Just spent a while reading back over and had loads of replies and now cant remember most of them.
Camlo - hoping your mum is doing ok. Sounds like a stressful situation.
Caro - hope you arent too tired after going back to work.
Hoggle - i can imagine its hard being on your own during the evenings. Re the swimming, could you do some water running? I remember it was quite big in Oz and NZ when i was over there. It's like watching paint dry but you could do say 10 mins and then do some swimming too?
I recall someone mentioned eating Agave Nectar. I read recently that its actually worse than regular sugar. I am afraid i cant remember where i read it or the details (if i can find, i will post) but might be worth checking. Thinking about it, it might have been on Authority Nutrition on FB. Its a paleo type based nutrition site but it is brilliant. It's all evidence based stuff and really worth subscribing too if you are interested in nutrition. Personally, I have learnt loads and am a massive fan.
I have a slight niggle at the top of one of my calves so am thinking i might bin the run at lunch and go out on my bike for an hour. I have a 20 miler planned this weekend so the niggle needs to go.
Sh*t Camlo - not good at all. I hope she is ok. Must have been awful.
CC - sorry to hear about all the stuff going on. It must be really hard
Ttid - sorry you are having loads of stress
TT - didnt realise celiac (or however you spell it) was so serious. As CC said, it shows how far we have come. I also didnt realise that just a bit of gluten would be so bad.
Lotte - I will be remembering your words when i do my speed session on wed.
Vixo and CC - my approach to food sounds pretty similar. I want to scream at people who just feed their kids 'kids food' as its mostly full of sugar and cr*p. My eldest is only 4 but if she wants treats, she has to eat her veg.
Brookie - i dont think i can justify a Belfast trip. Shame. I need to have a think about my comrades qualifier for later in the year. I think I will enter Abingdon as i can always sell my place on if i change my mind. I think entries open at the start of March so v soon.
Lotte I thought of you today and tried to tell myself that hills were my friend but they really weren't. I did an organized 17 mile training run and it hurt. I hope it was the hills. I had to do 9 miles at 10mm pace then 8 miles at 9mm pace but pacing was hard going up and down hill (to some of you it probably wasn't hilly though!) But I averaged 9m 40 pace so overall OK I think. Felt hard though and wondering if I should adjust my training times. I am doing a sub 4 plan but my recent 1h 53 half makes me realize that's its v ambitious.
Anyway knackered need to sleep. Sr managers over from the US tomorrow. Great.
Brookie I try not to have too many gels whilst training. I sometimes stop at a shop for sweets which I guess is the same crap sugar. I try to adapt to taking less though. Which 50k ultra are you looking at?
Camlo Its really tough. I remember feeling knackered and I didn't have kids. It should feel better when its warmer and lighter. Still not easy though.