Follow Wotsit as she embarks on her sub-4:30 FLM campaign (Mentor: Nick Anderson)
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?
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.
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?
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?
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!)
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?
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!
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?
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!)
Ask away with Garmin questions. We've got 3, so I'm quite good with them now
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!
that's it for now - am basically stll a starstruck newbie about it all -finding all the info a great distraction while I run!
having bad time. family tragedy (not my Mum/dad/sis) - in desperately sad circumstances. i keep writing a more detailed post and thn deleting it - i can't post yet as am not sure who knows what and don't want any leaks into real life.
2012 not looking like it will be brighter than 2011 after all.
Sorry about the cryptic message the other day - the news really floored me last week. I have spent the weekend with my family and we have talked the whole thing through, so we are all ready to face the world this week.
My 36 year old cousin committed suicide last week. He had been mentally ill for some time but we thought he had it under control. From our perspective he wa happily married with 2 young children, so it caught us all off balance.
Such a tricky thing. The stigma of mental illness is already meaning that not all of the family are being told the whole truth.
The funeral is next week - my main aim is not to be a gibbering wreck as that won't help anyone (not even me).
Running very handy at times like these - long run on Friday helped me sort through a lot of stuff.
Blimey Gladrags - how horrible for you all. Mental illness is sadly one of those things that it is very easy to hide from a lot of people of very easy to go down hill very fast. I deal with a lot of students in precarious positions and the rate of change floors me. Glad the running is helping, but don't forget that you are allowed to gibber somewhat at a funeral. The opportunity for an outpouring of grief is very cathartic.
Will be back for garmin questions, just got to pick up the wockette from brownies...
the rate of change. oh yes. caught everyone out - even the medical professionals who saw him a few days earlier......
am swinging wildly between loving and hating the garmin. i did some good intervals and likes it telling me how fast i went, but on long runs the speed seems horrifically slow.
must go - small children demanding attention.
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