Woolly Hugs does Running..... Running?? Yep, RUNNING!!

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RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Jan-13 19:48:37

Woolly Hugs Guide to Running

1) Put down your woolly wool,crochet hooks and needles. <we have done risk assessment>
2) Find your trainers, these are sort of soft bouncy shoe-things that go on your feet.
3) Find something loose and comfortable to wear, and no we don't mean a caftan.
4) Open front door and go outside shock
5) Put one foot in front of the other with speed and determination!


If you haven't seen Phase 2 of our Little Hugs, the thread is HERE. We launched this phase as a tribute to beautiful Billie, our lovely MrsDeVere's daughter, who devastatingly died at 14 from leukaemia. We launched this at the time of her 21st birthday and we call the project Billie's Blankets in her memory. In her name, and through World Child Cancer, we will send little blankets to children, starting with Malawi and Bangladesh, who really need a Woolly Hug and to feel loved and looked after.

Alongside Billie's Blankets, we are very keen to send a donation to World Child Cancer, as money is scarce, they really have so little. One of the ways we will do this is by running! <faints> In May a Woolly Hugs' team will be running the BUPA London 10k, and we are now looking for runners to enter 5K runs throughout the country.

These are where the 5K runs will take place?.. They are all over!

There are already runners committed to running (BIWI, TantrumsandBalloons,me) in London at Crystal Palace on October 13th, and lovely Fizzy and PrettyBird are running in the Glasgow event on July 27th. We would love folk to join with us, or run at a different venue! There is no minimum age and children can be entered, my daughter is running with me, I say with, she will shoot off like a gazelle and I will lumber along. Happily the website says they love fancy dress <*Knotty*, this is time to contemplate something spectacular>

Because World Child Cancer isn't a nominated charity we/they ask that you let them know independently. To take pressure off individuals, and to make this a real woolly community effort we recommend that you use our Woolly Hugs Just Giving page for fundraising. Anything you raise will be marvellous, really, and we will all be able to see how much we can raise together.

Our Just Giving Page is HERE Donations are welcome at any time, huge thanks for those already in.

So please have a think, if you are interested, we would recommend entering soon to avoid disappointment. Let us know when you have entered so we can cheer you on, and please use this thread for support, and general running things <hazy> Couch to 5K apps and playlists for running spring to mind.

The children that WCC support need all the love and comfort possible. So please, in memory of a sparkling young girl who always thought of others, we'd love you to help us help them.

As ever, thank you so much for your support thanks

Thinking of Billie and her family Xx

Knotty and Pistey


MrsDeVere Thu 31-Jan-13 19:55:09

Checking in.
Also in in awe of your incredible organisational skills.

If I get through the day without losing my socks I feel proud of myself.

You lot....wow.

BIWI Thu 31-Jan-13 19:56:46

OMG. It is in print now. So I have to do it ... shock

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Jan-13 19:58:21

Yep, in print


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Jan-13 19:58:33

in bold print now grin

KnottyLocks Thu 31-Jan-13 20:00:20

And I'm here to offer my advice.....

On outfits smile

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Thu 31-Jan-13 20:00:57

I need someone to run with - can't run alone.--Can drink alone--

BIWI Thu 31-Jan-13 20:01:58

I've put it in the calendar. In biro.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Thu 31-Jan-13 20:02:16

Why did my strikethrough fail? blush - I will look like an amatuer! shock

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Thu 31-Jan-13 20:03:57

Anyone up to Ipswich or Milton Keynes with me?

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Jan-13 20:06:11

I want a special matching outfit with BIWI

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Jan-13 20:06:46

Arfing at biro

EarnestDullard Thu 31-Jan-13 20:16:39

Checking in for the 10k (MissP here), all signed up. Have only been running 3 times since DD2 was born in Oct though, and haven't run at all since Xmas, so need to get back to it!

Sorry ladies. I'm built for comfort, not for speed grin

I suspect the next time I run it will be with an OFRS on my back.

5madthings Thu 31-Jan-13 20:36:07

Checking in, i am signed up for the bupa 10k in london and have had a few tentative jog/walks and i got some new running trousers this week.

Have already shared the just giving page but will be sharing it more as i train more.

prettybird Thu 31-Jan-13 20:38:52

Checking in to say that since the Glasgow run is close to where I live, I may be able to arrange parking and possibly a shower and lunch afterwards, depending on numbers smile

DancesWithWoolEnPointe - you always need a space and after the bolding * or the strikeout -- . Your full stop stopped it working.

MOSagain Thu 31-Jan-13 21:03:43

Oh I suppose I should do it, will register for London one tomorrow x

<kicked through the door with force from Pistey's size 9s>

I'm here! Sorry been singing! <does starjumps> I'm ready <passes out> <thud>

Birnamwood Thu 31-Jan-13 21:15:21

<trips over Glaikit>

<gets sports drink hip flask out and offers round>

I'm here! Thanks for the heads up pistey

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 31-Jan-13 22:05:34

Am rallying folk to join the Crystal Palace run smile Danger is we'll be laughing so much, we'll have to catch the bus grin

KnottyLocks Thu 31-Jan-13 22:32:53

erm, knitted nork hats may be an option. grin

RuckAndRoll Thu 31-Jan-13 22:40:23

I'd love to join you ladies, but i'll be 37wks pg by the nearest ones to me so not really possible. will spread the word for money and cheer on any Edinburgh runners smile

I've signed up. Also signed up the teenage children who have promised to run at my pace. So that will be a slightly faster pace than a snail then grin

Training starts Monday.

My son is going to be our trainer as he is ridiculously fit and runs all the time.
I'm actually quite scared.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 06:56:14

Hells bells Tantrums! Be afraid, be very afraid grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 06:56:35

but thank you!

MegBusset Fri 01-Feb-13 07:07:08

Checking in, am doing the Bupa 10k smile

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 01-Feb-13 10:10:31

As no one else lives in the arse end of nowhere East of England, guess I'd better run in London. Which London race are you all doing? I have to have support before and after the race even if I walk jog run alone. Plus I can't go out with a knitted nork on my head without support...

prettybird Fri 01-Feb-13 10:16:08

You could come up to Scotland on 27 July and run with us! grin

especially as Pistey has rejected my offer of hospitality wink

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 01-Feb-13 10:22:39

Will you give me peppermint crisp if I do? And make me melktert?

I need an excuse to take the family on a jaunt to Scotland

ILoveTIFFANY Fri 01-Feb-13 10:27:47

I may consider this!!'

I'm aimlessly doing c25k and nearly completed so yes I may sign up!

prettybird Fri 01-Feb-13 10:28:13

I'd happily make you some melktert. Maybe even some koeksisters. And my dad can make a batch of boerewors for a braai. smile

not so sure about giving up the peppermint crisp wink

ILoveTIFFANY Fri 01-Feb-13 10:28:56

I'm considering Milton Keynes... Possibly London one?

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 01-Feb-13 10:32:17

Let me speak to Mr Dances. We have genuinely been planning an Edinburgh holiday, so maybe should coincide it with the run and then a braai at Che Bird.

FairyJen Fri 01-Feb-13 10:33:08

Can I contribute by taking photos at the finish line on the London run?

I won't post them on any public forums.... like mumsnet

prettybird I have no idea what those things are but they sound interesting! maybe some of your tablet too? that would keep me going the thought of that on the finishline!

prettybird Fri 01-Feb-13 15:30:48

OK then, you've twisted my arm.... some tablet too! smile

KnottyLocks Fri 01-Feb-13 15:50:38


<perky uppy ears>

prettybird Fri 01-Feb-13 18:39:10


Ooh, well done runners! If anybody is doing one near Brighton I'll come cheer you on! Looking forward to seeing what other fundraisers you'll have in future too smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 18:52:01

Just bumping the thread for one of our lovely friends on Twitter wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 18:53:49

Tiffany - yes please, we have a group running in London - Crystal Palace on October 13th, no one I know running in milton Keynes yet

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 18:55:07

FairyJen I cannot imagine what state we will be in at the end! Mind you, thinking of our costumes, I cannot imagine what state we will be in at the start!

Blatherskite Fri 01-Feb-13 18:57:03

I'm in MK DancesWithWoolEnPointe and ILoveTIFFANY. We could make a team?

Blatherskite Fri 01-Feb-13 18:59:00

Or it's only 45 mins on the train to London....

Did some training today! Pushing DS around Edinburgh! Tis a hilly place! Was quite puffed oot, but not too bad considering my fitness level is lower than absolute zero right now!

Can I clarify he was in his buggy, I wasn't just pushing him over! grin

BIWI Fri 01-Feb-13 19:45:31

Weather permitting, I'm going to try the first C25K run on Sunday.

Blatherskite Fri 01-Feb-13 20:32:19

Weather permitting! Get out there BIWI grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 01-Feb-13 20:47:14

BIWI - you do know if it rains on October 13th we are STILL RUNNING?

prettybird Fri 01-Feb-13 20:51:16

Get thee out there whatever the weather. <stern face>

You. Will. Not. Dissolve. In. The. Rain.

Blatherskite Fri 01-Feb-13 21:03:39

I was about to say "You're waterproof" but I can see prettybird has beaten me to it.

I went out a couple of weeks ago and according to the car thermometer, it was minus 2 when I started! I was aiming for the fluffy bits of snow as they were less slippy. You soon warm up when you're moving.

BIWI Fri 01-Feb-13 22:14:13

But I'm old.

And I don't like the cold.

Or the wet.


Blatherskite Fri 01-Feb-13 22:19:47

But you're BIWI, Low Carb Queen, master of self discipline!

Decide you are going to do it and then go!

BIWI Fri 01-Feb-13 22:24:55

Only inside, Blathers.

KnottyLocks Fri 01-Feb-13 22:25:14

BIWI, wear a vest, love.

BIWI Fri 01-Feb-13 22:31:21


KnottyLocks Fri 01-Feb-13 22:37:17
prettybird Fri 01-Feb-13 22:41:10

You're younger than me I think

And if you're not, you're not much older

So still no excuse grin

BIWI Fri 01-Feb-13 22:45:21

I'm 53.

And I'm not wearing that get up, Knotty. Way too diggy in in the crutch area for my liking!

