Video Diary of a Jogger

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What follows are the sometimes uninformed and always unprepared video recorded thoughts and rants of a jogger. These are all recorded whilst jogging using a hand held Flip Mino (SD). The strange rhythmical sound which always accompanies the recordings is from the water bottle held in the left hand whilst holding the Flip Mino in my right hand. Excuse factual inaccuracies. They have, in the main, not been edited out. The brain does funny things when otherwise pre-occupied with the steepness of a hill or tiredness in legs. It has been known for Holyrood to become Hollywood without even noticing. All stated opinions are personal and in no way reflect the thoughts of any other individual, group or institution. These videos are all also available on YouTube in my Jogging Video Blogging Playlist. The pertinent route map is provided in each diary entry. In addition all routes can be viewed on a separate linked page.


Sighting of the Heron

It was a very pleasant early morning in May and after just a short internal debate en route I decided to to follow the Woodside pathway along the Don (5.2 miles).

Early during the run one of the local heron was located on the banks of the Don and this was probably the highlight of the journey.

The results of the election and the subsequent coalition once again dominated discussion during the rest of the run.

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Too hard to think

It was misty and my legs felt rather tired but a routine maintenance run was required.

Very little comment ensued except to express tiredness in my legs and I coined a new phrase for a jogging situation - 'too tired to think". Jogging doesn't, however, require thought, and my legs went into auto-mode for the duration of the run.

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Issues Related to Global Warming

It was a very pleasant September day and I had a desire to follow the Woodside route along the Don (5.2 miles).

Discussion centred on global warming, plastic bags, bio-degradable bags and bio-fuels. The issue of where the materials came from to make these bio-degradable bags surfaced and the ridiculousness of the situation was emphasised. Clear rain forest to grow crops to make bio-fuel and materials to make bags to save the planet!

A plague of dogs off leads and their inconsiderate owners also became a discussion point and almost a feature of part of the video.


An enjoyable September morning run

This was just a routine 46 minute 4.42 mile routine run which proved to be very relaxing. Weather was pleasant. courtesy all around was experienced and no events worthy of note were recorded.

A little discussion about the Liberal Party Conference and other political parties.

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Jogging Pace, GPS and Photography

The sun was shining brightly and that provided me with a greater sense of optimism at the start to the run. The temperature, however, still had not risen to a level consistent with comfortable 'short sleeve' running.

After a week of fairly adventurous running a shorter standard 45 min run round Balgownie playing fields was the chosen option. This proved to be sufficient for purpose and enough exercise for a pair of leaden legs despite attempts to alter the pace of the run to stimulate leg muscles into a more elastic mode.


Cuts or no cuts, that is the question

The weather was fairly bright during this early morning country run but it was cold and so a great decision had been taken to come out wearing a short sleeved running shirt plus a thin fleece.

There was little focus on any particular discussion but the topic of politics, financial cuts and Nick Clegg's proposed condemnation of the Tory Party and David Cameron in particular, at the Liberal Party conference, was mentioned. Attention during the run, was mainly on the countryside, local birds and animals, and the temperature.


Seaton Park and Donside Urban Village

It was pleasantly sunny and I was motivated to undertake a longer run despite having experienced some tiredness over the previous two days. After some consideration the Seaton Park route seemed the most interesting option and the flower beds in Seaton Park turned out to be the highlight of the run

Interest in the route and new developments such as Donside Urban Village also kept my mind occupied and so my usual 'news item' or rant did not happen


Woodside beside the Don

I was a little below par today and only raw desire to follow the Woodside route along the Don made me undertake the 5.2 mile run. The body was then put to the test and it has to be said that the run was completed in a reasonable time despite a continuous feeling of tiredness throughout. I was too tired even to engage in a rant about politicians or news readers.

It was a beautiful day and it was most disappointing that the body couldn't provide the energy for the brain to enjoy the trip.


Discourtesy, Rudeness and Thoughtlessness

This morning was so dull at 6.15am that I decided not to embark on any early morning exercise. At 12 noon, however, there was a willingness to engage in some investigation and a River Don route was the chosen option. There is always the possibility that I might see a crane or a deer in that area.

Discussion and rants centred on discourtesy, rudeness and thoughtlessness of the current generation of radio and TV presenters, newscasters, reporters and various pressure groups. Litter left by the general public also was given some time!

The weather was pleasant with some sun and once again my body was fairly well up for the exercise. All in all a good run!


Reporting Economics and Politics - What is in a Cut?

This route in quieter surroundings seemed to suit my needs this morning. I also thought that I might see a crane or a deer at that time in the morning before human presence disturbed them. I was fortunate with respect to deer - three in the Balgownie playing fields.

