Hi Sazzle I've never used a running buggy but someone will be along soon with advice! Definitely focus on your core after baby arrives - I've had all sorts of problems with hips/legs/back which, 4 years after my last baby was born, finally seem to be sorted! You will feel unbelievably tired for at least the first 6 weeks though so be kind to yourself and don't do too much too soon. Exciting waiting for first baby to arrive though, no feeling like it .
CM - job sounds pants but it IS still better than your last place, from what you used to say. I would say (in my unknowledgeable position!) either go and talk to your manager and say, look I can't manage this, if I don't get support etc I'm going to have to look elsewhere, and hope they do something, or just start looking elsewhere. If they are any kind of decent employer, they will not want you to go off long-term sick or leave so will pull their finger out for you - if not, definitely see what else is around.
I've got several applications in, and a couple more to do. Not sure if I'm suitable and most of them are full-time so I've applied for job-share which might not happen, so I'm not getting my hopes up too much. Just want shot of the college really, although I'm doing a bit of extra cover this week so a bit more cash at least.
Managed to resolve some parental moaning on FB - so fed up with some of them who find the negative in everything! Contacted the head and explained their concerns and hey presto it's all sorted out and parents are happy. It's just not hard to send an email expressing your concerns, instead of moaning on about it and slagging off the school or staff! Grr.
My other grr is my stupid neighbour who came round the other day telling me where I should park my car! Basically he can't get his car out very well, because of our neighbour's car, and told me and my other neighbour to park on our drives. I started to explain that I have been doing that, but today I hadn't because I was going to go and pick Sophie up but then we ended up walking, but he just turned away from me and talked over me when I was halfway through my sentence! I ended up shouting at him "well if you'd let me finish my sentence" etc and slammed the door on him! Grr, stupid busybody telling me what to do!
Ok I will bore you all with a race report! So I ended up running, obviously - decided the action of running doesn't really aggravate it, more turning my head that does. Felt really nervous though, possibly worrying about whether I'd get round etc. I felt pretty good warming up though so decided to see how I felt during the race.
I set off and tried to push my pace (I have tended to trundle off in recent times!) as it's downhill and you have the return journey to look forward to on the way back. Kept an eye on my watch as to my pace to make sure I didn't slack, and found that I was managing a decent pace and felt ok. Got to halfway (5k) in about 27 mins and gave hubby and kids a wave (they weren't looking as they weren't expecting me so soon ). It was quite sunny on the way back so felt a bit harder, but I dived through the shower tent for a welcome refresher and just kept telling myself to keep pushing...keep pushing.... I managed not to see any markers other than 8k, so at some point near the finish my watch said 50 mins and I was like, wow, I could almost walk from here and get in under an hour! So gave a final push up the hill, guts feeling like I might puke over the line, decided there and then I deserved cake in the café afterwards (! didn't actually in the end though), breathing was that really gasping outward breaths with a bit of a grunt...really attractive...good job the crowd was so noisy ! Staggered over the line in 57:12 which is around 5 seconds slower than my all-time PB set in 2006 - never been near it since having kids so I am well chuffed! And I still weigh considerably more than I did then!
My shoulder was fine once warmed up a bit, but the other one (!) ached a bit in the second half, and I turned to see someone who said "was that Sophie's mummy?" and twinged my neck slightly, but it was ok in general. Ibuprofen seems to be helping but I definitely need to see the physio.
Well done to the other racers today - Camlo I am in awe of anyone completing a tri so well done you! Made me laugh out loud with your amusement at hubby .
Agh can't read back the last posts for some reason, it just sends me back to 13th Sept!
So apologies for seemingly ignoring everyone, hope you're all enjoying some sunshine.
I'm due to do the Great Yorkshire Run (10k) tomorrow, which I was looking forward to beating last year's time of 1hr exactly in! But on Monday my neck/shoulder started to stiffen up on one side, which it has done previously but had gone away for a while. It's been getting better all week but this morning when I got up it was really bad for some reason, so I can't look behind me properly . Not sure I'm going to be able to run with it like that. I've been and stocked up on various drugs and have just iced it, which felt like some relief, but without knowing exactly what's causing the pain, it's hard to treat. I just hope it miraculously recovers overnight. It just feels like muscle tension so I'm guessing I can't do much damage by running with it sore, it just might make it worse for a while I suppose. Ho hum, very annoying. After Filey 10k last Sunday it was fine, but on Monday I was standing chatting for a while with my across-body bag on that shoulder, and felt it start aching so swapped shoulders, but the pain didn't stop.
Sorry about the ramble! We've been to Thomasland today (finally) to use up our vouchers and the kids loved it as usual . I also braved Jeremy Jets and enjoyed it - I am such a wimp at these things! Wasn't easy with a sore neck/shoulder but Daddy goes on all the "scary" rides with Sophie anyway!
Love your description of how you're feeling Caro, I bet it's very hard to put into words just how bad you feel. You are a hero just for keeping your chin up and carrying on as best you can even though you feel like absolute sh1t. It WILL pass and won't last forever, if that helps.
Boo to sick, not nice. I feel a bit crappy like I'm coming down with something and Sophie is busy sweating like anything in bed while sleeping right now. She's had a nasty cough so this may just be the end of the bug getting out of her system. I've got another 10k on Sunday so can't be ill!