Follow Wotsit as she embarks on her sub-4:30 FLM campaign (Mentor: Nick Anderson)
Hope it settles down soon Wotsit, is horrible when you get left with the c*** at work - sure you are doing a fab job with it though. Yay to weight loss - i am now trying hard to lose a bit. I am about 5lb over Brighton (and even that was heavy for where i want to be)
Have you an idea what you would like to do next Gladrags, job wise - are you still thinking of teacher training? 10k sounds like a good plan to focus.
Am still hoping to do the half in 3 weeks - I did my longest run today since Brighton - 13.12 miles. Was fine, no major problems, the odd twinge but i will feel it more tomorrow. My ankle is fine when i run, then sore the next day then fine again the next day when i run - strange!! My knees seemed to have cleared themsleves up though - i find they tend to adapt. Am definitely not as fit as when i got 2 01, so will have to really open the pain cupboard to have a crack at sub 2. Will give it a go though and see.
London results in the next few weeks isnt it - i completely forgot until this morning. Have entered Brighton but you cant quite beat that feeling of running up the mall.
am also in the ballot - I just live so close to the start, it would be rude not to try! Mixed feelings though - not sure if I have another 26.2 in me?
well done on aiming for the half Abs? Think you don't have to get a pb to feel you've done well? could just be a stepping stone to kick off this new season?
yes - still thinking about techer training, but yet to do anything about it. Must make some calls to at least shadow teachers in local schools. that can be my admin for tomorrow!
admin for today has been trying to track down piano lessons for kids. the school can't do them and M is desperate to start despite our current lack of piano!!) - i have 2 options so far -both hideously expensive!
Think that is it Gladrags - just kicking things off again - mind you todays run felt more like finishing me off - did 15miles at just under 10mm pace and was hard work by the end. Only myself to blame really as had no bananas or crumpets so ran with just an energy drink - guess that will do it eh!! Is 2 weeks until the half so am unsure what to run next weekend - when i got a pb, i did a 16 the week before but i have not got that in me, so will prob go for 8.
Piano lessons are so expensive arent they - my friends child takes them but my children seem to swing more for violin and recorder which can easily be supported within school. Mind you the other acticities and clubs etc are not equally as cheap.
10th wedding anniversary tomorrow so off to Cley Windmill near Norfolk for the night - am very excited.
Happy Anniversary Abs & Bri Hope you've had a fabulous day
We have a lovely piano teacher for the Wockette, but unfortunately are struggling wildly to fit in actually seeing her this term. I'm struggling to fit in much at all. <sigh>
Abs - am most impressed by your running. 15m is fabulous! Which HM is it? Can't believe you'd think about 16m a week before a HM. Def 8m, I think.
Wickett is supposedlydoing Chester mara in 2 weeks time but is struggling with tendonitis and questioning whether it is worth doing it at all, knowing he won't get the time he really wanted (sub 3.15) though he might get 3.30 ish. It is hard to hold off on going "3.30? I would kill for that!" But such is life.
I've managed to get out and run a bit more this week and am feeling a touch less stressy but still sleeping really badly. I need not to be woken by my internal monologue at 3am. Even going out with my sisters last night didn't help, so bed at 2am, awake at 5am... am not at my best today....
we're 10 years in Feb Abs! You must have been a child bride? - hope Norfolk was fun.
piano lessons started on Tuesday - not cheap but they are both realy keen so feel the need to act. they are on the waiting list to do piano at school - will be cheaper and easier so am hoping they get in soon!
got the london rejection mag today. anyone else? am not too bothered really. am just now mulling over whether i really want to do a marathon next year.... did you all enter brighton again?
am bootcamping again. it was the timed run this morning - i was the fastest in the group which is baaad as have no one to pace myself against. i knew i'd gone too slowly when i had the strengt to sprint the last bit.... 1m59 when my best is 1m42....... ho hum. it was very warm.....
and finally (!) - Mum has moved up to be near us for her treatment. Lovely having her so close - took them for lunch in greenwich park today. shame it's only for 6 weeks - the kids would love to see more of her.......
I was 24 when i got married, it has flown by though tbh - life certainly doesnt hang around. Had an amazing weekend, the windmill was lovely - so nice to escape and have some chill time. Saw 2 children the entire weekend - most odd.
