waving at LLB - yes, one day, a race ... together ... we will chat incessantly!! Oh the joys of fitting in training around the lives and activities of children - it's a joke, no question! so yes, you have to be very creative ... like the post-Zumba headtorch runs . I have to get my stuff in during school hours when not working as husband still works away all week every week, keeps me focussed on what needs to be done though I guess rather than junk mileage?? I'm happy with ANY mileage
As for the bu**ered back, combination of backing off training over Christmas and then just assuming I could step straight back into long runs ... 18 mile long run first week back was not a good call ... and of course, I spend my time instructing my lovely Pilates clients on strengthening their core, but make no time to practise what I preach ... so I've had a timely reminded of exactly why I was so passionate about Pilates in the first place. Lots of hip/glute strengthening stuff seems to be doing the job though.
So what challenges await you this year? I am hoping to do The Great Glen Way with a 30-miler (Dirty Thirty on the west coast a few weeks before as last long run). I did have my name on the waiting list for NDW 100 race but I wouldn't be able to do GGW AND that so will see if a place comes up for NDW and then decide. Skyrunning series 3x3000 in Lakes in October (after six weeks of little training in the school holidays - cos that's really clever isn't it!!) ... and the The Spine Race in January ... so need to be VERY creative about training for that ...
That was a fab race report Brookie, real 'feel good' one and definitely inspiring and I too thought the mantra was great. Some of my better races have been done without Garmin, take the pressure off I think when you have got those silly numbers glaring out at you!
And get you with the dresses CM - I agree with EF about them being comfy - I got a great one from FatFace when I had my 'escapee days' down in Aviemore the other week. I don't wear them very often - my life involves run kit, pilates kit and scruff kit mainly, but this one is so comfy and looks nice but not OTT. So anyway CM, seriously impressed and so glad to hear.
TTid at being on-trend ... steady now!
Um, Hoggle - totally get you on the logistics etc for wedding. We have some very old friends that are having a kind of reunion down South in a couple of weekends time. I did consider trying to sort logistics so I could fly down and meet hubby and go, but reality is that as much as it would be fantastic to see them all, the stress would be OTT for it, so we are not going. Felt bad for a while, but not that long!
Lotte - like someone else said, I think if I had your life my balls would all be on the floor and scattered god knows where!! Good news re the car though. When you live like you do, having no car is a major inconvenience. I know if I'm stranded without then everything is so complicated.
Sorry but can't remember much else ...
I ran again today - yay 3x this week. A few twinges and things but fingers crossed keeping them at bay with lots of stretching and glute exercises ... going to push my luck and go again tomorrow, rest Saturday and then a bike ride Sunday ... if I survive the week then I may just may feel confident Great Glen Way is back on ...
Fairly busy day, after run was helping at school with 'masterclasses' - am helping out with orienteering so teaching mixed groups of all age groups basics of orienteering. Lots of fun but seem to have lost most of the day with that and usual after school activity joys. Do heave a sigh of relief on a Thursday when I know my Pilates classes are done for the week (much as I LOVE them, I guess I still don't totally relax when teaching a class, always some new challenge from a client to keep me on my toes!!).
I've been 'resting' a lower back/hip/glute/knee (all linked) injury by gentle cycling - ie not enough to overstrain all the bits hurting!! for the last 4-5 weeks, with the odd short easy run to keep me sane. I've suffered with variations of what you currently have over the last year - last year mainly around the ankle/plantar, this year the back-hip(flexor)-knee thing ... all the same side ... all linked I'd say. I've been backwards and forwards to the osteo during this time who (1) realigned my pelvis which had tilted out of line and then (2) has been releasing various areas of tension created by the imbalances. Usually in these instances (I am not a health profession so no medical back-up here), the problems are to do with tight hips, lazy glutes, tight hamstrings. So I am stretching and doing lots of glute/hip strengthening exercises and I think they are the absolute key, especially for when you begin to tire and gait/style can start to go out the window.