Giving up the booze

Can I?!!!

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07/01/2013 at 23:09

Hi All,

While searching the sites and info information, I came across the foreign office website and found the whole thing there. Including this...

There is a general threat from terrorism in Tunisia. Attacks cannot be ruled out and could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by British expatriates and foreign travellers. See Safety and Security - Terrorism Section.

  • The border with Libya is open but the security situation remains tense. There are regular clashes between groups of informal economy traders and black market traders and the authorities in towns close to the border. Border crossing points are occasionally temporarily closed without notice.

I have also found that in tourist areas there has been hotels that have been set on fire, because they sell alcohol. If I meet some woman whilst there, and had sex, and the authorities found out I and the woman can be arrested. There is also a chance of kidnap. In addition if you travel you must take copy of passport, and travel with a licensed travel agent, and or with the military and or police.

I'm more excited now, all this is right up my street, tired of boring places  I can't wait. I even have to take a letter froom the doctors explaining what the tablets are for.
Also because of of such attacks as on the American Embassy attack, and unpredicted news events, road blocks can be set up, by locals and other groups.

needless to say I won't be attempting to go running, I just hope that they have a running machine in the basic gym they have. Otherwise its swimming in the cold outdoor pool, as it weather reahes about 16 degrees.

And advice is to take comprehensive insurance out. Also I have to get a letter from doctor explainiing what the tablets are for. Finally, we are not allowed to take money into Tunisia, as you will be accused of money laundering .

Anyway what have been all your other days been like?

Edited: 07/01/2013 at 23:12
08/01/2013 at 13:22
Afternoon all.

Sinbad - just as well you don't fancy a dull holiday then! I'm sure you'll have a lovely time - are you going alone?

Cinders - I had a a look at the juice detox link - I might have done that instead of the programme I'm doing if I'd known. The principles are pretty similar but 'I've started so I'll finish!'

Halfway through day 2 of juicing and still going ok. I particularly like the warm apple and cinnamon juice to end the evening with - it's actually a good replacement for a couple of glasses of wine in terms of taste and comfort. Just done my first run of 2013 - just a slow 2 miles, which wasn't the easiest but fitness will return!
08/01/2013 at 13:53

Hi All,

Apparition, yes I'm goiing on my own, I have no friends. Well done for geetting at least of couple of miles done.

I hope tbe juice thing goes well for all that are doing it.

Well I did 10k on the treadmill in the gym this morning. The idea being is that I did 5 miles on Sunday, break Monday, the 10k is my long run this week, and using the treadmill as a base time, as the routes I am doing are a mixture of hills varying in intensity. The Manchester Marathon (im doing), only has one climb of 53 meters.

Hope yout all okay.




08/01/2013 at 19:28

Evening all!  Warm apple and cinnamon juice does sound lovely.  Hope all goes well with the juicing.  I'll just stick with SW and not drinking that'll do for me!

That's a heavy hike in the running there Sinbad - don't you apply the 10% rule to your runs?  Don't mean to be a downer but you could be heading for injury if you do too much too soon.  Would hate to see you in the same mess I was in recently.  My lsr was six miles last week and this week will be 7.  Short runs during the week of 3 or 4 miles each.  Take it carefully.


09/01/2013 at 08:25

Hi All,

Thanks for the advice trigger2. Its the 16 week program I'm following. I will be doi some sessions in the sauna tto help relax the muscles, and proper stretching in before my runs now.

Crumbs theres some serious stuff going on with this juice program.

Hope your all okay.

09/01/2013 at 10:27
Lovin this no alcohol larkey!!
09/01/2013 at 13:52

Afternoon everyone  

lol Mr F, glad you're loving being sober! 

Sounds like Tunisia could be fun Sinbad.  Personally I prefer to push myself in this country and then chill out and enjoy wherever I'm visiting when I go away!

Sounds like the juicing is going well for the rest of you   The spiced apple sound quite nice, but would seriously make me want a pint of proper cider

Well, I seem to have managed to piss off some of the serious marathoners over in the spring marathon forum   Was very upset about it earlier but am not worrying about it too much now.  Some of the posters have been really helpful and I have to ignore the ones that have been a bit nasty (in my eyes).  It's a virtual world after all and I guess not all of them would have the balls to say the same things in the real world.  At least the helpful ones outweight the others

Hope everyone is ok today.  Beautiful weather here, dry and sunny, although it's going to get a bit colder later for when I'm at running club.

09/01/2013 at 14:16

Afternoon all.

mr f

Enjoy Tunisia sinbad, what's the weather like there right now?

TST, ignore them, they aren't worth it.  Was going to add on that thread though, if you can't stomach sweet things then can you try sour ones, ie sour sweets.  Just a thought and hope you can find something to suit your tummy.

Busy here, wrapping presents and doing party bags as little C turns 5 tomorrow  He's having a party at a local play centre straight from school tomorrow!