KnottyLocks Fri 01-Feb-13 23:02:50

I'll crochet you a peplum grin

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 08:02:59

I'm going out this morning. I have a 5k PB to beat smile

There would be no peeing at the roadside in that! Dh has a thing for Wonder Woman! But I think that would be a step too far, even for him!

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 09:28:39

How long does a 5K take you then, Blathers?

I'm scared that 5k will take me 2 weeks to complete.

Ds1 has made us a training schedule. And laminated it FFS.

Although at least I know I can't back out now. He won't let me. grin

I can walk it in an hour even at this level of fitness! So if I can trot it a wee bit faster I'm happy!

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 09:54:17

grin at laminated training schedule!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 09:54:21

Sorry, but I am really laughing at laminated


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 09:57:13

Loving Knotty's suggested outfit grin


Snorting at diggy in the crutch area and suggested peplum grin and Fizzy peeing at the side of the road. grin

BIWI - really don't ask questions like that!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 09:57:37

But most of all I am hooting at the laminated training schedule!

prettybird Sat 02-Feb-13 09:59:53

...so barely older than me! smile

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:01:42

It all counts, prettybird! <getting excuses lined up now>

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 10:02:31

Well, this morning it took me 29.05 but my PB is 27.30.

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 10:03:21

I have a sore calf from sprint training on Thursday though <excuses, excuses>

Laminated and stuck on the wall

Right above the kettle so I can't miss it.

Bless him, he is very enthusiastic about me doing this.

He keeps saying "5k is nothing mum, I run that all the time"

Yes ds1 but you are 13. And play football 4 times a week. And go to the gym and swim.
I am 35. And knackered. I'm knackered just looking at the schedule.
Just the thought of it.
God only knows what I will be like when I actually start.

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:06:14

Tantrums - the very first (and only) time I started C25K, I couldn't even manage day 1 blush. I was truly shocked! Day 1 is only 8 runs, each of 1 minute, interspersed with 90 seconds of walking.

But what was really impressive, I thought, was that the next time I went out, 2 days later (you run every other day), I did manage all 8.

I'm really hoping, having been working hard at the gym, that I will be able to run rather further this time around!

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 10:08:47

I did something like C25K when I started a couple of years ago. I thought I'd never manage 5k.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 10:09:06


at stuck on wall as well

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 10:10:01

I can only run in the dark so no one can see me smile I also feel like I'm going faster grin

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:16:39

Very basic question, Blathers - how do you measure the distance that you have run? How do you know it's 1/2/5K?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 10:25:20

BIWI - on lots of the apps for C25K there is a GPS thingy built in which will tell you. Have you sorted an app?

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:27:25

I have got one on my iPod from last time around

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:29:08

iPhone, sorry

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:29:36

Called Get Running

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 10:31:05

These days I have a posh watch which tells me my distance, time and pace as I run. It was a Christmas present this year so I've been using it for the last month. It's great but not cheap. I also joined a running club (ours has a fab beginner to 5k course and is only £30 a year) and they have various set runs which we do of various lengths. Having someone to run with at this time of year is really good as I feel a lot safer running in a group when it's dark. I believe most Sweatshop stores have a running club and they are free and also welcome beginners - details here

Previously, well, Parkruns are easy as they're pre-measured and timed so I knew I was doing 5k and they record everyone's times on the parkrun website and email you with your time and position and tell you if you've got a PB. For runs on my own, there is a route measuring facility on google maps which I used to plan out a run near home which would give me a reasonable idea of the distance I'd done. I started with a 2.5k route and just tried to run as much of it as possible but always completed the distance even if I had to walk some. Then I doubled/tripled it etc. There are also various websites www.mapmyrun.com, www.runmyroute.com, www.walkjogrun.net where people will post details of their own measured runs which you can then follow

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:34:07

Brilliant - thanks!

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 10:39:54

Also, if you do have a Parkrun nearby, don't feel like you have to be able to run 5k before you try it. LOTS of people run/walk and the marhsalls and organisers will stay for as long as it takes to get everyone in. There will be a back marker to make sure no-one is left behind and no-one begrudges waiting because we've all been there and understand (all the marshalls will be runners who have volunteered). It can be very inspiring to run in a group and it's great to see your PB come down on the Parkrun website smile

See, I don't think I'll be able to do all 8 on day 1 either. But I will give it a go.
I am also going to dust off my gym membership card and we are going to do the gym thing as well. Apparently.
I'm sure it will be fine <sticks head in sand>

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 10:56:12

Whereabouts are you, Tantrums, just in case there's the faintest chance you are anywhere near me!

North london BIWI
You are very welcome to come train with us if you are nearby, my ds1 would live it. He'd probably laminate you your own personal plan grin

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 11:18:35

SW London - probably a bit too far away to realistically expect to train together!

<phew - escaped the laminator!>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 12:27:20

Well, look at that, I'm in SW London <beams>

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 13:06:39

Do you have a laminator? <suspicious>

prettybird Sat 02-Feb-13 13:44:27

When I first started running many moons ago I always used to run in the dark so no-one could see me blush

When I did a new run/extended a run, I used to get home, get in the car and go out and measure it! grin As I got better, I also got to know the pace that I ran at, so if there were bits that were on paths, I could judge how far they were.

Being ancient, this was of course before the days of Google maps and apps blush

EarnestDullard Sat 02-Feb-13 14:22:00

Ooh, I'm in N. London <waves at Tantrums>

I was desperate to get out for a run this morning, having been scuppered by snow and one cold after the other since Christmas. But I have a blocked milk duct and went to bed last night feeling alternately shivering cold and boiling hot. If I'm feeling fine tomorrow I'll definitely go out though. I miss running!

HoggyTruffle Sat 02-Feb-13 14:46:19

Go Woolly Hugs runners! I'm not built for running, but am here to add my support.

There needs to be more talk about outfits to distract you from the stress of training. The nork hat idea would certainly get everyone noticed but how about adopting the butterfly motif which is on the Billie's Blanket label? It would make a lovely brooch on a running vest.

<ponders wisdom of giving runners a chance to browse Ravelry for hours instead of training or laminating>

MrsDeVere Sat 02-Feb-13 15:07:10

Im just eating crisps.

I believe carbs are good for elite athletes like meself.

I can get ds1 to laminate you a nice healthy eating plan if you like MrsD

He asked me what we were having for dinner tonight.

When I replied, whatever takeaway your father brings home when he finished work he said you know you won't be able to eat loads of junk when we start training don't you?

No, I did not know that at all
There was no mention of no chips when he was drawing up this training plan.
Or they may have been.....I stopped listening after about 10 minutes. He was making me tired just listening to what he was going to make me do.

MrsDeVere Sat 02-Feb-13 15:34:14

Ha ha

I can not imagine my DS1 wanting to get involved in anything remotely healthy.
Every cloud I suppose....

MegBusset Sat 02-Feb-13 16:15:41

I started my 10k training today, despite the hail, snow and driving sleet!

EasilyBored Sat 02-Feb-13 16:24:44

Since my ancient sister (please don't hit me!) is running, I'm going to give it a go too, except im too far away so im doing the bupa Manchester 10k. I should probably go out for a run this weekend since I Ubuntu done any exercise in... um... A while a very very long while.

FrankWippery Sat 02-Feb-13 16:39:54

Well I'm signed up thanks to Pistey. I have promised to wear lurid pink AND a knitted nork on my head. I'm adding a touch of glam with some wings too.

BIWI - we should meet on the Common for a walk run, give the locals a giggle anyway.

DD3 knows I'm doing it, she also knows that Pistey's DD is doing it and suggested she could go on her shoulders. I think not, but I like her idea.

5madthings Sat 02-Feb-13 17:01:18

Ancient...ancient omg!!! How dare you!!!

I have written the training weeks up on the calender and shaved my legs in preparation for tomorrow. Have been on a few jog/walks but tomorrow start the couch210k which i have downloaded. I am now downloading music to my playlist in preparation and making evil plans to get my own back on easily

MrsDeVere Sat 02-Feb-13 17:05:15

Hahah ahaha.

Oh wait. 5mad is about 15 years younger than me.

<glares at easily >

MrsDeVere Sat 02-Feb-13 17:06:45

I have been training on the sofa with a dog on my lap most of the day.
I AM drinking an energy drink though. That counts don't it?

Its an Asda Diet Cranberry Blue Charge Frank in case you was wondering...

5madthings Sat 02-Feb-13 17:13:02

See what you have done now easily dont incur the wrath of mrsdevere

Just ignore easily young know it all whippersnapper that she is...is now channeling my fabulous nephew and sending him subliminal messages of various naughty activities to make sure he keeps mummy busy... grin

5madthings Sat 02-Feb-13 17:18:07

I am having a cup of tea.. Does that count as training? is also googling hideously annoying noisy and messy toys to buy for my nephew i am sure easily will love them...

prettybird Sat 02-Feb-13 17:23:48

No excuses. I went for 2 hours cycling coaching today (plus half an hour getting to/from the venue) - so you can go for a piddly little run. smile

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 17:25:32

Love the idea of Pistey's DD running with Frank's DD on her shoulders! That will slow her down!

So. All you experienced runners. What do you wear for running (knitted knorks and tutus to one side!) If you layer up, what do you with the stuff you take off when you get warm?! I have visions of me running round the park shedding clothes and then having to run back round again picking them up!

EasilyBored Sat 02-Feb-13 17:46:13

You are an evil genius 5mad, just as I was reading that, he threw a whole bowl of macaroni cheese across the living room!

I should get training really, wouldn't want to be shown up by being beaten by you!

I just wear jogging bottoms, a long sleeve running top and a fleece. But im not much of a runner!

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 17:48:33

PMSL at shaving legs in preparation grin

MrsDeVere Sat 02-Feb-13 17:52:36

BIWI I wouldn't call myself experienced but I did do a 10k last year.

Anyway..those running leggings are good. You can get good deals on Sports direct.com. (saves going into a sports shop <shudder>
The do long running vests with nork support and you can layer them with a proper bra.

My eyes water when I see some young thing running towards me with inadequate support.

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 17:55:42


MrsDeVere Sat 02-Feb-13 18:02:11

Do you? Well, I didn't like to make a fuss at the time.....

