Races

What time is love? – The National Open indoor 1500m 2020 – Running Fitness Article

What time is love? – The National Open indoor 1500m 2020 Despite the fact that Father time (I can’t call him Old Father Time anymore) is driving me at full pelt towards 50 town let it never be said that I am too old to learn. Maybe that’s just a kind way of saying I made another boo boo, but no I think maybe to be fair it’s another part of the learning curve. Aye another race and nothing goes…

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Baby, don’t apologise – the SVHC Relays 2020 – Running Fitness Article

Baby, don’t apologise – the SVHC Relays 2020 What a great week in Marko running land. Marathon training targets hit – great intervals session at the club, a good LT session, a medium long, modest stuff I know but sessions I was dreading were hitting the mark, and that’s all you can do eh? I was in a good mood, even finding two minutes on Burns night to write my ode to a vaporfly after being barred from the toxic…

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What Is A Good Mile Time For Beginners? – Running Fitness Article

What Is A Good Mile Time For Beginners? If you’ve just started running, you might be curious about what a good mile time is for a beginner runner. You might also be wondering how fast the pros are too! If so, this article is for you! We’ll cover common mile times for beginners, variables that impact your time, and ways to get faster running a mile. By the end, you’ll know not only what good mile…

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All Compasses Go Wild – Jack Crawford Springburn Cup 10k 2020 – Running Fitness Article

All Compasses Go Wild – Jack Crawford Springburn Cup 10k 2020 Disclaimer: I know how I feel about running is different from how others feel and I am glad we are all different. I’ll be me, you’ll be you and we can all be happy. 🙂 Firstly thanks to all the kind comments on my previous blog on my Maranoiacoronavirusism and glad that the “Get it roon ye ya wee weather fud” approach was helpful to people 🙂 Still though…

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Going for Gold / Getting Better – Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon 2020 – Running Fitness Article

Going for Gold / Getting Better – Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon 2020 Aye the old Britpoppians amongst you will be rubbing your hands together for the musical double whammy, but these songs have to be earned. Please note this is a one take written in 20 minutes at lunchtime report so sorry for any omissions or mistakes. We are living in funny times, unprecedented times for many, particularly my generation, things going on that I won’t even try to…

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Living for the weekend – Includes Scottish Indoor 3000m champs 2020 – Running Fitness Article

Living for the weekend – Includes Scottish Indoor 3000m champs 2020 Note: This blog was written differently, posted and deleted earlier in the week as I wasn’t comfortable with it. Running wise the weekend was brilliant. It started off on Friday night with one of my favourite events of the year, the Scottish Indoor 3000m at the Emirates at the GAA BMC Miler meet. This one sells out real quick, and I was fortunate to get a space. Last year…

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Loaded Gun – the Tilli 10k 2019 and finishing the year with a smile – Running Fitness Article

Loaded Gun – the Tilli 10k 2019 and finishing the year with a smile So the year has pretty much come to a close now. I haven’t blogged for a wee while for a number of reasons. Firstly I hadn’t done anything of note and with the blog being as fresh as a loaf that’s been in a Lochgelly breadbin since April, as we approach the roaring 2020s there isn’t really much else to say of any interest to any…

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RunThrough Wimbledon Christmas Fun Run Race Recap – Fitness Article

RunThrough Wimbledon Christmas Fun Run Race Recap ‘You never regret a run’… except the times that you do, kind of. I really enjoyed the Christmas Fun Run on Sunday however it was probably not the best thing for my body when I’m dealing with the cough/cold thing that’s going round right now and I’m paying for it today (Monday). However, I have no complaints about the run itself. I’ve seen so much about RunThrough events, with people raving about their…

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Fifteen Minutes – Shettleston OGM 3000m 2019 – Running Fitness Article

Fifteen Minutes – Shettleston OGM 3000m 2019 None in two months then two in a week. I know what am I like with these blogs? First of all a big thanks to all who commented across all social medias on Sunday’s blog, really appreciated, abuse was at a minimum which is always nice 🙂 So having had my first race in ages the sensible thing would be to have another one two days later then eh? What do you mean…

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Behind the Glass – Strathclyde parkrun, Shettleston OGM and the Scottish Masters 10,000m – Running Fitness Article

Behind the Glass – Strathclyde parkrun, Shettleston OGM and the Scottish Masters 10,000m As I have said before, running can be a funny business unless you are reading this blog. I’ll try and keep the heavy stuff as brief as I can as I could probably do a 200,000 word thesis on the peculiarities of the Gallacher Heid, but I will save that for open university. Last blog saw me beating the battle with my head and pulling off the…

