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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:08

Emmy/Shades, yes it was very tough.  It just brings it all back, but I need to get some answers if I can.  It's just taking a lot of time.  Emmy, if I need more meetings with the staff there I'll get them set up.  The next immediate steps are for me to reread through the reports alongside the minutes of the meeting that will be published soon.  Then I need to speak with Claire's Mum and Dad (who were present) and decide what, if anything, we want to do next.

I'm back in my own bed now, so I think/hope that with the continued stretching and getting better sleep I should be back out running soon...fingers crossed.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 13:41
Hi all. An extremely tough day yesterday as I had a meeting with a load of people at the hospital about Claire's care etc. it's been 6 months now, but reports are still being prepared. So many quesntions still....

Still no running but I saw a physio on Wednesday. She had a good poke around and put her elbows in places they have no right being But she doesn't think there's anything seriously wrong. She has given me a load of stretches and exercises to do, which I'm doing. It's early days yet but no improvement at the moment.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 01:40

Hi all, sorry for being away for a few days.  I'm staying with my Dad at the moment as he's had his hip replaced recently, and the person who was looking after him is away for a week.  We haven't throttled each other yet, but there's still time    But, yes I'm back home now.  I happened to fly back to the UK on the day of the Tunisian troubles.

From a running point of view, I am getting thoroughly peed off with things at the moment.  I've now got another back issue, which is further up my back and on the side.  I have no idea what it is, but it feels like I've trapped a nerve or something.  I did a lovely 7.5 miles on Friday, but Saturday I was in agony.  I don't think it was from the running though; I think it may be the bed I'm sleeping in at Dad's.  I'm not a happy bunny

It means I've taken the decision to pull out of the DD.  I just don't think there will be a chance of me getting ready for it with all the running I've missed, so I am in the process of transferring the race number.  I was hoping to do a marathon in April and one in May for prep for the DD, but I have to be realistic and say it's just not going to happen.  So I've stuck my name down to help out again at the race, and I think I will be timekeeping again at the marathon point.

But, the 10K Claire's school is organising has been firmed up, with posters made available etc.  It's the day after the DD so I hope I'll trot around that.  A few of my club have said they will turn up too, so that will be good, but probably very emotional for me!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 23:21

HI all, thanks for the messages.  I'm fine, but it was a shock seeing the news.  I was in that museum yesterday afternoon.  On some of the coverage there are people cowering under a mosaic and I have a picture of that mosaic.  It is very sobering  

I had similar in London when the bombs went off, as I was in London that morning.  I was travelling from Ipswich down to Devon, and I missed my "usual" train, but if I had caught my usual train I would definitely have been underground when the first bomb went off.  Poor Claire was beside herself - she could see the news unfolding, but because the mobiles weren't working, as far as she was concerned I wasn't answering texts or calls and she was thinking the worst  Also, I was in India in 2010 and we were drinking tea in a cafe there.  We left and a few hours later the cafe was bombed.  It's all very sobering, and I try not to think about it really!

But I'm fine, and thanks again for the messages.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 09:35
Great running and racing from the Shadies - I love reading all the reports

I didn't run yesterday but did 6 along the beach the day before and I loved it. On the way back a couple of Tunisian lads ran with me for half a mile or so. I can't speak Tunisian and they couldn't speak English, but we all knew how to run so there was a certain connection. That's part of what I love about running.

I am hoping to do 8ish later but I'll see how I feel.

Yesterday was quite a tough day for me, but I knew it would be when I booked it. It would have been Steph's 30th and of course it would have been Claire's first Mother's Day. Claire and Jay were in my thoughts a lot and I raised a glass or two to Steph. But, I'm honestly fine - I'm really glad I've come.

A few months ago it didn't seem possible that I'd ever be able to spend a week on my own, but I'm doing it!! I'm quite proud of myself and I think Claire would be proud too, and that makes me happy. And it's a New Year's resolution ticked off.

I have been quite antisocial though as I just want to be on my own and read my books etc. One bloke interrupted me, loudly, by saying "Put the book down pal. Why are you here on your own?". I just looked at him and replied "my wife died 6 months ago and I wanted some time away". His face went a funny colour and he started muttering an apology as I turned back to my book. For some reason I found this amusing

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 15:48
MF - the food is really, really good. I am finding it very hard to be restrained! Normally, on the rare occasion I go away for work I try and be sensible with the food but usually that's only for 2 or 3 days. Here, you could really go over the top if you were that way inclined!! There is just so much choice, and it's all very good.

Fortunately for me, the cocktails are only mediocre so at least that's one less thing to drink But that still leaves beer, wine and spirits available.... The main bartender is very good and likes to remember what people order but he hasn't been able to figure my choice out yet because it changes most times I go up

I'm glad I've come though. If I put on a bit of weight, which is inevitable, I'll soon get it off again.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 08:39
Good luck to you that are racing!!

I got another run done yesterday but I cut it short as I was too hot. I had intended to do 6 but looped back early and just did 4 again. I was taking it very easy, but the sand was sapping and I have to confess that I'd had a couple beers before I went out Still, it was nice to get out again. It's warmer today so I don't expect I'll run today unless I go for early evening when it'll be cooler.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:35
I went for a run along the beach here yesterday and it was lovely. There's miles of sandy beach here but I just did 2-miles out and 2-miles back on the water's edge as otherwise it was would have been virtually impossible to run on the soft sand. I enjoyed it and have a few more runs planned. I'm hoping for 5 or 6-ish today, again on the beach. I may even mimic MF and do a double...

I was quite tired yesterday as I had to leave home at 2am (I rested but hadn't really slept) to catch the flight from Bristol. So it was quite an early night last night, but I slept well and I'm now feeling much more refreshed

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 11:26
SK, I think if I adopted Hiske her owner wouldn't be best pleased I'm only helping out a bit before I go back to work and it gives me a good excuse to get out and do some walking, as I haven't been running. I think it's helped keep the weight off too.

I'm clocking up the air miles as I'm in Tunisia at the moment and I arrived this morning. I ummed and ahhed but decided to book it, especially as (unusually?) the price went down further. It's a great hotel, and I've brought a lot of books with me so I'm planning on just chilling out for a week, doing some running, doing some reading and just gather my thoughts on my own for a week. I was a bit worried about being on my own, but I think it's going to do me some good, so I'm looking forward to it. It's an all inclusive place so I must try to be sensible and not overeat and drink. It could be tricky!!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 08:58

Hi Shades, have a quick look on the the Trotters weekly report for some running news about HA.

Good running there SK - I hope you get your shoe issue sorted out.  It looks like you're in fine form!!

MF, good news you've got your running mojo back a bit too.  I know what you mean about being confused when a really good run comes out of the blue sometimes.  It is odd.  Like most of us I'm sure, I've had it before when I really didn't feel like going out, but almost forced myself out the door....and then I felt that I was was flying along and loved it  


I got my 4-miler in on Sunday, and got a long walk, hilly walk in with Hiske and her owner yesterday.  I'm planning on just 5-6-ish today, all being well.  I am looking after Hiske today as her owner is working all day, plus has a course in Plymouth she's doing after work.  I must remember to keep the eggs (and any other delicious food items) well back on the work surface!!

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