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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 16:32
Big G, that's lovely that Claire made the album - I bet she really enjoyed putting it all together and remembering everything you had shared together.

Grief is so personal and can be really chaotic and random, especially at this stage so I'm sure it's entirely normal for you to feel completely uncontrollable and then OK to converse.

I hope you're getting lots of support from friends and family for the funeral although I can understand too that you'll want to do a lot of the organising and decisions yourself. But whenever anyone offers to help in anyway, make sure you have a list of things that you can offload.

I thought of you, Claire and Jay on my run today and remembered that lovely card that you posted that her pupils had made for her. She must have touched so many lives. I remembered too that Claire had done a race herself at one point.

As we've all said before, please continue to reach out to your virtual friends if we can help in any way.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 12:59
Big, I've been in tears reading your posts, I'm so sorry to hear your loss. Even though I have never met either of you, I think the strong bond and love you shared for each other really shone through in all your posts. From your obvious pride when describing what a great teacher she was to your happiness when talking about your trips to Bruge. I too loved the snail pic and remember thinking at the time how lucky her pupils must be to have such a lively and enthusiastic teacher. It was clear to us all what brilliant parents you would both make. Really treasure those memories that you have. It sounds like you experienced more love in those years together than many people experience in a lifetime. You clearly made each other very happy.

Please continue to post here as we would all like to provide you with support and help in any way that we can.

All my love and hugs,


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 09:36
Sensible decision Shades. Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

Hope the hamstring niggle is OK for the weekend, Emmy. ANOTHER double?!

I predicted the referendum result to the nearest percentage point. Wish I'd put a bet on now. Relieved as an English person but I think I would have voted yes if I lived up there.

Big G, just wanted to say that you and your wife have been constantly in my thoughts over the last couple of days. I really hope that you are both OK. It must all feel so raw still. Please give Mrs G an extra big hug from me. xx

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 23:14
Big G, really sad to read this, as Moore says, words do seem inadequate right now. Sending all my love and hugs to you and your wife. Thinking of you both, xxx

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 12:03
Big congrats to Mowzer and Emmy for incredible endurance racing over the weekend. Emmy, that cactus is huge, what have you done with it? I hope Boyska isn't scared of it. Mowzer, why are you decluttering? I need to do that but can't bring myself to get started!

Shades, I really hope the hamstring continues to heal. Sending healing vibes your way. Is Hereford a marathon? Glad you didn't trip over the hedgehog. Haven't seen one in ages, they're such cute animals.

Managed 4 miles last night and 8 today. Achilles seems to be on the mend, although when running feels more of an effort to lift that leg. I'm sure strengthening exercises are needed.

Big G, thinking of you and Mrs G. My neighbour has just had her second child. She told me the name yesterday but I've already forgotten so will have to try and remember before I write the card. It was a name I've never heard before though.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 09:17
Big, what an exciting time for you! Hope baby G decides to make an appearance soon. It's my birthday on Thursday, so if she can hold on 3 more days that would be perfect (but then you'd need to find a Scottish name for him/her as it's also referendum day!.

Shades, ouch, hope the hamstring is OK. Have you tried taping up the foot yet?

S32, I don't know my exact time from last year and this year (they'll be on the trophy when I get it back) but I know last year's 10k added up to 42:XX whereas this years started with 43:XX. Mamafox, the grass really wasn't that long, I just much prefer concrete and needed an excuse! Did a 13 mile run yesterday morning and felt much better about running after that as it's the longest I've run in a few months. And achilles was fine whilst running and better this morning versus last week.

Mamafox, sorry you had a bad run - I'm sure though that once you have got rid of your cold you'll be back on top form. Could you get some multi vits or extra Vit c to speed up the recovery?

Iain - back on the naughty step for you!

Wants to run, but hates it.

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:41

Swimming is a great exercise and you are less likely to injure yourself swimming versus running. But if you really want to start running, don't let the cooler weather put you off. Autumn is my favourite month for running and if you can keep going through winter, you'll find it easier running in Spring. Why not start with one of those NHS couch to 5k programmes where they build up the distance very gradually and I think have you walking and running for a bit. If you find any of the weeks tough you can always repeat a week until you feel ready to go on. If you really want to enjoy running for a long time, the trick is to build up very slowly. And why not set yourself a target of completing a local parkrun in a couple of months?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 17:47
Shades, OH is doing a 10k at the end of the month but still not really into running. He only goes out once a week as always seems to have a sore ankle from playing football.

Mamafox, club challenge involves two 4k races on grass (one men's and one womens) plus a 2k race for kids. But most people do all 3 to make up a 10k race. Good news is that I have kept my trophies that I won last year for fastest lady but I'm a bit miffed that my time overall is slower than last year. Don't know whether to blame my achilles or the fact that the grass was a bit long but not happy OH says I'm just getting old which doesn't make me feel any better as it's my birthday next week! But on a positive note son 3 won the under 8s 500m (he was about 3 years older than the other competitors!) and also came 2nd in the 8-10 age category for the 2k which is good as he is only 7. He was just chuffed to have beaten a teacher from his school.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:49
I love watching deer rutting MF, you are so lucky. I remember one half term we walked for miles on holiday in Suffolk hoping to see and hear some rutting but no action. Then the following weekend went to Richmond park and they were everywhere and completely oblivious to people and dogs close by!

The prizes for my race in Spain were equally random. I got a bottle of cava, the 2nd lady got an engraved tankard and the 3rd lady got a scarf! But the all top 3 men got tankards AND Cava which seemed a bit unfair.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:42
Good to hear that both Big G and Shades seem to be on the mend. I've opted not to run today which is slightly frustrating as it's a beautiful day out there for running. But I had a track session last night and then we have a club 'challenge' tomorrow so I thought a rest would be good. Really enjoyed the track session and my splits were v consistent apparently. 12 yo and 7 yo sons came too. Little one watched us doing the 400s but joined in for the 200 reps. He really enjoyed it and managed to keep up with his brother. Achilles feels OK today, only slightly stiff when waking.

Heard yesterday that an ex work colleague died v suddenly last week. So sad - she was only 33 and has a 10 month old son. She was healthy and the post mortem couldn't find a cause of death. Life can so be unfair.
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