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11/05/2013 at 21:23

Big hugs Camlo ((())) hope Tom is feeling better - voms never good at the best of times - and hope you feel better tomorrow.

Drank waaaay too much rosé last night with my usual wine-o friends, stumbled home via taxi then sat trying desperately to sober up until about 2.30am by which time I gave up and went to bed, then felt like sh1t this morning!  Sophie came and told me it was half past nine, then I heard her go downstairs and say "But Daddy, Mummy didn't even open her eyes, she still looked asleep!"   Was going to do the parkrun this morning but clearly that was never going to happen!

Now just scoffed huge Chinese and feeling rather stuffed.  Ah well we had an amusing evening.

I'm going to watch the Sheffield half tomorrow.  Slightly depressed that I'm not doing it but I made the decision some time ago based on my leg muscles tightening.  I just hope I can get this sorted soon, it's starting to bother me now because the osteopath treatment doesn't seem to be doing much. I did say I'd give it one more session before switching to a physio recommended to me by a physio I've seen before, but I made another appointment last time I saw him.  The massage and stretching he does all seems to hit the right spots, and my back feels looser when I run, but the stiffening up is still happening and makes my leg basically stop working by 7 miles.

Sorry for waffle!  Glad to hear people are starting on their medical treatment tonight 

11/05/2013 at 21:38

Nodded off briefly whIle watching Harry potter earlier but not for long so am already tucked up in bed. No more vomming thank goodness. Have race for life in aberystwyth  tomorrow. 

yippee to new trainers, junior coaching, cakes, shopping and wine drinking.

Boo to hangovers and over eating, prob pregnancys, rushing, early wakers and ongoing injuries and stiffness ((JG)). 


11/05/2013 at 23:15

JT, that does sound a bit like what she has.  Her mum is a clerk on the maternity ward so it sounds like they are sorted for advice but she was in over last weekend she was in so much pain.  She is also getting lots of scans to make sure everything is progressing normally, stressful times.

Hope your race blows away the cobwebs Camlo!  And that your Chinese sorts you out JG!

12/05/2013 at 19:42

Ooo some distressing news. Hugs to Camlo to kick those black clouds. How was the RFL?

Bragging proud Mummy moment I'm afraid. Harry won the U7 race at the May miles fun runs today. Such a proud Mum . He was amazing and ran so confidently and consistently. He went off sooo fast but just kept the pace going and kept overtaking until he was in front. Awesome running and fabulous trophy. Josh was 5 or 6th, hard to keep track as Harry was being photographed an interviewed. Sophie was amazing too, so determined to run it and wasn't last bless her. The noise down the finishing straight upset her though and she fell over. Awww !! Not 3 until the 24th so amazing for her really.

Having a mare with some furniture I ordered online, very stressful. Won't go into details but colour not what we expected at all and tbh 'not as described' at all, and the company don't do pick ups!!!! They parcels are 150kg in total. Quotes coming back as £175!!!!!!!!!!!!! Massive discussions with the seller (middle man) of course. Not happy at the mo .

12/05/2013 at 19:54

Well done to your kids MM, fab stuff, I do hope mine are a bit sporty!  Urgh about the furniture, think I always end up going with John Lewis as they are quite good about things like that.  I had to pay to send stair gates back to kiddicare and that was bad enough although they offered money off with their preffered company.  Maybe they could do something like that and split the cost with you?

JT - thanks for that, hopefully knowing that other people have had the same thing happen reassures them although personally I'm a bit cross with them for not doing their maths with regards to the wedding (plus I'm still worrying about my brothers ridiculous credit card and loan debt) so they have a whole load of stress going on!

12/05/2013 at 20:43

Well done to the boys MM especially Harry, and well done little Sophie !  I'm thinking my Sophie is going to be more of a sprinter than a jogger, which I was at school (used to do 100m and high jump but never quite good enough at 100m to get anywhere) - she always sets off running somewhere but after a few minutes she's complaining she's tired!  And she loves to have races with her friends (and generally beats them!).

I had fun watching Sheffield half marathon this morning with Sophie although I was quite envious of the runners - much better conditions this year as well, I managed to pick the year it fell on a heatwave!  Cheered on my friends in town as they passed then hopped on the tram to the stadium to see the first man cross the line (and my friends again!).  Sophie managed to win an enormous Winnie the Pooh on the tombola - as if she hasn't got enough teddies !  But was obviously delighted.  Then we all headed to Caffe Nero for lunch/coffee and had a good natter.

