Nah, we rarely train together; she's just so much quicker than me. On the rare occasion she says she'll just run at my pace, she picks it up and I end up getting a beasting.
It's the same at races, she drops me like a piece of poo and dashes ahead. In the smaller regional races she's often in the first five ladies back; at Parkruns (depending on who turns up) she's often in the top three females and occasionally the first lady.
By the time I finish looking like the Ribena Man she's cooled down, stretched, and looking rather chilled.
It's not till May next year, Jonnie, it's not a particularly long ultra either (42 miles); it's the Brecon to Cardiff one.
I'm currently in-training to get to a point where I can begin the training (in December) and I've a 27 week program from the book Relentless Forward Progress.
My understanding of the book is that I should be running 35 to 40 miles a week comfortably prior to then. I think that's a fairly big shout; I built upto that to run a marathon. I currently run about 25 to 30 miles a week comfortably(ish).
I'll be running it with Mrs Easy who is a very good runner (far better than myself), so it should be interesting.
I know what ya mean EDI but i almost lost everything during my last binge so going back to my old ways is not an option, do u no what a councaler said to me, she said that i would relapse and i should use them to learn for next time but i saif i am not going to as i aint drinking, trust me peeps i nearly lost everything that i love and in a way i am thankful for that as it hit home how much i didnt wamt to loose them
We call this staying sober by fear, in A.A.. And I'm not saying it doesn't work for everyone, but for many fear doesn't keep them sober for ever. I think we don't remember pain very well; that's why we run more than one marathon. After my last I said I'd never run another marathon, but eight months later I'm training for an ultra marathon. It's why women have more than one child, even though after their first they've said "never again".
Alcoholism is 'cunning, baffling, powerful' they say. And it is.
But the fear created by remembering how bad it got may work for you, so please forgive my negativity; it's just after being around A.A. for a few years you get to see a lot of how this stuff pans out; I've a good idea of the dynamics of what's helpful and what's not. And of course there's no need to agree with me.
Well done on the sobriety birthday, Jugula. I don't do much for mine. I said to Mrs Easy on my last one, "Hey, it's my A.A. birthday coming up, what are you going to get or do for me?"
She just smiled and said "Nothing!" Her take on it is that acting like a normal human being is to be expected and she doesn't need to celebrate it. She's a tough one is Mrs Easy.
I did a 16 mile run across the Wye Valley today. I shouldn't have really because I'm not trained for it, but I felt really good at the 7 mile point so went for it. At 12 miles I was really suffering and wished I hadn't, and I should've just stuck with my original - shorter - route.