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10/06/2014 at 13:00

44 miles Caro. Pics on fb 

10/06/2014 at 13:09

Loved the report, MM - and bl00dy well done.  Not the easiest of choices for your first ultra!  But if anything it seems to have ignited a new spark for you which is great - I think a change of direction will be great for you.  That's my goal for next year - Brighton Marathon and Royal Parks Ultra (only 50K and pretty flat so I am clearly a wuss!) both for Breast Cancer Care. Still on my 'race a month' challenge at the moment!  Will double up in September/October though as am not doing any in August.  We'll be going on holiday and there isn't much around anyway that interests me.

I think it is possible for a man and a woman to just be friends with no thoughts of any hanky panky on either side.  As you said, MM, you are happy and he is happy but you share a common interest.  Kind of how it is with me and my TB except that right now he isn't happy (ex seems to be a nutcase too now!) - however I am happily married with a beautiful child and I wouldn't jeopardise any of that for the world.  Depending on how brave I'm feeling I might run the idea of Sweden by hubby but I am pretty sure of his response!

10/06/2014 at 13:57
MM - great race report, sounds like a tough one! It would have been interesting to see your blood results. They should be just fine - maybe not immediately after the race, but a few days later in someone who's fit and well everything should be normal (I would hope!). At least in terms of your electrolytes. I don't know what endurance events do to inflammatory markers - id imagine they'd be up a bit but I don't know. Who had to drive home?!

CC - I really hope you can sort something out with your husband, it sounds like such a tough situation. I can't believe he went off for another holiday without you all, and I think that's really quite odd behaviour. I get that it's nice to have some grown up time, but at the expense of time with your family? That's not on I don't think. I love love love the pics of where you've been running. The new forest is nice, but not a patch on your views!

Minks - great to hear how well your running is going. I'm so pleased for you that it sounds as though you're really enjoying what you're doing - I remember last year(?) when you just sounded really down about your races and reluctant to enter anything.

I read all these race reports and vaguely consider the idea of ultra events (they're the kind of thing I used to do!)...but then realise that I'm sitting here drinking a cup of tea reading this instead of running! I'm dedicated to my training, me!

We had a bad week last week with O poorly and not sleeping at all. I think I averaged about 4 hours a night, and that was broken, so the whole week just felt really hard. 7 hours into my 12 hour day at work I thought I wouldn't make it through, but of course I did, and then the following day I was on a very interactive course with only 6 other attenders, so I think my yawning was rather noticeable! We had a lovely weekend though, despite being tired, as one of our very good friends turned 40 and we had a party at their house - so fantastic to spend a relaxed evening with a group of great friends. Even better was that my parents had all the children for the night so we got a lie in - I slept until 9!

Caro - definitely enjoy the time to relax and spend some time doing things for you. If you can't do that a time like this then when can you? Having time off work is about mental space as well as physical.

Right, I really must go and do something useful before school pick-up!
10/06/2014 at 14:24

The TB drove back .Tbh its one of the reasons I said yes to the event, he offered to drive there and back! We had to wait a good hour after the race before he felt he could drive the mile back from lands end to the lodge though. And then I had to reverse his car into the space at the lodge as his legs were cramping so much he just couldn't control the car enough! Scary hey! Feel fine today but still dehydrated and iron might be down. I'm having all bloods checked from Diabetes to Coeliacs, whole hormone spectrum, thyroxine, iron, ferritin, everything! Better to postpone a week and was so starving when I woke up I didn't think I'd manage till 10am without breakfast!

10/06/2014 at 14:42
Definitely good to get a driver MM! The last time we did the half ironman we stayed the night afterwards so neither of us had to drive - and it meant we could go out for a relaxed dinner and a pint, was perfect! Suspect you're right on the bloods. The basic stuff should be fine, but the stress (and I mean that in the medical sense!) of the race may affect some of the others.

After my last comment I decided I didn't have anything too vital to do and I'd probably just waste the time anyway, so I threw my stuff on and did a quick 3 miles round the common! Feel much better for it too. Now I really do need to get ready to go to school!
10/06/2014 at 20:21
Yay to the run Vixo.

Sounds like a fab race MM.

RB u r correct I am never on the phone at the park, mainly cos I never phone people and rarely use mobile internet so phone only gets used to txt parents that we r at park in case they come early or take pics. Can't say I have ever noticed any of the childminders here on their phones tbh, or many parents either. But everyone tends to chat to each other at our park.
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10/06/2014 at 21:43

Love the race report MM, pity they didnt push the course a little inland to avoid the boulders - on the cross wales you have to go through checkpoints but up to you which route you take so you can add more road if you want. 

hate socialising with people who text at the same time, just rude! 

Vixo - good effort, even a short run can lift the spirit. Hope O settles for you soon.

Mad dash to my grandads earlier as my mother was on route and he didnt want her pilfering anything so me and cousin had to supervise. Ha!


10/06/2014 at 21:58

Well done MM, just awesome  

Hope O is better soon, Vixo. definitely a very good use of time, going for a run!

Phone rudeness - don't even get me started on that one! 

