Lucozade Sport Super Six: Wotsit (sub-4:30)

Follow Wotsit as she embarks on her sub-4:30 FLM campaign (Mentor: Nick Anderson)

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31/10/2011 at 08:20

25th March - could work. Quite a slog from here so will enter if some/all of you are doing it but not otherwise? Definitely need a couple of races before the big one....

7th lady is a great achievement! cool! my problem is that normally we're up to our eyeballs getting ready for swimming lessons at that time!! wonder if i can delegate that?!

so after my 9 miler, it's back to nothing this week - my kids have a 2 week half term and i'm in sole charge so no free time. what's everyone else up to?

31/10/2011 at 22:17
2 week half term? Love it!!! Unfortunately back at work so no fun with the small one. Well, I am going to see if I can finish on time tomorrow so we can have some late afternoon fun
02/11/2011 at 18:04

Awesome racing Tatty - fascinated by where you could place if you were properly trying!

 We have a coordination problem with parkrun timings too, as it clashes with football - mind you, now I have returned to my state of single parenting (tosser) I should be able to do all that stuff on alternate weekends, right?  I'm a bit angry - you'll ignore me if I vent and ramble, won't you?

Had a cracking run on Monday - got home early and had paid up childcare till 6, so had a spare 40 mins.  Did 3.5m at 9:30mi - woo hoo!  Getting back to speed felt lovely.

03/11/2011 at 18:21

No way - bloody hell, so thought things were getting back on track - huge hugs to you and the children, hope they are ok? You can rant as much as you need to.

Well done all on the great running and super parkrun result Tatty- you remember that part when i said 'running is good -too good to be true' - well now i have strained a muscle in the back and can hardly walk let alone run. Am quite drugged up today as taking max dose ibuprofen with codeine. I am walking like the hunchback and J is on crutches after a football injury - we are not doing too well in our household.

 So gutted did not get to see you last weekend Wotsit, was a crazy one, cubs, 2 birthday parties and a ball on the Sat night. I hope you had a good stay though i am sure that is a distant memory in light of current events.

Sod running - we need to meet in the middle for a good old p*** up!!!

03/11/2011 at 20:33

bloody hell indeed. so sorry to hear this- please please vent away. p*** up sounds like an excellent idea. where? when? am open to offers!

03/11/2011 at 21:02
Bah, can't do angry faces on my I-pad!!! Unbelievable. Definitely vent on here and definitely need a p**s up!!!

Good to be speedy though. I run well when angry!!

Abs - noooooo!!! Poor you and poor J. Not good. Maybe it might settle in a day or two?

I am parkrunning again on Sat might try a bit harder. I do wonder sometimes how I might do if I could really rack up the training. I usually get to about 30 mpw and then hold it for about 3 weeks and then get ill. Not usually injured, but lurged up! My immune system must be carp. In 2009 when I set PBs at all distances, I only averaged 25 mpw for about 6 weeks. There is surely an atherlete in there I am building up really slowly ATM, following the 10% rule very strictly. Let's see!
10/11/2011 at 14:45

how is everyone? in one piece? been a hectic time on here.....

Thought life ws returning to normality here and then back to turmoil - Mr G very unhappy at work and now been signed off with stress. Gah. Cannot go down this route - am thinking we really need to overhaul the whole thing and move to a less stressy job with a less stressy mortgage......

meanwhile, Mum's treatment has finished! She looks fab and is even talking about playing golf again! and my running seems to be ok.....

was that everyone in on the p*** up idea? some time early 2012?

01/12/2011 at 14:40

Hello all

Gosh - we've all been very busy, I guess?  How did 3 weeks go past?

Gladrags - fab news about your Mum   Am totally thrilled for you.

Hope everyone's running is going well?  Tatty and Abs, I've been stalking you on facebook, and your looks like it is going swimmingly?  Mine was going pretty well... until this week when I've been struck down with a mega-lurgy which, 3 days in, is still all raging temperatures and shivvery feebleness.  My self-esteem is trashed anyway, so you can only imagine how glorious I feel, all filled up with snot.

01/12/2011 at 14:46

Oh - I've returned from the single parenting thing, thankfully.  Baby steps here but appreciating being friends at the very least.  I was doing much better with being strong before I got ill, as now I just want to weep a bit, but that, like so many other things, will pass.

He started a new job today, so I'm hoping that now we've finally hit that particular milestone and source of stress that we might be able to move forward.  Have to admit, my expectation of anything is pretty low and I'm bumbling through with my fingers crossed, being enormously thankful that I have my friends and family around to rely on.  Work is much easier though - all these things in perspective?

How goes Mr G, Gladrags?

02/12/2011 at 18:11

Hoorah - have been checking on this forum for ages and no news! do hope it keeps going - great for motivation when training gets tough! (as well as being generally nice coffee morning type place)

delighted to hear about baby steps in the right direction. hope the new job works out - think if that's right for a bloke, things are easier?

so yes, Mr G still off work. has officially lodged a grievance about his boss. Am trying not to think about it all too much as then I get a bit stressed and we're in a holy mess!!!

Training is going well - have done a few 9 milers quite happily which I think is fine for November. Might try and do 12 before Xmas and then am well placed to start a plan in Jan. Everone else's training seems to be on fire! what races are you all doing?

02/12/2011 at 18:13

sorry, forgot my big news......

 have lost a stone and am now the same weight as when we got married! Hoorah! (just in time to put it all back on over Xmas!)

