Posted: 25/03/2014 at 20:50
A rare opportunity to get on here and post so I'm taking it!
Can't remember everything from pages and pages back but just wanted to say to Lotte that it's adding work into the mix that totally wears you down! Obviously I only have the one child but my days are totally exhausting sometimes, dashing from the school run to the train, an hour plus into work, back for the school run, then invariably karate or another after-school activity to drop at and pick up from. Then trying to factor in time to sort food, clean house, run, swim etc. Life has got easier since I finally ditched my ancient Nokia slide and got myself an iPhone. I can keep up with work emails easily now, and it takes the stress out of going to work and wondering what I'm going to be hit with on arrival. On the downside I am apparently permanently glued to my phone but I just like the feeling of being on top of things and knowing there are no nasty surprises. I never quite escape the feeling that I'm a bad mother and bad employee though as I do neither to the absolute best of my ability due to lack of time and a state of permanent exhaustion!
CC, glad you've been able to get back out running again. It would be great if you could have regular sessions with the physio guy you've seen if what he does really sorts out your issues.
MM, really feel for you re. London. Remember having to can it 4 weeks before race day in 2012 because of a locked SI joint and how frustrated I felt. I have to be honest: since deciding in December not to enter any marathons in 2014 I've been much happier and have been running really well. It's been great to take the pressure off myself and not have the endless long runs to dread every week! Now my long runs max out at 15 miles and I'm really enjoying racing 10M and half marathons. Still don't fancy the shorter distances! I hope you are sufficiently pain-free to run London even if you can't race it, and I hope you enjoy the ultra as something completely different. Unfortunately our bodies can only take so much abuse until eventually they begin to complain
Pip, I ran 5 weeks post C-section (but hadn't gone through a long labour beforehand - was emergency but only because K was undiagnosed breach). I was desperate to get back out there but only did short runs of a couple of miles at first. If the scar started to ache, I stopped. Personally I think two weeks is too soon - you at least need to wait until the stomach muscles which have separated during pregnancy come back together. I have quite a large gap between mine, maybe because I didn't wait long enough before returning to exercise.
Sonya, very well done on sub-hour 10K at 17 weeks! Bloody annoying re. the bump comments though!
Belated happy birthday Scarlett and Maggie!
Well done Caro on recent half PB and family mile - looked really cool being at the Olympic park!
I did Hillingdon half on Sunday and ran a PB of 1:36:57 which I was chuffed with given a) it was blooming cold and windy and b) I took a tumble at 10.5 miles and never regained my pace or rhythm from that point. All my early splits were 7:10-7:20 (started off too fast and realised at 5 miles I'd have to reign it in a bit or I'd blow up, so slowed to 7:15-7:20 which I was finding fine) then post-fall I couldn't manage anything faster than 7:40 except the final mile which was 7:33. So could maybe have gone sub-1:35 but that's for another day now!
Apologies to everyone I've missed - too much to catch up on!