Have now finished work for the week, lol. It's my Monday/Tuesday week, which I like very much. Giovanna is loving nursery and it is also wearing her out! Looking forward to a nice week of doing things (hopefully, if the weather is good!). Ben is off on Friday for my birthday too JP had his first concert tonight, at the Victoria Hall in Hanley. Ben went along as it was too late for us to take G really. apparently he was more interested in looking around than watching the conductor  but he enjoyed it anyway! 

10/06/2014 at 22:10

Arrrrrggghhhh now we have manful at our house!!! Trying to be sympathetic but oh my god does he go on about how he is feeling!!

Awesome race report MM - sounds like a fab race and a real challenge. Pictures look cool too!

Well done Vixo on getting out and doing that run. Weather so vile here that I can't even do the daycare walk at the moment.

Is JP in a choir TB?


10/06/2014 at 22:31
Sorry that should have bn too Caro, the childminders in the park post.

Weather bn horrendous here too, bucketing dwn most of the time and then sun will come out for 10 mins and it's suddenly roasting, then the black clouds come over and cold and pouring again.
11/06/2014 at 10:59

amazing race report, MM. so impressed. I know what the coast path is like round there. it's stunning but wow - it's hard work even just 'walking' it!

hope caro is still resting up and being good

I did the school run this morning and came into work late. I got in at 9.35 which isn't too bad. I am staying late tonight as have meetings with my evening staff so will be in the office until 7-ish at least so don't feel toooo guilty! I did get the 'morning, part-timer' comment from my deputy as I walked in! I guess I did leave at 4pm yesterday, so I don't blame him!!

11/06/2014 at 12:08

Ha ha, CM - I used to get "have a nice long weekend" every Friday, as though all I do on Mondays and Tuesdays is sit around with me feet up (I wish)!  Since I got my iPhone though, and have access to my work emails on that, it has made life a lot easier.  I can respond to emails a lot faster and at any time, and even though I don't necessarily do any more work, it looks as though I do and that makes all the difference I find!

I've walked sections of that coast path too, MM, and I'm not sure I would want to run them!  9-10 minute miling for much of that race is awesome.  You should be really proud of yourself.

Have not mentioned Sweden to hubby yet.  Keep wimping out.  That in itself should probably tell me all I need to know! 

11/06/2014 at 17:40

Have been keeping myself busy.  Walking like mad, lots of gardening today.  I was so unworried about today's hosp appt, sleeping got back to normal - quite scary how quickly I become dependent on sleeping meds.

Anyway, I knew within 5 mins of arriving at the hosp today it wasn't good news.  The waiting room was jam packed, they were running 90 mins late, and when I went to the desk to say my name the breast nurse took me straight into the consulting room and I was the first to be seen.  Luckily hubby was meeting me there and had just arrived, still in full on cycling gear (he was planning on changing).  So the lymph node was positive, meaning it has spread, at elast as far as there.  So I will have a bone scan and CT ASAP to see whether it has spread further, and if it has I'm fuc*ed I think.  Then I will have all the lymph nodes in my left arm pit removed and checked for cancer.  I will almost definitely have chemo too.  Plus they found not one but two tumours in my boob, which hadn't been picked up on any scans.  I have no idea if that makes the prognosis worse or not.  But it may increase the risk of local recurrence so I need to decide whether or not to have a mastectomy.  

I have recovered so well from the first surgery that I really don't relish the idea of starting again.  Plus obviously now I am shi**ing myself that it is in other places too.


11/06/2014 at 17:57
Oh Caro. I have no words but am so upset for you. Just praying it hasn't spread further and is operable and treatable.

Please just let me know if there's anything at all I can do to help.

Thinking of you Xxxx
11/06/2014 at 18:27

Shit Caro, hadn't expected that.  I know you never really know how you will think until you are faced directly with a decision but I don't think I'm emotionally attached enough to my breasts for it to be a hard decision, your number one priority is to maximize the chance of completely kicking the cancer out of your body.

I'm glad they at least had the sensitivity to not let you sit around for 2 hours before telling you that.

Again, no words but lots of love and support coming your way.  Hope they do get you booked in really quickly for the CT scan.  Do whatever it takes to get some good sleep tonight, whether it be alcohol or tablets.  Gutted for you xxx

11/06/2014 at 18:37

Bollocks indeed Caro. So sorry that this has happened to you.

Edited: 11/06/2014 at 18:38
11/06/2014 at 18:57

Oh Caro I so didn't expect that for you. I'm hoping and praying for some sort of good news for you   Chemo is shit but it can work. Am thinking  of you lots. ((())). 

11/06/2014 at 19:03

I wanted to tell CC that she was in my dream a few nights ago.  I had met up with you and someone else and we went and ran a marathon, just like that!  I had no preparation at all for it (don't think I was pregnant in the dream!) but you had said we would just take it steady and we'd have no problem.  We got to the end and I asked if that was the mountain marathon and you said yes.  I think that is now the only way I will ever run a marathon - in my dreams!!

11/06/2014 at 19:05

My friend with the awful cancer which was diagnosed last year is nearly through her second lot of chemo and was even using words like 'remission' when I spoke with her recently.  She was very fit like you Caro before she was diagnosed and I'm sure that has helped her enormously. 

11/06/2014 at 19:48
Oh Caro what a crap day, hope it only gets better from here on in and love to you and your lovely husband. Take good care of each other just deal with each step as it comes.
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