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Posted: 16/04/2015 at 18:50

Good news and bad news at the hospital today. The tumour was (as expected) malignant. The skin graft has taken brilliantly and the tumour was completely excised BUT the clear margin is minimal and so it was all for nothing and they have to operate again and take a 'shark bite' out of my ear . Luckily I can wait a few weeks and we agreed to get VLM and the 100 mile event out of the way before more surgery.

5 mile run to the hospital and back via the post office

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 18:09

Bon Voyage AA - hope the foot holds out so we see you at the Green Start.

Glad to see you all starting to taper......

Tiring day yesterday - up at 5.15am, flight to Belfast, funeral, visit to much deteriorated  Mother, pep talk to depressed brother who needs a hip replacement and has recently had a minor stroke. Pep talk to 'grunty' teenage nephew who needs a boot up the proverbial to get his act together for applying to University (Aunty O4S is the deemed family expert) and then a four mile run carrying various loaves of Irish bread and 3 paperback books on my back to just catch the bus to the airport. Back in the house at 23.15 feeling more tired than if I had run back to back marathons. BUT it did mean I have made it down to racing weight - not that I expect it to last!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:54

2Old: I drink water on a marathon (and every other race below 30 miles). No gels, no sports drinks. Don't forget that all the stuff people swear by now didn't exist when I started running in 1977!  For longer runs, cake is always good as are bacon sandwiches, crumble and custard (plus chocolate of course)   Motto: if it doesn't taste good and isn't deemed to be unhealthy by the 'food police' it ain't worth eating on an event..........You do of course realise that by now I am 5ft square rather than 5 ft tall! 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 18:40

Oompa: (((( )))). Hard decision, but better not to do any lasting damage.

2Old: I was discussing the cake issue with my fast marathon friend. Like me he has concentrated on ultras and done even less road racing than me - he reckons his body will demand cake every 5/6 miles 

Spinning this morning, followed by a massage, a few miles walking and now off to the running club. Out of the house at 5.15am tomorrow for a (long) day trip to Belfast. Have to fit in a minimum of 5k at some point - 103 days in to the 365 day challenge!  Or as we say in NI - 'No Surrender'

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 08:50

Weather forecast for VLM = 20 degrees   That's me stuffed!,

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 19:19

Well that was the ultimate Long [35.5 miles] Slow [12mm average] Run.  Overall pace took into account 5 tea and cake stops , a load of hills [most of which I managed to run] rough ground and a ferocious wind - got blown off balance a couple of times running along the Wansdyke with a howling cross wind.  Overall quite pleased as I was able to speed up on the last section when the hills were more or less behind us.  The stiles got progressively harder as the run continued!! Glorious sun and views, but the wind was lethal and kept things cool at best and freezing at worst.  I love this stuff just so much more than road running

Good company all the way round and not so tired / breathless that I wasn't able to keep talking

AA:  will be thinking of you on Thursday and hoping for a trouble free trip.  Positive is always the way forward

Pink: nice to see you back - being able to change gear on a bike is an essential skill if there are hills!

Nell: can't believe you had sleet while we had glorious sun - although temp and wind sound about the same.

2Old: Man up - tapering is for  wimps

And Chick is back in the room!!!!   Never heard of a quarter marathon - given they had a 5k race you would think they would just do a 10k one as well

Spinning and running club tomorrow plus a sports massage.

Oompa: don't leave us in suspense...............................

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 18:31

Managed to cycle yesterday after a slight adaptation to my helmet - nice spin to give the legs a change. Today we walked about 4 miles and then went running for about an hour with a friend - no idea of pace or distance, just a good leg stretch.  Tomorrow will be a hilly 35 with my fast marathon friend 

oompa: good to see you, if only briefly. Go storm Brighton!

Chick: enjoy the racing - what distance?

All: watch for potholes / dogs / other hazards. NO INJURIES!!!!!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 19:16

So now I have to spread my 'favours' between two of you at the green start - no fighting boys     Actually the ladies contingent is rather depleted this year with Carrot on the champs start and Miini injured. Just hope AA makes it! 

Reasonably good news last night from the surgeon. Running is fine but not cycling unless I can adapt my helmet  so that is doesn't touch the ear. The graft seems to be taking and the donor site is healing well. Have to go back next week for further check and to get the histology results.

23 miles walked today with 4,000 ft of ascent. Couldn't run as BA has a knee problem and looks like having to bin the Stratford Marathon 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 13:49

Barry: if I have the VLM I've trained for I am in deep shit - I could still be out there at closing time   Swimming AND breathing sounds aspiration all to me!

Did a gentle 4.5 mile run yesterday and 10k this morning. Managed with assistance to get my hair washed for the first time in 5 days yesterday. Pace this morning doesn't give me much optimism for sub 4 hours, especially as I think it is likely to be hot.

Off to the surgeon this evening and hoping I get the all clear to get back to cycling and proper running. Doubt they will have the histology results back yet unfortunately

Take care team - no injuries please!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 19:02

AA: you have been having a rough patch and no mistake.  Just take it easy and think about enjoying Boston.

2Old: make it 40 miles with hills, mud and map reading - it may not seem such an easy  option!  You don't want to be entering one of these expensive commercial events where they mark the course for you.  If an ultra of 50 miles or less costs more than £25 (absolute max) you are being ripped off...........

i certainly plan to be at the green start even if not in full working order (in fact even if not running).  Bits of blackened dried blood have been raining off my ear like confetti today and it has turned a rather alarming purple colour. Still can't get it wet and my hair is stiff 

BA has gone to the dark side and been to join the local Crown Bowls Club tonight

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