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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 18:43

Hi all, thanks a lot for the messages and thoughts.  They do mean a lot.

I actually went back to the GP late this afternoon, as these meds weren't really working, and I was worried about the long weekend and them running out.  He's given me some different antibiotics, and also some steroids, and told me to up the amount of times I use the inhaler.

SK, I have the blood test on Tuesday, and then a follow up appointment on the Wednesday, so we'll see what comes from that.

I had a good day really.  I went up the cemetery from an hour or so, which was obviously upsetting, but I'm glad I went.  Then I went to a favourite pub of ours for a pub meal and a diet coke, and then onto the school.  The kids all did a stint (i.e., a dance, a play, a song and a poem), and then I cut a ribbon, and Claire's Dad planted a memory casket in the new garden.  It all went really well.

The pictures don't really do it justice, but here are some, and the kids had a big hand in designing it.  I'm taking it easy this evening - unfortunately the new meds mean I can't raise a drink to Claire, but she's obviously in my thoughts.  A few of us are going out tomorrow for a meal at a favourite restaurant.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 08:11

A strange day for me today, as it would have been Claire's 40th birthday.  We had some rough plans to go away somewhere for it, but that's obviously not meant to be.  Some of you may remember that her school put on a 10K race in her memory last year, and the funds from that went to create a garden at the school in her memory.  The school have chosen today to be the official opening of that, so I'm going down for it, followed by a pub lunch at our favourite pub.  It all just seems so surreal, even now 19 months on.

One thing I didn't say about my GP appointment and my tiredness issue, is that for the first time ever my GP mentioned the word "depression", as he said that tiredness can be one of the many signs of that.  The thing is, I don't feel depressed (not that I've ever been diagnosed with it).  I occasionally feel very down, and flat, and sometimes kind of empty/numb, but I don't think I'm depressed.  When I've spoken to people who have suffered with depression they talk of being at the depths of despair all the time.  That was me in the very early days/weeks, but it's not now.  So in a way, I'm hoping the GP comes back with something obvious (maybe a vitamin deficiency, or something) and I can knock this tiredness on the head.

As you know, I'm not able to run this marathon tomorrow, but the organiser has kindly offered me a free entry for next year if I help out at an aid station tomorrow.  I was still going to go down to watch some of the race anyway to take a few pictures for my Trotters press report, so I've taken him up on his kind offer.  I have tried to get rid of my race entry for this year (he was accepting race transfers), but haven't been able to.  I suppose it's quite short notice for many people to run a marathon.

Apologies for the kind of melancholy post this morning, Shadies!  You haven't had one of those from me for quite a while, but I suppose I do find these "key dates" quite tough!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 09:25

Yes, that lady who fell did amazingly well to come back and win in London.  She looked pretty shaken, but somehow managed to pull herself together.  When I have fallen in the past (never in a race), it really knocks the stuffing out of me and I tend to cut the run short and then shuffle home!

Cal, sounds like a good session there!

Happy birthday for yesterday Louey.

I am feeling slightly better today (I think the antibiotics are kicking in, as I do think the base of my issue was a viral problem.  I won't go into detail, but I'm not bringing as much gunk up now....), so I'm going for a very slightly more strenuous walk.  I think I'm going to go over to Castle Drogo and have a wander around there, and then stop for a pub lunch somewhere on the way back.  Drogo was the scene of my first "proper" off-road race (not including parkrun) a few years ago, when I realised pretty quickly that I was crap at running down hill, compared to all the "mountain goats" that were running past me as if I was standing still!  I have got marginally better since then, fortunately!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 09:08

For the benefit of MF particularly, this is the best way to eat a caramel waffle, in my opinion.  The heat from the tea slightly melts the caramel, making it nice and gooey and incredibly tasty.  MF - you can't get them over there, can you?  Shame


Ian, sorry to hear you may have to pull out of Liverpool.  Hopefully your injury will get sorted soon.

SK, there is another marathon fairly local to me in about 6 weeks.  But I'm not signing up for it just yet - I'll see how I feel in a week or two.  I just wanted to add a "well done" on your PB!


I went for a short walk yesterday (1 mile) and I was wheezing on any slight incline, so the marathon is definitely out.  As has been said, there will be others.  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 10:24

Thanks Shades.  I was worried that you guys may think I'm wimping out or something, but the doctor was pretty clear - "No running, and take it easy".

It's not just the pasta...check this lot out (chocs, malt loaf, caramel waffles, sweets), with the meds sadly on top now


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 09:39
I've been to Doctors this morning and he's given me a prescription for antibiotics and an inhaler

The last few days I've been wheezy and I was worried about the marathon, so I thought I'd go and see him. Unfortunately, he's told me to stop running for a week or two until this is resolved.

He tested my body temperature and oxygen intake and that was normal, but he's concerned about my chest wheezing, which it is in numerous places and not just in an isolated position. I did suffer from asthma as a child, and he said I may be getting it again as an adult, which apparently can happen. He said try the inhaler and if I still have symptoms in a month there are other things he can do. The antibiotics are just incase there's a viral infection.

He's also sending me for blood tests (thyroid and anaemia, etc) as I mentioned I've been very tired recently, and I see the nurse next week for those. I've been sleeping fine, but still very tired off of pretty small mileage.

He knows my history around Claire etc, so he did say it could be 'just' grief, but wants to rule things out.

To say I'm gutted about the marathon is an understatement but it's out of my hands. I'm frustrated as it's the second marathon DNS I've had, after a reasonable block of training. But at the same time I don't want to struggle around and miss my sub-4, so from that point of view it's a relief.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 17:18

Jacky, we posted at the same time, but just a quick note to say "well done!" on your marathon.  It's great to read you enjoyed the day out.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:27

Iain, there are definitely quicker ways of getting to Buck Palace  I remember when I did a marathon, I decided to drive around the course for something to do the day before, to check out any hills etc.  It took ages, and did nothing to calm my nerves as it emphasised even more that 26.2 miles is a long way!

That annoying moment your chip fails in the London Marathon

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:30

Just had a look at the pics of the first chap that DF posted and see that he was wearing a tracksuit and hoody all the way around.  I wasn't there, but it wasn't that cold was it?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:28

Shades, I just don't understand it.  There is one chap who looks like he more or less walked to Cutty Sark, and then caught the tube to the finish and got his medal.

With the timing mats every 5K and also official photos of runners, it is very easy to see if someone has cheated.  I do know that sometimes a chip may fail, but if someone goes from running 12min/miles in the first 10K to doing the second half of the race quicker than Mo Farah, something doesn't look right.  And then when you see the official pics of them walking having done a time many would be proud of, and then later posing with their medal it's very baffling!

You're right that there are will always be some bad eggs and I suppose with 30-40000 people you're getting to get some who cheat, unfortunately.  

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