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Tuesday 31st December

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 17:24

Evening all,

The year summaries make good reading - Chickadee, Postie, RFJ -nice to count pb's in the year.  Others had less obvious, but perhaps more obvious things to celebrate, thinking of Alehouse's comeback.  Others just enjoying it - Donald and Dustin. 

My year has been a bit patchy, but has ended on an up.  One first VF60 in a hill run (yeah, I was the only one in the category, but heck, I ran it!). Two good training weekends and a very enjoyable run in the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon.  The autumn was a bit of a loss, but back in trainers in December, and pleased that it all seems to be coming back.

I've been better at running than posting: got out again with my leggy blond training partner several times since I last posted, including today, for 4 miles.  She's a good influence: whenever she's on the leash she gently pushes me slightly faster than my usual jog, and I discover that I can indeed keep that pace up pretty well over the distance. 

Aims for 2014: get to the start line of the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, Wansdale class.

Wishing you all the best for 2014.

Monday 23rd December 2013

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 09:33

Morning all,

LMH Hooray!! what a run!  Fantastic.  Enjoy the laurels.

OH - Polar bear party?  Boats cancelled? What an interesting life you lead. I watch the pressure charts, and yes, looks like extra interesting times just now. (Work colleague booked himself a nice restful pre-Christmas cruise.  Hope his tum is sturdy.)

Blisters - sorry to hear about DNS.  Yes, like handicap races.  Abseiling? Rather you than me.  Mr. S. did a sponsored abseil.  I only saw the pictures.

Emzap - well done for the Park Run.  Not easy to run well when making social visits somehow.

NZC - lovely to see you. Hope PitB clears quickly.

Me? More running than posting, fortunately.  Have all kids back home, or at least nearby over the weekend, so too much eating, lots of chatting, not much on the computer.  I've managed two 3 mile runs with my floppy eared training partner, and of course, she gets a walk when I don't run.  Pleased to say that with the resumed chemical regime, I feel back to where I was.  Sure, not fit, but not staggering either.  X-ray report in, not quite as clear of OA as I would have wished, but I think nothing to limit running.  Need to double check with GP, but I can take that as a green light for training.




Thursday 19th December 2013

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 09:11

Morning all,

Bright sunny morning these parts, no doubt our turn will come to endure sideways rain.

Blisters - teeth? oh dear.  Just signed off on one troublesome tooth, agreed with wonderful old dentist that best leave sleeping teeth lie.  The "temporary" filling (while waiting to sort out whether jaw pain was some sort of inflammation related to tooth or just part of nerves being weird before crowing the poor thing) has been less troublesome and more permanent than many so-called permanent fillings.  The young new dentist I think just wanted business.

Me? Did 3m.  Difficult to get going, but ok once started. The programme is to try and get four runs in each week, one shortish but with faster intervals, one stairs, and one longer run, with perhaps 20 fast strides every couple of minutes. The fourth run is free choice, if it happens.  I don't know why, but my legs seem to get bored and freeze up if I try and run slow and steady.  Not going to worry about how far for now, never going to worry about how fast.

Hip not noticeably worse.  Slept well again.  I feel better than human, I feel almost like a runner again!

Wednesday 18th December 2013

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 19:54

ale - yay!  good news indeed.

Gobi wrote (see)
...Confidence is high that avoiding injury(too much pain in the area that caused my retirement) will lead to me being more than capable of supporting the friends whose fault it is that I am training again.

Well done.  I reckon you'll find the pleasure/pain ratio from this new relationship with the support quite pleasing.  Might take a while.

Me?  Run didn't get done.  I slept instead.  Re-started meds, had the first decent night's sleep in months.  No sweating, no pain, no headache.  Slept again this afternoon.  I feel nearly human again.  Tomorrow, hopefully a run with my holiday training partner - a leggy blond with gorgeously silky ears.

Go well all.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 12:09

(Swoops in with dazzling delighted display) Sing hooray for a bold GP!  Medication status quo restored, new consultant's opinions not withstanding.  Consultants can be changed if need be..

Christmas shopping? I'll leave that for later.  Our big event of the year was having all the kids and wives back (from Asia and the US) for a family party last Saturday.  Couldn't have been better.  Christmas will be quiet, and for the first time in ?? years, I am not doing the cooking!

Cricket? Never did understand it myself, but have learned to adopt sackcloth and, no, won't say it, in response to oh's attitude of deep mourning.  

