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.


Persley Bridge to Grandholm Bridge

This morning the spirit of investigation was with me. The idea of running along the south side of the river Don had emerged a couple of days ago and the idea was firmly planted. The thought had turned into a desire to do it. The route chosen to get to my Don side track was via Balgownie playing fields and Danestone rather than the more direct but busy Parkway route. Why spoil a quiet riverside run by first of all running 2 miles on the Parkway?

The weather was dry, the sky fairly clear and the temperature perfect for running.

This rewarding run will certainly become a standard despite the rather arduous home journey which requires some fairly steep uphill running.


Expediency in Politics and in Press and TV Reporting

At 6.30am I couldn't persuade myself to run. At 12.15pm I was, however, ready and willing to embark on a standard Route 2 run.

Although not very bright the day was pleasantly warm and moderately humid which made conditions quite satisfactory.

What limited discussion emerged from the exercise centred on the Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi controversy. The general theme was astonishment that politicians could be so blatantly expedient in their pursuit of the Scottish Justice Minister, Kenny MacAskill, and the press could be so dogged in pursuit of a story that bias and balance could be abandoned without conscience.


Investigation of Riverside Paths

This route which offers a mixture of running on hard and softer surfaces in quieter surroundings seemed to suit my aspirations 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 unsuccessful in seeing either but I did do a little bit of exploration around the banks of the Don in the Denmore Country Park area. My hope was that I would find a new and viable running route. What I discovered would be pleasant for walking but is not suitable for running.


Stories about Jogging on this Route

I woke up early ready for a run this morning and I knew without question which run was my target. I didn't question my instinct, I just embarked on the process of a 50 minute road run round a country route. The morning was pleasant for running although there was a slight breeze. As the run progressed the sun broke through and so the overall experience was made more enjoyable. My body coped well with the consistent pace and all in all I was most satisfied with the run, the time of the run and the weather.

Being in a bit of a brain dead state for some reason there was little recorded talk for the first half of the run. I then was stimulated into thinking about past jogging activities on the same route, jogging shoes, and motivations for running.


Deer or no deer, or just deary deary me!

It was a very wet morning when I started the run at 6.30am and I wondered whether or not the decision to go for a run was sensible. What followed made the run well worthwhile ...... except that due to operator error (my foolishness) I did not record the event. I saw two deer close at hand. It would have been my best recording of deer locally.

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Relaxing Routine Run

This was just a routine 45 minute 4.42 mile routine run which proved to be very relaxing. No discussion was stimulated as a result of the run and no events worthy of note were recorded.

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Scots Law and Megrahi Case

Just a standard 45 min run in good running weather.

The main topic of discussion was the ongoing Megrahi affair in the context of the decision taken under Scots Law by Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Minister.

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Politics and Photography

This was just a routine 45 minute 4.42 mile routine run but discussion covered two topics of interest to me at the moment.

The Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi affair continues to amaze me especially in relation to the behaviour of politicians. Political expediency seems to be at the heart of the isssue and not justice, compassion or concern for what is appropriate or proper in relation to the case.

The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is also a continuing source of entertainment for me and I find myself reporting on yet more of my investigations with this rather competent and portable digital camera.


Running with my Nikon Coolpix P6000

Video consists of shots taken with my Nikon Coolpix P6000 as a ran. Al unedited they were combined into a video.

Running through Balgownie playing fields, Danestone, and along the River Don on a very pleasant August day.

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Jogging with a Nikon Coolpix P6000

This was a occasion to try out the digital still capabilities of the Nikon Coolpix P6000 under 'hostile' conditions. I jogged whilst taking pictures. As my left hand was holding a water bottle, the camera operation was a one handed affair. Clearly point and shoot was also exactly that.

The P6000 was set to 'auto' throughout for still photographs. I carried the P6000 in my right hand and my water bottle in my left hand. To take a photograph I just pointed the camera in the general direction. I did not use the viewfinder or the LCD to inform the process. I did not stop running when taking photographs. I did not worry about light, direction, or any other issues. I pointed the camera in any direction even towards the sun. I wanted to see how the P6000 coped. All resultant photographs are included in the film - poor and good. Many of the photos are also on Flickr. This video illustrates what can be expected regarding quality of photos under such conditions including:


Nikon Coolpix P6000 Supplementary Evaluation

Time constrained I opted for a 45 minute standard route.

The day was cloudy but not cold, nor wet and so conditions were pleasant for running.

