Dr Daffs

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Posted: 18/09/2014 at 22:18

Cat got your tongue Spence?

Welcome back Meldy!

Lovely pics Westie!

Odd day here. 13 miles to run in the morning - hope it doesn't involve the emergency services this week!!

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Posted: 18/09/2014 at 10:24

Morning all

(((((waister pals and their ailments))))))

Lots of hugs needed round here lately, and a birthday! Have a happy day Jenni Far Far!

Nice plumber just came to look at me boiler. My lever (yes, an actual physical lever, in the attic) that allows us to switch between 'heating' and 'hot water only' has been stuck on 'heating' for, er, at least 10 years... Which means if i want hot water I have put the heating on, even in the summer.

He's not sure if they even make them any more, which is a shame as it's most pleasing and says 'SERVOWARM - MADE IN ENGLAND' on it Fingers crossed!

working at it slowly

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 22:57


I just use my ordinary first name

Sorry, whizzing through as usual at the minute! Chuggs, you asked about writing week - not War and Peace sadly Just ancient journal articles that we've forgotten about, new ones we'd like to start but don't make time to, that type of thing. Just a nice opportunity to not schedule lots of meetings/travel/fieldwork, and all feel like we're in the same boat trying to publish something useful! Enjoyed today

Back tomorrow, hugs all round (((()))))

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Posted: 15/09/2014 at 07:34

Ooh DL, driving a train! very exciting

Tis 'writing week' for us at work and i am looking forward to a few days of sitting dpwn and not travelling anywhere! (apart from the office, of course, which is  4 hour round trip - can't win em all...)


working at it slowly

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 22:08

spence i sent you a message, check your RW inbox! my sister is dropping out of Chester, XB suggested you might like her place, even if you didn't know it yet...

I'm sleeping in the car love sleeping in the car probably won't help my aching legs though!


RW Forum 5 - Sub 5

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:57

Goodness Kaz, you are a marathon running demon!! Enjoy Belguim, and wave to my pal who lives there

20 miles was, well, not sure how to describe it! Didn't feel like it at all, had period pain from my armpits to my knees (at least that's what it felt like) and ended up putting £1 insoles in my new £85 shoes because I wasn't quite happy with them. Had to wait 2 hours for garmin to charge so didn't set off til 11am.

Miles 1&2 - 13.10, 13.35 - Uneventful, downhil, road, trying to get into a rhythm

Miles 3&4 - 16.27, 15.07 - ran along path instead of road. Forgot about millions of stepping stones back and forth across river. Proceeded with caution.

Miles 5-8 - 13.53, 13.29, 14.11, 13.57 - down dual carriageway. Dull but getting used to the idea

Miles 9-14 - 14.36, 14.31, 15.25, 14.42, 14,43, 14.13 - Outward along canal. Inside of both ankles niggly. Hips started to ache after about 13 miles. Quite bored of running, fruit pastilles, new shoes. Saw a whole family of swans though and lots of dragonflies.

Mile 15 - 18.45 Turnaround point. Found a man lying barely conscious near the towpath. Thought of that facebook thing this week that said 'I don't trust joggers, they're always the ones who find the bodies'. Fortunately he wasn't dead, just very drunk and confused. Called ambulance and waited for them to arrive. Slightly traumatised. Turned round.

Miles 16-19 - 15.02, 15.16, 14.39, 14.33 - back along canal. Everything hurt, so taking it nice and steady. Saw a rat.

Mile 20 - 11.05 - Practicing sprint(is) finish. Quite pleased I still managed to speed up that much after that many miles!

Overall - 20 miles in 4 hours 51 (and I did turn my watch off while waiting for the ambulance!!). Average pace 14.36. Did run 3 mins, walk 2 most of the way, very aware of injuring myself as I generally felt a bit not-quite-right.

VERY pleased that I didn't wimp out though And I'm confident that I will actually get to the end on race day at least.

Going to have to speed up mind you - if I want sub 5 I've got 9 minutes to do an extra 6 miles


working at it slowly

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 17:16

Daffs did indeed 'run' for 20 miles. It took all pigging day and she has only just got home after demolishing a family sized bag of chocolate raisins on the bus.

She saw many types of dragonfly, an entire family of swans, a rat, and a barely conscious man lying in the middle of a path for whom she had to call an ambulance.

She is now very tired but sadly cannot rest because the rock star band that is launching an album tonight has failed to get their CDs sorted properly, so she has to stay awake and copy the bloody things for them.


She's not too impressed and will probably feel better once she's summoned the energy to climb into the shower...




RW Forum 5 - Sub 5

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 10:52


Stupid garmin discharged itself all over the kitchen again, so I've not even set off yet - not having my one and only 20 mile run not recorded!!

Still, I've been to the post office and sorted out some photos so not all is lost

Still feel  not-quite-right, and not quite convinced about new shoes either. Going to take it nice and easy today and see how it goes. Planned a route with rescue options so if I feel like I'm doing more damage than good then I shall be dropping out!

No idea whether that's the right thing to do, but with 3 weeks to go I don't want to ruin my chances - and I figure I've already done more training than I did for the last one so anything else is a bonus

working at it slowly

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 09:19

Don't they sell wine and choc on pretty much all trains these days?!

Maybe that's just my own personal train

Congratulations DL!

Not going anywhere yet - bloody garmin discharged itself again My fault, thought about unplugging it but I was already in bed and couldn't be arsed...

working at it slowly

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 08:04

I reckon we should have a competition to see who can get the closest I reckon she's going to be one of those folk that sells wine and chocolate on the train

20 miles for me today... didn't go to sleep til nearly 3am, then woken at 4 by a fox making enormous racket right outside window - i could actually see it stood there. Not the best prep but probably a realistic replica of how i'll feel on race day...


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