09/01/2013 at 14:50

Hi everyone

Sinbad - lots of stretching sounds like the right way to improve without injury - it's something I've never quite got my head around, which is probably why I have and will never go beyond half marathon distance!

TST - sorry to hear you've had a bad experience with the 'serious' marathoners - what have they said to upset you? 

Day 3 of the juice plan and it's still going well - have the occasional craving for a pasta or rice dish but it will make it all the nicer next week when I re-intorduce stuff. I can't believe I'm neary halfway through a week without solid food!

09/01/2013 at 15:07

Afternoon all

Unless someone beats me to the submit button, this is the thread's 30,000th post!  Unbelievable, I think someone should juice a beetroot to celebrate.

Great going with the juicing, apps, that warm apple and cinnamon sounds lovely.

Have a great time, Sinbad. I know you need to get away from it all, I hope it does you good.

Hi everybody else, especially newbies mr f and cyclingnrunning. I'll have to think of a way of abbreviating that!

Big thing for me is my eye surgery tomorrow. Trying not to wibble too much!

09/01/2013 at 15:56

All the best for your eye surgery tomorrow Yeo.

09/01/2013 at 16:20

Hope all goes well tomorrow Yeo

I wanted to some advice on using food to fuel my marathon training instead of using gels, Apps.  It started off well and I got some good advice but then some people came on and started telling me I should be running certain distances without any food at all and I felt they were having a go at me.  I maybe over reacted a little and got a bit annoyed that they seemed to be telling me I was doing it all wrong, and they some of them got a bit nasty.  Some people have posted helpful stuff again since then, but now it's made me wary on the thread now as I'm unsure about how to take some things.  All I wanted to know was what real food people eat on training runs if they don't use gels

09/01/2013 at 22:58

Hope it all goes well tomorrow Yeo, lots of those hugs and cuddles up there ^^^^ for you xxxx

Take no notice of the nasty people on any of the threads TST, they seem to get in everywhere and have to say something nasty every time they touch the keyboard.   For the record I eat bananas before I go out - I can eat up to 10 and it doesn't affect my stomach at all.  while I'm out I eat dates on a long run.  I've always eaten dates even before I started on the raw food stuff.  It used to be the ones you get in big bags for baking with but now I have medijools, halawi or fresh dates instead .  For a good sports drink have fresh orange juice and water made up in equal amounts.  It's the same composition as the sports drinks carb/nutrition wise but without all the nasty chemical stuff.

Good running Sinbad but like the others said don't overdo it.  Enjoy your holiday


Well done on the juicing and running Apps, sounds like you're doing really well 

I can't believe Buttons is 5 tomorrow - where has that time gone to 

I did some speed work with club last night and another 9 miles today with a couple of the ladies - nice and gentle as my bum still hurts from Sunday 

Luckily I had a sports massage booked in for this afternoon and she really worked on all the muscles in my hips and glutes areas.  Boy can I feel it tonight   She's training to be a sports massage therapist so isn't  allowed to charge a fee but I 'donated' a tenner towards the oil anyway and have another one booked in for 2 weeks time 

Sorry if I forgot anyone on the last page - I can never remember what everyone said 

10/01/2013 at 08:37

Thinking of you today Yeo.

Little C is 5, yay

10/01/2013 at 09:42

Buttons!!  Hope he as a great day Cinders

SL, I've 'turned the volume off', as a friend of mine calls it!  She says you know they're still there behaving like idiots you just can't hear what they're saying   Actually, I feel a bit sorry for them, if they have to get their kicks taking the piss out of me for asking something then they must lead pretty sad and empty lives!  Am liking the dates idea, I like the medijools and I've been able to get those in the supermarket but I don't know where I'd get the others round here.

Glad you enjoyed the sports massage SL!  I'm often yelping in my session and she's always saying sorry, but if you don't work the muscles then you don't get the tightness and knots out rendering it pointless.  She's good at picking up problems too before they become too bad so definitely worth having done even if you do pay for it a bit afterwards sometimes!

Hope everything is going ok for Yeo today. 

*waves at everyone else*


10/01/2013 at 10:58

Hi All,

Yes my sentiments as well, hope op goes well Yeo.

 TST ignore the bad posts. One thing I have learnt, is that those who have the knowledge to help , and give advice can be the most nasty, In otherwords, they don't want you to catch up with them, instead of realising its your personal journey, and not wanting to take over them. Hope that made sense.

Cinders I hope little C's party goes well. Just a little word on security of the home. When I was at college, they had unwrapped their presents at home, then while at the party, someone had robbed the home of everything, not just presents. Either someone had heard where they were going to be, or even worse someone in the group. Just be careful okay, and have a great party.

Lol with Mr f.

Hi apparition.