Discussion centred on an evaluation of the Nikon Coolpix 6000 (supplementary to what was discussed yesterday) and its potential use to me whilst jogging/blogging. The Raw file format and video were the main P6000 topics covered. Polar Heart Rate Monitors, were also mentioned briefly.


Nikon Coolpix P6000 Evaluation

I couldn't make up my mind about a route for the run again today and so I headed out for the Balgownie playing fields and one of my standard runs.

The day was very blustery, cloudy and wet, but not cold. The rain really caused me no problems at all. In fact it was quite refreshing!

Discussion centred on Polar Heart Rate Monitors, an off-the-cuff evaluation of the Nikon Coolpix 6000, and a hypothetical joggers network via Internet which would facilitate connection between members of the Jogging Tribe whilst running.


Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi Controversy

I couldn't make up my mind about a route for the run today and so I headed out for the Balgownie playing fields and one of my standard runs.

The day was blustery, cloudy but pleasantly warm which made conditions quite satisfactory for a run.

Discussion centred on Polar Heart Rate Monitors, the Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi controversy and the new world record for the 100m held by Usain Bolt.

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How to Enjoy Jogging

It was a pleasant enough morning but I couldn't persuade myself to embark on a run at 6.30am. A lunchtime run was thus on the cards

When lunchtime came around a longer and less standard route was preferred which took me through Balgownie playing fields, Grandholm Mills, Grandhome Road and Whitestripes Road. It wasn't bright and sunny but it was quite acceptable running weather.


Route Tour without Comment

I woke up seemingly reasonably refreshed and so a run was definitely an option. Once moving, however, sleep started to kick in again and my brain was unwilling to contribute much to the event. The result was a tour of Route 10 which passed through Balgownie sports field, Danestone, the Grandholm area, and returning via Bridge of Don Academy and the Mains of Scotstown. The tour will appear rather like a silent movie as the video of the run was almost totally devoid of contributed comment.


Politics and Electricity Generation and Distribution

Yesterday there was rain in the morning but a great afternoon should have accommodated a run. It just didn't happen, however, for a variety of reasons. There had thus to be no slippage today. If the morning permitted, that was when a slightly longer run was to be implemented. I woke up ready and willing and a 5 mile road run seemed a good option. The body coped well and the brain was satisfied although a mid afternoon sleep was required.


A Little Morning Exercise with a Hint of the News

The weather forecast for today was rain from sometime around lunchtime and so I planned and implemented a run accordingly in the morning (14/08/2009). Although it was dull there was no rain and the temperature was pleasant. I felt that my Balgownie standard route was not going to satisfy me and so I chose the more interesting Danestone/Grandholm run which takes me through housing estates, fields and wooded paths. A great start to the day.

The discussion centred round the credit crunch and the news that the UK was faring less well than our European neighbours, France and Germany.


Topical News Items

Time limited and with a feeling that a slight leg injury would respond better with a run over grass I decided that my lunchtime run should follow my Route 2 with an anticipated duration of 45 minutes.

The day was pleasantly warm and sunny with a slight cooling breeze which made conditions almost perfect for me.

As someone with perhaps greater left wing political leanings than ever will be available through the UK Conservative Party I am not unhappy when the political right trips itself up. Alan Duncan did that in a well reported recent incident when he was recorded by an activist making comments which were not particularly healthy to his political party or his own political career at this point soon after the expenses scandal. I opportunistically reacted to this piece of news during the run today


Injury, Politics, Child Abuse and Dog Owners

With a slight upper leg injury I ventured out to run 45 minutes on grass. After a slightly tentative start the body considered that it was well enough to enjoy the short outing and the message from my brain to the slightly painful leg was 'forget it'. After 15 minutes, all was well, and my mouth kicked in with comment and the Conservatives and George Osborne bore the brunt of the vitriol. Sheer astonishment was also expressed at recently reported child abuse cases. Also as often happens during my daily jogging sessions I found fault with one thoughtless dog owner.

The day was bright and conditions very good for jogging.


Progressive Conservatives or Hot Air

A road run over a known route seemed the best option today. I knew the time I had available and the time the run would take and so from a duration perspective this route fitted the bill. The route took me round the Grandhome country route which involved only road running. Comments and rants tended to concentrate on Conservative Party claims and problems with the Education system.

Discussion touched on the recent claim by George Osborne that the Conservative Party would be a progressive force in British politics. His claim that radical approaches would be implemented in various different areas including in Education to improve these systems whilst also decreasing cost was of course disputed.

General deficiencies within the Education system and the lack of general success by all parties within the Education area were highlighted.