5madthings Sat 02-Feb-13 18:03:05

No really biwi my legs needed shaving i have new running trousers from sports direct but they are the 3/4 length ones and my legs were scarily hairy!! i wear those, sports bra and then a crop sports top on top of sports bra as i have big boobs and then long sleeved top or short sleeved top and thin zip up hoody type thing.

Is the cat cleaning up the macaroni for you easily

Any way i am.not running tonight but will do stretching and toning exercises and possibly a davina dvd. One bonus of this is i am finally losing the last bit of baby weight and i have half a dozen pairs if jeans that were too tight but now fit again, its like having a whole new wardrobe talking of wardrobes i sorted out dd's clothes today which was a workout in itself. Not sure how a two year old can possibly have as many clothes as she does, its obscene blush

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 18:04:46

So when you run, and you start to get hot (please let me get hot because I hate, hate, hate being cold), and you want to take the top layer off, what do you do with it? Tie it round your waist or do you have to wear a back pack as well?

MrsDeVere Sat 02-Feb-13 18:06:06

Tie it.
Back packs suck.

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 18:06:59

Yes. I had visions of running around like some kind of pack donkey!

MrsDeVere Sat 02-Feb-13 18:07:02

Never, ever run outside.
Go to the gym. I hate running around outdoors.
Outdoors is for strolling and meandering.

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 18:07:49

Well yes, I'm with you on that one. Unfortunately, unless we can recreate the Victorian Crystal Palace, it looks like I'm doomed to run outside!

5madthings Sat 02-Feb-13 18:09:05

Tie it, back packs bounce and are annoying. once you are running you dont feel the cold too much, you can always wear gloves and a hat if its really cold.

Did you really run 10k last year mrsdevere well i never knew that... grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 18:10:08

Shave our legs? Got it.

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 18:10:41

I wax.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 18:19:25

Not long until tomorrow BIWI.. Just saying.

Legs? I have to shave my legs?

Do I need to add that to the laminate as well???

Oh and ds1 said you don't need layers because you will get hot as soon as you start running so it's a waste of time and you can't run properly with a jumper round your waist.

This is the boy who runs in a best at 6am every morning. Even in snow. So feel free to ignore that little gem of advice.

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 18:27:25

Well he can do a running jump!

I have to say, I'm illing a bit at the moment. But hopefully a bit of exercise in the cold will sort me out. Can you run and blow your nose at the same time?

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 18:27:41

I'll come and wax your legs if you like! I love a bit of waxing.

BIWI do you want me to tell you what ds1 does when he has a runny nose and he is running?

No, thought not grin

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 18:29:50

Bleurgh. <over-imagines>

5madthings Sat 02-Feb-13 18:29:57

I'm pretty sure that shaving my legs will have improved my aerodynamics, as I said they were scarily hairy blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Feb-13 18:38:21

I'm really hoping that waxing comment is addressed to tantrums.

Anyway, I am suddenly extraordinarily busy.

I don't do wax. Sorry but it hurts.

I may scrape a razor over my shins if I have to

<adds shaving to the laminate>

I'm training! wine pub to pub! I gathering sponsors too!

5madthings Sat 02-Feb-13 18:50:46

Dont worry i dont want anyone to wax my legs which are now smooth as a babies bum, i only have to do up yo just above my knees as my thighs dont seem to grow hair my shins however seem to make up for the lack of growth on my thighs

And dp has noticed my smooth legs and thinks his luck is in, its not as i havent yet forgivrn him for not getting me a bday present.

prettybird Sat 02-Feb-13 18:56:18

In winter I only ever run with two layers, a top and a (large) sweat shirt. It means you are a bit cold as you set out, but you soon warm up.

I personally hate running in gloves and a hat (but I have very thick hair), although dh does if it's very cold. The reason I like a large sweat shirt is that when it's cold, you can pull down the sleeves to just about cover your hands.

Then, if you really warm up, you can take the sweat shirt off and tie it round your waist.

For races in summer, especially if it's raining, you don't bother wearing a sweatshirt to the start of the race: you wear the wonderfully flattering attire of a black bin bag that you can pull off and discard grin

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 18:57:01

No - waxing doesn't hurt! You get used to it. Honestly!

But it does hurt.

I don't want to get used to it grin

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 18:58:59

Oh go on. I love it!

<wields Veet strips menacingly>

MegBusset Sat 02-Feb-13 19:01:52

Atm I wear 3/4 length running leggings, long-sleeved base layer, short-sleeved running top, hoodie, running gloves, woolly hat. If it's sunny I ditch the base layer. The hat is a must as the freezing Norfolk wind blasts right through my estate and I loathe having cold ears.

In autumn when I started, I was doing a there-and-back route so if I got too hot would dump my hoodie in a bush and collect it on the way back! Otherwise I tie round the waist.

BIWI Sat 02-Feb-13 19:04:25

I take it you don't mean naice black leather gloves grin

MegBusset Sat 02-Feb-13 19:22:11

Mmm sweaty leather

I'm.wearing a dress tights and hich heels¡ I'm managing fone\

Blatherskite Sat 02-Feb-13 20:01:35

I always find the time to wax/epilate is as soon after a run as you can manage as the endorphines racing around your body mean it doesn't hurt as much. I took the epilator to my nether regions after this mornings run without so much as a wince.

I get very hot when I run so I tend to wear the minimum. This morning there was a really bitter wind so I covered up and had long tracksuit bottoms, a long sleeved running top and my club vest - and a sports bra of course. I got so warm I had to roll my sleeves up and unzip the neck though. When it gets below zero, I've been known to wear gloves.

EarnestDullard Sun 03-Feb-13 10:22:59

Didn't manage a run this morning due to power cut, so wouldn't have been able to shower afterwards. The World is conspiring against me! angry

I get really hot running too Blathers, even if it's cold enough to wear gloves I always end up taking them off after about 10 minutes.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 03-Feb-13 10:28:28

OK, so we all wax/epilate our nethers then after the run in October?

<wincing and hooting in equal measure>


Am hoping the radio silence from BIWI means she has gone for a trot.

Morning Fizzy wine

BIWI Sun 03-Feb-13 10:56:13

I didn't wake up until 10!

Am finishing my coffee and then off to trot.

My only concern is that this cold means my nose is dripping, pretty much literally. Not sure how I'm going to be able to run carrying a box of tissues. I might have to fashion something round my neck to carry a loo roll. <ponders>

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 03-Feb-13 11:29:35

buff over eyes and nose - stops cold air burning lungs and catches nose drippings.

I am taking the kids swimming - I think I'd rather go for a run quite frankly.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 03-Feb-13 11:50:11

arf at buff over eyes

I actually do have a buff though I like to call it snood <retro> because my lungs go flat if the air is too cold.

BIWI is running as we speak <beams>

BIWI Sun 03-Feb-13 13:34:20

Well I did it, and it was easy, thank the lord. That year's worth of personal training hasn't gone to waste!

I found myself thinking that the 90 second walking intervals were too long, which is obviously a good sign.

So out again on Tuesday morning.

I've also managed to sort out the Google Map Pedometer, so can map out some runs. I just ran round the park behind our house this morning, but running round the same place several times is already boring, so I need somewhere more interesting to run.

I forgot that I had some full length leggings, (mainly because they have been too tight for years, but they fit me now), so I wore those, with the fitted vest that goes with them (with sports bra underneath), and a zip-up track suit top over that. Temperature-wise it was perfect, and I didn't need to take anything off. My hands were very cold though - but I think once I'm running for more than a minute, that should sort itself out. Running just for a minute and then walking for 90 seconds does mean that I didn't get that hot.

So - so far, so good!

5madthings Sun 03-Feb-13 13:38:39

Yay go biwi grin

prettybird Sun 03-Feb-13 13:44:12

Yaaaayyy! smile

Well done BIWI grin

BIWI Sun 03-Feb-13 13:59:12



Blatherskite Sun 03-Feb-13 14:04:02

Well done BIWI smile

BIWI Sun 03-Feb-13 14:06:11

I wouldn't have done it without all you lot pushing me though! I don't think it's really my natural forte. Inside and warm is where I prefer to be! (At least hopefully running in the summer will be warmer/give me my daily Vitamin D)

I'm feeling pleasantly achey now, which is also good.

FrankWippery Sun 03-Feb-13 15:41:02

Well done BIWI. I'm starting my walking DD3 to nursery school in the morning and running back across the Common before doing the same in reverse when I collect her at lunch time. I even bought some actual real trainers so I have appropriate footwear. Def need a sports bra though, or I'll be sporting black eyes by 4pm.

MrsDV I do indeed remember your 10K as DD3 and I braved the elements to greet you at the finish! This is why I expect you to be at the end for us. Like for like and all that grin

BIWI Sun 03-Feb-13 16:47:25

MrsDV is going to have to wave a lot of pompoms for us all grin

MrsDeVere Sun 03-Feb-13 16:53:44

Of course! I will set up base camp. I have a thermos and everything.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 03-Feb-13 23:16:50

will there be wine in the thermos? <perks up>

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 07:42:40

Morning Trotting Chums smile wine

Morning zzzzzz brew.

CamperWidow Mon 04-Feb-13 08:11:38

Anyone near Derby want to join me? Might need some support to get round grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 09:04:10

Will ask on Facebook for you CW in a bit.

prettybird Mon 04-Feb-13 09:54:15

When the Glasgow Women's 10k goes past our house, we stand there supporting them while drinking cava out of stemmed glasses totally outing where I live to anyone who has run it - and we offer some to people we know and some we don't (in disposable plastic glasses of course!) grinwine

BIWI Mon 04-Feb-13 10:59:09

So is anyone else running? Surely I'm not the only one? <peers around thread>

Blatherskite Mon 04-Feb-13 11:18:15

I'll be doing 10k with my running club tomorrow. Did Level 2 of the Shred today.

CamperWidow Mon 04-Feb-13 11:25:56

Pistey I've just seen it and it kind of sent a chill of foreboding down my spine! Like, that's it, it's in print, gotta do it now!!

I will be running at 6;30

Pray for me.

prettybird Mon 04-Feb-13 11:40:49

I might go out running this week - or might go for a cycle instead.

