Ok - you've convinced me that I'll cope with summer training and won't simply wilt. I've had it in my head that I'm better with winter training, but when out with my club last night, I did think that some runs during the long summer evenings will be very pleasant and will mean that I don't have to always do the long run at the weekend. Already thinking about routes to run home from work (about 15 miles) and I've joined a new club recently since moving house and they tell me they do some decent trail runs over the summer so that will keep it interesting.
I did the VLM in 4h.56 which I was disappointed with. I know I'm a plodder, but I also know that I trained to be a plodder then by churning out lots and lots of slow miles and getting obessed with mileage rather than quality sessions. I'm pretty clueless about recovery too, but at least now I'm aware that I'm clueless rather than thinking that marathon training was about lots of running. Again - this is where I know my new club will be a real asset as they are a fast bunch (but completely lovely and friendly) so tempo and interval sessions with them will mix it up better.
So I've signed up for a couple of winter muddy run races varying between 6 - 10 miles and then I'll test myself at Bath HM to see where I'm at.
Can I join the party? I remembered to check my spam at the weekend and found the email telling me I had made it in. Did my first and so far only marathon at the VLM in 2010 and was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months later so I decided that I needed a new goal for next year to a) prove to myself I can still do and b) ensure that autumn is remembered for something positive rather than non-stop hospital stays and c) to celebrate 5 years of living.
Still not sure that doing the long runs over the summer is a good idea, but loving the idea that Berlin is flat, fun and this year was a cool crisp day.
Plan for the winter is to get back into a good running routine, lose some weight and look at some spring HMs.
Hi G - just to send my hugs too. It's 4 years this week since I had the devasting news of my cancer and whilst life goes on, it's still there everyday when I get dressed. But I promise there is life after cancer. I haven't done the races Stilts has done (well done Stilts!!), but have done one half and various 10ks and some daft muddy trail races.
Don't think you're a diva - from a physical point of view, losing your breasts is a lot easier than losing other parts of your body, but from a psychological point of view it's very traumatic. I admit that whilst I'm "cured", my reconstruction took some time for various reasons and it left me very down; to the point where I suffered panic attacks and still take some mild anti-depressants. I'm not saying it will happen to you, but look after yourself and DON'T simply think "I'm being a diva, I should be thankful to be alive, there are plenty of others worse off than me etc..."
I really recommend the forum on breastcancercare.org.uk too - a lifesaver for me to talk anonomously with others. And post here or send me a personal message if you want to talk further.
My treatment was expanders followed by implants with some fat transfer. When dressed I look 100% normal (esp as I went up a cup size!) and I do get some tightness in my chest when I run, but otherwise nothing has changed - apart from fully appreciating the fact I can run rather than chasing PBs all the time. Running is part of what we do and ensure your surgery choices support them.
I'm now thinking of a marathon next autumn to "celebrate" 5 years of living.