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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 17:34

anniesophie - better luck next time.  As others have said it sound like the could have been the issue.

Well, I've been "dog sitting" again today, but had to nip into town so left the dog at home.  When I left, I know there were 6 eggs in a box on the kitchen work surface, but when I got back there was a severely damaged egg box on the floor, and the shell of about half an egg - but no actual eggs.  Hmmmm - mysterious.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:22

Hi all, yes the band was very good and we had a great night.  I feel I've abused myself though - I had a McDonald's on the way home.  I haven't had one for probably 10+ years, and I won't be rushing back!  I got a text from my mate this morning saying that his mouth feels like he has been chewing on one of Gandi's old sandals.  It's an accurate description, but I can't see Maccy D's using it to replace their "I'm lovin' it" advertising slogan  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 13:13

MiL and FiL are still fine with me, so that's a good thing.  They've both said they want to stay out of mine and Suzy's situation, which is fine with me.

I met a friend from WAY for tea and cake earlier, and I'm off down to Plymouth shortly as a few of us are seeing a band called Royal Blood tonight.  They won an award at The Brits this week, and are "rocky", which I like.  Loud guitar and drums - can't say fairer than that  I like them a lot but I expect my friends and I will raise the average age of the audience somewhat 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 08:20

My Dad has had his operation.  I went to see him yesterday afternoon and he looked groggy still and was in a bit of pain, but the nurses were giving him pain relief.  I'll go back in and see him today.

I did make it to the AGM but I did make a bit of an idiot of myself!  I broke down in tears, in a room full of people.  Whoops!  As the chairman was reading his report he mentioned me, Claire and Jay.  I probably should have expected that he'd mention us, but I didn't expect it and the floodgates immediately opened.  I was embarrassed but people were great.  

There are quite a few changes going on at the club in terms of committee membership, as a key member resigned his roles late last year.  But the club is a strong one and all the vacancies were formally filled, with the exception of the Social Secretary.  Also, I am now officially not the press officer.  I didn't put my name forward as I still don't think I can do the job as well as I'd want to, but the main thing is that I don't want to deal with people's "issues" around the reports at the moment.

You know how I said Suzy and I aren't that close?  Well that all escalated massively yesterday.  We haven't been in touch since Steph's funeral and at that we hardly spoke.  She texted out of the blue yesterday, but it ended with her saying she doesn't want to hear from me again.  Doing it via text was dumb (on my part, and hers), but I then called her and she said the same thing over the phone, so I guess that's that.  It's a shame, but I am okay with it.  We're just very different people.  If my relationship with  my MiL and FiL changes because of it though, I will find that upsetting, but I'll see how that goes over the next few days/weeks.  

I'm told that this type of thing happens quite often through bereavements, when stress levels are running high.  But I am okay with how I handled my side of things - I wasn't nasty or vindictive or anything like that.  We have both lost so much, but that alone wasn't going to bring us closer, although it's still a shame it's come to this.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 08:45

Shades, today is the Trotters AGM.  I am hoping to go, but my Dad is having a hip replacement today and I want to see him, so me getting to the AGM will depend on hospital visiting hours.  I spoke to him about 1.5 hours ago and he's nervous, but we're hoping in a few weeks it will improve his mobility.  Fingers crossed.

So a fairly easy day today, whilst waiting for news on my Dad.  I am going to walk Hiske again today whilst my friend is at work.  As I can't run, getting out walking is the next best thing.  I did walk about about 6 miles yesterday, mainly around the canal in Exeter, which was very nice as it was quite sunny.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 22:38

It wasn't like this was it Shades?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 10:13

I saw Linda for a few hours yesterday, which was nice.  She has got the numbers for the groups I found, but she said she doesn't want to call them yet as she isn't in a position where she wants to talk about things with anyone else other than Suzy and I. She has the numbers though, so can call them if/when she wants.  Also, I said if she wants me to call them on the first occasion, to just let me know.

I have sadly had to decline my friend's 30th invitation.  I don't think driving 4 hours+ in one day is what my back needs at the moment, especially as a few days afterwards I'm driving to Bristol and then travelling to Rome.  She was fine about it, and she just FaceTimed me with her little boy.  I play guitar (quite badly, it has to be said) and I sent them a couple of videos of me playing.  Her son likes playing guitar (he's 2), and he seemed to enjoy the videos  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 08:06

SK, well done on the PB.  That is a fantastic time!  

anniesophie, yes the dog is enjoying the walks.  There was another WAY event yesterday, which was a dog-walking thing and we went around a local estate (it was Parke estate where I do the local parkruns) and had tea/cake afterwards.  I borrowed the dog again yesterday, and she really enjoyed it  

Today I have a friend of Claire's visiting me in the morning.  We're going up to see Claire and Jay at the churchyard, and then over to the park where I've had the tree planted.  And then tea and cake afterwards (there's a pattern emerging here!).  Even with all this cake and no running, I've maintained my weight, so that's a positive and also a surprise, as I haven't really been monitoring my weight.  

Then I'm hoping to see Linda (MiL) this afternoon - she is really struggling at the moment, and she's cancelled a couple of prior arrangements so I hope she feels she can meet me today.  I have mentioned the WAY group to her and she has asked me to find a similar group for women in her situation, and I have found one and given her the details.  But I don't feel I should make the call for her, unless she asks me to; I think she has to do that herself really.  I'll see what she says today.

Still no running.  Yesterday I thought I may have been able to run this morning, but the back still isn't quite right.  I think I'd rather it clear up a bit more rather than risk it.  In fairness, I probably could run today but I'm extremely cautious/wary when it comes to my back due to previous issues I've had with it.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 08:26

MF/Shades, that talk of getting sayings wrong reminded me of something.  Suzy (my SiL) wrote a whole history GCSE assignment on "Rudolph Hitler".  And, I remember her Dad got a call and had to go out somewhere quickly so she piped up and said "Don't worry Dad - I'll hold the fork".    

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 08:10

Shades, yeah I'm lucky that I have 3 or 4 people who have said they'd look after a dog if I was away.  I don't really have any other excuses not to get one but I think the big thing is work.  If I feel I am able to still work from home (which of course means working, eating, sleeping, etc etc at home on my own 5-days a week) then I'll probably get a dog.  If I feel I should go back into an office, then maybe I won't get one as I wouldn't really want to leave it alone all day.

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