I haven't signed up yet, but I'll be doing the run in Glasgow at the end of July. As I know I can run 5k on pretty much no training (although my achilles tendon will thank me for doing some), I'm not yet incentives to go out! blush

Looks outside at the driving sleet showers and trees bending in the wind and thinks it might be a good idea to leave it until the better weather comes..... grin

I did do a 2 hour women's cycling coaching session on Saturday, with 15 minutes there and 15 minutes back. smilesmile Even felt quite sprightly coming back - whereas the fortnight before I was knackered and chose the "flat" route back instead of the more direct route up the hill blush.

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 11:42:13

I will be running this evening once mad things are in bed...

Morning! Well my intention was to go out today with DS in the buggy, but its sleeting and 50mph winds! So I'll do my yoga DVD instead, and go for a fast walk when DH gets home tonight!

Yesterday was a write off (is that the right write? I may still be hungover) but I have garnered support for my 5k. One of my friends gave me money, but I can't quite remember who it was or how much, so I'll need to ask around! blush

Well done on your run BIWI! I'll send y good running vibes Blathers! I'll be out around then too!

Just need to find my trainers...........

I have a bike too, but I live at the top of a very big hill, so unless I just ride round and round the car park bit I think I'll need a bit more training before attempting anything on it!

I will be running later today, once I've got some work and some OU and some little hugging out of the way smile. Although given the time I should probably have lunch first <still on NY time and horribly jet lagged>.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 12:36:53

Running later here too. Going every other day for about half an hour.

I am somewhat laughing at Fizzy on top of a big hill on her bike. grin

CW You should do it even if you don't get a running chum, we'll cheer you on!

I have just fortified myself with a hot ribena and am away out before it rains. I may get horribly lost, since I've only lived here since Saturday grin.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 12:54:37

Shredded - I'm sure you do, but do you remember when you got lost running on holiday and had the Scissor Sisters playing on your iPod? And there were coyotes!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 12:54:53

Actually, we may have made up the coyote bit

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 12:55:07

But I do think it was the Scissor Sisters

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 12:56:25

So half an hr of yoga done before ds woke up. Just feeing him now. I think I need to put together a playlist for my fast walks runs. I have too much melancholy and flitty floaty classical to leave it up to random shuffle.

What's everyone's favourite running songs?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 13:25:19

We need a Team Playlist!

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 13:28:10

I downloaded some tracks the other night, its all stuff from my youth and a real mush mash, shania twiasn, Maryj blidge, ash, oasis, blur, tom petty, the beach boys, will smith etc just all upbeat and cheerful. Do looked last me like hmm when he saw what I had downloaded!

This is me going down hill

And what the accident investigators drew in my honour last time

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 13:30:28

Last time I asked on FB for suggestions Knotty came up with this Tis on my playlist, it makes me laugh, specially the bonkers bit grin

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 13:33:15

Oh I like that track piste BTW did you get my pm yesterday?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 13:36:46

Bless you 5mad, just about to Pm you now X

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 13:38:08

Thank you smile

MegBusset Mon 04-Feb-13 13:45:52

Just got back from doing 5k, nice and sunny out there though still windy like a bastard.

I change my running playlist every few weeks but at the mo it includes Dinosaur Jr, Afghan Whigs, Massive Attack, Kate Bush (Running Up That Hill, obv), Radiohead and Fleetwood Mac!

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 13:56:54

I had grand plans to get up early, take boys to school and then do the run on the way home... But it was dp's last morning at home before a 42hr shift... So I let him do it and I will run this eve once smalls are in bed, ds1 will babysit smile

Fleet wood mac! That's what I'm missing! My copy of rumours disappeared between house moves years ago! I'm off to download!

I was just thinking of that adventure this afternoon grin. I didn't have my ipod, and there weren't any coyotes there weren't any last time except in my over active imagination.

Instead there was lots of squishy squelchy mud and prickly brambles, and I did of course get lost grin. But it meant I did more than 10k with all the extra looping around.

That was the song Pistey, and I sure didn't feel like dancing.

Fizzy - Rumours is FAB for running, as is Parallel Lines and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack smile.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 15:38:12

When DD and I went running in New York, I just remember playing Mr Blue Sky which was yours as well, and we ran with the hurricane bearing down on us. Good times grin

Mr blue sky is on my playlist! In fact there isn't very much from this century on it!

EarnestDullard Mon 04-Feb-13 15:48:12

Very jealous of your running in NY Pistey, did you go through Central Park? I went running in Vancouver with my sister a few years ago, that was lovely. And once on the California coast.

This thread has spurred me on, I might draft in my parents to babysit one morning while I go out running. If I'm going to work up to 10k by May I need to get a move on!

Oh yes, Mr Blue Sky reminds me of our lovely C25K thread.

EasilyBored Mon 04-Feb-13 15:54:14

Right, I'm going to ignore the gale force winds and hail and tonight I'm putting my trainers on and going out!


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 16:03:15

Yes, in Central Park, and as New York was shutting down with the hurricane looming.

But we loved running there because by God we were quick! There are quite a few NYers who run incredibly slooooooooowly, twas more of a parade than a run. We loved it grin Then later that day, the hurricane hit and we were evacuated. It was all in the words of the good Dizzee himself, bonkers grin

BIWI Mon 04-Feb-13 16:04:53

So I went out today and now have new trainers, new long leggings, a running t-shirt and a lightweight, waterproof, zip-up top. In fluorescent pink. No-one will miss me now.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 16:06:42

But I do think we need to reintroduce the term Post Running Smug Phase. Hereafter PRSP

All runners, from experienced to beginner will understand PRSP, and those just starting out will learn to love it. It is that glorious smug feeling of knowing you have run and do not have to go the next day.

Enjoy PRSP

Tis smashing smile

BIWI Mon 04-Feb-13 16:08:47

Not sure what it's like to run to, but this is my latest love:

One for all the Franglais amongst us! It's an absolute hoot.

BIWI Mon 04-Feb-13 16:09:03

<le sigh>

try again

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 16:18:54

Good luck easily I will be running this evening as well. They boys scootered home from school today, they havent done that in a while due to the snow and I had forgotten how fast they go... I had to jog thge half hour walk home, it was OK SK I am feeling oiptimistuc for my first couch to 10k thius evening...

FrankWippery Mon 04-Feb-13 17:32:00

I did do running this very morning. According to my sat nav app it's 2.28 miles back from DD2's nursery school. She's going to take her bike in the morning so I'll be able to run half that leg, once we're on the Common. I did look a bit dead at the end though, it must be said.

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 17:40:57

Well done frank I was trying to use a gpsthingy on my phone but it eats the battery! I am going to be using my phone to listen to music with my couch to 10k app so have decided to buy myself a pedometer and have been sadly researching them online. I do have one somewhere but can't find it and it was very basic. I have chosen an omron one that I shall need to input ,my stride length and various other details.. It gets very good reviews and am going to nip into town tomorrow to get it.

Oih sports bras, mine is OK and I wear a sports crop top thing thast us really tight over it but am thinking I shall get a new bra, I ask large in the norks department but fairly narrow under bust, what makes are best? I need to go get a tape measure and work out my size properly as it has changed so much with 5 pregnancies and over nine years of bfeeding...

Erm, its currently a white out outside with howling winds! I'm not making excuses, but I am not going out in it. 2 inches of snow has fallen this afternoon. I'm in an orange warning area too <thinks up more reasons> .........

MegBusset Mon 04-Feb-13 19:03:35

Good luck this evening 5mad! I have total PRSP smile

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 19:27:47

Prsp? Just about to put dd to bed and should be heading out at 8pm wish have my stuff all ready...

EasilyBored Mon 04-Feb-13 19:32:19

I did it! Not a very long run, but I managed to run nearly the whole way. Am now knackered and going to have a shower and a glass of wine. DH says that's not really 'the spirit of it'.

Am very pleased with self for actually going out in the wind and drizzle and dark.

Good luck sis!

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Mon 04-Feb-13 19:33:42

A white out Glaikit? You'll make Pistey envy

I rode my bike on the school run, towing DD3 in a trailer. This counts as training - no?

MegBusset Mon 04-Feb-13 19:44:08

Post Running Smugness Phase (see previous posts!). Goes well with a wine, I find.

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 20:49:22

I did it, and I actually carried on going at the end of week one run one of the 10k app ask could and feel like u could do it for a bit longer actually. Imam bizarrely granny, I actually enjoyed it!!

However I think I don't look like a natural runner, tho I did see another runner who gave me a nod.

Ds1,was fine at home with the little four who all stayed asleep. Am looking forward to wed night...

EasilyBored Mon 04-Feb-13 20:53:16

Where did you download the ap from?

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 20:57:49

From play. Its a free app by zenlabs. Just search couch210k and you will get s fee the zenlabs one should be fine if the first ones. Its a 24wk program and gets good reviews.

5madthings Mon 04-Feb-13 20:58:05

14 wk not 24 wk.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Feb-13 20:58:08

Has anyone heard from tantrums since she went at 6.30 shock

Search party?

EasilyBored Mon 04-Feb-13 21:09:26

OK, I've just been using the 'my training' bit on the bupa page,you can plan out your routes on a map and it tells you the distance, you programme them in and then just fill in the timetable of suggested work outs.

Right well I did it grin

I actually did all 8 one minute runs. I am actually thrilled with myself.

I feel all happy grin

We are going swimming tonight apparently. Joyful.
But I have started. And I didn't collapse so it's all good so far.

Ds1 has just gone out for his morning run. As he was leaving he said "give it a few months mum and you'll be able to come with me in the morning for a run"

Yeah. Never gonna happen.

But I survived my first night of training so I'm sure it can only get better

<refuses to believe it may actually get worse>

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 06:36:57


Morning brew smile

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 06:52:38

Yay well done tantrums my dp inforns me that actually it gets better somethinf to do with fitness and stanina improving quickly....

Right must go shower and have five mins peace before morning madness comences.

prettybird Tue 05-Feb-13 08:15:09

Fantastic tantrums - you've done really well. Just going out is an achievement.

It really does get better smile

BIWI Tue 05-Feb-13 08:43:32

Brilliant, tantrums!

I'm supposed to be going for my second run today, but I'm illing and very snotty. I'm easing myself into the morning and seeing how I feel.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 08:55:29

Enjoy Post Running Smug Phase if you go BIWI, hope you feel better soon X

prettybird Tue 05-Feb-13 09:00:33

Too much snow (which will turn icy and slushy) for me to go out.

