Just A Little Bit Further 2013

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07/01/2013 at 10:50

Morning all, just popping on quickly while at work

Hope everyone is okay?

DJ - thinking of you...

Had a nice long run yesterday along the Lee Valley towpath - Liz did the first 7km with me then I carried on, ended up at just over 14m. Am paying for it a bit today with some achy muscles - it's the longest run I've done since the Druids Ultra with Lou at the beginning of November, and the longest tarmac run in a lot longer!!

Right, back to work!

07/01/2013 at 11:52

Morning all, 

Yes DJ thinking of you as well.

Ultra-Well done on your 14 miler. 

Went out again this morning-what a dull and murky day. Strapped my achilles up and 75% pain free- really pleased to manage 7.4 miles in 1.02- was going to do just 5 miles but felt fine. So 12.6 miles to go for 100 weeks.

Hi Franny,Chilli,byeck, Louise,Jude etc etc

07/01/2013 at 12:44

Hope all is peaceful DJ.  

Managed about 6k in 25 minutes on the cross trainer yesterday afternoon.  Might have done more but the gym was closing.  Knee was fine, achilles was fine, no after-effects, so hopefully all good.  But Achilles has a very dodgy bumb halfway down it.

07/01/2013 at 12:47

Hi DJ, our thoughts are with you.

I've taken the first step in retraining in fitness, I got in touch with the National Careers Advice Service and they emailed me back with a load of information and the option to speak to someone face to face which is what would be best I think.  One of the options open to me is to train as an assistant, but I think I need a bit of training first so I'd a) have a better chance of landing a job as an assistant and b) so that I have a clearer idea of how everything works!!  From what I understand, a Level 2 would only take a year or so to complete and I think I'd have a much better chance - then if necessary, I could do extra training.  Since I'm not a complete rookie when it comes to fitness I should be able to start at level 2 - otherwise it's another year to do Level 1. 

There's a gym just down the road from where I live, and another within easy running distance so those would be good places to start when the time comes.

Knee's having the whole week off, that includes the exercise bike, but I'm still doing pullups and pushups - I'm typing this in the rest between sets!

Back to it.

OK: done.

I might even end up learning more about knees and how to avoid them getting injured!  As I said though, my troublesome knee has not been right for the majority of my adult life, so it's not just down to running.

Here's what I'll probably have to start with:

NCFE Certificate Level 1

This course is suitable for students of all ages.  There are no entry requirements.

Course content:

This part time course helps give you the skills to start a career in the fitness industry.

Learn about assessing fitness levels, designing exercise programmes, circuit training, nutrition, anatomy and physiology.


Sounds like just the ticket for me - maybe after the knowledge gained from that, I'd have a chance of picking up some work as an assistant.


Edited: 07/01/2013 at 13:22
07/01/2013 at 14:00

RR-Sounds like you have a good game plan. Good luck.

Mr byeck well done on  your time on the cross trainer.

07/01/2013 at 14:28

RR - sounds great. Hope you enjoy your journey.

Well done Mr Byeck and AF - am excited for you at getting to 100 weeks!

Hi everyone else

DJ - thoughts and prayers and hugs.

Today is the last day of the Christams hols and I am sooooo relieved. I feel like a broken record 'stop arguing... leave each other alone... stop fighting...' However it does mean back to work for me and I'm teaching tonight and Wed night. I enjoy it and I need the pennies but they are late nights and require a lot of energy.

Have set the girls up with a movie and since hubby is working in the study I'm popping out for a bike ride. See you later!

07/01/2013 at 16:34

Hi all.

DJ - still thinking of you.

AF, Mr By'eck and Rocker - well done!

Chili - hope you enjoyed your bike ride.

Just back from work and I have a text message saying there is a snow holiday tomorrow! Yippee! There actually isn't much snow on my side of the city. Really need a day off as I worked Saturday and yesterday I was helping my own kids with homework all day....


07/01/2013 at 16:59


Jude - yippee, try to find some time for a rest tomorrow

chili - hope you enjoyed your bike ride. Good luck with your classes

I am shattered after my first day back, and have come home with a headache - either dehydration or just the hassle of kids all day! 

RR - well done on moving on your dreams and finding out about work in the fitness industry.

DJ - we're all thinking of you and your family

07/01/2013 at 17:11

MC - Must be the hassle of kids all day.  I love kids (individually) but I find that the noise level of a class of excited 8 years for 6 lessons can become unbearable at times. (Obviously I'm not a teacher by vocation......)


07/01/2013 at 17:16

yeah, and I even had kids come after school for extra lessons, I didn't want to turn them away after they had made the effort to stay! 

07/01/2013 at 18:35

Gosh! First day back and the kids are staying for extra lessons? They are keen.

It's snowing heavily now.  Very pretty, especially when we are all snuggly in the warm.

07/01/2013 at 18:44

ahhh, you won't feel so bad about having a snow day then!

07/01/2013 at 18:55

I will never feel bad about having a snow day! lol...

07/01/2013 at 20:51
I RAN!!!
4.5 miles round a hilly town/pavement route. Not very exciting but a 140yard climb means I know I've been out
07/01/2013 at 23:13

Well done Byeck!

Jude - enjoy your snow day. Sounds lovely.

MC - hope you sleep well.

On Christmas Eve when it was my Grandad's 90 birthday half of the family came for the tea-party and one of my uncles was there. He is mid 60's and completely blind. As a young man he was a jockey and then owned some stables and trained horses. Two years ago he moved to a retirement village in his town. We were talking about running (of course) especially as my youngest uncle does triathlon and I mentioned the blind runner we met at Abo and teasingly suggested that my uncle could take up running. And it seems he wants to! He's looking for someone who will partner him. Unfortunately he lives too far away for me to do it, but I have sent my cousin a link to a local running group and I really do hope he finds someone.

My bike ride was wonderful. Such a mild evening and really peaceful and lovely.

08/01/2013 at 07:58

morning all

well done by eck!

chili - that sounds great about your uncle. When I was at parkrun on Saturday there were 2 blind runners there with guides

really mild this morning, did 4.3 miles, but knee still not right. I am going to give it another 2 weeks then think about going back to the dr and asking to be referred on for a scan

08/01/2013 at 08:52

I hate my body.  Its now decided that what I really want is a muscle strain in my back.  I blame the bloody awful seats on South West Trains.  

08/01/2013 at 08:55

Mornin busy at work so far this year! 

08/01/2013 at 11:10

Hi all, hope everyone is okay.

Sorry I am a bit bogged down with sorting important stuff. Its not family or anything but its guna be a bit tough for a couple of weeks. I will pop on when I can to keep up with everything. My training is going well.

Chilli, I will find out soon where I need to be for London so will let you know very soon.


08/01/2013 at 12:24

ecky - hope you are ok

Tom - good to hear from you - how is your outlaw training going?

my by eck - look after your back!

better get on with some work!

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