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Giving up the booze

Posted: Today at 19:19

I once bonked on a tough long-run.  It was Summer, hot, and I thought I'd not need any fuel for my run (I thought I was hard hahahaha).  About 12 miles into the run, up a steep hill which goes on forever (it was through the Wye Valley) I felt like I was running through treacle.

I ended up eating what I could find on a sparse roadside blackberry bush, then another mile down the road I ended up in civilisation and there was a plum tree overhanging a garden wall.  I must've eaten about 20 of those plums; they were the sweetest, most loveliest fruit I've ever stolen.  I was a bit worried about the effect they'd have on my bowels with another 5 miles to go to get home, but I couldn't stop myself from eating them.  I was okay though.

Good luck with the December marathon.

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Posted: Today at 09:58

Jonnie, if you like technical books on marathon training Dr Ben Tan does a good one:


It was too geeky (read complicated for my Geordie brain to cope with) for me.  

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Posted: Today at 09:55

How were you on your long training runs, Jugula?  Did you practise fuelling and hydration then?  Was it warm at Bilbao?

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Posted: Yesterday at 21:38
Cinders wrote (see)

EDI. Is she going to Uni next year? 

Yes.  We're more scared about it than her.  But I'm also very excited for her too.  It's a mix of feelings I guess.

Jonnie; sorry for reading something there that wasn't there.

Jugula; well done on the 20 years and commiserations on the marathon.  Do you think it was simply a fuelling issue?  If so, a few well timed gels may sort that.  It seems such a shame to have ended  up like that at 23 miles.

Have you another planned?

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 18:00
Cinders wrote (see)

Enjoy your morning at Bath Uni EDI.

It was a loooong day.  Scary too.  The idea of my step-daughter (I've been her dad since she was five-years-old) leaving home is just waaaaaaaay-out.

She's dead excited; it's a lovely university (we're going to look at some others) in a beautiful setting.  But it all seems rather strange.

And although I know I shouldn't make this about 'me', but I wonder how her Mum and I will cope when she's gone?  Things will be too quiet.

I don't like change!

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:55
Runner Jonnie wrote (see)
Hey RC firstly well done on a year off booze secondly my father has never drunk due to migraines but suffered with depression all his life he is now off of anti depressants and is on a spiritual path with Buddhism and alot better these days, are you religious? A faith of some sort may help you, i also need to start meditate as advised by my counciler and have been making inquires

I've been involved with Buddhism for a few years now; I even did a heavily scholastic two-year Foundation of Buddhist Thought course.  It was okay.  I'm an atheist and Buddhism kinda sounds rational to begin with, but dig a little deeper and there's plenty of 'woo woo' stuff in there too.

I don't chuck the baby out with the bath-water though; Buddhism can be extremely psychological too.  Science has investigated many Buddhist practises, such as meditation, and mindfullness is a mainstream psychiatric practise today.

There's a school of thought that alcoholics drink because we have problems with emotional processing.  Booze gives us a sense of ease and comfort.  Spiritual practises - such as mindfulness - can also reduce stress and anxiety (like booze did for us); so it makes perfect sense.  The only downside is that it takes effort and discipline (like running does) to cultivate a meditation practise, but as alcoholics we know where to get that sense of ease and comfort straight away; a bottle.

And much of what A.A. has to offer is like Buddhism.  I mean Buddhism is the Eightfold Path (the Fourth Noble Truth), which essentially breaks down into three areas:

1.  Living an ethical life.

2.  The practise of compassion.

3.  The cultivation of wisdom (not intellectual) by meditation and mindfullness.

All these elements are to be found in the 12 Steps.  I think that your father is spot on with what he's doing.

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:43
Runner Jonnie wrote (see)

Seriously though, i have never been to a meeting and feel like i should its been 4 months since a last drank to get drunk , 

Hi Jonnie, I'm inferring from your post that you've drank within the past four months.  As far as I'm concerned the whole point of booze is to drink it to get drunk.  I didn't drink it for the taste, I drank it for the effect.

And given my drinking history, I would be stupid to even drink one small beer.  And really, what's one beer going to do for me?  Absolutely nothing.

Can I ask why you drank? 

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 07:26

Sounds tough, BWF.  I hope they find out what's up.  Mrs Tosh has had a run of injuries and niggles; first it was a classic case of runner's knee which she saw a physio for - which didn't seem to help much.  Then it was a back problem.  Now it's her calf/achilles tendon.  She jumps to worst case scenario every time which doesn't help her mental state.

Good on you for your service to alkies too.  It's true though, about esteem, if we want self-esteem, we can't think it, we have to take action to get it.  I think it's a bit like wanting to be a runner; we can't be a runner just by thinking about it, reading about it, or simply wanting to be one; we have to take action and actually start running.

The action always comes before the feeling; it doesn't seem to work the other way around.  Another A.A. cliché I like is 'Bring the body and the mind will follow'.  That really works.

I'm off out with my step-daughter this morning to go look at Bath University.  I can't believe she's old enough to go to university next year.  She's currently putting her 'slap' on; she must suspect that boys will be there.  It's nice to be up early, hang-over free, and able to be of service to my family.

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Posted: 17/10/2014 at 16:48

Depression and alcoholism often go hand-in-hand.  In A.A., one of the many cliches is "If you want esteem, do esteemable things."  We use the 12 Step process which involves taking a good hard look at ourselves and investigating our past through a structured process, getting it down on paper, speaking about it to someone we trust.  Then, from that process we end up with a list of people we've harmed and we do a 'My Name's Earle' thing and go and make amends to them.  If we owe money, we pay it back.  If we've wronged someone we try to set it right (unless it would cause them further harm).  There's a lot of esteem to be found by clearing the debris of our past (most alkies seem to have messy pasts).  And of course the real amend we make to our loved ones is by the way we live sober.  Hopefully we're more loving, kinder, patient and tolerant.  We almost have to be if we want to remain sober.

Our program also places great emphasis on one alcoholic helping another.  It's difficult to have low-self esteem when you spend your time helping another human being for no payment.  I'm fairly active in sponsoring other alkies; I find it extremely rewarding.

I also think health and well being don't have to go together.  We can be healthy, but not well in our being.  But I know people who are not healthy but mentally well; for example I know a lady dying of cancer, but she's well in her being; she has peace of mind.

There's lots of good books out there about depression and stuff.  I'm currently reading this one (to help me understand depression better; Mrs Tosh suffers with it):


The author has used stuff like A.A.'s 12 Steps and Buddhist practices and lots of other stuff.  I've not finished the book, but it's a good read so far.

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Posted: 16/10/2014 at 16:37

SL, there's a saying which goes something like "I hope all your problems become bad enough for you to have to deal with them!"; that was very true for me.  I'm glad.  Booze just isn't in the picture any more.  I've a mate whose wife used to leave A.A. leaflets around the house; he reckoned she planted some seeds in his mind about going to A.A., which he did in the end.  He's about 7 years sober now.

But even at six years sober I have some funny thoughts though.  I was doing the food shopping today and I thought "A nice bottle of red would be nice!" and for an instant I really wanted one.  But it passed without a struggle.  I'll keep going to A.A.; it works for me.

@ RicSure, the Cardiff half went well.  I didn't plan to beast myself on it because I'm more interested in building up my weekly mileage, so took the first half nice and easy, and then I beasted myself!!  I got 1.49 which I was quite pleased with since I'd lost my running mojo for a lot of months prior.  Last year (on another half) I got 1.39; so 10 minutes slower this year.  Mrs Easy got 1.37 and she was disappointed.  Last year she got 1.32 and she's really after a sub 1.30 half, but injury/niggles are slowing her down.

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