......shame.... wink

BIWI Tue 05-Feb-13 09:04:50


BIWI Tue 05-Feb-13 11:00:26

Week 1, day 2, ripped and sorted.

prettybird Tue 05-Feb-13 11:31:37

Congratulations BIWI smile

While I might not be venturing out into the arctic wasteland going out for a run, I have done my 2nd day of the 30 Day Shred smile I finished Ripped in 30 last week, so am now going to go back through the DVDs. At least this time round I am not doing the "on the knee" press-ups even if I don't necessarily always bend my elbows that much grin

Well done BIWI

I'm spamming the wooly threads with this crochet pattern

This has to be included in a woolly hug somewhere!

I appreciate this is the running thread! But everyone loves a jammie dodger!

BIWI Tue 05-Feb-13 13:41:08

That's brilliant! And it will be low carb too grin

MrsDeVere Tue 05-Feb-13 16:52:50

Signed up for the 10k today <knackered>

BIWI Tue 05-Feb-13 16:58:04

<stands and applauds in admiration>

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 16:58:23

Its bloody snowing here now sad I ran last night do tonight will do a Davina DVD its a half hour kick boxing routine and then I will run when dd gets home from work tomorrow, in fact given ds2's behaviour I will literally walk out the door the minute dp gets in...save me from throttling him.

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 16:59:10

Which 10k is that? smile you will read a rest now mrsdevere

MrsDeVere Tue 05-Feb-13 17:27:55

Its the Bupa one 5mad.

It quite took it out of me I can tell you.


MrsD do you need a laminated training plan?

Or a 14 year old personal trainer? Because you are more than welcome to mine. I would pay you actual money to take him away.

I've literally just got in the door and he is saying to me, come on mum we are going swimming.
What, now ds1? Right this minute? Before I even have a cup of tea?

Apparently yes. Right now. But it's ok because we are only doing 30 lengths. Yep. 30 lengths.

What is wrong with my child? Is he even my child?

Isn't he supposed to be hanging around on street corners, not going for a run at 6am and then highly enthusiastic about swimming 30 lengths?

I will be lucky to manage 3. The last time I went swimming was in the baby pool with ds2 about 5 years ago.

I am beginning to suspect ds1 hates me and this is his clever revenge.

I have to go. I am being shouted at. I am putting coffee in a takeaway cup to drink on the way. Oh and next month we will run to the pool before swimming.

He does hate me, doesn't he?

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 17:37:17

The London one? I thought it was full? Or maybe it depends what type of runner is charity or not?

I feel slightly achey after my run yesterday I see that as good. I thought running would be cheap but in town today I got two new pairs of running trousers (bargain in sale at sports direct) and a jacket as I have been wearing dp's and its too big, oh and pedometer. What is it with new hobbies and my ability to spend money on them...

CamperWidow Tue 05-Feb-13 17:39:14

Tantrums can you post you plan? Would be lovely to laugh at see what those in the know are doing! grin

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 17:39:48

tantrums he sounds fabulous!!!

Swimming is my thing, I can quite easily go for an hour and do 80 lengths. I may go when dp has a day off on Thursday actually.

I do like the knitted jammy dodgers, you could wear them like a medal grin

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 17:40:35

Yes post your plan, I am following a couch to 10k app I downloaded and doing exercise DVD's.

BIWI Tue 05-Feb-13 17:41:57

Fabulous, Tantrums grin

5madthings - another one here shelling out cash! New trainers, long running pants, t-shirt and water-proof top. Oh, and socks and gloves.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 17:43:43

And the hat! Don't forget the hat smile

5mad you can have him. I will send him up to you immediatley. grin

I will post the plan if I have the energy tonight if not i will post tomorrow.

I am warning you though-it is LONG

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 17:48:37

5madthings - we were originally allocated 6 places by World Child Cancer, but that has been reduced to 5 as they had forgotten they had committed to someone already. MrsDV has one of those, and she has just filled in the form for them. It's the same as yours, it's just a way for the charities to get runners into these events iyswim. I'm now going to be the reserve, so if anyone drops out for any reason I will have to try to get the number from you.

But I am definitely signed up and paid for for the 5K in October. Huzzah!

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 17:50:39

Oh I got socks and a long sleeved top as well, but all of it came to £55? In sports direct, not including the pedometer which I got in a running shop. But some of it was bday money and dp didn't buy me anything!! For my bday, so I figured I was owed a treat i also spent dp's fat face voucher on a new top for myself grin

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 17:52:39

Ah right I get it now. I think I got lucky when I signed up but I just signed up as a general runner and am directing people to the just giving page. meg has emailed world child cancer and they will send us running vests and some sponsor forms as well smile

Tantrums ds should be our mr motivator! Does he have any green Lycra? He can shout at us via a you tube vlog

Dh is out tonight for football so I'm hoping to get out tomorrow. I'm just trying to figure out how to transfer the c25k app from my iPad to iPod touch. Any geniuses out there? Tantrums?? Is your ds also technologically minded as well as treating his body as a temple?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 17:53:59


BUPA 10K runners - May
3 from MNHQ
Pistey - reserve

Glasgow 5K - July

London 5K - October

CamperWidow - you running in Derby?

Anyone else, please do add yourselves in smile wine

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 17:55:36

You did well to get in 5mad - but now we have the option of the 5ks hopefully anyone who is keen, can run for Billie.

MegBusset Tue 05-Feb-13 18:03:37

My sponsor form arrived today. Will be brandishing it wherever I go, as well as haranguing friends and family with the Justgiving page smile

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 18:04:06

I was just inspired but txt meg to see if she would do it, but I obviously filled up shortly afterwards. The 5k ones are good, I think lots more will be tempted to aim for that. My sister has now signed up for the 10k in Manchester, her run is the day before mine so I will have her time to beat... she is 5 years younger than me so I can officially add a few mins to her time to make it fair I think grin

MrsDeVere Tue 05-Feb-13 18:23:15

No thanks tantrums. Thanks for offering though grin

I have to go to the YMCA and check they will allow me to continue with my discounted gym fee (cant think of the right word).
If they wont, if they have changed their rules, THIS WILL BE A DISASTER. Because I cannot train outdoors.


I like to run for miles on the treadmill whilst reading my kindle and listening to R xtra.

I am not one of nature's outsidey people. I will only venture outdoors if a horse, dog or something equally motivating is involved. Running round our waterlogged park does not appeal.

So fingers crossed.

FrankWippery Tue 05-Feb-13 19:03:27

Oooh nice one MrsDV. And I will of course be there at the end with the pink sparkly noisy child. She has taken rather a shine to you and your small boys, so I think we have the wedding sorted.

Back from swimming.


Did 30 lengths.

Ds1 shouted at me. Encouragement, allegedly.

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 19:09:26

Positive reinforcement tantrums sargeant major style! Maybe he has a future career as a super expensive personal trainer to the rich and famous!

Sargent major is right.

But he just made me a cup of tea and is cooking dinner so he is not all bad grin

BIWI Tue 05-Feb-13 19:13:06

30 lengths? shock


Can you withhold pocket money for not being nice to his aged mother?

I feel like I've just done 30 lengths by doing bathtime with ds! I'm probably just as wet!

Just saw the cooking dinner bit! Double his pocket money!

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 19:27:39

My ds1 cooked dinner tonight as well! Am just about to get the youngest madthing to bed and then i shall do my kick boxing dvd tho i have to use the xbox to play the dvd and need to get ds1 to show me how it works blush

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 20:43:34

Frankie If I end up not running the 10K I'll be at the end with you and your sparkly pink gorgeous DD. We can have pom poms x 3 smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 05-Feb-13 20:43:54

Or, we could just wave your DD grin

5madthings Tue 05-Feb-13 20:59:27

I have done my kick boxing DVD. Omg I can feel it in my legs...

I think its raining a bit now the snow will not be staying.. Yay!

FrankWippery Tue 05-Feb-13 21:13:42

I think we can do both. A pom pom in one hand, one on each of her feet and we can wave her with our non pom pommed hand. Somehow grin

We will be there with cold tins of G&T and Smirnoff Ices. And chocolate.

KnottyLocks Tue 05-Feb-13 21:23:30

Knackered just reading this tbh grin


BIWI Wed 06-Feb-13 08:35:52

We shall just end up in a sweaty, pissed up heap at the finishing line, won't we?!


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 12:19:42

sounds smashing BIWI

EasilyBored Wed 06-Feb-13 12:24:56

Am going to go out tonight for run number two, as DH is back from London later. I am feeling very stressed at work, so I'm hoping some endorphins might make me less likely to Lose My Shit by the end of the week and finally just go for my colleague's throat with a stapler and a broken plastic ruler. Ahem.

V impressed with the swimming tantrums and well done on the DVDs.

5mad, you need to get a zumba game for the Kinect, it's mad! I was pouring with sweat and exhausted after half an hour last time I did it!

5madthings Wed 06-Feb-13 12:40:52

I may have a look at the zumba games for xbox.

I shall be runninh when dp gets in from work, my plan is that i shall go.out as he gets in and he can cook dinner for us all whilst i run smile

5madthings Wed 06-Feb-13 12:53:24

There seem to be lots of zumba games for the xbox, zumba core, zumba party, zumba rush? Are any more recomended? And having watched a demo i am not sure i am co-ordinated enough... Which one have you got easily? ha ha next time i visit we can do one together i bed dh would have a right laugh at our expense grin

prettybird Wed 06-Feb-13 13:04:54

Just been out for a 50 minute cycle ride with dh in the glorious sunshine smile. Tomorrow I might think about going for a run instead, if it is still as nice (although cold).

Kewcumber Wed 06-Feb-13 13:19:47

Ok I'm 48 very overweight and did my last 5 k in 44 mins (45 = walking!)

I'm on for the london one. And can train in SW london... grin

BIWI Wed 06-Feb-13 14:28:37

I did my first session at the new gym today, and part of my new programme involves running. It's more intense than C25K, and it's only supposed to be part of my hour! I'm supposed to jog for a minute at 10 (no idea if that's mph or kph!) and then run for a minute at 13! And do that 5 times! I would have died. Clearly fitness levels not as good as I had hoped re the endurance stuff.

BIWI Wed 06-Feb-13 14:29:05

Apologies for the over-use of exclamation marks there. A little exercised at the moment ...

