Big G - That's a real shame that Suzy has reacted this way.. and all credit to you that you seem to be able to accept and rise above it. As you said, just put it down to the stress of dealing with losing two sisters in a short space of time. It sounds like you have an extremely good relationship with your in laws - you haven't changed so I don't see why that should either.
With regard to your dad's op, my mum has had the two hips done and found an amazing improvement to her life afterwards. She hadn't realised how "disabled" she'd become and now makes the most of getting out and about again.
SK - Can you get in for the champs start this year?... you could start next to Paula!
anniesophie - +1 for trusting in the training andstarting your race at goal pace. You can usually find it from somewhere to dig deep and find the energy to hang on in the last mile or two when the end and that PB is nearly within grasp!
Mowzer - Loved your report. Have no idea how you manage a 4h30 marathon while talking your way round! When I did La Rochelle I ran a few km behind two women who were having a real office gossip type of conversation - it distracted me for a bit but I left them still yakking away and the way they were going I'm sure they continued that way until the end. I just about manage a gasped "thank you" at a water station! During that race I also ran sometime alongside a blind person and her running partner. It was amazing (and humbling) to hear his constant low commentary about the nature of the road, incline and what was going on around us.
My training going ok. Trail runs very muddy as we've had loads of rain. Fell flat on my face yesterday after tripping over a cunningly concealed stone. One advantage of all this mud is that I had a very soft fall and didn't hurt myself at all. Disadvantage was that one side of me (including half my face) turned completely brown. Luckily didn't cross anybody else. Dogs had a good laugh though!
Big G - That's a great photo! Hiske looks lovely. We used to have a German short haired pointer when I was a child and he was a wonderful dog. I also like the Italian Spinone which looks a bit similar to the lovely Hiske.
+1 for you all getting dogs
I think I meant to say in my last post that they've upped the "stakes" .. not "sticks"(!). I quite often get my sayings mixed up and am blaming it for being over here too long!
Great 23k done - managed to crack on a bit in the last 5k which makes a nice change.
Hope you and Hiske got on ok this afternoon Big G (You could always give Emmy and Boyska a shout for an emergency translation!) Annoying about your back still being sore. How's the Achilles?
SK - Hope check up went ok. 7 m/mile sounds well fast.. what's your target marathon pace?
Shades - That sounds logical re my pins and needles.. (no chest pain whatsoever).
Perfect day for running here but I've had a day off and feel better for it. Had a flyer through the post about a half mara on the 15th March which I normally do. They've upped the sticks a bit though. Usually the first seven female finishers get a sweat shirt (which I normally manage to scrape in).. this year it's the first five