Great news on having your mum close by, lovely for all of you and am sure it will be a tremendous support to her throughout her treatment. Lunch in Greenwich park sounds nice.
Not too fussed about London rejection as my mate is also doing Brighton so wont have a hard decision to make. I am already planning on running it ' Brian style' - no watch to pace myself, just go by feel. I think i will do that next week for my half - set the watch to 1 field - distance display, run by feel, record splits in background and have a surprise at the end. Now do I have that much willpower????
How long will this bootcamp last - are you still doing early morning starts Gladrags?
F was 8 today - my baby is growing up so quickly. She had a lovely day and the puffle cake is nearly gone - i was quietly impressed with my attempts, good practice for my little teashop that i have my lottery winning heart set on opening.
Opted for the 8M and not 16 - was a decent steady pace of 9.28mm - felt very hot out there though and i was dripping when i got home.
Had a good shopping day with F yesterday - she had a bit of birthday money to spend, though i did subsidise rather a lot - but as i would have to buy winter boots anyway thought may as well go for the ones she fell in love with.
A day of shopping and housework ahead - how bleek!!
I am in absolute shock mate and am sending huge hugs to all of you. I know you have been having troubles at work but this is a double whammy that I am sure no-one as well as you saw coming. Do you think is possibly a male wobble, a sort of early mid life thing - he left his job too didnt he as decided am so so sorry you are faced with this and clearl at a very bad time.
You know we are all here for you and it looks like you have lots of support. Life throws some crap at times eh.
Hope the alcolhol was flowing nicely last night
definitely a midlife wobble.....
had one the other day - was thinking that a few more carefree days like in my late twenties would be nice.... but those days are over - only took me a few seconds to twig that one and carry on as normal.
ahem. have signed up for a gold bond place. london 2012 (!) - for the royal marsden charity as they have done so much for my Mum..... nearly blubbed when the woman phoned up to offer me a place and strong possibilty I will blub all the way round - but as long as I raise the £2k, I don't care....
I shall be there, offering sponsorship money. I think its a very different beast to running it for the experience, or for a good time. Have to admit, I've considered taking up a charity place this year and doing it as a fundraising thing. I'm just not sure I should commit the time... so tricky.
Don't we all have those little wobbles about our lives and the ways they've shaped up now and again? I think the question is what you do with that realisation, not that you have them.
So - onwards and upwards. I'm OK and we are getting back to normality, maybe.
Delighted to hear normality is returning.
We do all have wobbles in our lives - if we can all work together to overcome them then the sky is the limit. really wish you both the best. you deserve it.
take a charity place! let's run it together! can offer you a bed the night before?
Glad to hear things are getting sorted Wotsit - life likes to throw little tests eh. I agree, is completely normal to have wobbles in all aspects of our lives - though a little more of the dull would be nicer sometimes. Go for it with the charity spot - i will come and hold the flat coke.
How is the bootcamp Gladrags - are you still doing it?
I have been running a little too well lately, which means injury is no doubt round the corner!! My 10miler was 93 mins on Saturday - i almost felt like adding another 5k as know i could have got a HM PB - was strange as only felt like i was pushing the pace for the last 3 miles. Today i did 4 x 5mins aiming for 8.15 - 8.30 pace and did one of them in 7.43. Others between 8 and 8.20 and it was windy! Maybe my watch is buggered - i think i might map my route online too later in the week to check.
watch not buggered - its your youthfulness! well done - do you have a race in mind? I can't remember...
bootcamp is over for a while - the 2 before Christmas include chunks of school holidays so am not going to sign up for those. January bootcamp will be awful weather wise but at least there should be lots of attendees? My aim is to do that one and then maybe have a half marathon mid feb time....
Hope all well elsewhere
did 9 miles this morning - glorious day here and have empty house for the weekend () - so made the most of it. everything felt fine except new trainers..... they are the same model i've been running in for the last 10 years (just in purple rather than white.... mmmmmm) and the soles seem really really stiff. I had to take the insoles out to run the last couple of miles as it was hurting so much. will try some other insoles but am a bit cheesed off - might contact asics.
stafford you say? marvellous. what's the date on that one? would be really lovely to meet up with you all.
how was the park run? think i ran past the greenwich one today - might see if i can join them next time...
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