Blatherskite Wed 06-Feb-13 14:47:42

I managed 10k last night and had a second go at Shred level 2 today. I'd be feeling more virtuous if I hadn't snarfed a Wispa the second I'd finished though wink

EarnestDullard Wed 06-Feb-13 17:01:18

I managed a 2.5 mile run this morning and also did Shred level 1 yesterday (oddly, exactly a year since the last time I did it). Arms and chest were so achey last night that I could barely get comfortable to sleep! If I aim to up my distance by a mile each month, that'll get me to about 10k by May. I'm also hoping to have lost a stone by then.

5madthings Wed 06-Feb-13 19:20:14

Week one run two of cto10k done in the rain no less!!

5madthings Wed 06-Feb-13 19:21:04

Week one run two of cto10k done in the rain no less!!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 19:35:52

Kewcumber We are delighted to have you on the London team thanks

Week one, run 2 completed.

Pass the wine and chocolate now please.

5madthings Wed 06-Feb-13 20:00:19

Yay well done tantrums passes wine and maltesers..

I have tajen my trainers off and discovered that i got a blister and it bled!! I didnt notice it when running. Anyway will go to the running shop and tge guy there makes you run on a treadmil and looks at bare feet foot impressions?! To find a style that suits. My trainers are quite old and i got them for aerobics rather than running.

Great to see all this progress grin.

5mad - it's really important to get the right shoes to avoid injuries. Once you know the brand/style that fit you best you can usually find them on line cheaper than in sports shops, especially if you go for last season's model/colour. I just paid half the shop price on Amazon for mine.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 06-Feb-13 20:19:59

I agree about avoiding injuries, definitely need good trainers.

Tantrums, don't worry, tis not much further to go now on the programme <arf>

5madthings Wed 06-Feb-13 20:20:05

I shall go to the runminh shop tomorrow then and if they are mega expensive will look online. I only have size four feet so i can often get childrens sizes and save on vat. I dont mind paying a reasonable amount if it means no blisters, my lovely new running socks have blood on them sad it doesnt hurt tho?!

BIWI Wed 06-Feb-13 20:28:05

Sports Direct are doing 10% off their trainers at the moment. I bought a pair of Karrimor trainers that were originally only £20 and got them for £18.

I know it's not the same as having your feet measured by a proper running shop, but they are not a bad make, and are comfortable trainers. Good for starting out, anyway.

Blatherskite Wed 06-Feb-13 20:32:47

You definitely need a gait analysis and proper shoes. I used to get really bad shin splits but a proper pair of shoes and they've never been back

5madthings Wed 06-Feb-13 20:48:13

The guy that owns the local running shop is a marathon runner himself and seems to know his stuff. Dp ran the london marathon last yr and he got his trainers from there and has had no problems. There is also a sports shop in town that meg went to so i may try both. I feel quite energised after my run grin oh and ds2 wants to run with me, i have said he can come on a daytime run at the wkend but its too dark in the evenings as he is 10 and i dont want to be worrying about him.

prettybird Wed 06-Feb-13 22:29:46

If anyone suffers from Achilles tendon pain or recurring bouts of Achilles tendinitis (as I do or did), then it is worthwhile considering getting sorbothane insoles. They help absorb impact - and if you can put them in on top of the existing insole (depends on the type of insole), it can help raise the heel relative to the back of the shoe, which can often in itself be contributing to Achilles tendon problems.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 08-Feb-13 07:12:06

Morning all Trotting Chums smile brew

Morning all.

Week one run 3 completed this morning. At 6:15am

And next week gets harder doesn't it?

Oh well. I'm still here. Haven't passed out yet. Yet. grin

prettybird Fri 08-Feb-13 08:32:55

Congratulations tantrums . Respect for going out so early - it's not something I could ever do wink except when I was in full running mode training for a marathon and genuinely couldn't fit in any other time

It will get easier!smile

5madthings Fri 08-Feb-13 08:34:20

Go tantrums very impressed at an early morning run!

I am off to toddlers and will do week one, run three this afternoon.

I didn't want to do it tonight, that's all grin

I wanted to come home from work and relax.

Ds1 runs at that time every morning, it wasn't too bad actually. I was surprised. It was very cold though.

BIWI Fri 08-Feb-13 08:55:48

6.15 - respect!

I did my third run yesterday afternoon. It seems a long time to wait until starting week 2, which will be on Sunday for me. Although I have realised this is to make sure that week 2 starts on the same day of the week as week 1, which will make it less confusing!

Week 2 is 6 x 1.5 minute runs, with a 2 minute walk in between. I'm interested that you get longer to recover in between.

I think I'm going to need the longer recovery time grin

BIWI Fri 08-Feb-13 09:08:44

What will happen by the time we're running 5K?

Run for 1K, walk for 3K ... grin

MegBusset Fri 08-Feb-13 09:21:16

Not likely to get out today as have vomitous DS2 at home. Tomorrow hopefully!


I never got as far as running 5K in the time available on the podcast - as Pistey used to wisely say on our C25K thread, it's not to get you running for 5K, it's to get you running for 30 minutes grin.

Pretty - respect to you and your marathon!

5madthings Fri 08-Feb-13 16:14:16

I have new trainers!! Very cool and comftpy, the guy in the shop was great and he showed me a way of doing my laces which means no slipping tho the new trainers fit much better than my old ones so I don't think they would rub anyway. Just waiting for my phone to charge and then I shall go out for my run, hoping the rain/snow/sleet we have had this afternoon holds off...

BIWI Fri 08-Feb-13 17:08:59

Running for 30 minutes just seems so far away at the moment! I did 2 minutes on the treadmill at the gym today, as part of my session, and actually that was very doable, so I'm going to increase that next time I go.

5madthings Fri 08-Feb-13 19:09:44

Week one, run three done in the sleet and snow no less!

Well done 5mad and BIWI!

BIWI Fri 08-Feb-13 19:45:54

Blimey - that's dedication to the cause, 5madthings!

5madthings Fri 08-Feb-13 19:59:51

I am actually enjoying it!! And it meant I escaped whilst dp got the mad things to bed grin my new trainers were great, solo comfy and even tho I have horrid blisters from earlier in the week the run was fine. I had special blister plasters on and running socks but the new trainers just fit so well so no rubbing at all. I am a bit sad that my new trainers are wet and I have mud splashed up my legs.. Bath this evening!

Blatherskite Fri 08-Feb-13 21:55:46

I've had a lazy couple of days but it's parkrun again tomorrow. Early night in preparation I think....

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 08-Feb-13 22:01:21

We'll all get there smile

Good going everyone <proud>

Blatherskite Sat 09-Feb-13 11:04:07

Managed to finish Parkrun before it started snowing this morning. Even got some training tips from a lovely old man who'd come in just behind me smile

MegBusset Sat 09-Feb-13 13:07:48

Did 5k this morning. Comes to something when "just" 5k almost seems a bit lazy!!

BIWI Sat 09-Feb-13 13:09:04

I can't imagine ever thinking that!

5madthings Sat 09-Feb-13 13:22:37

No I am not sure I will ever think that either.

So hardened runners...blister tips. I got mine running in my old shoes and have been using special blister plasters, they don't hurt at all but today I took the plasters off as directed as they were peeling off and they look revolting! The blisters had had the top come off the time I ran in my old trainers.. Do I just leave them to air and just put a plaster on for running?

I am going for a run with ds2 later not one if the couch210k ones as I am done week one and start week two in Monday, so it will be just run/jog and walk for a bit probably 40 mins or so with ds2who is massively keen to run with me smile

5madthings Sat 09-Feb-13 14:43:25

Having googled there is lots of blister advice. Mine burst to nhs direct site recomend hydrocolloid dressing? I have dispateched dp to buy some and am currently letting them air.

Shall go for a run in a bit once dd is in bed. The sun is out, still cold but no sign if any snow thank god.

MegBusset Sat 09-Feb-13 14:49:08

I tend to leave blisters out to air/dry up as much as poss. But then I always pop mine even though you're not supposed to blush It's just so satisfying!

Enjoy your run, it's nice out there today, not too windy smile

5madthings Sat 09-Feb-13 14:55:11

Yes air drying most of thw time but i want to protect them when running, hence the dressing. They look hideous! It is nice out. Apparently we are forecast snow for sunday tho...

I am sadly in love with my new trainers, i may have to post a pic on fb smile

Did you do the eaton 5k this am meg?

I think at the end of wk five i will give the 5k a go, will prob have to walk some of it but as long as i get round.. According to my app i shoukd be at half hr/5k by end of wk seven. So a go at end of wk five seems feasible smile

MegBusset Sat 09-Feb-13 16:17:49

I haven't done the Eaton parkrun yet, I'll wait til you feel ready and do it with you smile

EasilyBored Sat 09-Feb-13 19:14:00

I've been ill this week, so only managed the second run today, will go for run the third run tomorrow though. I need to but some full length running trousers though as it's bloody cold here. And ear muffs.

I'm aiming to do the Heaton park parkrun roughly five weeks too, though may end up wheezing round. Must stop rehydrating with wine when I get home.

Blatherskite Sat 09-Feb-13 19:56:41

It's addictive this running lark. I used to think 10k was a lot but now I do that every Tuesday, I've found myself looking at half marathons!

I'm still petrified at the thought of a marathon but I can see it possibly becoming an option one day

Blatherskite Sat 09-Feb-13 19:58:16

Oh and blisters, AFAIK, the advice is to not pop them and just cover them for running to protect them. Agree they are very, very tempting to pop though. I have one on the end of my toe today - totally painless and caused by my shoes getting wet at the start of this mornings run - and I am desperate to pop it.

prettybird Sat 09-Feb-13 21:19:20

If you must burst a blister, then - and it's a good incentive not to - you need to cut off all the "loose" skin of the blister, because otherwise the area under the blister can get infected.

I used to then "dress" the blister with a sort of felt sticky plaster and/or micro pore.

This is best done after your rejuvenating bath I occasionally forgot and did it before getting the bath.....ouch, ouch, OUCH!! wink

Blatherskite Sat 09-Feb-13 21:35:17

I gave in and popped mine. I was expecting soft, red new skin underneath that would burn the second it touched anything but it's fine. It's been coated in nappy cream all day and all of the liquid had gone so I think I left it just long enough

prettybird Sun 10-Feb-13 13:21:21

Bugger it - I didn't go to my cycle coaching yesterday 'cos I had a reunion to go to instead, so that means today I have to go for either a run or a cycle.

