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    Walking a Marathon

    Just wanted to share an event I'm doing in around three weeks time for a very worthy cause.

    I'll be walking a marathon (26 miles) in my Kilt from Hampden (Scotland Football Stadium) to the bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond in order to make a wee difference to the children who are in need of a little support. Please dig deep, any donations would be greatly appreciated.

    http://www.justgiving.com/rosskitwalk

    I hope I'm allowed by the board to post this.

    Thank you!!!!!!

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    Good luck! I ran a marathon this past October and it certainly was an experience. Near cried at the end. Hope you have a successful walk!
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    I ran several marathons last month and i only reached up to five kilometers. still need to lose some of that excess weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanReese View Post
    Good luck! I ran a marathon this past October and it certainly was an experience. Near cried at the end. Hope you have a successful walk!
    Quote Originally Posted by Nerohawkins View Post
    I ran several marathons last month and i only reached up to five kilometers. still need to lose some of that excess weight.
    Thanks for the Support.

    Big Thanks to @TechnoBear for his sponsorship.

    A few quid goes along way, and fully appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albablue89 View Post

    I hope I'm allowed by the board to post this.

    Thank you!!!!!!
    Absolutely!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Nerohawkins View Post
    I ran several marathons last month and i only reached up to five kilometers. still need to lose some of that excess weight.
    Huh?!

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    Thanks for the Support.

    Big Thanks to @TechnoBear for his sponsorship.

    A few quid goes along way, and fully appreciated.
    The bear is a She from Scotland!

    Best of luck with it Ross and let us know how you get on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spikeZ View Post
    The bear is a She from Scotland!
    I'm told it's hard to tell under all this fur...

    Happy to support a great cause, and hope you do really well. What's your route, roughly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikeZ View Post
    Absolutely!!
    Best of luck with it Ross and let us know how you get on!
    Thanks pal. And cheers for the fiver!! Smiley Face..

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    What's your route, roughly?
    http://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/main/im...route_full.png

    Sustran's pathway, westbound along the River Clyde from Hampden, Past Bells Bridge the route passes The Tall Ship before heading away from the riverís edge. The route used to follow the course of the disused Partick to Yorker railway, but the Glasgow Harbour area is being redeveloped so please look out for signed diversions. After passing close to the docks of Clydebank, the route joins the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal, passing under the Erskine Bridge, and past The Saltings Ecology Park into Bowling where the canal meets the Firth of Clyde and a marina is being developed. From Bowling, follow another old railway line into Dumbarton, where Dumbarton Castle sits on Dumbarton Rock - a 240ft high volcanic plug jutting into the River Clyde. After passing through Dumbarton, the route heads north away from the Firth of Clyde towards Loch Lomond, following the meandering River Leven on a traffic-free path passing through the communities of Renton, Alexandria and Balloch. From Balloch itís a short hop through the park to the Loch Lomond Shores Visitor Centre and the Balloch Castle Country Park.

    Sounds Fun!

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    'The Kiltwalk'...

    It brings together some of Scotlandís best loved children's charities:

    - Aberlour Child Care Trust www.aberlour.org.uk
    - Childrenís Hospice Association of Scotland (CHAS) www.chas.org.uk
    - CLIC Sargent (caring for children with cancer) www.clicsargent.co.uk
    - The Tartan Army Children's Charity (TACC) www.tartanarmychildrenscharity.org.uk

    Each charity will receive 20% of our proceeds. A Kiltwalk Trust Fund will receive the remaining 20%, making smaller grants and donations to many children's charities across Scotland.

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    @TechnoBear ; may I recommend bic orange then?!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spikeZ View Post
    @TechnoBear ; may I recommend bic orange then?!!!!!
    In this climate? Do you want me to get hypothermia?

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    Good Luck and I hope you get plenty of support

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    Looks like a really good route.

    I've walked the Clyde Walkway to Partick many times when we stayed in Glasgow, and I've also walked the Forth & Clyde Canal from Glasgow to Bowling a couple of times. The bit beyond Bowling is new to me but sounds lovely.

    My husband is a marathon/half marathon runner, and one of his favourite routes is the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow, part of which goes over the Kingston Bridge. I don't even like going over there in a car, but he loves running it.

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    Had my posterior capsulotomy surgery yesterday, still recovering and have been told to take it easy for a week. Event is in a fortnight, week off, week on.

    Happy Days!

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    All the Best..Hope You Enjoy this a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albablue89 View Post
    Had my posterior capsulotomy surgery yesterday, still recovering and have been told to take it easy for a week. Event is in a fortnight, week off, week on.

    Happy Days!
    Ugh - not the best of timing there. Still, at least now you should be able to see where you're going, which might help.