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Sweden 70.3 and Finland 70.3 and Now I’m Home – Kelly O’Mara – Running Fitness Article

Sweden 70.3 and Finland 70.3 and Now I’m Home – Kelly O’Mara Maybe the light is different in Europe. Maybe it’s the bathroom mirrors. But at one point during the two weeks in Finland and Sweden, during the blur of hotels and Airbnbs and rooms, I looked up and thought, “Man, I aged. I looked older.” That’s not a metaphor. That actually happened. There is this thing that happens at races, where we have the same conversation every time, the…

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Get the message – LAAA 3000m 2019 and some Strathclyde parkrun pacing – Running Fitness Article

Get the message – LAAA 3000m 2019 and some Strathclyde parkrun pacing Aye I was annoyed last week, not with the world, not with running, not even with still not understanding the finale of “Lost” all those years ago but simply with myself. The good thing about this running malarkey is we do get to go again. One track race left to go this season, the LAAA track champs at EK, my “home” track because I train there more often…

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I’ve Decided Not to Quit – Kelly O’Mara – Running Fitness Article

I’ve Decided Not to Quit – Kelly O’Mara So what now? What’s next? I didn’t really feel like saying anything more after Ironman Lake Placid because it sucked. I talked about why it sucked on the podcast, but if you lay out any more of the details of the sucking it starts to sound like you’re just making excuses and no one cares anyway. So. Let’s sum up: I was very calorie deficient going in; I was stupid and didn’t…

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Deployed – Cumbernauld 10k 2019 – Running Fitness Article

Deployed – Cumbernauld 10k 2019 It’s hard to explain, to put into words,  and quite frankly as you are all aware I score as highly on eloquence as H from Steps would score on a “Legends of Rock” Top Trumps card. What’s that? Oh aye where was I before I drifted off on that sea of piffle patter? Aye, hard to explain and all that. Sometimes you can just get that feeling when you are running, when you know you…

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Repetition – the year that was 2019 – Running Fitness Article

Repetition – the year that was 2019 “Eastenders was hilarious tonight” “No barcode mate? No worries” “Loving Gavin Hinde’s new perm” “Ach Brexit doesn’t matter, let’s all just get pissed” Jacob Rees Mogg “I had a lot of luck today” John Speirs “My brother is my best pal” Noel Gallagher “High flying St Mirren” “I didn’t like it…. I thought it was utter p1sh” Simon Cowell “I genuinely cannot complain” Mark Gallacher Things you don’t expect to hear, but see…

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There’s always someone cooler than you – Going sub 17 at parkrun – Running Fitness Article

There’s always someone cooler than you – Going sub 17 at parkrun It genuinely surprises me that people still on occasion take 5 minutes out and read these ramblings. Oh I know it’s probably well past its sell by date, but it’s been a big part of me along with my running for more than a few years now so I can’t let it just stop just like that, but bear with me, it’ll wrap up soon, and the ending…

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Roadrunner – the Strathaven 10k 2019 – Running Fitness Article

Roadrunner – the Strathaven 10k 2019 Are we there yet? Is the season finished yet? At least there’s a XC lull and it’s back to the roads. I’ve had my double peak this year and pretty much nailed what I tried to do but even though last week’s XC showed that the tank is about empty but I still have another couple of races to do before I fade back into oblivion again. Strathaven “Run with the wind” (aye right!) 10k.…

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Chicago 5K Race and Marathon Weekend Recap – Fitness Article

Chicago 5K Race and Marathon Weekend Recap Many big marathons are now hosting pre-race 5K events, celebrating the international running community, encouraging visitors and locals to take advantage of the race weekend. I took part in the Tokyo Friendship 4K when I ran the Tokyo Marathon (check out my friend Anna’s video from the run!), have watched the New York Dash to the Finish Line 5K and this weekend, ran the International Chicago 5K. As I wasn’t running the marathon,…

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Spirit – The Great Scottish Run Half Marathon 2019 – Running Fitness Article

Spirit – The Great Scottish Run Half Marathon 2019 Apologies, first of all here is a wee rant before I get to the action. I will put a big RANT ENDED when the rant has ended so you can miss this bit out and carry on if you so desire. There will be pictures. So here is the problem with this blogging thing that I got myself involved in years ago. You start it off when you are just starting…

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#AskABibRavePro – Running Fitness Article

I’ve been blessed to be a part of an awesome running community as a BibRavePro for going on 6 years now. I’m sure you’ve seen my posts about races I’ve been able to run, and the cool products that I’ve had a chance to try out as a BibRavePro. Not to mention, the orange swag I’m wearing a lot when I’m running…my local running group sees me in my BibRave shirt and visor a lot. Applications open tomorrow, November 1st…

