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That's bad about you getting hassle Mal. I got called a freak by some fella a couple of weeks ago but that's the worst I've had up to yet. Hope it doesn't put you off. Its not the dog walkers that are the problem its the dogs who decide they want to play, one nearly tripped me up the one day
Sounds like an awful battle with the buttons, I've got to fight off several pints of beer tomorrow
My Nan was in good spirits, she has got to have a pacemaker type thing fitted but you would never know she is 87!
Thanks Silver and Sabbie. I'm sure the next run will be better so I'll try again, really I should've postponed it until the morning. I've recovered from the Buttons ordeal thank goodness, I'm just putting the experience behind me as though it never happened!
She's a Dalmatian puppy so we've got lots of fun and energetic times ahead. The idea of being heckled by every dog walker I passed made me smile. I'll sharpen up my witticisms ready for my own walks!
Thinking of doing another parkrun next week, quite fancy the challenge.
*knock knock* Ahem, er..... Can I come back in?
I'm really sorry I stopped posting, a few days went by & I meant to post, but then a few more went by, and you know it gets to a point where it feels like too long has gone by??
Just caught up with the thread and wow, you are all doing SO well! Good work chaps & chapesses, keep it up!!
All going ok here, or at least it was til a few weeks ago, though it's now looking like physio is on the cards This is gonna be a long one, get comfy!
3 weeks before the Great South, I went for a long Sunday run with a friend, 8.5miles, & during the last 2 miles, my knees started feeling a bit, umm, twingy. I fell ill a couple of days later, so didn't run for 10days, then went out with the Portsmouth Joggers & had a fantastic run! 6 miles no worries, I was so pleased.
The following Sunday, 1 week before the big run, I went for the usual long Sunday eve run, and we had a 9 mile route planned, but around 5 miles in, the knee pain started again, & quickly got worse to the point where I burst into tears at just under 6 miles, mainly because I thought it signalled the end of the Great South. It had started in one knee, and then the other knee started too - WTF?! My friends husband had to come and get us as we were 3 miles from home & it hurt a lot....
So, for the next week I did nothing, well, no exercise anyway, & hoped that it would be for the best. I was unsure whether to still race, or just give it a miss altogether, but I figured that if I didn't at least attempt it, I'd always wonder 'what if', and I'd rather have to ditch out halfway through due to injury than that.
The night before the race, I was in bed at 9pm, which meant that, including the clocks going back, I had 10 hours kip!! I don't think I've had that since my eldest was born 6.5 yrs ago!! I had abstained from alcohol for 2 weeks, and tried to eat sensibly (but I am a sucker for good food, regardless of the nutritional value!)
On race day, I had a lovely bowl of syrup porridge for brekkie, and I felt really good, knee had been twinging through the week, nothing too bad, but I fully expected that I wouldn't make it round the full 10 miles. And I was OK with that. I had (when fit) set myself a target of 1h 40, but now if I could, I just wanted to get round, time didn't matter so much.
The atmosphere was fantastic, I was running with 2 friends, and one of them had her Dad, husband and sister running too. A nurse friend had given me some strong anti-inflammatories, so I took those, strapped up both knees with a liberal slathering of ibuprofen gel under, took my place behind the thousands of other runners, and hoped for the best....
Around 1 minute after crossing the start line, the pain started and I knew at that point, I'd probably make it to around 3 miles if I was lucky. But, as I went on, I think the pain relief kicked in, and although every mile seemed like 5, before I knew it, I had gotten to 5 (actual) miles! I knew my husband and girls were at my friends house at mile 7, so that was a big spurrer on for me. I passed mile 7 to loads of whoops and cheers, and I knew another friend was somewhere near mile 8, and my husband was going to try and get to mile 9, and that he did (and took a video of me too, erk!)! I honestly didn't know if I'd make the last mile, I thought I was going to throw up when I passed the Jelly Baby stand, but then I remember my in-laws were waiting for me at the end, and much to my massive surprise, I only went and bloody did it!!! I still can't believe it TBH, but it was fantastic, and I sobbed like a baby on my MIL when I found them over the finish line! Oh, and my time was 1hr 50m 55s, so I was pretty pleased with that
And once I'd recovered.....
I'm gong to be completely honest and say that I'm not sure I actually enjoyed the run itself, but I think a ot of that was down to thinking that I wasn't going to get through it, so I felt pretty negative most of the way through, probably til I crossed the finish line! It was much tougher than I thought. However, I'm gonna have to get over that, as I've booked myself a place in the Milton Keynes Half in March, eeeek!