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    Hope the weather improves in time for your walk. We had glorious sunshine here for the Sport Relief Mile last weekend - and today it's snowing. I'd offer to knit you leg-warmers, but I don't think I could do them in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoBear View Post
    Hope the weather improves in time for your walk. We had glorious sunshine here for the Sport Relief Mile last weekend - and today it's snowing. I'd offer to knit you leg-warmers, but I don't think I could do them in time.
    Sod's Law. The weathers been rather nice for the last couple weekends here in Ayr as well too. It comes to event weekend and it's dreek, rainy, sleet, windy... I'd much prefer a causal 26mile strool in the sunshine of course but Heh, Bring on the wind and the rain!!!

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    @Albablue89 ; I guess the day's almost there? Are you ready for the run?
    Less that 48 hours to go!!!! I've got my power bars, vaseline petroleum jelly and catecholamine rush playlist at the ready!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albablue89 View Post
    Sod's Law. The weathers been rather nice for the last couple weekends here in Ayr as well too. It comes to event weekend and it's dreek, rainy, sleet, windy... I'd much prefer a causal 26mile strool in the sunshine of course but Heh, Bring on the wind and the rain!!!



    Less that 48 hours to go!!!! I've got my power bars, vaseline petroleum jelly and catecholamine rush playlist at the ready!
    For the last 1-2 miles, if there is a crowd. Put the music away. It's an inspiration to hear all the people cheering you on .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albablue89 View Post
    Just wanted to share an event I'm doing in around three weeks time for a very worthy cause.

    I'll be walking a marathon (26 miles) in my Kilt from Hampden (Scotland Football Stadium) to the bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond in order to make a wee difference to the children who are in need of a little support. Please dig deep, any donations would be greatly appreciated.

    http://www.justgiving.com/rosskitwalk


    I hope I'm allowed by the board to post this.

    Thank you!!!!!!

    That's great i m also a marathon runner and it is good for health to

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    Taking a part in Walking marathon is quite a great experience.

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    @Albablue89 ; I guess the day's almost there? Are you ready for the run?

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    If it's any consolation, the BBC online forecast is now showing dry weather on Sunday until 4pm in Glasgow and Balloch. Cold is easier to cope with than wet, in my opinion, so there's a wee cheery-uppy. (Of course, the Beeb have got it wrong before...)
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    JOB DONE!!!!!

    Overall it certainly wasn't an easy task, and my feet are suffering from it today, but I'd do it again.

    Before I knew it, I had done 16 miles, time had flew in and I was feeling pretty good. But from that point in, it was hellish, simply because of the sign posts every mile reinforcing the distance left. It seemed that the last 5 mile stretch dragggggged in. Mostly, due to the reduced pace and being aware of the distance.

    I luckily wasn't troubled by any blisters (I have one on my left ankle, but I didn't feel it), so treating my feet before the during worked wonders. However, the last 2 miles was real hell because I had throbbing pains at the bottom of my shins at the ankle every step, I have never done this or near this sort of distance before so I'll put that done too not being conditioned to it. Even today, when I lift my toes upwards towards my shin (dorsal flexion), it's painful and I'd certainly like to know more about that, as in how to ease it off and strengthen it (without the obvious which is walk more 26miles) so maybe some experienced runners can chip in here?

    Overall, it was a great experience, spoke to many strangers, and it was all for a great cause!

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    Good Sights and Long Roads ahead!!!











    Was I pleased to see this!!



    The Best Part!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Albablue89 View Post
    However, the last 2 miles was real hell because I had throbbing pains at the bottom of my shins at the ankle every step, I have never done this or near this sort of distance before so I'll put that done too not being conditioned to it. Even today, when I lift my toes upwards towards my shin (dorsal flexion), it's painful and I'd certainly like to know more about that, as in how to ease it off and strengthen it (without the obvious which is walk more 26miles) so maybe some experienced runners can chip in here?
    OK - I've asked Running Bear about this, and he diagnoses "shin splints". Treatment is to ice it several times a day - wrap a bag of frozen peas around it for a few minutes if you don't have an ice pack. Taking arnica tablets and/or using arnica ointment on it should also help. (I can testify to the effectiveness of the treatment. I've suffered shin splints once - and all I was doing was watching him run a marathon. )

    Apparently the cause is over-striding - taking too long a stride. You're using the small muscles on the shin rather than the larger muscles in the calf. You need to change your walking technique to prevent the same problem in future. Possibly different walking shoes would help. There's no way to strengthen muscles to prevent it happening.

    Hope that helps. You have my sympathy, because it's very painful, but the good news is that it should clear up pretty quickly.
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