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How to Make the Most of your NYC Marathon Weekend – Fitness Article

The New York City Marathon weekend is one of my favourite weekends of the year, whether I’m running it or not (although last weekend’s trip to the Chicago Marathon will definitely rival it!) Listen to the Elites  The New York Road Runner’s Centre is the hub for the weekend (aside from the official expo) hosting stretching sessions, shake out runs and most excitingly, live podcasts with elite runners. The Morning Shakeout – hear podcast host Mario Fraioli chat with Jared…

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Choosing a Spring Marathon – The Runner Beans – Running Fitness Article

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to run a BQ in 2020, but so far I’ve resisted signing up for any races. I mean, literally any which is so unlike me. All I have on my calendar so far in 2020 is the Brighton Half marathon. However, with November rapidly approaching, it’s time to lock in a goal race. I’m looking for something ideally in late April/May, with a fast, flat BQ sanctioned course. I thought…

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Great South Run Race Recap – Fitness Article

This was my second year running the Great South Run and the weather did not disappoint either year; it isn’t always sunny at the seaside but it seems that somethings shining down on Portsmouth during the GSR! I didn’t leave enough time to get to the race this morning, meaning I had a bit of a last minute panic trying to find parking and ended up parking in a rather questionable spot. I hot footed it to the start line,…

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No Better Place – The start of the Relay season – West Districts and LAAA – Running Fitness Article

Disclaimer: This is my blog and my blog only. It is not affiliated to any club and I am not a committee member of any club. I will continue to write what I like when I like and tough to anyone who doesn’t like that. It’s no massive secret that over the last wee while I have been feeling more than a wee bit disillusioned with my MAC membership. It’s not that MAC is any worse than any other club,…

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London Triathlon 2019 Review – The Fat Girls’ Guide To Running – Running Fitness Article

London Triathlon 2019 Review – The Fat Girls’ Guide To Running In 2005 I started working for Newham Council Back then I was not into Sport. (AT ALL) I did not come from a sporty family…unless watching West Ham on the TV counts. My new job was to help train and support volunteers in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics…although we were still in the bid stage at the time. One of the events we provided volunteers for was…

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Race you to Paradise – Guest Blog – Katie Jean-Louis – Running Fitness Article

Race you to Paradise – Guest Blog – Katie Jean-Louis We have women from our community all over the world, and I love nothing more than reading about their lives, their ways of fitting running in their lives…and I always think “one day I’d love to go run with them”, none more so than today’s guest blogger Katie Jean-Louis. I mean come on who wouldn’t want to go run in Mauritius? I just finished my first half marathon.  Not only…

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Race Recap: Bridgehampton 5K – Cuckoolemon – Fitness Article

I woke up on race morning cool as a cucumber.  No race-day jitters for me.  I am not a detective, but I can easily attribute this to one clear fact: I wasn’t signed up to run a race. At 33 weeks pregnant, my already mediocre running talents were in near total hibernation. Registering for races was totally off my radar. But Matthew (my husband, remember him?) was signed up for the Bridgehampton Half and my pals Katy and Sarah were…

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Seconds – The Drumpellier 5k 2019 – Running Fitness Article

OK let’s cut to the chase. If you are one of those ones who has indeed found me irritating in the past then I warn you, this one will have you reaching for the markgallmac voodoo doll or for the keyboard to proclaim your indignation at my attitude under a catchy nom de plume. Oh aye, it is going to be that bad. Just remember my head is not your head and ignoring better judgement I will always go through…

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Find Your Next Race with our 2018 December Race Calendar! – Running Fitness Article

Find Your Next Race with our 2018 December Race Calendar! If you’ve been thinking about jingle jogging, reindeer running, or freezing your gizzard off, it’s time to register for your December race now!December can often be a quiet time for road racing, especially in Minnesota, but that doesn’t mean you should hang up your running shoes! While there are fewer races this time of the year, the holiday season still brings us plenty of excuses to dress up, join family and…

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Race into the Holidays at the Xperience Fitness Reindeer Run – Running Fitness Article

Race into the Holidays at the Xperience Fitness Reindeer Run ‘Tis the season for chilly temperatures, festive fun, and a holiday challenge for the entire family! This year, carry your fitness through the holiday season at the Xperience Fitness Reindeer Run Minneapolis. There’s a distance for everyone and enough holiday cheer to last all season long.Related: Tips for Running Through the Holidays Featured Event AboutNow in its 30th year, the Xperience Fitness Reindeer Run Minneapolis takes place on December 8th around…

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