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 07:44

Morning all,

glad that boiler is back LMH, glad that car decision is made Ale.

Today? Planned "rest" - actually, doing battle with various medicos, trying to get a sane regimen sorted which will include sufficient to keep me on the trails.  Rather a lot of work related stuff too.  Oh well.  Run or stairs tomorrow, hmmm.

Go well all.

Monday 16th Deecember 2013

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 09:27

Morning all,

Lovely to see names I know still here.

So where've I been?  After a fine "run" on the SLMM last July, hip issues prevented running and discouragement got the upper hand. With a long planned demi-tour (walking) of Mont Blanc with family planned for September, priority centred on keeping walking, with doing stretches of the Ouse Valley Way at weekends with the Mr. keeping up time on feet.  Mont Blanc went mostly well, but I returned to a very stressful final term at work, with partial retirement at the end of the month a glimmer of hope to aim for.  Hip remains a problem, in addition, a new broom in the neuro department means a change (withdrawal) of useful meds, so the last three months have been three parts walking seven parts staggering.  Seemed a completely unrealistic dream to run.

Two things evicted me from my couch of despair.  One was an e-mail from Tinebeest, my SLMM partner, linking to her running blog, and confirming that she was keeping the SLMM dates free.  The other, on the same day, was the announcement that the entries for the SLMM were open.

Trumpets and warhorses.  Reunited with my (uncharacteristically dry) trainers, fuelled by mud and hope, we're off again.  It's a long way to the start line and I'll  be hugely chuffed just to get there, forget about finishing.  But you can't imagine how good it is to be out there, headbutting a wind which keeps throwing damp stuff in my face, re-conquering old paths. 

What: 4 miles.

Aims: keep going (achieved), avoid aggravating hip (I think so), have a good experience (definitely!).

Tuesday 7th May 2013

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 17:08

Afternoon all,

Oh bu&&er, Straycelt. Phooey. Not what we wanted to hear.  Sorry, but you've clearly figured it out - the reframe and get on with it bit. Hard to see the positives, but does enable one to feel slightly smug reading others' woes as they regret their failed time ambitions for this marathon or that.  Those who have to reframe know what running is about, which others may not, whatever time they come home in.

Wabo - oooh she's lovely!

Alehouse - hope head clears and the dizzy stops soon.  Hang in there.

7D - sounds a stiff fell run.  Well done on the double.

Yes, glorious spring mornings that beg one to go outside and enjoy them.  I got out early too, but to walk over to friends house to sit with her poorly Mr. while she went out for a bird-watch.  Got there to find he'd been taken in to hozzie.  Sugar.  They've had more than their share of troubles.

(saw a heron and a green woodpecker on the way over)

Packing now for long training weekend with Tinebeest.  Not as prepared as would like to be, but life interfered, as it is well known to do.  1kg in weight loss, only two stairs run, one longer run, and not very long at that.  Three days on the trot should do good things.

Monday 6th May 2013

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 10:13

Morning all,

NZC - wow!

OH - Cape Wrath was one I had on my to do list.  Hmmm.. Well, have fun with it. I shall be having fun at the other end of the country.

Me? Stairs well and truly pounded. I am pleased with that.  Carried the pack (well, work backpack, not Lucy, but probably close on working weight) on all 10 ascents. Named them, as recommended here.  If I have my alphabet correct, the tenth letter is J, and that ascent was christened Jan, for my pal who had meningitis last summer who took a turn for the worse this past weekend. I took that last ascent two at a time.  You can do it Jan!

go well all.


Sunday May 5th 2013

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 18:59

Evening all,

Yay NZC!  That's very impressive.  Good going.  Is survivor a technical term when associated with Rotorua marathon?

Dustin - that sounds like some run!  Dangerous stuff, talking of ultras. You never know what might happen.

RFJ - am I muddled or did you not just run VLM a fortnight ago?  What tough legs you've got.  And well done jr. even if he was Not supposed to.

Paddy - well done, double well done for coping with all the last minute emergencies. I have only once dipped into Pirate country, and yes, there suddenly is an awful lot more to worry about.

LMH: - well done on the bike.  I was watching some cyclists today, rather wishing that I were brave enough.  Sharing space with cars is just too scary though.  

Me? Nothing again, but hopefully will have a go at stairs tomorrow.  A great weekend away with Mr. S., tromping round his home territory. (We both have to work tomorrow).  Then not a lot until Thursday, when Tinebeest and I have three days training in the West Country.  Really looking forward to it!

go well all.


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