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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 10:25

(((Big G))) words are so inadequate. Sending love and prayers to you and Steph's parents.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 21:50

Daughter had operation on Monday afternoon to flush all the muck out. Some concerns about low blood pressure. She is due to have another operation tomorrow when they hope to do more cleaning and sew it up, although there is a possibility that she will need a third operation. And last Sunday she thought they would sew up the wound, I would collect her, take her to the stables and then she would drive her jeep home!!  I'm now in charge of the dog. Went for a short walk yesterday and then today I took him for a run around the nature reserve. He's very serious when running - his ears go back and he focuses on the track ahead, even ignoring squirrels and rabbits. After about 50mins he started to run (well, I run, he trots) right in front of me. Seems he does this when he's getting tired so as to keep the pace down

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 11:55

I had already promised younger son that I'd take him back to camp in the evening, so when I got a text about an hour before the end of the marathon I was hoping it was him to say he'd got a lift back. No such luck. It was eldest daughter saying please ring as soon as you've finished. She had come off her horse while out riding - more precisely the horse had swung sideways into a gate and then dashed off leaving her on the floor. A rusty, metal bolt on the gate had gone right into her leg. Luckily she was with someone and after catching the horse they managed to get back to the stables just down the lane. Lots of blood and when she removed her jodphurs loads of skin and flesh fell onto the floor and they could see the bone, so they rushed her off to A&E, where she was phoning from. Her main concern was her dog who'd been in her jeep since 9.30 (although friend had taken him out for the loo).

So after my run I had to go to the stables to collect dog and take him home. Then I collected pyjams and stuff and took them to the hospital. Daughter was in a 'holding room' because they had no beds free - eventually she was moved to a free ward being used for 'emergency admissions' in the birthing unit!! Finally got to take son back, which is a 3 and a half hour round drive (and a diversion ), and arrived home after 12. Had a shower as still covered in mud from earlier, hot drink and cake before collapsing into bed about 1am .  Daughter is having an operation later today so they can flush everything out and stich up all the layers  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 11:39

Big G - well done on your pb . A good start to your running for the new year

annie-sophie - hope your mum is ok now.

mamafox - glad your little one is ok and you're both home.

I did Braintree Bog-gle yesterday. It's held on alternate years and I've done the previous two. This was a completely new course, though I can't compare it as I can't remember what the old course was like. The weather was kind - cloudy and a bit cold to start, but the jacket came off at the first checkpoint and I felt comfortable. Later we had some sun and a stronger wind, which made it both too hot and too cold at the same time . Cloud soon came back, but no sign of any snow (which had been forecast). There were some deep puddles and a LOT of mud - the slippy, sticky and very heavy kind which makes you think you're wearing concrete overshoes! I never want to see another ploughed field - even with a 'path' across it. Ran (read jogged, walked and skidded) with a friend and finished in 6:02. Did feel rather tired and calves ached. Good checkpoints and food at the end too. Nice day out .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 23:59

mamafox - hope your little one gets better soon.

Well done to all those who ran marathons, races or long runs over the weekend

Moore - if you're happy, then it was the right decision. I must say that when I ran Friday Dymchurch I just kept thinking ' thank heavens I didn't enter Saturday and Sunday too'

Had a lovely time at Winter Tanners on Sunday. It was like a spring day with blue skies and glorious sunshine  - only just beginning to cloud over when we were nearly done. Cold enough to wear gloves, but too hot to keep the jacket on. Ran with 2 friends or rather we walked at least half of the route and jogged flat/downhill/dry bits. Took 8 hrs 48mins (for 31 miles), and only one place where we missed a turning and did a tiny bit extra. Rather muddy and very hilly, but we just took our time, enjoyed the views, photographed the landmarks, replenished ourselves at the checkpoints and chatted to everyone. Lots of runners and walkers out (and some of those walkers are VERY fast!) - I think I could get into this walking lark . Dave R went speeding past at one stage - I noticed that that he actually was carrying the instructions this time - and he went on to complete his 100th ultra . Even the drive home was painless with the M25 busy but flowing the whole way .

Payback time on Monday as I was VERY tired even after a good night's sleep and I did nothing all day. Still haven't quite shaken this cold off. Today I went for a short walk with my brother - again it was warm and brilliantly sunny to begin with. We saw a few daffodils just beginning to poke through the grass near an old church. As soon as we got in the car to drive home it started to rain and by the time I was home we had a full thunder and lightning storm .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 11:57

Clag - well done on your race  and Big G for getting out there in the mud

My lurking head cold has actually got worse and I also got a cough yesterday as well. Luckily this (ie last week) was a complete rest week, but I need to get back out there tomorrow as I have Tanners next Sunday. Eldest daughter got the cold and it developed into sinusitis - she's on anti-biotics and actually got bruises across the top of her cheekbones .

Youngest son has been in Kenya with the army. He's back now for a couple of weeks leave. He's decided he needs to eat healthily, so younger daughter is teaching him to cook. Watching his face as he eats broccoli is a hoot .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 22:11

Happy New Year to everyone

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 11:08

Good to see Shadies still out running over the Christmas holiday .

Big G - that is some impressive running .

Shades - how's the decorating going now? Mine really needs re-decorating now but the thought of doing ceilings and high walls on the stairs puts me off . Last time I painted, (nearly forgot the comma there!!),  the dogs (and daughter) had gone away for a week - if I decorated now we'd have mud and dog hairs stuck all over the walls .

I didn't get gastric flu (as the doc predicted) but I got a stinking head cold instead! Non-stop runny nose and could hardly breathe especially at night. Only did one 5 mile run last week I felt so rough. Had Phoenix Year End last Sunday, so braved the frost and cold and went along. How can a 4 out and back loops flat marathon on a decent path seem so hard? No torrential rain this time and no puddles/mini-lakes (and only one worm rescue) but I came in at 4:40 which was 2 mins slower than last time. Mind you, this time they had more to eat so I did stop at each end for a chocolate biscuit/cake . The fresh air helped clear my head too and cold has almost gone - unfortunately eldest daughter now has it .

Had a good time on Boxing Day visiting my son/dil and grandchildren . Youngest daughter has been at boyfriend's parents all week, but seems to have survived and is due back today. Youngest son is due back from Kenya tomorrow, but is going straight to friends for New Year's Eve  and we will get to see him again on NYD.

I'm going to have a few days off as I don't have anything this weekend, then getting back into things slowly. Was looking at the new Bath- Bristol marathon, but 'early bird' price is £50 which seems a bit steep for an un-tried event, especially with logistic problems of a point-to-point.

Work tomorrow AND NYD

Happy New Year to all Shadies - any NY resolutions?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 12:10

KingKenny - well done on your pb

I had another long sleep last night. Tummy still a bit tender but otherwise everything is ok. RHR is up to 54 again, so I don't know what all that was about. Have to go to work this afternoon  and will have to go really early to make sure I get a parking space. Friend of daughter's went shopping at my work yesterday and spent 45 mins driving round before she got a place .

Might not get on here again today so wishing Shades and all Shadies a very Merry Christmas .

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 22:40

Runner who collapsed just before 12miles had a 'mild heart attack'. He's had treatment and should be home for Christmas - he's already posted on facebook!. Organisers say that the other runner who was taken to hospital is ok, but no other details.


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