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Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 11:12

Wow! AF, that is brilliant! Congratulations. I'm pretty sure that is what everyone says when they finish an Ultra 

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 23:12

Evening! Sorry I have been missing again.

Franny - have a great weekend. Hope all goes well.

AF - hope you are feeling better

Jude - just read about your 2nd place. Amazing! 

Not much to report on the running front. Just been ticking over running a few miles most days. Life has been ridiculously busy and I'm not sleeping, but I'm pretty sure I've been saying the same thing for years. But I'm not sure exactly what to cut back on! 

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:18

Goodness AF! That is some mileage! Good for you  Sounds like a nice holiday. 

Franny - that is great. Have never been on a machine like that and I think I would be a bit nervous.

Jude, I know you are a vege so well done at coping with your hubby's hunting. I saw the photos of your day out and thought your burgundy dress absolutely lovely. That is my favourite colour to wear but you have a much trimmer figure than I do. And 15 miles is a great run.

This afternoon we walked down to the beach. The girls had short wet suits but the water/air temp was a still a bit chilly. But whilst we are sitting there enjoying a relatively empty beach a huge class of about 40 kids arrive with instructors to learn how to surf. The rudeness was unbelievable. They just barged in took up a huge stretch of the beach just 5 feet in front of us and began the warms ups and training making so much noise. I was rather annoyed. Because the girls were swimming we had chosen the area in sight of the life guard station and it appears that was what they wanted too.

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 22:25

MC - good to hear you finally got off the M25 and home again safely.

DJ - well done on your first parkrun!  And Franny on your fantastic time. I don't even bother to dream of speed like that.

We went to the parkrun at Bovey Tracy which is held at a National Trust property. It could not have been more different than ours at home. Very beautiful through the woodland paths and very difficult. One particular hill of the kind that makes you weep. No one could run it. In fact it was almost hands and knees crawling up it! But so much fun.

Then we went hiking over Dartmoor. 7 miles, 5 'tors' and few rock climbs and one paddle. Am so proud of my family especially 7yr old Smidge who managed it all with no problems.

We are increasingly finding that we can't invite friends to come with us on days out because they are not fit enough to keep up with us! That sounds silly, but it is true and sad. Today my girls were saying how sorry they felt for other kids who miss out on so much because they don't 'do' things. MC - do you find the same with the friends of your sons? 

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 21:45

Oooh, enjoy your parkrun DJ and Franny

As you know we are keen members and although we left today for our holidays in Devon I have scoped out our nearest run and will be heading there in the morning 

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 18:13

Ouch on the migraines! I suffer from them fairly regularly too. But good to hear to hear your other news and I hope the house sell goes smoothly.

Ooops! Just looked at the clock and I have to teach tonight. Gotta run!

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 10:55


I made a chocolate orange swirl cake last night. Anyone fancy a cuppa and a slice of cake?

I'm 39 and despite the running/cycling/ eating very well, my middle is spreading. Muffin top jeans is not an attractive look, so I have yesterday I did my first HIIT session. My number 3 daughter (who isn't particularly interested in running) did it with me and she is in better shape than I am this morning! 20-30 mins of HIIT is awfully hard work and I'm not sure I have enough self-discipline to do it 3/4 times a week. Going out for a slow run is much more appealing!

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 00:07

Welcome Legs. And you are very wise. Starting out with every other day and building up slowly will help protect you from injury.

MC - sounds like you are having a wonderful holiday 

2hr run sounds great Jude. I'm looking forward to getting back to long runs in the autumn.

Last night I took my Big Girl out for a late 5k run just before bedtime. We had some old friends visiting from a distance away and once they left I could tell that she needed to run off some of the excess jumpiness and tension from the day. Apparently her friend had been talking about boyfriends the whole day, which my 12yr old has no interest in at all, thank goodness. I have three daughters just starting puberty and I'm not sure how I'm going to cope! 

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 12:01


DJ, it is lovely to have 'tunes' again. Thanks! 

AF - sorry to hear about the funeral and the sadness. Hope you enjoy your holiday.

Jude - Wow! Your daughter is amazing 

Franny  - I'm rather envious of your short haircut. I like my hair cut, but being fairly tall and rather loud I have discovered that having long hair makes me less threatening to others. It's strange but appearances really do have an effect.

MC - hope you are enjoying Switzerland.

This morning was my 100th parkrun  And just as wonderfully my 7yr old Smidge ran the whole 5k for the first time!  She isn't too sure if she will keep going, but I hope she does and also falls in love with running like two of my other girls.

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:12

Hi everyone! Thanks for missing me  MC tracked me down.

Yes, I've been gone for months. Sorry for being AWOL. It was a rough summer. The operation in Feb went well, but seriously affected my body/energy levels and I could only run/walk 5k. Considering I did 30miles in Oct this was rather devastating. Then when my body recovered at Easter and I was ready to run I hurt my back again. Then in May my hubby's two brothers died within a week of each other. They live over in America so hubby disappeared for 2 weeks to say 'goodbye' to them managing to do so before they lost consciousness. Rather a difficult time. Then in June hubby went away with work for two weeks.

On top of this my Big Girl (aged just 12, yr7) was so stressed with school (despite winning every award going!) having several nosebleeds a day, migraines, not sleeping and then the stomach aches/not eating started. So at the beginning of June I pulled her out of school to home educate her. A very positive mood that we both enjoy, but quite a big change to get my head round. 

So running almost stopped. Big Girl and I run Smidge (who cycles) to school each day and we continue with parkrun, but that is about it. I have deferred my Aug marathon to next year. A few weeks ago I did run a 5k PB of 27:14. Big Girl did her 100th parkrun last week with a PB of 24:40. My 100th is a week Saturday.

However, I have been doing quite a bit of cycling. My 2nd daughter (aged 10) decided at the beginning of the year that she wanted to cycle from Cheshunt to Cambridge in aid of Guide Dogs. It's 46miles. So we did that yesterday  I'm so proud of her. It was a hard, hot ride and by the end she was so tired she had to walk all the hills. But there was not one word of complaint or moaning. Instead when we finished she thanked me with tears in her eyes for doing it with her and helping her achieve her goal. I think she's raised almost £500. 

I find running during the summer holidays really hard but in Sept I shall hopefully get back into the way of things. I guess whilst not running much, posting on here dropped from being a habit and then I just didn't back into it.

Hope everyone else is doing well. MC, I see you did the Outlaw Swim on Sunday. Congratulations 

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