Big G - I shouldn't worry about how you "should" be feeling or coping with things. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules. In my opinion if you feel up to doing something then have a go, if it gets too much ask someone to take over the task for you - or it can wait. Regarding your job - it was obviously something that was in your mind to change beforehand. I don't know how feasable it would be but maybe you could rent your house out and take a career break to have a think about things. You mentioned working with animals - what about looking into doing some voluntary work abroad.. WWF or something? These are just some ideas - don't put yourself under any pressure to make any décisions now. Everything can wait until you feel ready.
Iain - Well done on that weight loss - that is bound to make you speedier!
Shades - Lol on you inviting another forumite to your Shadies meal!
SK - Fantastic running from Team Koala That is well fast for a hilly 10k too. Thank GOODNESS for those new fast shoes
Big G - I guess it's going to take a while for everything to sink in. Give yourself time, your feelings must be all over the place. Not sure either that working from home is a good idea. I hope your employer is understanding and leaving you enough space to make the décisions that you need when you are ready to do so.
Shades - I just googled that 53 marathon woman now. Amazing - and she is only 26! That must have been some organisational nightmare. As I understand it, they weren't "official" marathon races that she was doing but planned 26.2 mile runs through different cities. They must have had the distances verified officially to be accepted as a record which would have been complicated to organise as well. Your second place in 2008 for a gobsmacking 10 in 10 is most definitely a record too
Mowzer - Hope your back is ok - lie down (for once) and put your feet up!
Ran down to the local town today to pick up some school books we've ordered. Around 15k there and back. Put on a small rucksack for the books but only after 3k it was irritating me bouncing around so I ended up carrying it. I hate carrying things when I run. Books in and off again but even more irritating when it was heavy. It was really hot too so I was glad to get home. The sort of idea that "seemed like a good idea at the time" (I am very good at these)
Hope you had a good walk Big G and your park run goes well tomorrow.
SK - Speedy stuff from you! Are those shoes suitable for marathons or are they just shorter distance shoes? Can't believe you've actually stuck to that resolution you made - well done! You could have been right about that runner having a nose job - I haven't been able to find a photo of her but it really was a full on nose plaster!
Iain - Unbelievable that the Royal Mail are that tight!!!
There is absolutely no street lighting here. There is a bit in a few of the villages but I think they put them later when I have already passed. I do a couple of early morning runs each week and now, due to the dark I cannot use the trails but have to use the narrow roads through the forest. I find my eyes get used to the dark and on really closed in bits I look up at the strip of sky between the trees to guide me. I actually quite like running in the dark - I love being completely on my own and the night sky is fantastic.You really notice the difference when there is a full moon!
Big G - That wait for the post mortem isn't going to be easy but it doesn't sound as if there's any choice. Taking some time with a friend and a beer sounds like a good idea to me.
Shades/Emmy - Thanks for the plaster/coffee info. I will try and find a photo of the plaster. Think she might have been Portuguese actually
Moore - I too live in a rural area. My early morning runs are done with Lidl light up armbands and a lightweight reflective gilet that I got in a goody bag. I don't wear a headtorch as it annoys me and, once my eyes are accustomed to the dark, I don't find that I need it to see where I'm going. I just run bang in the middle of the road.
No Emmy, the strip I saw (Think it was on the Brazilian girl who came second in European mara) covered the whole nose. It didn't look like it was a walked-into-a-door plaster either (and I'm not trying to be funny there). Don't really get the idea behind Paula's either to be honest