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Posted: 26/09/2014 at 22:32

Big G - good luck for your parkrun. You're still in my prayers (())

I HATE running in the dark (not too keen on driving in the dark either ). Luckily I only work part-time so I can run during the day. I miscalculated the other day and thought I had enough time to run up the river and return by road, but when I got to the river it was dark, so I had to run round the lit streets instead. The trees have so many leaves at the moment that they block out some of the street lights - every so often I was reduced to a tentative walk

I got to see the Lancasters fly over Ladybower Reservoir last Sunday - they are awesome . On their last fly past I was completely on my own at the top of the top reservoir and as they skimmed over the hill lit up by the sun I confess I shed a few tears - my dad flew in the Lancasters during the war and he loved that plane.

I've got a bit of a backache at the moment - caused by lugging a full garden wheelie bin up the back step, through the house and down the front step. Feel cross with myself, I should have waited for someone to help me, but it's too late now. It's ok laying down, but hurts if I sit for too long. Not too bad once I get running.

SK - if I get those shoes will they make me as fast?

We have a new parkrun starting up near us (although I still won't be able to go due to work - do I actually want to do a 5k?). It's on some newly reclaimed parkland that was used for quarrying so apparently it's rather 'undulating'. Not sure how popular it will be though as there are no toilets and no café .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:04

Emmy : So.. guess who got a warning from the police for peeing in a public place? *blush*


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Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:02

((Big G)) - do try to go out for a run - or a cycle or even a long walk - by yourself, and away from the town and into the countryside. I think physical exertion and a natural environment help us to cope with our emotions (it certainly helped me when my dad and then my mum died a couple of years back). You may find your head filled with thoughts about Claire and Jay, reminiscing about happier times, or thinking what might have been, or planning what to do next, with tears streaming or a wane smile, or even with no thoughts at all. But do try to get out there. It helps. A little.

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Posted: 22/09/2014 at 15:14

Big G - I've only just got back from Ladybower and first thing was to catch up with this thread. I'm devastated to read what has happened and my heart goes out to you. Your posts about Claire are a beautiful tribute to such a lovely person. Words seem so inadequate in your double loss, especially as you were both looking forward so much to the 'next chapter'. Love and prayers, Rita x

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Posted: 18/09/2014 at 15:54

((Big G & Mrs G)) Sending you love and prayers xx

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Posted: 17/09/2014 at 11:11

mamafox - there was an option of camping in the field, but I did the full board option and slept inside.

emmy - a monster cactus! Sure it's not carnivorous?  I though it was going to be one of those you see in supermarkets - about 10cm tall.

Recovering ok thanks. Went for slow runs on Monday and yesterday but will give today a miss. It's everything else that's so tiring - grass cutting, hoovering, tidying and just thinking about how I'm going to declutter . I really enjoyed the 10 days away with very early nights, but working late two evenings per week mucks up a regular routine at home. Must make more effort to get organised

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Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:50

I feel great at the moment but shall venture out for a recovery run shortly.

Big G - any news? Hope all goes to plan. This is getting really exciting!

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Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:47

There were 4 different courses, all multi-terrain, (N -Thetford, W- Bury Parks, S- Wickhambrook and E- Newmarket) which we repeated on days 5 - 8 and then we did S on day 9 and E on day 10. N started off (after a brief downhill) with a horrible bit along a footpath overgrown with brambles and other trippy things (with my falling record I had to walk this and everyone else disappeared into the distance). Rest was ok with a lovely run over heathland and a long trek through very long, straight paths through woodland. W and S runs started the same (through grassy fields and a gloomy rooty path) but then went in different directions : W through woods and estate parks and S through country lanes and a deer farm. E is my favourite as there is a bit more road with just 3 longish woodland paths and not too much long grass. You also get to go through Newmarket and see the racehorses and mega-expensive stud  farms. I was pleased that this was chosen for the last day and after ditching my backpack for the day (and wearing a looser sports bra ) I got my best time. My times were pretty consistent (although slightly slower than last years 4 in 4) - I didn't 'pace' myself for ten, I just did the best I could each day. Walked up nearly all the hills, except for the last day when I walked/jogged up them. Times were 5:35, 5:34, 5:27, 5:14 / 5:41, 5:14, 5:24, 5:16 / 5:22, 4:43. Eldest daughter came up (with dog) to meet me on the last day but I'd told her I hoped to come in between 5 and 5 and a half hours and she missed me finishing! All the runners did extremely well (especially Adam who bounced round most days in under 3 hrs) and special mention must go to Rob and Kate who on day 5 pushed a wheelbarrow full of beer can round the whole course - and managed to drink it all before they finished . We were looked after really well by organisers, volunteers etc and there was good camaraderie between runners. Worst bit was that I got stung by a bee on the back of my thigh, but a bonus was that I didn't fall over once .  Entries for next year will be opening soon (not sure if I will do it again as it was such a great experience being with the smallish group doing it for the first time this year), but you can do the 4 in 4 challenge or any number of odd days. Well worth it

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Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:12

Hi folks - I'm back after doing ten days in the Great Barrow house . Actually I got back Saturday evening, but spent yesterday shopping, washing clothes, catching up on e-mails/ forum posts and generally pottering around.

Congrats to lily and S3200H on the GNR , to Moore 06 for Kent Coastal  and to Iain for the charity cycling. Extra special congrats to mamafox for the pb and for beating Jocelynn . Hope everyone's niggles are sorting themselves out.

I've had a fantastic time - really enjoying the running and the excellent company. 15 of us did all 10 days (9 men, 6 women; 6 from 100MC, 1 other from my own 2nd claim club; 8 I already knew) joined by others doing various numbers of days throughout. Weather was great - if rather on the HOT side - but no rain at all. I slept in the dance/karate studio and was very comfy on my camp bed and inflatable mattress. Plenty of food - help yourself breakie, wide choice for lunch (or whenever you finished running) and a decent evening meal. I didn't do much else but run, shower, eat, rest (and read), chat and sleep with very early bedtimes each night . Had a bit of a sore throat on days 2 and 3, but it went with the help of Strepsils. Unfortunately I then got a very runny nose which is only just starting to ease up - thankfully I took lots of hankies - but it didn't affect the legs! Also had achy quads on day 2 and 3 (unusual for me), but they eased up by day 4 and then I felt good. Other runners had various niggles and some horrendous blisters but still managed to battle through.

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Posted: 03/09/2014 at 10:13

Keith - Boston may still count as there are exceptions for established events with traditionally less than 25 runners. If Brathay is an exception then surely they must consider others too.

Good luck for all racers this weekend. Enjoy

I won't be on here for a few days as I'm off to Barrow today (at least once I've shopped, cleaned and packed!)

Big G and Mrs Big G - Just in case there are 'developments' before I get back - good luck with the birth, hope all goes to plan and Little G is gorgeous  

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