Still gutted they're going to close and demolish Don Valley stadium though, it's quite unbelievable that Jess Ennis trains there but they can't find the few thousand pounds it needs to be updated.  It was built to host the World Student Games in 1991 (I think?) but Sheffield Council managed to agree to paying loads of it themselves and will be paying it off till 2024!  Still seems such a waste though, a stadium is such an asset for a city.  No idea where the half marathon will begin and end if it goes either .

Anyway, I headed to the park this afternoon and did just over 5.5 miles which I haven't done in months due to snow and/or not feeling fit enough to cope with the hills, but I felt great today .  Hamstring still tightened up but I managed to ignore it which I suppose could be considered progress??  10k race next weekend so I'm feeling happier about that now.

MM - nightmare with the furniture.  I always thought they would pick up again if they'd delivered it but I guess I assumed wrong!

12/05/2013 at 21:32

fantastic running from your wee ones MM, clearly in the blood. Is always interesting to see how they progress, some seem to be naturally gifted from the off, others take a while to find their place. Definitely allowed to be a proud mummy . Bugger re the furniture though, I don't buy big stuff often, but like Kinsey, tend to stick to the big names for ease, especially as I have to buy so much online anyway. Hope you get it sorted.

Kinsey - remember you talking about your brother and his problems, so can see this developing nicely!!!  All such a worry.

Mad old day for you JT the other day - sounded crazy actually.

Great to hear you had a good run today JG, well deserved I think.

Camlo - hope the RFL helped lift the black clouds a little for you.

Had a run free day today, but have run six days straight this week and after feeling so  yesterday was feeling out of sorts and tired today anyway. But rugby this morning and a massive hoovering and clearing out session this afternoon that was well overdue, although oven definitely needs tackling this week for sure!!


12/05/2013 at 21:39

CC were you putting the nausea down to hormones (or have I got confused!), I'm feeling quite bleurgh some of the time but I think its just my cycles restarting.

i exercised 3 times this week, exercise DVD, run fit class and a run today too!

12/05/2013 at 22:19

I think in this case it was actually the dregs of whatever evil germs were circulating our house last week - everytime I ate or drank something Fri eve or yesterday, stomach gurgled and was really sore etc. BUT I do get nausea issues with hormones too, although not so much at the moment - ie the week before my period arrives I can get constant sicky feeling (bit like morning sickness) which just nags away continually. So was a bit confusing this week as I had that arriving too!!

Get you with the exercise, what with CM and her 9-milers, Caro buying new trainers and running on a dreadmill ... whatever next!!

13/05/2013 at 09:46

Apologies, have not read back yet. Just got into bed, was on a night shift, really need to get some sleep as back on tonight but just heard my uncle died so am very sad. Feel so so sad for my dad, it was his only brother left. His other brother died just over a year ago when my other uncle & Aunty died, it has been a sad 18 months for my parents.

13/05/2013 at 11:47

(((RF))) Sad news.  Hope the black clouds are shifting for you too, Camlo.

My oven is minging too, I get it professionally cleaned every 6 months or so.  At £40 a pop I guess it's not cheap, but hate, hate, HATE cleaning it myself so money well spent in my opinion.  Plus it gets it ultra clean, I never think the oven cleaners you can buy do anywhere near as good a job.  What stuffs mine up is roasting chickens, which I do most weeks - the amount of fat that spits everywhere is unbelievable.

MM, you should definitely be allowed to brag - that's an amazing achievement for an under-7 and little Sophie too, bless her.  Obviously in the genes!  Boo to the furniture issue though, hope you manage to sort something out.