It's sleeting/snowing, it's really cold, it's damps, it's horrible and. I. don't. want. to. go. <stamps foot>

I think I'm going to go for a short run as the lesser of two evils in the grotty weather hmm

I may even wear a hat.

prettybird Sun 10-Feb-13 13:35:23

....for the moment, I think I'll just play another game if Spider Solitaire.... winkblush

pretty - I'll go if you go smile

I also wanted to ask you for some bike advice - I want to buy myself one for (a) getting to/from the station, and (b) pootling around (we're close to a cycle path/country park/river embankment). Any recommendations, and an idea of how much I'll need to spend would be smashing!

BIWI Sun 10-Feb-13 13:45:51

Well despite the horrible cold, grey, drizzly day I did go out for my run, complete with new hat.

(For those of you not on FB to see this exquisite example of head fashion, I have a very small head, and ended up with a hat with the age designation or 3-6 years old. grin)

I started week 2 this morning, so 6 x 1.5 minute runs. It was fine, although I seem to have a bit of a thing going on with my right hip that hasn't happened before, so I'm going to have to keep an eye on that.

prettybird Sun 10-Feb-13 14:09:58

Well, after a wee session re-teaching myself the flute again I am now dressed and ready to go - so Shredded you need to get yourself out too grin

I'll answer your question re bikes when I get back.

I'm going to do about 2 miles - I may be some time! blush

prettybird Sun 10-Feb-13 14:47:04

I'm back! smile Still in the "absolutely knackered" stage and not yet in the PRSP grin

Took me 23m 03s but given that that was my first run in... oooh probably about 6 months, I'm ok with that. Made myself do 6 minutes stretching afterwards - my aged body needs that now, whereas when I was younger, I could get away with no stretching.

BIWI Sun 10-Feb-13 14:49:41

Very impressed!

OK, i'm inspired. I'm sure I'll enjoy it when I get there grin

prettybird Sun 10-Feb-13 15:53:53

Shredded : if you have a Decathlon close enough by, I'd recommend you go along there. You really can't beat them for value.

For urban/pootling cycling, this bike is really good value for £270. You'd be hard pushed to find something equivalent (and as light) in a bike shop for under £500. I'm resuming you don't want drop handlebars.

It includes dynamo lights, so you don't need to to worry about batteries and a pannier so you can carry stuff.

If you're wanting to go "off road" you might want to look at some of the alternatives with suspension.

5madthings Sun 10-Feb-13 17:47:47

Collapses into thread... 3.1 miles in under 40mins. That is almost 5k? And i was running against the wind. I am quite pleased with that smile

5madthings Sun 10-Feb-13 17:50:24

Well done pretty i am not aged and still need to stretch afterwards or my calves feel like they may snap!

EasilyBored Sun 10-Feb-13 19:57:02

Have skipped my run today as am ill and coughing and spewed all over the kitchen earlier. Fun times.

Pretty thank you for the recommendation. That looks exactly what I'm after smile.

5mad - 3.1 miles is 5K! Well done!

5madthings Sun 10-Feb-13 20:53:33

Hope you are better soon easily xxx sending sisterly love xx

shredded i thought 3.2 miles was 5k? Its almost there and i feel very pleased with myself smile tho my takeaway may be undoing all the good of the run...

prettybird Sun 10-Feb-13 21:12:10

10k is 6.25m so 5k is 3.125m.

So you are pretty much there! smile

5madthings Sun 10-Feb-13 21:19:55

Well i need to get to 10k by the 27th of may and its certainly seeming more doable. I didnt run the whole way hence it taking 37mins. I woukd run till i coukdnt then walk a min and get my breatg back and then run again. The wind is a killer tho you really notice the difference when running into it!

Blatherskite Sun 10-Feb-13 21:55:28

Ooh, the 27th May is my birthday. You can celebrate reaching 10k while I quietly cry in a corner about being old - then we'll both get drunk grin

5madthings Sun 10-Feb-13 22:09:04

The 27th of may us my sisters bday as well, so a good day to have a day and I promise I won't forget this year easily

5madthings Sun 10-Feb-13 22:10:03

And yes I will get drunk after the 10k, I think the plan is to go to the pub at the end grin

Flojobunny Sun 10-Feb-13 22:13:38

Oh I've only just seen this. Who is running Manchester?

5madthings Sun 10-Feb-13 22:22:20

I think easily (my sister) is running the Manchester 10k in 26th may? Or that is her plan but its not public knowledge so shnhh.

Flojobunny Sun 10-Feb-13 22:34:37

I was thinking more the 5k and when I say running, I meant more of a leisurely meander!

prettybird Mon 11-Feb-13 08:52:03

Has anyone heard from Shredded since she said she went out? grin

EasilyBored Mon 11-Feb-13 08:57:10

I am indeed running the 10K on the 26th. If I'm ever not ill, and the baby is ever not ill.

5madthings Mon 11-Feb-13 09:01:48

Once dp gets back from school run I shall go and do week two run one...

I'm here Pretty! I did just over 4 miles in the mud grin. I'm glad I went yesterday, as we've got lots of snow today.

5madthings Mon 11-Feb-13 10:51:55

Week two run one done smile not sure i like running in the day so much, have bern running late afternoon and early evening and i prefer that but dp.has crazy shifts and we have parents evenings and football matches etc this wk so.its a case of fitting it in when i can.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 11-Feb-13 20:03:03

I was going to say - have seen Shredded's mapymyrun I think smile

Flo - I can ask on Facebook if you want to see if there is someone to run Manchester with?

I'll buy all Woolly Hugger runners a drink in the pub after the 10K grin Least we can do!

MegBusset Mon 11-Feb-13 22:05:32

Completely failed to get out today, have been up to my ears in preschool committee stuff (still at it now in fact!). Tomorrow hopefully!

Week 2, day 1 completed yesterday. Just about, it was slightly harder than expected but i did it grin

Off to the gym tonight.

BIWI Tue 12-Feb-13 09:31:17

Can't run today sad

Hurt my right hip on Sunday and had an osteopath appointment yesterday to sort it out. A bit of pelvic misalignment and some very tight muscles - thank goodness nothing more serious.

But I'm very sore after the prodding, poking and massage, and she told me to rest today.

I realised, though, that I was really hoping not to be told I couldn't run at all, so that's a result!

prettybird Tue 12-Feb-13 10:40:51

BIWI - I've just had a look at your blog and if it's any consolation, I've never been able to run on treadmills - even when I was doing half marathons at a semi-decent pace. Even though on the road I have a good even pace, on a treadmill I'd be exhausted running at the same pace and always feel like I was about to fall off the back of the treadmill blush

Ask your trainer for a programme that doesn't include running, as you'll be doing that anyway. Maybe do different aerobic exercises or 10 minutes on the bike?

BIWI Tue 12-Feb-13 10:59:34

I've talked to him - he hadn't realised I was doing the running as well. His view is that road running is much better than the treadmill - as the treadmill, to a certain extent, does the work for you. So we've agreed that (unless I feel like it) I can drop that bit of the programme and concentrate on other elements of it.

PiggyPlumPie Tue 12-Feb-13 14:18:43

Can I join???

I've just entered the Balmoral 10K on 27th April (gulp) and have not run properly in years....

MrsDeVere Tue 12-Feb-13 14:27:00

That is my Billie's anniversary Piggy.


My news...I have driven ALL the way to the gym <pant> and LIFTED my WTC award papers out of my bag <phew>.

I handed them over to the receptionist who has updated my membership.

That was hard work.

I can start training next week grin

BIWI Tue 12-Feb-13 14:28:04


I'd take a rest now, MrsDV.

Blatherskite Tue 12-Feb-13 14:38:08

I'm missing today too BIWI. I feel cold and really, really tired and have a pricking in my tonsils again. Not a good night for running in the snow.

I shall stay home and scoff pancakes with the kids instead smile

BIWI Tue 12-Feb-13 15:21:44

Not much of a contest there, Blathers!

BIWI Tue 12-Feb-13 15:22:53

Oh, and I've been to the running shop in Teddington and had the whole gait analysis thing done, and bought new trainers with insoles. So I shall be running like the wind when I get back to it tomorrow, obviously grin

Ooh Balmoral Piggy! Are you from that neck of the woods?

Ok, time to fess up, I haven't done anything bar chasing after DS (which is knackering, but not in a good way).

I need a kick up the backside <bends over>

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Tue 12-Feb-13 16:48:58

that sounds expensive Pistey. grin grin

I just bought new tap shoes, so there cannot be new running shoes as well. Perhaps I should tap 5 miles?.wink wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Feb-13 16:49:31

Well done MrsDV smile

Go Piggy!

Cannot believe you BIWI!

Boots Fizzy's arse, but only because she asked grin

MegBusset Tue 12-Feb-13 18:21:56

I did my usual 5k today, off out to a gig tonight and having pancakes when I get back smile

BIWI Tue 12-Feb-13 19:04:51


I love the way you just casually say 'my usual 5k'!

MegBusset Tue 12-Feb-13 19:33:02


When I started C25k I could barely run for a bus... that was only five months ago! Would never have dreamed I could use the phrase "my usual 5k" let alone consider doubling that distance!

PiggyPlumPie Tue 12-Feb-13 19:45:21

Glaikit am a Derby lass living in Aberdeenshire!

My pal has talked me into running Balmoral with her but she is dead fast!

BIWI Tue 12-Feb-13 19:46:27

Meg - how long does 5k take you?

I know deeside well. Spent quite a bit of my childhood summers in Finzean!

Otherworld Tue 12-Feb-13 19:49:33

Hi all. Put me down for Southampton on June 30th smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Feb-13 20:03:07

Oh well done Otherworld! Have you booked in? We will be delighted to cheer you on! Don't forget to link any lovely would be sponsors to our Just Giving page

And if you look at the page you will see lots of good wishes for us Woolly Hugs runners - hooray!! All those aches and pains will be worth it smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 12-Feb-13 20:09:49

Please add yourselves in if I have missed anyone! Piggy - looks like you go first wine Flojo - you running Manchester 5K?