Right here goes, men hate being proved wrong . trigger2 was right, I just hated admitting it. Its too big a jump a mile each week. Its taken me 2 days to recover, and I have to admit, its not been pleasent, I thought I had rehydrated properly, but clearly not. I felt yuk after having 1 pint yesterday, and 2 lime and water before that. One drinking friend couldn't belive me being on soft drinks . I will try a mixture of running walking increase just an extra half mile, with 3 and 5 miles running 4 times a week. Mixing and matching as and how I feel inbetween.

Just to bring you upto date, with the so called friend who verblly attackd me. He now insists on an apology, before he even talks to me. I have no intention of doing this, as I refuse to be intimidated by people no more. I know it will happen, but its a uestion of how to learn to deal with it.

Tunisia is between 16 and 18 degrees and 5 hours sunshine a day, with chance of light showers, and about 11 degrees at night.

Hope your all okay?



10/01/2013 at 11:36

hello chaps and chappettes.

I've been away from the forum for a few weeks, so just had a quick recap of this thread, sounds like you've all been busy running and getting match fit so far this year, good work.

I've decided to climb onto the wagon for January. I can't say I'm missing it that much, but then the temptation hasn't been overwhelming yet. I've got a fairly quiet January socially, apart from a friend's engagement party and a funeral to attend, both of which should be fairly boozy affairs, but i'm going to resist. If i'm still not missing it I might eek my dry spell over into February and see how far I can be dragged along by the cart.

Running is (touches head in lieu of wood) so far going well. I started my 18 week training program for the manchester marathon on xmas day.

Last week was my highest weekly mileage ever, and i finished my key runs feeling good about them. i'm still a little concerned that I might not be training at the optimum pace most of the time, either too fast or too slow, as I seem to change my mind midway during runs about what my marathon pace should be, so adjust the pace up or down depending how i'm feeling. anyway, i'll get the hang of it. I did a 13 miler on Sunday, which was the longest time i've been on my feet for a run in about 18 months, since I did the Midnight Sun half in Tromso (which I'd recommend by the way). Legs were a little heavy the next day, but generally i feel good. Trying to be disciplined about getting to bed at a reasonable hour so I get enough quality sleep; staying up too late is a bit of a bad habit of mine, which i'm trying to gradually correct.

Hope you're all having a good January so far, I wish I was flying off to north africa sinbad, I'm already over this winter weather (more the lack of daylight) and willing the spring to be sprung asap.

10/01/2013 at 12:14

Hi All,

Your doing better than me with training AG. Glad your back on thread.One day at a time is slowly becoming my moto.

I know most of you have run marathons before. I'm just panicing over the milage I'm not getting in.

Hope all okay.

P.S. I bought a pocket torch yesterday, as they turn the generator off at midnight. Even though i may be in bed well before that time

Edited: 10/01/2013 at 12:16
10/01/2013 at 13:04

Happy Birthday Buttons    Cinders, just told hubby that he's 5 today and he can't believe it either 

When's the holiday Sinbad?  Just follow your training plan and you'll get enough mileage in.  90% of a marathon is in the mind - you need to keep telling yourself you can and will do it even when it feels tough - and that's how you get through it.  Training makes it much easier but if you don't believe you can do it it will be much harder.

Hi AG, sounds like you're doing just great - have you used one of those pace finders - there's one on here somewhere.  Put in how long it took you to do a recent race (or distance) and it will tell you what your marathon time should be so you can train at that pace.

TST - either go to the baking section of the supermarket where they sell raisins and stuff like that for dates or go to somewhere like Holland & Barratt and get a big bag - they tend to be less expensive than medijools - unless you buy them in a 5kg box like me .  You might get fresh dates at a bigger supermarket that tends to do lots of different fruits - we've a big sainsburys that sometimes has them but I get mine by the 5kg at the market.  It's worth asking at your local market if you have one.  

As for the massage - well I don't suppose she expected to spend the afternoon pummelling someones bum but she did a good job, she made me do some stretched with her elbow pressed into the hurt bit .  It really ached last night and felt a bit 'unleashed'.  Imagine if your bum was a jelly in a mould, then someone let it out of the mould and it spent a couple of hours melting - that's what my bum felt like .  Feels good today though so will go to running club with kc and take it easy .  I'm starting my taper this weekend with about 18 miles on Saturday and between 15-18 on Sunday, that'll be the very last very long one till the event itself 


10/01/2013 at 18:35

Hi All,

Fight is 06.35 am Yeo 1th jan.

Er a question. howw best do I come down from panic attack stress relater lack of sleep?

Symptoms, Can't lye down totry to sleep, its not tinglying, yet its like pins and needles when I'm trying to nod off. its like that now. its like the muscles are fighting to relax then tense up again.

Any suggestions on what to do, I feel shaky on my feet, as there thatrelaxing yet tensing.

Hope your all okay?


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