Beth Roberts

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Help needed!

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 13:31

I struggled with these too - turns out I had the wrong type of trainers on, they were really comfy but when I got my gait analysed, they weren't supporting my feet and ankles properly at all.  Also, I had really really weak glute muscles, so had to do a bit of work on those (lunges, squats etc) along with icing the shins and doing lots of stretching.  One other thing, although it's painful, use a rolling pin and roll your calf muscles and the fleshy muscly bit on the front of your shins (sort of on the outside of your leg, if you get what I mean) for about 30 seconds per leg.  I did this on the advice of my physio and it really worked.

Finally, try running on grass for a while, its more forgiving than pavements.  Hope you get it sorted out.

Hellppp, kind words needed for very wobbly and scared beginner please

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 16:36

One other thing - on the what to wear front - I found that if I was feeling self conscious all I had to do was think 'well at least I'm out here doing something and I don't care what anyone thinks' - that seemed to work for me. 

Also, if you look carefully at a group of runners (watching london or any other marathon, for example) then you will see that not everyone is thin.  Some people are really quite sizeable - and they're running a marathon!!!  Took me ages to get my head around the fact that fit does not necessarily equate to thin.

So, best of luck and hope it goes well.

34 year old that cont run

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 16:07

Have you tried doing some strengthening exercises to build up your joints?  These are very helpful as they tend to help guard against niggly injuries.  You could also try some pilates to build up your core.

I also notice your outlook seems to be very negative - you should maybe work on that a bit too, try to be more positive and maybe, without being rude, man up a bit? 

Good luck.


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 13:32

Not sure really, I haven't given it that much thought.  I'm not religious, so don't have a faith to fall back on or believe in.  Not sure if I'm scared or not really and the only thing I'd like to hope is that it's quick and not painful.



Posted: 28/07/2014 at 13:23

Nope - once a cheater always a cheater, so if OH did have an affair I'd be forced to kick him out along with his mountain of goretex, all slashed of course, and I'd have to break or sell his (beloved) bike!

There's nothing like a woman scorned..................

Are you really a runner...

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 13:10

Middle distance cycling..............who knew?!?!?!?

workplace bullying

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 14:10

Alternatively, you could just front up to him and ask him outright what his problem is.  Bullies hate being confronted, especially in front of other people.  Maybe take the track with him that others have mentioned, (i.e. are you struggling with workload, do I need to ask for some help for you to get my stuff done etc etc) I'm sure being shown up publicly like this would assist with his motivation. 

If that fails, a sharp jab to the ribs..........?!!?!?  (Joking!!)

Ironman UK 2014

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 12:28

What an amazing day it was!  Up at 2:30am to take OH to the Reebok/Macron in time to get the bus to the Flash.  Amazing atmosphere at the swim and fun/games trying to identify OH on the Australian Exit and waving him off on the bike!  We stayed to the last swimmer getting out of the water, was very emotional and really felt for those who didn't make the cut off - so they got an extra massive cheer from everyone else who had stayed.  I'm sure it didn't take the pain away, but hopefully it showed empathy. 

Then, we headed to T2 to await his arrival.

Many people in various different states came past, some came back to retire, and some with pretty horrid injuries (namely a Colt who was missing half his top) and we heartily cheered and clapped them all.

The run was amazing - atmosphere in Bolton city centre was superb for spectators, it must have been immense for the athletes.  I briefed the family re pirates and then we all (12 or so of us) did the 'Go Pirates, Aaarrggh' to each one we saw which was lots of fun and hopefully not too annoying for said pirates. 

OH finished in an excellent 13hours 12min which was amazing for his first one. He said one of his highlights was Colt Alley - where the support was uber amazing.

I might volunteer for next year because it was just incredible!

Congratulations to everyone who took part and completed the course - you are truly inspirational.

Ironman Bolton

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 12:00

Congratulations to all of you who took part in Ironman Bolton.  We had a fab time cheering on everyone, and it was great getting an 'Aaaargh' response back from all of the pirates we saw and shouted 'go pirates' to (and there were a fair few). 

My OH had a great race and particularly enjoyed the climbs which he said were like being in the tour de France!

Massive respect to everyone racing, as a supporter it was pretty immense, I can't begin to imagine how amazing it felt from all of the athlete's perspectives. You are an inspiration.

Ironman Bolton

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 13:48

I just wanted to wish you all the best of luck and if I see you somewhere around the course in a pirate top/shorts/trisuit (delete as applicable) I will make suitable pirate noises at you and hopefully this will encourage you with your mission rather than making you want to deck me!!

All the best, use the force, etc etc.

I will look forward to reading the post race analysis next week.

Go for it!

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