So for week 32 I managed the following:-

miles completed = 17.63

miles to go    =      227.52

And week 33 was:-

miles completed = 21.25

miles to go   =  206.27

Week 33 was helped by me completing the Aviemore 10K where I took two minutes off my PB.  So hooray for me, it’s nice to know the older I get the quicker I am running!

I’m still managing to squeeze out the miles each week although, once again, real life is impeding!

Week 30

miles completed = 20.80

miles to go           = 268.13

 

Week 31

miles completed = 22.98

miles to go          = 245.15

 

I would really like to try and have it done by the end of the year so fingers crossed!

Week 29:-

miles completed =      21.20

miles to go           =    312.21

 

Week 30:-

miles completed23.28

miles to go          =  288.93

 

It is nice to be down into the “200’s” now.  I’m still on course to finish by the end of the year which would be two months ahead of schedule.  Of course that is entirely dependent on real life not getting in the way!

It’s interesting at this time of year, when late Summer creeps towards Autumn, we seem to have more and more fog first thing in the morning.  This was my view out running at 6am.

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Very murky as you can see!  The plus side with this weather is that the spider webs take on a new life of their own.

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Actually as stupid as it sounds, I think fog is an amazing quirk of Mother Nature, and long may it continue!

Yet again the female panda at Edinburgh Zoo has been artificially inseminated and yet again it appears that she has failed to produce any cubs.

I’m not a fan of zoos and really not comfy with this idea of captive breeding.  I know some people would argue that it is the only way to prevent some species from becoming extinct, but is it really ethical.  I’m not sure.

What I believe to be unethical is Edinburgh Zoo’s deal with China regarding the pandas. The zoo pays the Chinese authorities £600,000 ($1million) per year for what is basically rental of these gorgeous animals.  That’s a huge amount of money which could have been put to great use for conservation work here in Scotland.

Up until a few years ago Edinburgh Zoo suffered badly from falling visitor numbers – it has been claimed that this cost the zoo £1million so it seems pretty clear that the pandas have been ‘rented’ to boost visitor numbers.

The zoo have denied this saying they would not use the pandas as a commodity – after all they are a registered charity.

But, considering the zoo charges £16.50 for an adult ticket and has seen visitor numbers rise by 200% since the pandas arrived, I find this explanation a little hard to swallow.

Week 26

miles completed = 19.25

miles to go =           354.46

 

Week 27

miles completed = 21.05

miles to go=        333.41

 

Another couple of weeks and I will be into the 200+ miles to go.  I’m getting there!

 

Here’s a definite sign that Autumn is now on the way:=

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I’m not sure how well you can see on this photo as it was taken with my I-pod, but the mist is starting to rise off the park just beside my house.  It was really beautiful although it has been noticeably colder the past few mornings.  Summer seems to be a very dim and distant memory already!

Work / holidays / real life has been encroaching into my running lately but I’m still putting in the miles:-

Week 24

miles completed = 18.13

miles to go =         399.83

 

Week 25

miles completed = 26.12

miles to go = 373.71

 

I’m getting there, and now fairly confident of finishing before the end of the year which would be around two months ahead of schedule.

There’s been some terrible flooding here in Elgin today.  Around two hundred households have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Here are a few random snaps which illustrate just how bad it is.

This is the main railway line looking up towards the station.  You can just see in the distance a train sitting at the platform.  The second picture is looking back down the line – absolutely no trains are running today, in either direction.

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Shops and businesses have been badly affected and left with an awful lot of cleaning up.

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And some roads have been completely closed to traffic.  I took these photos this morning and even now the roads are still closed.  The disruption  in and around the town is terrible.

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Apparently the storm was caused by the remnants of what was Hurricane Bertha.  I’ve never experienced a hurricane and I hope I never do – what we had last night was bad enough.

I’m up to week 22 and managed the following:-

miles completed = 28.77

miles to go          –  433.20

 

And week 23:-

miles completed =   15.24

miles to go        =    417.96

 

Almost through the 400 mile barrier, so that will be a nice boost!

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