So yesterday I ran a marathon   Needed to do something after the disappointment of London so chose the Halstead Marathon in Essex.  Lovely rural setting, no big crowds, nice and low-key.  I had a shocking race, finishing in a second-slowest time of about 3:50 I think.  But proud to have finished, especially when all hopes of a decent time had long since faded.  I underestimated how challenging the course would be and set out for a time that would get me a small PB.  But while the undulations seemed relatively easy for the first lap, by the second they were looking (and feeling) like hills.  I have never faded so badly in a race before and it was demoralising - went from 7:28/7:30 in the first 6-7 miles to 7:40s to around 12 miles, then slipped back to 8:00s with a few really dreadful miles where I had to walk because my left calf kept cramping and I'd had a stitch from the second mile which I couldn't get rid of, and there were points where I could hardly put my right foot to the floor because the stitch felt so bad.  Afterwards I realised it wasn't a stitch, as it never went even after the race, but probably a strained or slightly torn muscle somewhere under my rib cage above my stomach.  Not sure what went wrong today really - a few random thoughts that it was too soon after London and the virus I had there may have knocked my system more than I thought.  Once I decided to do Halstead (about two days after London) I launched straight back into hard training - hard hilly runs - and maybe didn't give myself enough recovery time.  I think I've also underestimated the concept of rest this winter and have trained really hard, harder than ever before, through illness and harsh weather conditions so maybe that took its toll.  Or maybe I'm just kidding myself that a PB is even feasible - I was 40 when I ran my PB at London and I'm now almost 44; there comes a point when age becomes a limiting factor and maybe I've reached that point.  It's frustrating that I trained so hard this winter and it hasn't brought the results I hoped for and expected, but to put it in perspective I was 4th lady in my age category yesterday which doesn't seem so bad.  Just missed out on a GFA for London next year but may go back to have another crack at Halstead now that I know the course and would pace it better next time.

2013 really doesn't seem to be my year so far ... 

13/05/2013 at 11:57

Hugs RF, was it unexpected or had he been ill?  Hope you get to sleep and best wishes for the next few weeks supporting your parents. 

Been reading but not posting. MM, lovely photos on fb of your 3 at the race. S is so grown up already, such a cutie. Wow to their running but I guess with you and Mr MM as parents it's well and truly in their genes. 

Camlo, hope you fought off the black clouds. Really hope your boss is supportive when you speak to her this time. 

We are still up in the air with our house. Won't go into details as they are so long winded but still supposed to be completing a week today and we don't know for certain they will get mortgage (won't know until probably Wednesday or Thursday) and also haven't agreed final amount we will drop price for repairs found in the inspection. Pissed off as all petty stuff that in no way takes away from enjoyment of the house. It's a 30 year old house FFS, not a brand new one!

13/05/2013 at 12:08

X post Minks. Well done on your secret marathon. 4th in age category sounds awesome to me but disappointing when you had sights set on a better time. Maybe time now to give your body a good rest. 

We have had a big golf tournament here this last week, reportedly over 45,000 people here most days. We were giventickets by one of Mr TT's friends who is a caddy so went in most days and took Max a couple of times. He was so good and enjoyed seeing the golfers. Tiger Woods walked past about 3 feet away from us which was pretty cool. 

Have actually 'run' a few times myself now. Still very slow but have aching legs from Saturday morning's run which feels good. 

AF started last week and BF is over. Was mainly pumping but at least managed 3 months this time so better than with Max. 

13/05/2013 at 12:13

Grr, phone keeps stopping me typing so I have to post. 

Was mothers' day here as well as for Hoggle in NZ. Was given way more chocolate than I need but was nice. Took M and O to beach in the morning for a little while then we went to the golf in the afternoon and Max was a treasure all day. 

Max just got up so had best get off phone and sort him out. We are so nearly there with potty training but keeps having little accidents, usually pooing in overnight nappy. At least very rarely in his undies. 

13/05/2013 at 13:38

Hugs RF.  xx

Well done Minks!  Still pretty good going really.  Did you know they changed the GFA for London?  It's now 3.45 for us instead of 3.50.

Minks and Karen have you taken the kids to the Royal Gunpowder Mills?  We had a fab day yesterday, it's in Waltham Abbey so not far from either of you.  It's not all guns, depsite my pics on FB.  £22 for all of us and we were there for 5hrs.  Great little cafe and play area which of course helps, mad scientist doing crazy experiments, dropping mentos into coke bottles etc, we made and launched rockets, went on a tractor trailer ride all over the site, saw deer and foxes, shot bows and arrows, saw a film.  It's the site of one the oldest gunpowder factories in the UK, and I had never really thoight about how the artillery etc for the wars was made but now I have more of an idea.  Bloomin dangerous place to work though!

Also on Sat pm went to Walthamstow marshes.  parked at the Lea valley riding stables and walked from there, M rode her bike.  That was really fun too - and free

I have my new shoes, asics nimbus so neutral shoes as opposed to my old over pronating type shoes.  Spent over an hr in sweatshop, trying on loads, having my gait analysed etc.  I also bought the custom made insoles for £40, no idea if they're worth it but they feel really comfy, and the shoes were £40 off as they were last seasons so technically they were free   Just did my first 'run', with Eric in the baby jogger round the park.  Am doing the couch to 5k prog, seems to take 9 wks but that's ok, I guess I'm not really in any hurry.  Eric was a bit whingy, so I hope he gets used to it.  It was nap time but he didn't sleep, so he got dumped in bed as soon as we got home.