Love your photos Suzie, you look amazing after running, I'm instantly impressed you had the energy to stand and smile for a photo! Well done, you're obviously very determined. You must be very proud of yourself. But I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing difficulties, I hope you soon get back on top form.
I'm dying to get out for a run, I want to do my usual little route to see if it's got any easier than the last couple of times. I went out yesterday too but it was too dark to run in the countryside. It'll have to wait because I am in charge of the brood + pup so have to wait for Mr Mal to get back from escaping shopping! It's a stressful day at home if shopping on a Saturday sounds like a break!
Managed to complete the race today. 7 miles in 57.56. Results up already and I was 223rd
Great race, found the course much tougher than my first one though with school fields, farm tracks, lots of mud and a long steady uphill stretch coming home. There was no sprint finish today
No goody bag but instead everyone got a proper running T-Shirt as a momento which I am really pleased with.
Stripes that's fantastic, well done! Are you really pleased? Glad you got a proper memento of such a good achievement. What's next?
Silver I did leave them with Mr M, he was understandably terrified as he hardly ever looks after them by himself let alone with the puppy to contend with too. I did make sure all children were fed and settled first and pup tired out and didn't need to go out (ever so considerate!) I was only gone half an hour to Mr's relief.
The loop is 2.5k guess I need an extention since I'm running it pretty comfortably (YAY!) Does Mrs S not like driving? Hope you enjoy your new loop, I better get planning mine, I love running by the river so I'll keep that in there.
Mal, am very pleased, thats as far as I have been so far. I've got another 10k in two weeks, can't wait
Running by the river sounds great but I think I would be tired out before I started with your pre-run routine!
Sabbie, I will treasure the T-Shirt, think I was the only person running today without a club vest or a T from some exotic race over the foothills of the Himalayas
Silver, thats a gutter about the HM, really want you to get a race in. I know I sound like a broken record but am sure you'll get the same buzz from it as I have got from the two I've done.
Blimey I cant keep up with you lot
Suzie - nice to see you back, and well done on the race even though you suffered. Was the GSR a 10 miler then not a HM
I did my local 5K route Fri and Sat and really enjoyed it had a rest day yesterday.
More blood tests and another x-ray of the hands was the result of the Docs visit, so will get that sorted over the next couple of weeks.
Stripes - well done on the race and great time you have proper got the race bug ah I need to get something scheduled for myself but have been waiting for my affiliation number now I have joined the running club, also I am struggling to fit any in before Xmas I need some very local ones
Silver - glad you also managed to get out and sounds like you enjoyed it. I know what you mean about the smells and just being outdoors, its a great feeling of being alone and free
I know I have missed loads out so sorry but I need to crack on with some work so will catch up again in abit
I was thinking of this sort of thing when I mentioned a mid-life crisis!
Although thinking about it I wouldn't say no to a convertible at any age!
Actually he's quite a handsome chap - good luck to him - hope he pulls!
From a womens point of view, I just don't get this whole midlife crisis thingy I am 44 and I have seen most women I know my age infact all women I know around my age do something to make them feel younger I guess
The whole, get a convertible car, have a tattoo get your belly button pierced just makes me laugh.....I just would never do it, but then I am not your typical women
Booey you must be one of a kind! (although we all knew that anyway!)
Mrs S keeps talking about wanting to go clubbing and she buys so many clothes! (although that,s not age dependant)
She even talked about a tummy tuck at one point!
I’m very cool with my age now and I’ve well and truly forgotten about the motorbike. In fact now I’m fit I feel younger than ever. This weekend I ran 7.5k first thing and then played footie with my boy for an hour mid-morning, then went on a bike ride in the pm. I feel like I could go another run today but I’m saving myself for the club run tomorrow evening.
Whats that saying age is just a state of mind!
Oh I am one of a kind o'right lol
My dad has a saying "when you look in the mirror its never going to look any better" haha he is such a pessimist, my mum on the other hand is a real optimist and I defo take after her
lol Silver, I'm not sure it is actually mid life crisis as I'm only 35 so good help us if it isnt!! I have had a bike for the last 8 years and some of the best mates I have are silver foxs
and Booey! I know where ur coming from but some women get a bit lost in their identity when familys come along and really, they aint hurting anyone with a little bit of body mod! I have to admit to being way over the top on that score..first piercing was about 15yrs ago, most of them have been removed now but the tatts.. they aint going no-where
hope the hands are sorted out soon, at least it doesnt stop u running
I managed to get out for a run today, but I've decided I like running b4 10.30 latest mornings.. set off too fast today so found myself walking a couple of times (that will be a re-occuring theme for me always do it!) so I did 3.2 miles in 28mins