Giving up the booze

Can I?!!!

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13/01/2013 at 23:17
Hi All,

Wish we had bbq Cinders, but we did have a choice of Lamb Chicken or Pork, so that wasn't too bad.

yes I must agree, Make your own traditions. I once travelled round Spain Portugal and Morocoo over five weeks. In Morrocoo I went from Tangiers, to Casablanca Marakesh, Spent a very old night in the Atlas mountains, then spent a couple of nights in the Sahara desert on Christmas Eve. It was amazing, I slept outside under the stars, and froze even though I had all my lothes on, in a sleeping bag with camel rugs al over me.

What made it even better was, that not one of tweleve people even mentioned the fact it was Christmas Eve. I only remembered when I was in Malaga, when someone reminded me it was New Years Eve.

Hope your all okay?

P.S. I looked outside, it looks like we have had a light covering of snow.
14/01/2013 at 08:57
Hi All,

The weather forecast for West Yorkshire is more snow.

No running outside, my tickets have still not arrived. Probable at the shop, then off to gym.

Hope you all okay?
14/01/2013 at 13:02

Afternoon all

we woke to a light covering of snow too - brrrrrrrrr, I really don't like the cold at all 

Hubby did roast beef, yorkshire puds and all the trimmings yesterday - and very nice it was too.  Unfortunately the cold weather just makes me want to eat stodgy food.  I'll make myself a nice big jug of orange juice to make up for it.

I felt really sluggish on my run in the South Downs on Saturday morning, put it down to big hills and trying to keep up with a much faster good looking younger man   It was obviously a cold setting in and I haven't stopped sneezing and snuffling since and today I feel really rubbish.  I wanted to go back to bed but couldn't   I didn't feel well enough to run yesterday or today, hoping to feel better tomorrow but might just leave running till the weekend - I've done the bulk of the training now - would like to have got a few more runs in but it would be daft to go out when I'm not feeling well and totally knacker myself with only 3 weeks to go....... 

Hope you all have a good day whether you like the snow or not........

14/01/2013 at 13:38

Afternoon all   Glad Buttons is better now and enjoyed opening his pressies!  We had a Sunday roast yesterday, but we rarely have a big meal at lunchtime.  Never even did when I was a kid, always had a roast but at tea time as everyone was out doing stuff in the day.  I stick the meat in on a really low heat and let it cook all day and then it comes out yummy and fall apart

Just relax and enjoy your holiday Sinbad, think of it as pre-preparation for getting right back into you training schedule when you get back as it will put you in a good frame of mind.  As Yeo says, you're not going to lose loads of fitness in a week and if you do some walking and stuff while you're there then you'll be fine.

Can't think of anything I'd rather be chasing than a good looking younger man with a nice pert butt SL, it would just intice me to be a bit slower!   Hope your cold goes soon, and a few days rest getting over it would probably be the best thing.

Glad you can see better now Yeo, must be fantastic for you

Sprinkling of snow here at the moment, we are due a lot more this evening and it's been trying on and off during the day.  At least I didn't have to go out in it this morning after my bloody awful run on Saturday, so every cloud and all that!  Knee started playing up after 4 miles (as usual) but quickly got worse this time and by 5.5 miles I had to take the decision to walk the rest of it.  Just before 8 miles I had to cross a pedestrian bridge over the A11 and that just totally buggered it up, was limping by the time I got over it and called Mr TST nearly in tears to get him to pick me up as I still had a mile or so to go to get home.  I said I'd carry on slowly while he drove round as I would have got cold standing waiting, and a lovely chap ran up behind me and asked if I was ok.  He only lived up the road and would have given me a lift home if Mr TST hadn't been on his way.  Right cheered me up he did, he was training for Hell Runner, which really is a nut job's race!

My running coach has advised no running or sports that will impact on my knee all week, so doesn't look like I'll be doing much this week.  Might do a walk on Wednesday and then will swim on Thursday.  The thing that frustrates me is that it only hurts when I run, I get no problems with boxing or circuits, and it pretty much only hurts when I'm actually running.  It was a little niggly on Saturday afternoon, but I felt fine yesterday, it's really doing my head in   Am seeing the physio again on Thursday, so will have another chat with her and see what she thinks.  I have one more set of run/walking to try (run 2, walk 3) on Saturday and if that still plays my knee up then I've made the decision that I will walk the VLM.  I can't keep pushing it as I could end up really injured and it's obviously liking it less this time than it did the week before, so it's obviously trying to tell me something.  I'll have to wait and see what happens. 

