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2015 Marathon Countdown begins!

Having got through the disappointments of the last couple of months, this week was the week that I picked myself up and began to evaluate where I was.

I realised that:

  1. I really hadn’t been enjoying running for quite a while. I had found it really hard going and demotivating. The concrete measures about my distance and speed didn’t match up to what I know I can do and the mental feedback wasn’t a lot better. Sure my legs didn’t physically ache after the longer runs but that just underlined how the different parts of my body were simply not in synch. It was just not happening for me.
  2. I was able to admit that nagging feeling deep down that I hadn’t really been well since February.
  3. I had probably been expecting too much of myself – too many hard runs, a demanding job, a demanding family life and my many commitments outside of that all contributed to the situation that I found myself in.
  4. I had done something that was really brave and exciting when I shared my story and experiences with the paper – I am still meeting people who are pleased and amazed that I did it.
  5. I have another whole year to prepare myself for the marathon.


In fact I think that I am really lucky. I have the opportunity to learn from before, to really savour the whole year-long journey, to possibly have another article somewhere else to help raise the awareness of PND and, more than ever, to prolong the amazing expectations as long as I can. The people who I have spoken too that have done it are generally of the view that I am lucky to have a second chance and if they could do it all again, they would.

i will3I have already started along this road and will share more details as we go along. At the moment it is enough to say that I have been out running and feel as if I am getting back to my former self. For me, at the moment, that is enough. Underneath it all however, there are bigger changes beginning to happen. I am very excited and promise to share my journey with you. But for now I have whittled on long enough. See you all very soon. x

Running – This year and next year.

Happy New Year

Although it does not feel like it, I am reliably informed that it is Sunday again. Thus it must be time for another post! In our family we have a busy family Christmas followed by a birthday on the 29th so I never feel ready to confront the new year until after that. The birthday has now passed and I have no more excuses and I have to confront the fact that there is a new year starting tomorrow evening. Over the past week I have read an awful lot of brilliant and inspirational thoughts reflecting over the last year and then thinking ahead to next. One that I enjoyed is by Miss Beatrix and another that is useful as a guide is from Lisa Jacobs. Healthy Frenchie even makes goals at the beginning of each month! Do check them out.

So as a start I thought I would have a think about my running. Having updated my running totals page recently I realised that I was not far away from running 1000 miles this year. Yep you read that correctly – this year I have clocked up over 1000 miles. Now I am under no illusion that I have run these in a sprightly manner, more that I have crawled, plodded, been blown, moaned, fought and generally forced myself around. Yes there have been runs that have gone far better than expected and some that have been notable due to the weather or some such but a lot of the time I do wonder why I do it!

So Why Do I run?

1. It gives me some me-time. Yes I do get time to do things in the house for me but anyone with young children will know that whenever they are in the house (yes even when they are asleep) you can never really relax. There is always half an ear listening out for them. Running gets me out of the house and away from the responsibility. It also gives my mind time to free wheel.

2. I get the runners high afterwards. No matter how badly the run has gone in my head, I ALWAYS feel better afterwards.

3. I enjoy the challenge of running longish distances.

4. I enjoy running with other people – it is sometimes the only time we get to catch up.

5. I am an obsessive and so need to run because that is who I am (if that makes any sense at all?)

6. It is easy to fit into a day (going to the gym takes far longer).

7. It is good for my children to see me doing something active and for myself.

Some reflections on this year and thoughts on next year:

I daren’t say goals – more considerations really!

1. I am fed up with always making excuses about my time after racing. I do this because a) I don’t train well enough or b) because I over-estimate my goal time.

So this year I am going to try to train properly for the half marathon I have signed up for in March – starting this week. I am going to look out a plan and follow it to the best of my ability – EVERY RUN!

Some of this includes researching food as I need to think about fueling up before a race more.

2. I need to buy new trainers!

3. I need to remember that rest days are training days (thanks to Real Runners @runningquotes for this tip!)

And most importantly I need to remember:

As long as I have done my best I have no reason to be ashamed 🙂 I have my final race of the year tomorrow – a 10K which looks like it will be wet. Then I have a lovely clean slate of the new year and no I am not going to try to beat this years total – honest!

Targets – how I hate that word!

3KCBWDAY6 : 28th April   :   Improving your skill set.

Well where to begin? It seems that the more I talk, the more there is to learn! Just the other day I was talking to Joanne Scrace and she was doing double knitting. I have never seen this before. It doesn’t look difficult (although that is not to say that I would not make a mess of it!) so I ought to add it to my list!

When I first thought about this topic I thought it would be easy but I am not so sure as I think it means to develop a skill set of knitting or crocheting. As on the hero day I may therefore be barking up the wrong tree. Oh well in for a penny, in for a pound! (I wonder how many other sayings I can squeeze into this post?). The obvious thing for me is that I want to continue developing my ICT skills. (Don’t worry it is related I promise!) I have been blogging for about 2 months now and am really enjoying it. I have also attempted to set up on Facebook and twitter. I am quite content with the blogging. I am getting some very nice comments from people and feel far more comfortable with the whole writing things down and permanency of it all. As for Facebook and Twitter, well they are plodding along but I feel that I have loads more to learn about them both. So this would be my first target:

1. To be more effective and further develop my understanding around Facebook and Twitter.

Ok, that wasn’t so hard although I fear that this is where it begins to become more so. My original intention was to set up an e-shop in order to sell some of my knitted and crocheted jewellery. All the rest was really just a support system for this but, as you may have noticed, I have been putting this off. I am very good at procrastinating – which shop should I use?, How should I display the items?, How much should I charge? How will I package it? (You get the idea!). So I suppose that this is my next target:

2. To set up an e-shop to sell my jewellery.

Ok. It is out there now – whats that? You want a time scale? hmmm I think that is pushing me too far for the moment. Lets leave it that I will do it this year, ok?

One more target that has actually been set by Joanne Scrace a while ago is to get one of my patterns published. I am not at all sure about this but I may just have a go – once I have a suitable idea of course!

Well that is the none- craft technical bits done. As for knitting and crochet techniques I would love to have a go at this:

Isn’t it great? If you fancy having a go at something similar there is a free pattern for this at beadsmagic.com.

3. Make a beaded crochet rope necklace by the beginning of the summer holidays!There, I have even put a timeline on that one! See I can do it 🙂

(From paperblog.)

I think that is enough goals for the time being. I have nearly completed the one to blog everyday and I am well chuffed with that! One down at least three to go 🙂 Happy blogging (Oh and if you have any tips to help me with my goals then please do enlighten me – thanks ):)