The morning was pleasant with some sun and my body was fairly well up for the exercise. All in all a good run!

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The Jog Meet

The weather was reasonable although it was still not very light by the time I started my run this morning. I decided, however, to wear a long sleeved shirt for the first time since before the summer and that made a significant difference to my comfort.


A Cold September Morning

Early morning there were distinct signs that the weather for the day would be bright and pleasant. At 7am, however, a short sleeved running shirt and shorts proved to be insufficient clothing for a runner who was otherwise keen to engage in a 5 mile country road run. My arms particularly were chilled and the run was completed before the sun managed to show its presence in the sky to provide some measure of warmth.

Otherwise it was a very pleasant run on comparatively quiet roads. On a Saturday or Sunday that is the time of day to undertake such a run.

Discussion had no focus. Attention was on the run, the countryside, local birds and animals, and the weather.


More about Mapping for the Senses

This morning an early run was not possible due to other commitments but a miild 17 degrees centigrade at lunchtime was just what was required and a standard 45 minute run mainly on grass was the outcome.

The birds around Balgownie park seemed to be in great tune again and that brought me back to considering online mapping of local areas and the more general issue of mapping areas for a variety of the senses.

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Sound Mapping the Local Area

No consideration was given to where I would run today. On auto-pilot I headed for Balgownie for a standard 45 minute run on grass.

Yesterday it was wet and dark and so the gym seemed the best idea. Today it was much lighter at 6.15am and it looked as though it might be a pleasant temperature in which to run. It was certainly bright but unfortunately it was really too cold for shorts and a normal short sleeved running top.

The birds around Balgownie park seemed to be in great tune and that along with a discussion I had had with a colleague yesterday made me consider options for the creation of an online sound map of the local area using Google Earth.


Back to Torture Chamber

At 6.15am the darkness and potential of rain persuaded me that it was time to revisit my winter exercise home - the gym. My usual treadmill hosted me for 40 minutes followed by my usual recumbent cycling machine for cool down. I finished with some loosening up exercises and stomach crunches on a gym ball. The shower which followed was a treat but for the rest of the day I experienced some tiredness due to the change in exercise and the slightly increased pace. The next session will be easier.


Discourteous Radio and TV Presenters

Although still feeling a little below top form I thought I could undertake a 5 mile run again today. A grass, path and wooded route was chosen and the body was put to the test. Unfortunately the body wasn't really tuned to perfection and a struggle against tiredness resulted. When like that a rant often helps. On this occasion radio and TV presenters got what they deserve for their thoughtless, rude and discourteous interviewing practices. Even that didn't help much. The body is now in repair mode for an early start tomorrow.


Don't Trust that Body

The body rejected all my requests for a run on Saturday. Too tired! Not feeling too good! All the excuses one might expect were offered to avoid the daily run. Sympathetic to the apparent state of the body I agreed to a day of rest on the basis that Sunday had to include a longer run. Sunday, however, also brought excuses, and more excuses, until I forced the issue and I tested the body around lunchtime with a 5 mile run. Although not in the best of form the body strengthened by the end of the 50 minutes and it was thankful of the exercise in what is always a pleasant route. The weather was also pleasantly warm with a little sun.


Braveheart in Stirling

In attendance at a conference in Stirling I was delighted with myself when I emerged ready for a run at 6.40am. Although the run commenced with a campus investigation it turned into a Braveheart experience once I spied the Wallace monument. Running up the hill to the Wallace monument was a feat from which I will gain most satisfaction for a considerable time.

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Route Map

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Jogging and Lost in Stirling

Due to attendance at a conference in Stirling I was unable to have my daily morning or lunchtime jogging session. My bag was however packed with the appropriate kit in the hope that a run would be possible. The opportunity arose at 7pm with a 30 minute window available. Despite the rain I embarked on an investigatory run within the University of Stirling campus. The run eventually took me off campus and I had a few anxious moments before finding a route back to my starting point, a quick shower and a return to the events of the day


Road Hazards for Joggers

There seemed to be no real preference for a particular route this morning and so the decision was not taken until the run started. A road run, perhaps at a silly time of day was chosen. Traffic is always likely to be heavier than in the early morning and so the route is not a normal choice for me for a lunchtime run. I experienced difficulty in negotiating the Persley roundabout due to lack of pedestrian facilities or crossings and one unhelpful or perhaps rathe irresponsible driver also gave me little space at one point on the Grandhome country road. Another motorist was clearly agitated by the irresponsibility of this driver and the countryside was subjected to the loud sound of the driver's car horn. It was no less than poor quality driving by someone who showed no consideration for a jogger. Perhaps this young female driver shows little consideration for cyclists either. If that is the case an accident is waiting to happen.