03/12/2011 at 20:32

Wowee!  That is cracking stuff, well done

Have to admit, weight loss has been the only upside of the recent ongoings here - and my new current joy, the flu.  I'm around the same weight I was when I got married too, though completely differently distributed.  At the moment, I'm so nauseous from all the flu drugs plus the gunk I'm sniffing/coughing (I am delicious, yes) that I'm not really eating and this morning the Wockette pointed out, quite sadly, bless her, that my juicy tummy had disappeared and I'd gone all thin around the middle.  Bizarre.  

Training sounds good - I was up to 8 quite happily before the lurgy hit.  I've got my training partner back on a Friday too, which is fab

I'm hoping the job makes a difference, yes.  I think work weighs heavily for blokes - he's trying to work to compartmentalise it all.  Must be odd having MrG at home all the time?  You've gone from both of you working lots, to neither of you - are you managing to spend some quality time together while the kids are at school?  Or are you setting him to work on all the house DIY jobs?

10/12/2011 at 16:56
Glad things are moving in the right direction Wotsit, not so great about your lurgy - looks like you are having an awful time of it.

Great news on the weight loss girls, I am not where i want to be but definitely getting there. Back in the 10's so i am happier with that. Am going to try and maintain a bit of control over xmas - usually it goes to pot for 2 weeks, am aiming for 2 days.

Have been off work for the last week, had a scare last week and was taken into hospital - collapsed in a car park. Have been very stressed out at work and had what i thought was a panic attack. Got to go back to docs on Wed as blood sugar abnormal too. This has meant an enforced rest from running - my foot was playing up anyway. I think it is a strain at the side but rest does not seem to sort it. I had it when training for Brighton and it is still in the background, it went and has come back.

On a plus, hubby has a new job. He will be teaching at the college in the catering department, starts on 3rd Jan. This is a huge change for us - I have never had him at home in the evenings in the 17 years we have been together - will be very strange.

Hope all works out well for Mr G. He is not tempted to take up running with you?
12/12/2011 at 18:10

Abs - you ok? collapsing sounds bad? abnormal blood sugar resolved now? great news that you'll have him at home in the evenings?

Mr G has taken up cycling -currently doing 40+ miles 2-3 times a week! Group of dads doing it - think it's a mass mid life crisis! He is the lightest I have ever known him..... good stress reliever. hoping that the work situation will resolve soon.

having him at home is.... odd! i had just got a nice little routine and now he's here! we're getting there - both doing our own stuff but also managing some nice couply time for first time in ages....

glad things looking up w. hope lurgy are over soon and then life will resume some shape?

managed an unhappy 11 miler this morning. clothing was all wrong (cold all the way round), fuelling was wrong (one slice toast just not enough) - everything was wrong. bleurgh. by my theory of running, the next run should be great!

12/12/2011 at 19:06

Happy next run Gladrags!

Abs - blimey - that sounds scary.  Any news on the blood sugar?  Hope you're feeling better now.  Look after yourself.

Yes, been very under the weather.  Flu turned into pneumonia, so thats me out of running for a bit!  Struggling with getting out of breath just climbing the stairs or trying to walk round the house and sing at the same time.  The latter is a festive nightmare!  I'm hoping that I'll get the all clear as far as the fluid on my lungs goes tomorrow so I can actually leave the house again (been on house arrest for nearly 2 weeks) and get the last of the christmas shopping finished.

How is everyone else's christmas prep going?

13/12/2011 at 17:49
All clear on the lungs - hoorah!  But still have to take it easy and not go back to work just yet.  I've had a brief trip out, as am allowed to move from one warm place to another now, but the walk to and from the car did make me cough a lot.  Onwards and upwards!
22/01/2012 at 19:29

ahem - am trying to revive this thread! nearly at our 4 year anniversary - can't stop now??

i see from facebook that abs is training like a demon (and should really be joining me in London!) - and that Wotsit is ticking over nicely - but no new from tatty?

i am marking off the marathon training quite nicely - ran 13.5 on friday in damp, cold conditions.... and more importantly, i have finally invested in a garmin! i need you all to come back so i can ask some really dumb questions......

(v belated happy new year!)

22/01/2012 at 20:54
<bounces back in> freaky as i did check for postings earlier today.

I will be cheering you on in London - am running Brighton marathon again the week before. Looks like you are doing some fab training and getting the miles in. Did a 15mile run yesterday but as usual ran it too fast and felt shattered. It is the coffee i had beforehand!! Am hoping to run a 10mile race on Sunday - would like to do about 90mins if possible.

Yay for investing in a Garmin - think mine is gonna give up the ghost soon, hope to get another year out of it if possible as they aint cheap.
22/01/2012 at 21:54

Ask away with Garmin questions.  We've got 3, so I'm quite good with them now

23/01/2012 at 15:42

wow Abs - if the weather is right you must be hoping to smash your pb??

Am not sure what to aim for. Main aim is to raise the money for the charity, but I really would be thrilled to get close to (under?) 4h30.... guess it's all pretty weather and crowd dependent though...

right. garmin questions!

  • i can strip out the time i've been standing still, but is there any way to strip out vvv slow bits? crossing the road/ going into shops to get drinks etc are all skewing my times at the mo.
  • do yours give you strange elevation readings? mine implies that i have huge brief peaks every so often (and am talking 100ft or so) - anything I can do to remove this?
  • have you programmed yours with planned runs - easy to do? worthwhile?

 that's it for now - am basically stll a starstruck newbie about it all -finding all the info a great distraction while I run!

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