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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 19:20

Hi all.  This isn't an easy message for me to write and I've ummmed and ahhed about writing it, but my wife and I had some really bad news this morning as we lost our baby.  He was stillborn and at the moment we don't know why, we're lost for words and my wife and I just in shock I think.  We called him Jay and he just looks so healthy and he came in at just over 7lb.  Lost for words doesn't come close.

We have family around us, and I've just come home to get some bits and pieces  and have some food, before heading back to the hospital where I'll be staying the night with my wife.

My wife was so brave throughout the whole thing; Im so proud of her, but she's in shock I think.  The really tragic thing is that it was just totally unexpected.  We saw a midwife on Monday afternoon who measured the baby's heart rate and other things and everything was fine.  This morning whilst doing the same scan there was no heart beat and that was it.

I've told some family and some close friends and in a funny way I see you guys as my friends too hence the message.

I really don't know what else to say at the moment and I know you'll be struggling to write something too and for that I apologise as I know this is a very awkward position.

All the best.

So, An Un-united Kingdom Awaits

Posted: Yesterday at 09:06

I saw someone's argument on Facebook that went along the lines of "I'm sure if Cornwall were offered independence they would take it".

His mate replied "And be bankrupt in 10-mins, with nothing but pasties to eat?".  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 08:11

Shades, no news.  All is back to normal like the weekend never happened.  Mrs G had a standard check up with the midwife yesterday (pregnant ladies get seen every couple of weeks or so in the last few weeks) and there are no concerns currently.  However, Mrs G didn't get much sleep again last night but is in bed napping at the moment, so hopefully will get some sleep today.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 13:33

Shades, you're right about HA.  She is very modest.  After her sub-5 hour half ironman the other weekend she apparently just shrugged her shoulders about her time and more or less said "Ah, it's nothing really".    It's quite amusing as there is a chap at our club who really wants to beat her at a half marathon but has never managed it.  He's a really nice bloke and is quite open about his aim, but always goes off like a rocket at the start of races and Helen just calmly sticks to her pace and she's never been beaten by him.  I think she wants to keep it this way too 

She is a great racer - obviously I'm miles behind her but I was running with her at Exeter half which is 3-lap course, so on occasion we were running towards each other.  She seems a very clever racer as opposed to just a runner, if that makes sense.  I.E., tucking in behind people where needed, when she was overtaking someone she seemed to put a quick burst in presumably so that the person she was overtaking couldn't hang on, etc.  A great runner.  I haven't spoken to her about it, but I think her marathon PB needs some adjustment based on some of her recent times.  It will be interesting to see what she does in her next marathon, but I don't know what her plans are with that; I wouldn't be surprised to see her go up to the full ironman as I know another lady in the club is contemplating that as well.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:57

Mowzer, sounds like you had a great time.  Finishing with the last marathon with the fastest time of the ten is pretty good going as well!

No news of the baby.  It's almost as if we just dreamt the contractions over the last couple of days.  They have totally stopped.  My wife had a quick word with a midwife on the phone this morning and this isn't unusual so nothing to worry about.  It's more annoying than anything as my wife is shattered at the moment, but what will be will be  

Races that don't have a UKA licence

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 08:50

Lotus Flower - often a lot of the local off road races may not be accurately measured - they may for example be advertised as "around 10 miles".  They may end up being 9.7 miles, or in one case locally it was 12 miles (and no, I didn't get lost!)  For me, I don't care about this as these tough off road races are different and you can't really compare one course with another.  My main focus is how I am doing for me, and in comparison to my mates at the running club hence not being bothered about Pof10.

For road races, yes I would want an "official" course, but that doesn't have to be UKA.

I suppose this thread again goes to show that everyone is different, and that's great

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 08:33

Well, I thought I was going to be announcing Baby G today, but alas s/he is not yet ready to make an appearance.  Contractions started Saturday night and were going on all day yesterday but eased up at around midnight.  I'm therefore at work today doing a load of "interesting" mandatory training that I'm behind on, desperately trying to avoid phone calls or getting involved with anything new at work

Mrs G hasn't slept for 2 nights so is knackered but is trying to get some rest now, although has been sick a few times through the night  She's not able to eat much, but I seem to be making up for that as I went out at around 9pm and got the biggest fish and chips I could find.

Shades, due to all this I didn't end up marshalling at the 10K yesterday as we thought the baby was on its way.  I did do a write up though, and HA won the race - her first race win. 

Newbie inner tube question

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 00:19
Popsider - for some reason I didn't get a notification about this, but thanks for the info. I ended up going for the same tubes as they were reasonably priced.

Running holidays - would you?

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:27

The costs can depend on how you booked it originally though (much like any other break away), so cancelling an event that is abroad may not cost that much.  I.E., pay a bit more upfront and you can get a fully refundable room.  Pay a bit more up front or fly with a more reputable carrier, and you may be able to get a refund or (for a relatively small admin fee) move the flights to another time to coincide with a different race.  Some races you can defer your entry to the year after, so don't lose out there.  I suppose it's all relative, but the costs of not turning up to a race don't necessarily have to be eye watering.

Back to the OP, I don't think I would go on an organised running holiday.  Like others have said, we book our holiday and think about running options either whilst booking or after we've booked.  For example, last year we went to Annecy and there are some cracking routes around there.  Plenty of hilly, off road trails if that's your thing, but also a flat route around the lake.

Races that don't have a UKA licence

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:57

I posted the below on a thread recently where Millsy was asking about the reasoning behind this attitude of my club....

The main reason is that there are people who are club members but choose not to pay the annual EA fee (maybe because they don't know what EA do with the money to help support long distance running, and so don't want to pay it).  These people are willing to pay the £2 extra for races and register for that race as being a member of the club, but they risk not appearing as a club member in the results.  So the individual considers themselves a club member, the club considers them a member of the club, but EA do not.  At best, they've been registered as a non-scoring club member, and so not being able to count as a team.

The club have been trying to get the rule changed arguing that the £2 extra is a temporary race license and so the person should be shown in the results as a club member, but the club hasn't had any joy with that.

There are other reasons (political, mainly) around EA seemingly not wanting to acknowledge ARC, which had more than 300 clubs in 2013.


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