My first week of eating properly Sunday to Friday and have what I like on Saturday went well   Was pretty bad on Saturday and did have a pretty big binge, but as I said to Mr TST I think it's the novelty factor of being allowed it.  I'm sure as I get into more of a routine with it then I'll get it under control and not have much.  I worked through the calories for the week and even accounting for Saturdays binge I should (in theory) still have lost just

14/01/2013 at 15:28


SL, yes you should definitely be in non-knackering mode now, you've done the miles, great if you can get a few more plods in, but don't fret if you can't. Getting yourself to the startline in one piece is the priority now. Oh, and the finish line!

Sorry about your buggered knee, TST, but you WILL get round VLM, even if you crawl it!

It's difinitely white out there, so I'm glad I'm not going anywhere today. I've phoned both my bosses and told them I hope to be back in the day centre/cafe on Friday and back to the domiciliary next week, assuming the consultant gives me the go ahead when I see him on Thursday.


14/01/2013 at 15:34
Hi All,

lol with the pair of you eyeing up th younger runners, what about my age group lol?

I wish it was worth it me cooking a Sunday Luncch, but would cost too much to cook from scratch, I think I will buy a cooked chicken and do it that way when I get back.

SL is it the Pilgrims ultra your doing, and if so how far is it?

TST sorry to hear your still having injury problems, stick at it though. Glad the eating well has worked well for you this week.

I didn't fancy running in the snow this morning, so I did 5k on the treadmill at the gym, I did it in 49.37 minutes, slower than what I do on the road with the hillls!!

Apparently the booking reference I need is what I had when they printed all the details off, when its a late booking now so that worry is sorted.

As for the snow, I think its a storm in a tea cup, in West Yorshire, its clear sunny skies now. The problem tonight will be ice, but on the local news the councils say there ready to grit the roads, so I don't think I will need to worry when I catch the 22.00 bus Tuesday night to the train station.

I hear you all with the running on holiday. Yet I think I would like to do at least three runs whilst there. Just to keep at least he 5 milr distance goining. Wish you could see the size of the outdoor pool, its huge, and they also have a smaller indoor pool to, I will see how cold the outdoor pool and see if I can do a couple of lengths in it, if not too cold.

Wish I could get my smily faces bak.

Hope your all ok?
14/01/2013 at 15:40

no sunday lunch for me yesterday, but mrs AG did a nice chili con carne last night, which i wolfed down after 14 slow but steady miles up and down the thames.

hope you have a fun holiday sinbad, don't put too much pressure on yourself to train whilst you're over there, but relax and if you feel like doing a bit, then go for it. i guess the trick is learn to enjoy it, so it's a pleasure not a chore. easier said than done, especially in this weather. i suspect your weather will be a bit nicer than ours though

bummer about the knee TST, if cross training, like cycling or swimming, is an option for you it would be a great way to maintain and improve your cardio fitness in the lead up to VLM. It's not the same as running in terms of prep, but it's better than nothing, and will give you confidence that you'll be able to make it round. a lot of sheer bloody-mindedness on the day will do the rest

14/01/2013 at 16:36

Good running there AG and yum to the chilli

I have pool envy sinbad, I love swimming.  Who are you flying with, you don't have to pre print your boarding card etc do you? 

Boo to the knee TST.  Can you aqua jog?

Snow just about melted here, it's now raining.  Was a shock to see it this morning as we usually get a token flake!

14/01/2013 at 16:59
Hi All,

It's between 14 and 18 degrees daaytime time, night doesn't drop below 11 degree's at night.

I'm flying with Thomson Cinders.

I will try a run when I get there (wishfull thinking), if anything to wake myself up as I will be travelling from 10pm to get to the airport.

Its not so much that there's no trains running through the night, its the fact that the taxi's finish at about 1pm and at latest 2am. I don't want to take risk of anything going wrong with the trains.Hence why I will be at airport by 1am.

