Big G, that's a beautiful description if Claire both from the parent but also in your reply. I can understand how you must feel about the house holding too many memories for you to cope with but agree with you that it's too soon to be making decisions like that. You won't know how you'll feel about it in the future. I think Emmy's idea of getting some fresh air sounds like a good one so the bike ride might help give you some space. Don't give up on the running as I'm sure this may help a bit too. But there are no set rules to deal with all this so you have to do what you feel is best for you. And if you'd like to share the pic with us, we'd love that. Don't worry about what is deemed appropriate.
Emmy, have you no shame?! At least you were only weeing (I hope?) In my 2nd ever 10k race, the BUPA one in London, I did a wee whilst running down the mall. Just glad you couldn't see it in any of the pics.
My beetroot juice boost has arrived. It's tiny - I think I need more than that to help me on Sunday.
Just wanted to say that if feels a bit trivial to be posting about our races and niggles given Big G's situation. But Big G, I know you asked us to continue to post what we are up to, so I guess that is what we are all trying to do. But I'm sure I speak for us all when I say that even when we post about our daily stuff, you are still in our thoughts.
Big G, I hope it went OK with the funeral director today. I'm glad you have lots of Claire's family around to help and support you with everything. It must all feel so numb still for you.
Shades, I'm glad your hamstring is continuing to heal. Good call to not race at the weekend.
Emmy, well done on the double (again), don't know how you do it.
I have a local 10k on Sunday. Not a fast course (two hills) so not bothered re the time but want to do OK as a couple of non running club friends doing it who want to beat me. Bought a solus beetroot shot from Ocado in the hope it may help.
Big G, that's lovely that Claire made the album - I bet she really enjoyed putting it all together and remembering everything you had shared together.
Grief is so personal and can be really chaotic and random, especially at this stage so I'm sure it's entirely normal for you to feel completely uncontrollable and then OK to converse.
I hope you're getting lots of support from friends and family for the funeral although I can understand too that you'll want to do a lot of the organising and decisions yourself. But whenever anyone offers to help in anyway, make sure you have a list of things that you can offload.
I thought of you, Claire and Jay on my run today and remembered that lovely card that you posted that her pupils had made for her. She must have touched so many lives. I remembered too that Claire had done a race herself at one point.
As we've all said before, please continue to reach out to your virtual friends if we can help in any way.