Keeping our group together
Well going home today due to catch the train at 10 so another year at Brighton comes to a close no time for resting though Bristol 10k on May 5th and then the Bradley stoke 10k on June the 9th which happens to be my 50th birthday
good luck to all running on Sunday be safe but above all enjoy
LLB sorry to read about Mrs LLB the daughter had the same problem with the heat at Brighton but just managed to finish hope Mrs LLB recovers soon
Seejay well don on the time
ffRAN I'm having the same problem i can't see Seejays post ether
Thank you everyone, I cant see if either, maybe he hasn't posted - I saw his time on Facebook
Morning all....I can't see SeeJay's post either! We have talked via Facebook though. Martin, I hope Jo is now fully recovered. She did so well.
Life keeps throwing obstacles towards me at the moment. Early hours of yesterday morning I received a call from my mum telling me she had severe chest pains and tingling in her arms. I immediately called an ambulance, called her neighbour and made my way over there. I got there just before the ambulance. I went with mum to the RUH while my wife followed in the car. The hospital staff stabilised her and we stayed with her until 7:00am, went home showered and changed before heading into work. I left work at 1:00pm, headed over to mum's to collect some things and made my way into hospital. Stayed with her until 4:00. From the tests run so far, it looks like a bad angina attack. She's tired but in good spirits considering. They kept her in overnight and are looking to do an angiogram today.
I felt shattered but needed some fresh air in the evening so decided to still go out for a run with friends. I managed 7.15 miles in 1:01:33 (ave. 8:37). Got home, showered and watched the football before falling sound asleep. Woke this morning and realised I hadn't eaten since Monday evening!
I'll be calling the hospital later this morning to see how mum is and whether she can come home or if she's staying in again. All this on top of packing for our house move next week. Life goes on, as they say!
My dear friends, I am so sorry for not posting, I cannot get used to posting here on my iphone and I didnt have my laptop with me. We didnt come home till Monday and was answering texts and FB messages galore as well as catching up on F1.
Anyway, Friday and Saturday went well, no hiccups, no stressful walking miles but got good views of the start and finish areas so Mrs S had seen where she would be standing and where we would meet up.
Sunday started very early, breakfast was at 5:45 as they closed the roads early and our coaches had to get in before the shut everything. We had to go in the runners village quickly because the toilets where i there but only runners allowed in. So Mrs S had to stand outside and we where looking out like POW's!!!!! Anyway the start was fine and settled in well, posting around 9:30 to 10:00 min/miles for most of the way, wuite a bit od dodging other runners and even though we where in one of the last pens loads of people where walking in the first mile and well into the race. I think many people put a totally unrealistic time on their entries but then some my be injured and doing walk/run but it didnt really help progress. It got even worse when the red and green starts joined in!!!!
Anyway things where going ok until we reached Rotherhithe, about 9 miles in, I was running behind someone with my running partner to my right and suddenly he moved to my left. I thought nothing of it as lots of people where weaving about all over the place. What I didnt know (cause I couldnt see with him in front) was that there was a mini roundabout ahead with a hump in the middle. As my right foot hit the ground early it unbalanced me, I tried to steady with my left foot but it touched the next highest bit of the hump and down I went. Luckily I didnt do much damage to me, my garmin strap broke, I hit my right knee on the ground and as I found out later I had bent my big toe back and stretched the muscle.
I immediatly lept up as I knew half of London Marathon would be bearing down so started running again, no blood through my tights on my knee, a couple of bruised nails and a broken watch strap. I settled my heart rate over the next half mile or so and then realised my watch had stopped so I restarted it only yo find it was half a mile out so that now became useless. Everything went ok again until about 17 miles when my right hip started to ache, this steadily got worse until at 20 miles I had to stop and walk/run till the end. My partner solefully looked back as I waved her to go on and she finished in 4:30, just as we had planned, I struggled in 11 minutes later in 4:41.
Not the London I had hoped for but compared to others like Mrs LBB and my workmate who sprained his ankle at 2 miles and his partner's knees gave up at 14 and they hobbled home in 6 hours, it was a reasonable effort. I am considering trying again next year as I loved the course and a determined to beat 4:30, if I dont get a ballot entry I may try the dreaded Gold Bond with Macmillan.
Ok, now to other business! My legs are nearly recovered so will probably do a slow short run on Thursday night with the club. I will try to post some pictures on here for those not on Facebook.
Nessie, dont fret about your 10K, it will come and your mileage is good for the race distance. It is your lifestyle that is hurting you!!! 28 Hour days are not good for runners!!!! Thanks again for your encouragement at London, it did help to settle me.
Ffran, thanks for your encouragement also, it is always good to hear from you guys, we have been together a long time now!!!!
LBB, I think the heat caught a lot of people out, my mate saw a lady faint just after he passed her, I saw loads of casualties of all sorts. Totally impressed with Jo's determination, I am sure you had to drag her off the course fighting!!!!
Chris, so sorry to hear about your mother, I hope she is recovering well. I know what you mean about life, it never seems to plan its little curve balls!!!!! Well doen with your running, very impressed!!!
Toby, amazing time mate, totally well deserved, you have worked hard for it!!! Hopefully we will meet up again at Bristol for a quick catch up!!!!
I hope I havent left anyone out but if so I apologise, catch up again hopefully after Thursdays run!!!
Seejay sorry to read thing didn't go as planed hope your feeling OK about it now
Hope everything is ok with your Mum Chris.
Seejay well done, still a fantastic time in those condtions even without all the issues you suffered along the way.
All, thanks for your concern, Mrs LBB is recovering although still quite emotional if we discuss the VLM letters. She has had so many positive comments from everyone she has met in person and online and unfortunately she is the only one who doesn't understand the magnitude of her achievements. She is going to start exercising again on Sunday with either a short run or an hours bootcamp.
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