13/05/2013 at 13:38

Well done mini MM's!  Esp Harry

13/05/2013 at 13:42

RF - that is just so so sad for your poor family  ((())), thinking of you.

TT - have been enjoying the happy smiley pics of your two boys over on FB - they are both gorgeous. Well done for the BFing, I think any length of time is good tbh, sometimes just even trying to do it is challenging enough!! I managed four months for J and six weeks for S!!!

Minks - a fabulous well done for the marathon, regardless of how you felt about the time etc. It actually sounds so similar to the race report I could have written about my London effort in 2010, even down to the time ... not sure how GFA works now but it WAS 3.50 ... cos I missed it by about 30 seconds!! It could have been any factor in there tbh, not sure about age. I know I'm a little younger than you but I'm still thinking I may have another couple of years to go before I start thinking - bah!!!  Often it's not the training, but all the other factors we have to consider into our lives - long commutes for starters.  Have heard good things about that marathon though, and I DO think it helps when it's a low-key event, takes the stress out of lots of elements including pulling out before race day if necessary! Rest and easy running now please.

JT - run - surely not!!  How are you doing with the physio etc???

I have a box of Oven Pride in the cupboard, bought the other week so need to get that sorted this week.

Interesting 'run' this morning (dregs of last weeks virus and virtually no sleep last night for things children related), but thought I'd better start doing some proper race specific training for Lairig Ghru Race so headed off for Ben Rinnes, wind gusting up to 40 mph on the top and I was climbing with head straight into wind - could hardly get my breathe so I'll not lie and say I ran all the way to the top, far from it. Headed over other side and nearly knocked off feet, wind chill overwhelming so had to try and hide somewhere to get windproof layer on and double check map as wind blowing me seriously off course!! Glorious sunshine, a few sleet showers too, much leaping around on tussocks of heather, bog etc, a couple of streams to cross, landrover track at bottom calf-deep in water in places ... so 7.5 miles took me 1 hour 50 to cover!!!! Feel a bit wasted now but think it was good training??

Edited: 13/05/2013 at 13:44
13/05/2013 at 14:49

JT - basically yes, there is talk of doing up Woodbourn Stadium/track which is a pitifully small and neglected track just up the road from Don Valley, but it would be for low-class training only and is so very small.

RF - how sad for you all and especially your parents   I hope that is it for sadness and they start to see happier times now.

CC - sounds like good training to me, particularly as you managed to stay upright!

Horrible weather here today - freezing cold and sudden heavy windy hail showers (hail in May??!), I'm sitting here cold but determined not to put the heating on!

Just did a survey for the NHS with a lady who came round (I received a letter some time ago about it) - typical that she comes just after I've been for a heavy wine session on Fri night then ate rubbish most of weekend!  Plus she weighed me and it came up as about half a stone heavier than my current heaviest  though TBird assures me (on FB) that it was down to my clothes and having just eaten lunch .  Answering questions such as "how much alcohol did you drink on your heaviest drinking night last week" and "how much fruit and veg did you eat yesterday" made me want to scream "but I did run for an hour and I don't drink much and I am trying to lose weight....!"

13/05/2013 at 16:04

Ha Ha JG!  Reminds me of when I went to a 'healthy child' thing last summer at our local sure start centre.  It was basically the only thing that was on in the hols and I had Eric and M to entertain so I went a few times.  It was basically like a playgroup but they had lots of people there to talk to and ask advice.  Then a few months later I got a call just to randomly ask me a few questions, so I agreed, and it was things like 'did the group help you make good food choices' or 'did the group help you return to exercise' and I kept saying 'no', and then at the end after the poor person was a bit miffed, I said well actually I run marathons and eat healthily anyway, so please don't think your group wasnt any good!

13/05/2013 at 19:46

I am a great believer in Oven Pride too JT - is fab and I love the whole 'leaving the trays in a bag thing' too!  Boo to no running still though.

LOL Caro and JG - and yes, TB is right

I wasn't last in orienteering - yay, came about middle of the pack (inc guys and gals) - perhaps feeling so pants meant I paid more attention to the navigation than the running for a change!

Think I must have got a bit hypothermic this morning - cannot get warm tonight - warm bath beckoning once J is back from cubs ...

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