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Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 12:58

Happy running everyone! Hope all the races/events go well.

I'm heading off to youth camp with some youngsters from the church. 

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 21:18

WhooHooo! Fantastic news MC!  That is wonderful. Hope that your new job will be much more satisfying.

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:52

All the best for your interview tomorrow MC

Swim and a bit of cycling for me today.

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 10:51

Jude, that is fantastic news for your hubby! And hope your bum feels better soon! 

Another roasting hot day so I ran as soon as I dropped the girls at school. Am now trying to find work to do that doesn't require a computer so I can sit out in the garden. 

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 09:24


Does anyone have any cake? My tins are empty  Hubby comes home today. He has driven about 3000miles whilst in America and with all the emotion I know he will be exhausted. His brother passed away two nights ago.

But his return home means that I can do a long bike ride this evening with my daughter and the weather is gorgeous.

MC - ooooh, a posh school 

Sounds like everyone is fit and well and running. That is great news.

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 21:43

Lainey - 20 secs is a great margin! Well done. I'm volunteering at my park run this sat too.

How are you DJ?

Well I have been doing short runs (5kish) and a bit of cycling and yesterday my first swim in months. Am so thrilled to be feeling well although I still need to be careful about my back.

Hubby comes home on Friday morning from his 10 day trip to the US, and we are all looking forward to it.

MC - applying for new jobs sounds exciting 

Jude - do you have plans for the summer? I know going away for hols is difficult for you. Does your Big Girl have any more competitions pending?

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:34

MC - I see Rocker fairly regularly because he currently lives with his partner just 15mins away from us. He is doing really well. Into Ultra's and loving it. They are hoping to move to the Peak District this summer for a change of lifestyle and to spend more time on the trails.

We did see Laura but not at the start of the tour because all the cyclists were too busy and cordoned off from the spectators. However they have named the newly refurbished leisure centre after her at 9.15am. So we cycled there in the rain to begin with. We have several friends within the local councillors and they shepherded my girls forward to have their photos taken with her 

By the time the tour started at 11.30am the sun was shinning. My Big Girl was given a t-shirt and joined about 18 others to form the honour guard. It was a fun morning but lots of waiting around for a few mins of excitement.

I can't remember if I have mentioned it but my hubby is over in the states at the moment. Both of his brothers are dying of cancer. One only has days to live so he has flown over to say goodbye to them both. So I am extremely busy trying to juggle everything with my two jobs, 4 kids and cover some of hubby's job too!

But this evening I'm taking my Big Girl out for her birthday trip. We are going to see the Fiddler on the Roof musical at our local theatre.

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 19:28

Evening everyone

AF - I hope one day we can meet and have a curry together. I know it is your favourite meal 

Sounds like good training Franny

Tom - If you are running alone and want to stay slow at the beginning then try having a conversation with yourself. You can't run too fast if you are talking out loud. Some people recite songs or poems or something muttering quietly so passersby don't think you are completely mad!

Ran my Smidgie to school whilst she cycled. But it poured with rain and the wind was horrendous so I came straight home rather than add on an extra mile or so. My back is aching it bit so was probably a good idea.

We have an exciting day tomorrow. The 4th stage of the women's cycling tour is starting in our town tomorrow. 3 girls from each of the secondary schools have been invited to provide a guard of honour procession for the first mile. My big girl is one of the few girls who cycles to her school so she has been asked! She is so excited about meeting Laura Trott

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:22

Welcome Tom! It's great to have you join us.  And it sounds like you are doing really well. Running 3 times a week is an excellent aim. It will quickly gain you fitness whilst giving enough rest days to avoid injury. If you want a bit of person-to-person encouragement see if there is a park run near you. It's an excellent place to meet other runners and there are folk there of all abilities.

Went to see an Osteopath this morning. Over the past 5yrs I have at various times had back pain and had to drastically reduce my mileage. I found out last month that the MRI scan I had last year shows a damaged disc right at the base of my spine. It's not serious enough to have an operation or anything, but I need 'crunching' and massage to keep going. He did warn me this morning that in time I'm am probably not going to be able to do marathons cos the compression of running and wear and tear will be too much 

So I'm wondering how 'sensible' I should be. I have a family history of quite bad arthritis. But I have always said to my hubby that I love running so much that I want to make the most of it whilst I can and will reduce it later in life when I need to. However, I now realise that my goals have changed. My girls love running too and I want to be able to run with them for many years. So I wonder if I need to be more careful and do less mileage now so I can continue with them.... am rethinking my 'fitness' life...

Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:23

Evening everyone

Jude - Well done to your daughter! And I hope your back heals soon.

We have had quite a day. Five years ago Big Girl, No2 daughter and myself ran our first ever race at Radlett Rotary Fun Run on May Day Bank Holiday. The following year we returned with all of my daughters running plus a few teens from the church. It has grown each year. Today I had a team of 20!  The youngest was 3yrs and ran the kids race of 1.5k. The oldest was 75yrs and walked the 5k.

Over the years my Big Girl has won the kids race twice. This year she was too old for the kids race so ran the 5k and was the fastest under 12yrs  So she got a trophy and we all went for ice-cream to celebrate. She also managed a PB of 11 secs to complete the time in 25:11.

Was a great morning

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