirled the famous volcanic rock in the heart of the city and runners were faced with the steep climb up Queen’s Drive to Dunsapie Loch. The Park was busy with other runners, walkers and cyclists. The odd car on the road meant we had to be super alert. How rude. Cars on our route! But they didn’t deter the determined Dalkeith runners and all 15 battled on!

A water stop mid-way up Queen’s Drive gave relief for some. For others, the thought of stopping on THAT hill was enough to ensure they ploughed through without the liquid help!

At the top of the hill, the plateau of the road helped runners get their breath back and prepare for the downhill section of the route. The 5k route is truly a run of 2 halves. The steep incline of the first third of the route is matched by an equally steep decline through Holyrood Park. As runners left Dunsapie Loch to start their downward run, they were faced with the strong wind coming from the west. The pleasure of the downward section was marred slightly by the strong wind – but no one was to complain – especially as the sun was still shining and, after all, a good downward hill is a joy to any runner!

Passing Dynamic Earth, the route flattened again and runners were left with a flat home straight that seemed to be never ending! However, a tree mid-way along the road was the 5k mark and our finishing post. Finishers gathered and welcomed club mates over the finish line. Even those who chose to cross the line trainer less!!! (A strange point for some, but not, it would seem, for Maureen!!)

A lovely day and a fantastic run was topped off with flapjack, mars bar crunch, fairy cakes and scones (with butter AND jam!) Refuelling after such a route is, of course, a necessity!

Well done to all Club runners – a great turn out on a Sunday morning and a great run by all.

Thanks also to those who came along to encourage, cheer on, hand out water and generally be supportive! Your sounds of encouragement were appreciated by all!

Our next run in the 5k series is Saturday 17th September 2016 and is the Forth Road Bridge run. Here’s hoping for a good turn out and similar weather!!!

Report by Pamela McIntosh…….RCD

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Forth Road Bridge 10k – Sunday 14th August 2016

Wow!……..What can I say??!!……………….Absolutely loved this run!!:)

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During race briefing, a representative from Pitreavie AAC very proudly informed all runners of the event’s success over previous years, thus now making it the most popular Scottish 10k race!!…..I can certainly understand why and would definately recommend this race to any runner looking for an excitingly exhilarating event.

Starting at North Queensferry Community Centre, the route began with a long, winding & scenic, downhill stretch before heading slightly uphill towards the bridge.  Once on the bridge the gradual yet challenging gradient was made bearable by the magnificent views.

Upon completing the first leg of the bridge, a much welcomed water station led the way into the underpass before taking on the return leg.

It was great to see so many supporters along the route and at the finish line, offering encouragement and praise to all runners.

The race was followed by a very impressive buffet for all runners, helpers & supporters back at the Community Centre … I was well impressed with my ‘plain bread’ jam piece!! 😉

An extremely well organised event……  Well done and thanks to Pitreavie AAC and all volunteers/helpers.

Suzanne Kerr – August 2016

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