How do you get going again after pregnancy?
Yeah, we drove Calais to Dordogne this August and it is a journey I would def not do again for a weeks holiday. The Peage queues were huge and the traffic around Le Mans and Tours was awful. It took us closer to 8 hours by which time I really had had enough which is strange as we drove far greater distances iand times in oz and Nz.
The journey back was quicker, but we broke it up stopping in Paris. And the Paris to Calais leg was a nightmare as I had contracted a stomach bug and was throwing up on the side of the road every 20 minutes. Not good.
I am off on holiday to Spain early tomorrow morning. I am so looking forward to lie ins and books on sunbeds. Leila is staying with her nanny so best get going and get organised!
We had very good journeys driving in France. No tolls from Roscoff to Benodet though. We also had the Plymouth to Roscoff ferry. It was fine. We were cheap skates though and had inside cabin for just £25. Still useful for just chilling though.
Had horrific queue going through customs getting back into the country off the ferry at 10pm. Over an hour, and when you have a 2.5 hour journey to get home it wasn't what we needed.
Busy weekend as ever. Football practice, hubbie ripped out old wardrobes etc in our bedroom , he fitted the board to the treadmill without too much bother . Hurrah!! Haircut and colour, cycling in the park for the kids. Yesterday I raced, well hard training run really as didn't ease down at all. 10 miles in 66.30. Pretty pleased with that tbh as didn't feel zippy at all after 70+ mile week. Didn't quite hit the 6:30s I wanted but still pretty good half pace run.
Then swimming with kids this afternoon and picked up the boys 'big boy' bikes 20" with 7 gears. Very plush. They are an early birthday present although they are only getting them in dribbles until their actual birthday. Cycling event at castle combe race track on friday evening for the school friends funds, so they can try them out there.
Never camped in London. Have booked a lovely looking maisonette in Greenwich for London weekend. We will be taking kids out of school for that . I think 2 days in London after the race seeing the sights will be allowed. Still OK here I think to do that ...
Sounds Lush Anj, very jealous. I am at work at home, so best get on....
Thats a shame Caro, mind you ours has zero tolerance to actual hols. I guess ours will be more educational, an experience rather than actual hols. They were happy when I asked last year so hoping it will be the same in this year too . At this age being with family and experiencing life is far more important I reckon, but then some people do take the pi$$ as JT has suggested. We get fined for unauthorised absence, £50 per day. Some people still do it though as make hols so much cheaper even with the fine!
Enjoy Spain Anj!! All this talk of hols is making me want to start looking for next years now! A friend of ours highly recommended a driving holiday as she called it, they drove to Switzerland, she reckoned its less hassle because you can pile everything into the car, they also have dual dvd players clipped on to the backseats for the their 2yr old and 5mth old though! They did the tunnel and stopped at campsites so not a full on drive, and it helps when you live south of london.
We are definitely intending to take Maggie out of school when she's still young. My childminder has just decided to do it as the school said you can unofficially take 5 days. Hubby is dead keen to go skiing so we'll be doing it for that, not exactly educational though
Sounds like a busy weekend MM, well done hubby for doing the treadmill! Lots of talented diy hubbys on here, Camlo - I also imagined a little room until I saw the photos on FB, might impressive extension!
So I managed the Farnham Pilgrims half yesterday! Actually was very nice to do a race when you know you aren't chasing a PB, after queuing for a stile in the first mile there was no chance of even good splits, only used my garmin as a mile marker as none on the course (great marshalls though, plus lots of squash and biscuits!). Quite tricky to overtake on the teeny paths, and as I started at the back I had lots of people in front of me! Killer hill at mile 10 which I caught a lot of walkers on. Anyway, finished in a respectable 2.05, ran all the hills, my sis did 2.20 and also ran the hills . One of my aims was to finish before the first marathoner, who started an hr before, and I just managed it! the winner was a woman who came in at 3.07 (5min before the 2nd place guy). I really liked the post race food, trays of brownies and shortbread etc, yum! Hubby came with us and brought both girls, very brave, he brought 3 changes of clothes for Rosie but didnt need any luckily! They didn't come and find us on the route, just stayed by the start, played on the swings, Rosie crawled everywhere (she loves grass), then went to the pub for bacon butties, followed by tea and cake back at the finish (its tough being a supporter). Then Mags helped me eat my biscuits too.
Had fish and chips for dinner last night so pretty sure I consumed more calories than I burnt off yesterday!
Going to try and do the parkrun next week to see how I do on a short run. I looked up the results of the bushy parkrun from last Sat and the first lady came in 17min something, hmmm, think they're a bit speedy!
Can't believe its 11 already! Baby waking up I think. Just finished building our new wardrobe while she slept, quite pleased with myself as doesn't look like its going to fall apart....
Spain sounds lovely Anj - enjoy!
We've been lucky in France and rarely queued on toll roads, apart from when there has been an accident, an even that's cleared fairly quickly ... . I think you have to be sensible though and avoid obvious grid-lock times like end of English bank holiday, start of English holidays etc cos wherever you go, tolls or not, there are bound to be queues. Did once try to go to Chamonix once avoiding the toll roads (person in charge of driving car absolutely refused point blank to pay out for any tolls). It was a very stressful journey tbh as none of us were familiar with the route, let alone the French road systems - and we were beaten but a number of hours by the other car which went on toll roads. This was in middle of August.
Great racing MM, esp as legs were tired etc
Caro - Js old school had that kind of policy on their website too, zero tolerance etc etc. Definitely not shooting the messenger but tbh I don't think it makes an awful lot of difference, those who seriously want to take the pi** will do whatever.
