SportTrack Software

I’ve been using SportTrack Software in conjunction with my Garmin Forerunner 305 over the last year and a half, and I’ve got to say, it’s a brilliant piece of software. That good in fact that I’ve even parted with ÂŁ15 for the pleasure (money well spent IMHO). It tells me how many miles I’ve ran with my running shoes (really handy) and keeps an inventory of all my running kit. You can even export your run or race to Google Maps and Google Earth, which I think is a brilliant idea and pretty good if your keeping a blog or running diary.

I also use the Inline Google map pluging for wordpress to display my maps, downloadable from here.

Here’s a wee map of last years Fresh n Low Glasgow Half Marathon below

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This weeks long run

The trainings going well this week, this weekends long run was a bit shorter but enjoyable none the less, weather wasn’t the best, windy and uphill on the way back, so the split time was probably not so good.

Next weekend is the first 20 miler of my training, joy 🙂 lets hope the weathers reasonable.

Map of route below:

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New Running Shoes (again)

I’ve reached the 550 miles mark with my current running shoes, So on Sunday 20th Jan this year I trundled down to my local running shop to see what they had on offer. After trying on about 6 pairs of shoes I eventually got it down to a pair of Brooks and a pair of Asics, after another 5 minutes on the shops treadmill I decided on the Asics. I’ve never paid that much for a pair of running shoes so they had better be good!! time and distance will tell.

Asics Gel Kayano 14

I tried them on the treadmill today for 6 miles and they were very comfortable, I’ll use my old shoes for the longs runs just now and keep the new ones for the short runs during the week, until I’ve done about 100 miles on them or I’ve reached 600 miles on my old shoes, whatever comes first. Then I’ll bin my old faithfull Mizuno Wave Nirvana 3

Long run from Penicuik to Dalkeith

Myself and Mark my running buddie did a nice 18 mile run on Saturday, starting from Penicuik, down the old railway towards Dalkeith and back. It ended up being quite a nice run, a bit windy but not too bad at all. I had a bit of a stuffed nose on Saturday but didn’t really think about it too much, today I’ve seemed to have developed a bit of a cold (man flu). I think a nice early night tonight and see how things are tomorrow. No running tomorrow which should help get rid of this cold.

Map of route below:

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Brrrrr cold weekend run

This weeks long run was pretty good, a bit on the cold side however, must have been about zero degrees and I was wearing just about all the warm running kit that I own. I also had to stop a few times to walk over large patches of ice on the route. That reminds me I’m going to have to invest in some warmer running gear when I get paid at the end of this month.

Map of route generated by SportTracks

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10.01 miles, 1:21:40, 8:07 pace, HR 139

First run of the year

I was out last night with friends to celebrate the new year, had a fantastic time and got back at about 6am this morning, went to bed and got up at about 12 this afternoon then went out for my first run of the year. The weather was pretty wet but thankfully about 6 C so yep, I got very wet indeed, but hey the run itself was pretty good, kind of woke me up 🙂

6.2 miles, 50:31 , 8:07 pace, HR 139