A quick post from me before I collect my other 3 year old for the afternoon to say massive congratulations to Columba on becoming a grandmother for the second time - So exciting. We would love to have a photo.
And talking about photos - Red, you should send that one of you to Have I Got News for You for the caption question. It would get you lots of publicity for your cause.
Exhausted - What on earth are you going to say to me when I take nearly twice as long as you to get round ??? That is an amazing time and you should be feeling really happy with yourself. I can't believe you were walking some of it after mile 17 and still manage the time you did. Many congratulations. Did you take gels or any food at all on the way round?
I have been into Norwich all day with L to buy her new running shoes. I looked after 3 year old while she shopped. We had no fewer than 6 phonecalls from bereft family members at home wanting help with various crises, such as How does thiswashing machine work? and Please can you get back in time to take me back into Norwich for a band rehearsal? It was more tiring than that 20 mile run!
Well done everybody. I have really enjoyed reading your race reports and all your experiences. I have now started week 11 of 16 week schedule leading up to Edinburgh and will do my second 20 miler on Sunday.
So who is left on this thread? With still a marathon to do?
Hello everybody. I hope it is as beautiful a morning with you as it is here.
Red - Many congratulations on your GWR and all your fundraising. I was glued to the box and saw you every time. Did you hear me jumping up and down shouting "There she is!" and yes, those were very cheeky balls of wool as you ran off!
Diana - I have marked your 10k in my calendar so I can think of you, and also Isaac's birthday - I take it it is 17th? I know what you mean about fundraising. Because daughter H needs sponsors for her July Ironman I have been slow to raise money for my charity, since we tend to move in the same circles. And people are of necessity being more careful with money these days.
BIW - About Denzel not relinquishing the ball - yes, I turn my back on him and return to the house. He then chews the ball to pieces!
WtnMel - So glad your back is virtually better. And thank you for your kind thoughts about 10th April. It was 5 years ago, which seems difficult to believe.
Columba - I have kept up the swimming twice a week but am treating it more as therapy! I do lots of aquajogging and other exercises, but have left trying to do the front crawl for a while since I just do not seem to improve. I am going to buy a pull thingy from Amazon to see whether that helps. Funny about your brother!
JJ - I did 7 miles tempo this morning, and I felt strong. I was aiming for 10;15 for the middle 5, but in fact managed 10:25, 10:05, 9:45, 9:23, 9:28. The warm up was 11:45 and the warm down was 10:27. It was one of those rare days when you feel "Yes! Life is amazing and I am going to live for ever!!!!!" Is your house all shipshape now?
TE - Well done on your 7 miles. Sounds as if you had one of those I can live forever days as well!
Poor Mo - I felt so sorry for him, not because he didn't win but because he did not get the congratulations he so deserved. I thought the interviewers were mean and tactless.
Thank you everybody for your kind thoughts on the 10th. I have been thinking about your Isaac, Diana, and how you and your family must be feeling as his 10th birthday draws near. When is your 10k? Are you running to raise money?
TE - You should have a wish list so that people have an idea about presents for you. It could be anything from a recovery bar to new trainers....or running socks! Well done on your 5k time trial. How on earth do you do it?
Columba - About the run/walk thing ..... all I can say is that people doing VLM who were following that strategy managed a better time than I did !
8 miles for me this morning in time to get back to see the wheelchair racers set out and Red being interviewed. It was brilliant to see her and I hope she didn't suffer too much with her hand. I was supposed to do 4 x 1 mile 9;40 ( with half a mile jog recoveries) within the 8, and my times were 9;41, 9;31, 9;33, 9;31. I have to say I was grateful for the recovery bits.
I was then glued to the set until the end of the broadcast, with a set of tissues for all the marathon stories. Everybody in the house starved. (Can't they get their own food????!!!!)
Yesterday afternoon I went to see Cats in the Theatre Royal with H and granddaughter E who is 6. We loved it. I think perhaps E thought the Pik-a-Mix was probably the best bit!
Looking forward to hearing Red's and Exhausted's accounts of how their day went.