Of course skiing is educational - another European culture/language/food
Hour of pilates this morning so really need to get off here and finish domestic jobs so I can squeeze in a run before after school chaos begins. Have a meeting at school about the curriculum 4-5pm, that's so helpful when I have S finishing at 2.50pm and J out at 3.20pm and then we have cubs at 6pm - aaaaagh!
Sonia - sounds like you had a good day yesterday, it's a mean old course so that sounds a pretty good time to me.
Hi, hope everyone is doing well. Im a bit miffed and wondering if anyone can give me any advice. I was just getting back to running after giving birth 3 months ago and quite pleased with my progress managing an 8 miler last week and some good fartlek sessions. Anyway i have just been diagnosed with a prolapsed bladder as a result of giving birth vaginally. The GP said that it was a very minor prolapse and not likely to give me any significant problems. She referred me to a gynaecologist and told me to do my pelvic floor exercises. I then asked about running and she told me that its fine to continue, but not to push myself. Of course this is exactly what I wanted to hear, however, as i see running as something I want to do for the long term, I'm worried that my GP is being overly optimistic. Has anyone else experienced this? The thought of running and making it worse and then not being able to run ever again is bothering me a lot!! Any advise welcome!
Cracer - not sure regarding your specific prolapse, but I had a minor one (not bladder though) after the delivery (vaginal) of both my children. Dr told me on no uncertain terms was I to run for 12 weeks ... biking was fine ... and then to see how it went. I did obsessive PF exercises in that time and 'bingo', all better! Have to say, didn't 'want' to run with it anyway as felt darned odd! Hanging on for a few months paid off as I don't have any problems now (kids now 8 and 5 and I run ultra marathons).
TTid - that doesn't sound too good, hope you are feeling better now.
I bought some air-dry clay the other day ... haven't used it yet but is meant to be really good and can be painted.
V annoyed, rushed through tea etc to get J to cubs, only to find two other parents and four other kids hanging around outside a locked door. Seems like a problem tonight but majority knew but not us few ... grrrr ... bah! Some of the families are really local, like almost next door to the building so surely someone could have put a note on door if nothing else. Oh well, at least both get an early night at start of week.
Really must push on with homework etc ...
Camlo - sometimes you just have to say it, poking the hornets nest hopefully means that things will start to sort... And yes, wish I had a hubby that could to that type of miracle working! (Mine struggled to build a rabbit run!)
Caro - such a shame that the plane will be late it's amazing how we can predict these things isn't it? I'm sure if you tell M enough that the plane is late she'll go into school and tell everyone . I had a parent tell me that she was taking her daughter out of school and going to the Paralympics on the first week back. My reply was, 'Oh I'm so sorry, I do hope that she gets better soon'. The parent looked at me as though I was barking for a moment until she realised what I was saying!!!
MM - wow that is one hefty fine! But I agree, parents don't care about unauthorised absences and yes the fines can still make it cheaper. Was so frustrating in my early years of teaching when we couldn't afford to go on holiday as it was too expensive!
Anj - fairly certain it was Tours and Le Mans that got us too!!!
We've never had any problems when driving down to skiing either, Vixo cannot possibly think why we've never considered taking Ted and Archie on that drive . It can be done 15 hours door to door from here to Chamonix including the ferry crossing, but too scary for words at the mo!
Oh, and as for skiing, of course it's educational, you learn all about solids and liquids and I'm sure that you can get some gases in their too. Plus there's so much to learn about friction, gravity, forces... And that's before you even get onto covering the physical side of the curriculum
TT - but I do agree, if you don't need to have the test done then why subject your body to more? Hope you can manage it ok.
CC - Rah! I used to run a Rainbow Unit and the amount of times I was stood outside for 10-15 minutes waiting for the other guider to turn up was embarassing. None of the parents wanted to help though , just stood and moaned at me!
Good racing Sonya and MM! Especially as you've both been under par!
CR - I've no experience of your problems, but just take it easy and if it doesn't feel right, don't do it I think is the answer
So why, when I've finally started to make some progress with my shoulder, did I think it was a good idea to dig the bl00dy allotment over yesterday? How thick am I? Admittedly hubby did a big chunk, boys did their own version (ahem!) so I joined in too. I've now got pains back in my arm again with some numbness down to my fingers. Eejit.
JT - I do like your thinking!!! But noooooo to the shoulder!!!
J could tell us all the scientific facts about snow and ice BEFORE we even got on a snow slope, I am quite convinced! We were having a very convoluted conversation in the car about how he's not sure he believes in God vs black holes and colliding rocks and stuff but he might believe in Jesus....
Camlo - I daren't show that picture of your hubbys efforts to mine. My hubby is very handy but it just takes so flipping long. Can turn his hand to electrics and plumbing very easily. When we bought our Farnham house the downstairs had to be replastered with lime mortar to get rid of the damp ... we did get someone to do the lounge but hubby took himself off on a 1-day lime plastering course down near Winchester and proceeded to do the rest of the work. Plus our old victorian house was pretty much renovated by him. Am mighty glad in a way we are in a rented house ... no lengthy ongoing essential projects. Of course all the stuff he was doing was when the kids were really little so I spent my weekends on childcare duty while he played (sorry worked!!). Hey ho.
Lordy I ache from this mornings pilates class! No way I'll be introducing any of that stuff to my victims tomorrow morning!
Did a lovely six-miler too along the coastal path but boy was it windy, just about avoided a total drenching.
Anyway, am meant to be typing up my notes for tmrw morning and then away to bed! S came in at 1.30 this morning demanding why I hadn't tied her hair up before bedtime
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