Just A Little Bit Further 2013

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02/01/2013 at 17:11


Elif and her relay team and trainer.  (I'm obviously putting off my marking!)

02/01/2013 at 17:19

Why do you have a picture of someone flipping a swimmer the bird?

02/01/2013 at 17:19

Ah, starts to make a bit more sense...

02/01/2013 at 17:33

Jude - lovely pictures of your girl

physio has told me I need to speed up my cadence, he reckons I am probably loping along (he is probably right) and if I up the cadence then there will be less stress on my joints.

if anyone has any tips on how to do this they would be gratefully received

off to cook now!

02/01/2013 at 18:40

I'm having a break......

Good grief! Flipping the bird? Never heard that before....  That swimmer is my daughter.  She needs tops to fit age 16 coz otherwise she can't fit her shoulders in.... 

MC - sorry, no tips.  How about listening to music with a fast tempo and running in time?

02/01/2013 at 18:55

maybe I should look to see if I can get my garmin to beep with a certain cadence...

02/01/2013 at 19:23

no, but I could get a foot pod which would measure my cadence and beep if it drops below a certain amount! I'll think about that, but tomorrow will try to measure my cadence....will set up some 30sec intervals where I count my cadence and see if I can make it quicker...

02/01/2013 at 20:07
Aw Jude- what lovely pics!! You must b so proud
02/01/2013 at 20:10
Flipping the bird??? Is this a Hertfordshire phrase?? Remember my by eck - I'm only good for Essex now sweetie:
02/01/2013 at 20:10
mr by eck tht was meant to say
02/01/2013 at 22:20

Evening everyone

Nice to see it so lively in here.

DJ - sending hugs to you too. My Dad has a motor nurone disease very simmilar to MS and has been ill for the past 29yrs. It's very tough.

Jude - great pictures and well done again to Elif.

Today we went to see Disney on Ice. Was wonderful. We know one of the skaters hence the free tickets, popcorn and pressie for each child! They are so thoroughly spoilt. I ate too much popcorn

Tomorrow we are going to be trying to entact the show because I'm taking the family to a nearby outdoor ice-rink. Will be Smidge's first time on skates and she's a bit nervous.

02/01/2013 at 22:35

Ecky - you have mail

02/01/2013 at 22:38


 As promised FINALLY able to upload the pic!!  New Year's Day Run at Broxbourne Woods with Rocker, Liz, my honey 'Chili' and our little Chilibean 'Big Girl'. Celebration complete with Lemon Drizzle Cake followed the achievement.

02/01/2013 at 23:19

Thanks for all the kind words.Had some positive news on Mum today.They have found the reason for her lack of motivation,worsening physical state and terrible mood swings and depression.She has a bacterial infection,that has affected her brain.She is now being drip fed antibiotics and hydration,and is a bit more herself,although she is very very week,and still critical.If we can get her mind and fight back,she could recover,as her current state has been caused by her refusal to eat,drink or get out of bed.Hopefully she'll want to help herself to get better.Here's hoping anyway.

Jude,great pics.It's always a joy to see youngsters enjoying sport.

Fab noo years day meet photo too.Thanks Mr Chilli.

Well i'm going to shame myself now.In April 2011,when i completed my marathon,i weighed 13st.After a 18 months of illness,injury and dealing with a lot of disruption to my life i now weigh 15st 5lbs.So i am aiming to get back to 13st by the end of the year.Training starts on Saturday,with club running starting a week later,and hopefully racing starting in April.No excuses,i've got to be fit and strong as a lot of people rely on me,and i need to enjoy my running again.I'm really looking forward to being able to be fit enough to join you on your long runs.Although maybe not the ultra ones just yet.

Now i'm off to charge the Garmin,dust off my shoes,and try and remember my Fetch Everyone login details.The road awaits.

03/01/2013 at 03:31

Mathschick, don't know if you've looked at Steve's Forum 6 Paris thread, but his coach gave him this exercise for improving foot speed - I haven't tried it yet (tendinitis day 6) but it's added to my list of things to do when I get going again.  Copied from Sam Murphy's runners' strength circuit -

"Aim: to get a feel for foot landing below hip and to improve elasticity of lower leg tendons for better ‘elastic recoil’. With knees slightly bent and torso upright, bounce fast and low on the spot - don’t push off up into the air and think about barely changing the angle at your ankles, knees or hips. Set a metronome to 180 or higher to train your brain to move your feet faster. Feel springy, but let heels touchdown. Progression: Perform drill on a marked line – the challenge is to stay on the spot, to improve neuromuscular control. [do for] 20 seconds.'


Going cycling today to stop from bouncing off walls.


03/01/2013 at 03:54

DJ, sounds like you've had a really tough time.  Hope 2013 is filled with wonderful things for you and good luck with the new programme.

03/01/2013 at 04:19

Morning all!

DJ - I do hope your mum feels better soon now they have a diagnosis.

Chili - Great photo!

Louise - Enjoy your bike ride.

Off to work.......

03/01/2013 at 09:45


DJ - good that they know what is wrong with your mum, hopefully she will make progress now, my thoughts are with you.

Louise - thanks, I haven't been following the paris threads, now exactly sure how to do that but I will try!

chili - love the picture

03/01/2013 at 10:03

DJ, hope things get better with your mum now they know what they are dealing with.  And good luck with the weight loss.  I know how hard it can be.  Funnily enough, that's my target, but I have a 12lb head start on you.

03/01/2013 at 11:43

Mornin' Anyone like some granola flapjack? 

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