Hi all - it's been a busy weekend for me, but I managed to squeeze a run (7-miles) in on Saturday AM.
Saturday I went up to Manchester for an evening out with a load of people from that Widowed and Young group I've mentioned. There were 32 of us there and it was a good night out, and I caught up with them for breakfast on the Sunday before travelling back on the train (5hrs each way). It's quite hard to explain really; people are enjoying themselves, but also the reason we all know each other is because of tragic circumstances, but there is an openness amongst the group that is really refreshing. No topic is off limits, whereas at other occasions I sometimes can't say what's on my mind for fear of bringing the mood down etc. It's really good being around people who "get it" and who understand the swings where you can be happy one minute and upset the next. Some people were very early on (2 months) and some much further along (10 years) but it was good catching up with them. For me it was nice seeing people 5+ years along as it shows it is possible to get through this and rebuild a life (albeit one they weren't planning), as I have to say that sometimes I do have my doubts. I had never met any of them face-to-face before but it's a really active Facebook group, and I'm glad I've found it. They have lots of events planned, but I think my next one will be Bruges in December with a load of them.
I travelled back yesterday, and I've just been "packing" (i.e, chucking stuff into a suitcase in quite a haphazard way) as I'm off to Sri Lanka today! Really, really looking forward to going as it looks a great place to visit, and I've never been before. I am taking my running stuff, but running won't really be the priority whilst I'm there. If I can get a couple of runs in, I'll be happy but I suppose I have to be reaslitic that I may not even manage that. I'll see how it goes, and I hope I don't lose too much fitness or put on too much weight over the next couple of weeks but I am really looking forward to the food there!! I obviously knew I would have this gap in training when I entered the October marathon, so I'll just have to do my best when I get back
I may not post too much over the next couple of weeks or so, but happy running everyone!
Ankle appears fine, so I went out for a 10-miler today and really enjoyed it. I did it an easy pace, except I did two hills quite hard and did the 8th mile in just under 7mins. It was a great session, and now the rest of week's running will be at an easy pace.
Shades, thanks for the info on the bridges. I'll pop over there at some point. I like the Summer Lane run near Stover anyway.
Mowzer, well done on on finishing what sounds a tough race in the circumstances!
I went out for a 10-miler today, but ended up only doing 6. I tweaked my ankle very slightly and as a precaution I cut the run short. I think I probably could have carried on really but I was aware I was limping very slightly (even after stopping to gently stretch it) so I didn't want to risk it. I strongly suspect I'll be fine tomorrow though.
Shades, let me know what that new foot bridge is like. I may have to venture out there at some point.
I got my final run of the week done this morning (7 miles), which takes me to 51 for the week. That's the furthest I've done for a good couple of years, so I'm pretty pleased. It's all been at a steady pace, apart from today where I did 2 miles in the middle at about 7:45.
Not sure what the plan is for the coming week, but it won't be as much, mainly because I'm away in Manchester on the weekend. If I can do 4 runs totalling around 30 miles I'll be pleased, but I'll see how I get on. The two weeks after that will be very little mileage though.
I went out for a short (just 4-miles) run today, after yesterday's run. I didn't really feel like it when I got up, but I'm glad I went as I'm feeling okay now.
I'm marshalling at a race today, which is a tough off-roader. It's always amazing to see the front runners on this type of terrain as they just see to kind of glide down the rocks etc, whereas plodders like me tentatively make their way down. Looking forward to it although I hope my marshall point is in a bit of shade as it looks like it may be a bit hot today. And, all marshals get a free burger at the end