2021: the year I hardly ran
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
2y ago
I wrote this but didn’t publish, thinking it too negative or not relevant. But as I’m awake at 4am I feel different and as this is a personal blog I write mainly for me I thought it best to come out of the drafts. Those stats, released by Strava as your 2021 in numbers, were a stark reminder that this past year hasn’t been the best. Cycling has become my top sport with running lower than walking. I’m a glimmer of my former self. I’m starting to question if I can be called a runner anymore, more of an occasional jaunt, every 3 days if my foot is up for it. Despite my plantar challenges, I had t ..read more
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Bikepacking Perth to Oban, Scotland
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
2y ago
As I sit here looking at the red sunrise, warm and comfortable on a plane at 20,000ft I reminisce about the three days Bikepacking I’ve just completed. Not 24hrs ago I was packing up the tent in a chance break in the rain that had been persistent since 5am. I’d boiled water for breakfast through the door of the tent trying not to get too much wet, but if I did, I didn’t intend to spend another night in it this trip. I tried to dry the insides of my waterproof socks as best I could using the chamois towel. They’d gotten wet on my jaunt through the many fords I crossed through the night before ..read more
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Plantar Fasciitis- healing the heel
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
3y ago
Note: this is not a scientific blog and it’s mainly about the progress of my PF but also the mental affects of rest As I write I’m tentatively upbeat about my heel pain that I’ve self diagnosed as Plantar Fasciitis (PF). It’s been 8 weeks since the onset. From the hobbling about pain in the first week, I was consistently around the 5/10 mark for ages. I had stopped running, I was walking around the house with soft shoes on, I stretched 3 times per day and rolled my foot the same. The pain would briefly disappear but emerge at random times. The litmus test became the first step after sleeping ..read more
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Plantar Fasciitis Yo-yo
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
3y ago
January Virtual Spine got me, I got PF, a soreness in the ankle. It was either the snow, ice, wearing spikes, and/or the increase in mileage that got me. The pain was horrible at first. Hobbling out of bed in the mornings, but slowly stretching the pain would ease. To the point that walking was fine and I was able to run. It’s been 6-7 weeks now and I run 3 times a week, but I know that the day after the pain will be worse. It’s a 5/10 pain. Not that bad but enough to know I can’t do much running without it hurting. Stretching, massaging, physio, strengthening is all routine. I just can’t seem ..read more
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Escape – An emergency day off.
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
3y ago
Lockdown is rubbish eh? I live in Edinburgh, Scotland where we’ve been bound by law to stay within our council boundary since November. Before that, it was asked of us to do so and we did. As someone who likes to run and ride long and to visit places, it’s been a bit claustrophobic. I can’t complain too much as my local area, the city of Edinburgh is surrounded by green spaces and the Pentland hills and I’ve used them lots. My average run length has reduced, my rides are not as long and my step count is bordering on sedentary. This needed to change. I longed for the feeling of happy exhaustio ..read more
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Adventure reflections 2020
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
3y ago
I made a montage of my favourite adventures in 2020. Pictures and videos showing awesome places to run, swim and ride in Edinburgh and Scotland ..read more
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Running Scotland Coast to Coast – Video
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
4y ago
Running Scotland Coast to Coast on YouTube You can read a blog about the run here Scotland Coast to Coast August 19, 2020 Why am I running 100km? July 16, 2019 Not long to go now! April 19, 2016 ..read more
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Easy East Lothian
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
4y ago
A day off timed right with October sunshine saw me head to East Lothian. I was dead chuffed with this route. It seemed to have everything. Forest, beach, hills, open farmland, cliffs, rocks, some road and some lovely wooded trails. I parked at Binning Wood, a place where I’m sure I will return to, and headed west into a countryside estate track. One of those where you run past a lodge house and feel you’re entering someone’s private garden. Except there was a sign for a right of way, thanks to “Right to Roam” laws in Scotland these are open to all. The sun was still low, and I was surrounded ..read more
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Garmin and it’s lies ?‍♂️
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
4y ago
I love data. And I especially love being told good things. So when they go hand in hand it’s a good thing. Like getting back from an awesome run where you feel like you’ve put a bit of effort in only to look down at your watch proclaiming to you that your training is “unproductive”. Gut punch or what? I was expecting “productive” or at least “maintaining” or maybe my VO2 max prediction has gone up one after my lungs didn’t fail on those inclines. But no, it says I’m unproductive! Bastard thing. I recently increased my running significantly and did a couple of back to back ultras. Running long ..read more
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Glen Tromie Kingussie Circuit
Glenn Tait
by Glenn Tait
4y ago
Another day in the Cairngorms was too hard to pass up with mountains of holiday to take. I hatched a plan and Ronnie was up for it too. The plan was to set off at Kingussie and cycle though Glen Tromie, through the Gaick pass and down to Glen Garry to pick up the A9 cycle path / route 7 to get us back to Kingussie via the Dromochter Pass. Simples. The route plotted on Komoot It’s a well trodden cycle route by all accounts but was new to me, I stumbled across it on the internet somehow and thought it would be a decent day out. As the route pops out near Blair Atholl it is possible to catch the ..read more
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