happy birthday! and I forgot the card and everything. I'm pretty much in the same boat as kevster/muppet, having done flm 2002, and not much since. But I'm back, and gonna train for someything or other. flm2004 if I can beat the ballot. God bless the URWFRC and all who sail in her. and hopefully by next year me and Muppet won't have jumped ship again.
the funniest thing I've heard is from a mate. I've been known to ring him in the past and put on a funny voice when his girlfrined answers so she doesn't know who's calling (I know its rubbish, but there you go). anyway, one day he answers a call and someone in a french accent asks him if he wants a free mobile phone. naturally, my mate thinks its me winding him up so he puts on a crappy italian accent and plays along. the french guy starts to explain the phone deal to him and my mate interrupts in his italian accent and says "I'm-a sorry, I don't need-a mobile. I'm-a Pizza seller. a gay pizza maker, do you-a wanna homosexual pizza?" Being immensly childish, this would've been hilarious if it was me on the other end of the phone. But it wasn't, it was just a French guy working for vodaphone. He got slightly confused, maybe scared and made an excuse and hung up. only then did my mate realise that he wasn't talking to me.
well, it seems what they say about runners is right, We're all mad. but seriously, hope your friend is ok Muttley. I guess if she's gone and taken that big first step by checking into a detox-type place then she should hopefully be receptive to you're suggestion of running/exercise. As others on here have said, there seems to be a link between depression and running. my guess is that they're both fairly addictive things. personally, when i started running just over a year ago I wasn't a particularly happy bunny. The routine of it, and feeling of reaching those little goals that you set yourself, either time or distance or whatever helps a lot I reckon. It helped to stop me doing stupid things for a while anyway. so good luck to your friend, and hopefully having a good friend like you around can help motivate her.
my guess to the original hangover thing is lack of water as well. personally I've never found it a problem in winter. in the summer yeah, but in the winter i don't sweat too much when i go out running. I did all my training for last years london marathon without ever taking any water with me. probably not a training method RW would recomend, but it worked for me. even my longest run of 16 miles i did without taking any water, gels or whatever with me. I also find that the "drink loads before the run" method just makes me need the loo. I guess its just a personal thing that you work out what works for you. I once had one of those really rubbish days where i had to quit running after a mile or so coz it just felt wrong. I went back home, got the urge to fry myself a load of bacon. I ate it and went back out an hour later felt great and went for 12 miles. bet you won't find that in any running dietplan!