I will be insame posisition as AG in Greece I think it was? whereby there won't be much to do except eat and drink, one of the reasons why I want to try and at least do some runs.

AG chilli concarnie hhhmmm envious, good to come home from a run, and have lovely food to come home to.

Hope your all okay?
14/01/2013 at 21:50

I can't eat chilli these days with the Crohn's - it just isn't worth the pain and - ahem- after effects......

15/01/2013 at 08:15
Hi All,

Last post before I pack the net book. I'm taking it with me.

I just hope I do manage to get out for a run before I hit the bar on Wednesday,

Take it easy out there today, I saw forecast and it says lots of ice on untreated roads and pavements.

Not much i can say except I feel for you SL, it must be hard for you with regards to food. If it helps I admire you at trying so hard to cope with Crohn's problem.

Hope all are okay
15/01/2013 at 10:47

Yep Sinbad, it was Greece, and I didn't run a step when i was there :-\ Hope your holiday is fun.

It's now almost halfway through Jan, and I've not had a drop since NYE so I'm pretty pleased with that. I've not really been tempted to be honest, but then it's a fairly quiet month socially for me, so not too much of a challenge. I'm also getting some decent quality sleep in, which i think is massively helping my marathon training.

Hope you're all managing to get out despite the weather.

15/01/2013 at 13:33
Afternoon everyone.

yeo - glad your recovery continues apace and I'm sure you'll be pleased to get back to work!

Sinbad - have a great holiday and don't feel any pressure to run.

AG - great effort on the booze front! Sleep is so important for our health and wellbeing and I'm sure you're right about it helping with the training. Which marathon is it you're doing again?

Well I finished the juice detox - after 4 full days I added a healthy evening meal, rather than just juice and I lost 6 pounds in the 7 days. Towards the end I felt much more energetic and have run 3 times in 4 days, albeit only 3 miles each time. In fact I've just got back from a run in a snow shower, which was lovely!

Hope everyone else is good.
15/01/2013 at 19:39

Ooops forgot to mention that Ive gone past the 731 day mark.

15/01/2013 at 21:27

Evening all

Wow Apps - 6lbs in 7 days is great going but even better is the energy you felt.  Now you'll understand what I mean when I say that the juices give you lots of energy 

Great going on the booze free January AG, who knows maybe you'll 'forget' to start drinking again in February   Sleep is such a wonderful thing - I wish I could get lots more of it 

Have a fantastic holiday Sinbad, have a look at what the locals are drinking in the bars while you're there - you'll probably find lots of them drinking tea and coffee.  You could always do the same if you want to go for a run but also want to experience the local bars 

Great going Spen - got to admit I had to do some calculations to work out the significance.  I knew you'd done 2 years but it took me a few minutes to work out it was the same thing - doh 

I've still got the lurgy - I went down with a rotten cold on Sunday - think it's because  I got so wet on Saturday then had to stay in the wet clothes for so long till I got home and changed.  I've ordered myself a Montaine Minimus jacket so I stay dry in weather like that again!

15/01/2013 at 22:00

It was a leap year!

15/01/2013 at 22:54

Have a fab holiday sinbad and enjoy it

Great going spen

SL, how long now till Pilgrims? 

Well done Apps, fab juicing result.

Got poorly peeps here, little C not quite right yet and big C got some lurgy like the flu.  Am waving the garlic and red cross!!!

16/01/2013 at 14:36

17 days Cinders - not that I'm counting or anything  .  I'm getting nervous now - need to talk to HTF to calm me down or I'll be a wreck by the 2nd feb.  The jacket arrived yesterday while I was out yesterday, hubby collected it from the sorting office for me today and it fits so that's one less thing I've got to worry about.  I've got to get a foil blanket and a self inflating mattress.  My son said he's got a good sleeping bag I can use.  I've got a headtorch and whistle....... need to email the organiser to sort out my food - might need to take my blender..... someone slap me round the face to stop the hysterics please!!!!


16/01/2013 at 16:14


Have you found a foil blanket?  If not I think I've still got one somewhere.

18/01/2013 at 17:28

Afternoon, quiet here.

Hope sinbad having a good holiday.

Everyone ok? 

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