Balmoral 10K - April

London 10K - May
3 from MNHQ
Pistey - reserve

Manchester 10K - May

Southampton 5K - June

Glasgow 5K - July

London 5K - October

Otherworld Tue 12-Feb-13 21:29:12

I have now grin

MegBusset Tue 12-Feb-13 23:37:25

I can do it in about 32 mins BIWI.

BIWI Wed 13-Feb-13 08:38:22

Seeing it written down, it doesn't sound that bad! The reality of running for that long, though ...

Morning! BIWI, by the time you get to the end of C25K you'll easily be doing it smile.

What kind of trainers did you get?

BIWI Wed 13-Feb-13 08:52:49

A pair of Brooks Ghost. With some custom-made in-soles.

I had a choice between two pairs and <shallow> chose the ones that matched my running outfit blush

BIWI Wed 13-Feb-13 08:55:37


Although hmm they are a lot cheaper on that website than the price I paid.

BIWI Wed 13-Feb-13 08:55:52

... although I suppose I also had the running gait analysis done

5madthings Wed 13-Feb-13 09:00:45

My new shoes were £95.. I photographed them and gave term a fb debut grin

I am meant to be doing week two run two today but have woken up with a cold, I am going to have as shower and do some housework and then go out in a bit, hopefully once I have been up and moving longer I will feel less snotty!

Nice shoes!

Hope you are feeling better 5madthings.

5madthings Wed 13-Feb-13 15:18:46

I just feel tired and drippy. Have parents eve for ds1 this eve, think after that I will do an exercise DVD rather than go running in the cold as my nose is just pouring envy and then do wk2 run2 tomorrow, wish the weather would improve its bloody cold!

BIWI Wed 13-Feb-13 17:59:38

It is cold - but it is just almost spring! I ran past lots of daffodils in bud today, and the roses are all starting to grow. I hate the cold, but actually enjoyed being outside today.

Re shoes - what do you all do about cleaning your running shoes? It was really muddy/boggy and my shoes are absolutely covered in mud. I've left them to dry and some of it has dropped off. Do you just put them back on again or is there some way to clean them? (The man in the running shop looked horrified when I asked him if they could go in the washing machine grin)

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 13-Feb-13 18:59:17

Leave them to dry and then bang them together I reckon BIWI

Hope you are feeling better 5mad X

5madthings Wed 13-Feb-13 19:15:29

Bang them together/use an old dustpan brush or nail brush to brush it off when dry.

Its 1deg here and feels like we may get snow..

I feel OK, and rather grin after ds1's parents evening. Very proud mummy, he may be a sullen teen for me but he is a delight at school smile seriously impressed so once I have got the four little ones to bed ds1 and I are ordering a pizza as a treat! Do is at work but will be back so I can go running tomorrow morning after school drop off.

Well done all who made it out in the cold today smile

What pistey and 5mad said. Followed by the washing machine grin.

prettybird Wed 13-Feb-13 22:59:11

When they're much older you can put them in the washing machine. For now, just let the mud dry and brush off as much as you can if you want the white bits white again, I've heard that toothpaste can be effective.

You'll be surprised at how the shoes magically seem to clean themselves as you run especially if it's raining

Next time avoid the mud grin

BIWI Thu 14-Feb-13 09:03:25

Avoiding mud wasn't an option yesterday! grin

In fact part of my run wasn't so much running as hop, skip and jumping around huge puddles. Quite fun actually.

Yes, the mud's the best bit grin.

I am getting cabin feverish with 2 x DCs on half term who only want to stay indoors and play computer games. I will go out later and will try to bribe them to come too.

I did 5K <burnishes halo>. Boys lasted 10 mins playing footie in the mud before getting bored.

BIWI Thu 14-Feb-13 16:00:45


DH will be home tomorrow and will make them get some fresh air and exercise grin.

EarnestDullard Thu 14-Feb-13 20:15:00

Did 3 miles without stopping today! Also Shredded yesterday and Tuesday. DH has left for 8 days in Australia now though, so opportunities to exercise might be thin on the ground till he's back.

MegBusset Thu 14-Feb-13 21:39:35

Well done all you runners smile I did 5k today too. Now undoing all the good work with champagne <hic>

Half term for us next week and DH is away two days so not sure if/when I'll get to run...

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 15-Feb-13 14:04:27

Afternoon all brew

MegBusset Sat 16-Feb-13 13:24:32

Did week 9 of C210k today, felt good smile Moving on to week 10 next weekend.

MegBusset Sat 16-Feb-13 13:25:45

Week 10 is three times 15 mins' running. Eep!

MegBusset Mon 18-Feb-13 08:41:12

Got up at 7am and ran 5k before breakfast <smug>

How's everyone else doing??

5madthings Mon 18-Feb-13 08:53:39

I shall be going out later, i am still in bed like normal people should be as its the holidays i am not some wierd freak like meg

BIWI Mon 18-Feb-13 08:56:34

Week 3 starts for me today. It should have really been yesterday, but we went out for lunch (we normally go out for dinner) and roast beef and half a bottle of read meant that the afternoon was spent in front of the telly blush

Although I did knit <defensive>

BIWI Mon 18-Feb-13 08:56:58

Apparently I have to run non-stop for 3 minutes today! shock [faint]

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Feb-13 08:58:31

Morning all brew

Week 3 run 1 completed......just about.

It was bloody hard tbh.

BIWI Mon 18-Feb-13 09:16:00

Oh no! Don't tell me that now, Tantrums!

PiggyPlumPie Mon 18-Feb-13 10:58:04

Been and done my first run today!! It was fkin freezing outside and my lungs were screaming when I got home from the cold air inside them!

Never been in so much pain before!!

One warm shower and I feel great - one and a half miles under my belt. Just another 5-ish to go confused

BIWI Mon 18-Feb-13 11:58:01

Done it! It wasn't too bad actually. And although a cold day, the sun was shining and it felt quite warm at times.

5madthings Mon 18-Feb-13 12:38:44

Well done!!

I am waiting for dp to come home and then I will go out. Spent the past two hours with a PhD student from local uni as she wanted to do a study on a child of ds4's age, was quite interesting and he enjoyed it, apparently he has the vocabularly of a ten yr old (he is 4) I suspect having elder siblings helped! I was very impressed with how she managed ypo get him to engage as he cans be very stubborn!

5madthings Mon 18-Feb-13 14:54:55

Rum done, 5.3km in 40 mins but had to stop for traffic lights etc which is anmoying actually and i think i look a bit odd as i jig on the spot
i walked some of it as well, but given i havent done a run for 5 days as i have had a cold i am pleased smile

BIWI Mon 18-Feb-13 15:34:54

No, no 5madthings - we are doing running, not rum grin

5madthings Mon 18-Feb-13 15:42:16

Lol i would quite like some rum!! And coke.... Dp.has gone to work and wont be home till 11pm tomorrow night so i will either let ds1 babysit tomorrow night whilst i run or do an exercise dvd.

5madthings Mon 18-Feb-13 16:06:05

I have opted for doritos instead of bicardi and coke and am not looking at the calorie count. My run apparently burnt 380 calories (according to my height/weight) that doesn't sound like very many!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Feb-13 16:22:12

Are you on our FB 5mad? Only I have a very funny photo to put up

5madthings Mon 18-Feb-13 16:27:30

Not on yourfb I don't think? I am friends with mrsdevere and megbusset and easily on fb.

will pm you my fb name.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 18-Feb-13 16:28:01

I've put it on.....

MNWoollyHugs on Facebook, if anyone hasn't found us yet grin

5madthings Mon 18-Feb-13 16:29:39

I am following mnwoolyhugs on Fb smile

5madthings Mon 18-Feb-13 16:33:39

Ha ha seen it! And shared smile

KnottyLocks Tue 19-Feb-13 14:12:12

<jogs across thread on way to lunch>

5madthings Tue 19-Feb-13 14:23:59

I would like to run but dp at work till 11pm, may leave ds1 to babysit once the other four are in bed, my children are driving me slightly mad..which is actual a massive insentive to go running. If not tonight I will go tomorrow morning.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 19-Feb-13 20:06:50

<jogs by on the way to top up the gin>

EarnestDullard Wed 20-Feb-13 16:13:08

Well, I ran 3 miles this morning while my parents babysat and I managed 4 miles at the weekend <proud> That's the furthest I've run since DD2 was born, and 10k seems more achievable now. I was just going to do 3 miles, but I felt so good that I just kept going grin

It's lovely to see how many on this thread are just starting out with running, really making the effort for such a good cause. Nest of vipers my (large, but hopefully shrinking with each mile) arse wink

5madthings Wed 20-Feb-13 16:25:17

I am off out in half an hour, its cold here but once you are moving its fine, I am looking forward to it shock

BIWI Wed 20-Feb-13 17:06:00

I was just going to do 3 miles, but I felt so good that I just kept going

I am in awe of this grin

Did my second run of week 2 today. It was good! (Knees are hurting though)

BIWI Wed 20-Feb-13 17:08:08

I looked ahead to what's coming next week, and I wish I hadn't now grin

MegBusset Wed 20-Feb-13 17:08:23

I went swimming this afternoon and did 35 lengths, now aching in places I don't normally after a run! Might run in the morning but forecast says -1 degrees so I might wimp out and do the Shred instead.

5madthings Wed 20-Feb-13 18:11:18

I have done my run. I have a route that is just over 5k so i di tge running as per thw couch to 10k bit and then keep going at the end as it runs out before i get hime. I can run for about four mins before slowing to walking pace for a min and then speeding back up. 4mins sounds crap but i am doing the 5k route in under 40mins each time normaly 35-37mins so i cant be that bad.

Swimming is great meg how big us the pool 25m? When i go i go to the uea pool and do 80 lengths but havent been in ages.

MegBusset Wed 20-Feb-13 18:18:59

It's half the length of a standard pool (they have two pools alongside each other, one is adults only and one you can take kids in) - I actually did 70 lengths so the equivalent of 35 normal lengths.

5madthings Wed 20-Feb-13 18:26:35

Standard length is 25m isnt it? Or is it 50m i cant even remember how big uea pool is. They split it in two and i go when its in two pools as when its one long pool a length takes forever! I may have to look it up now.

I feel quite energised after myrun smile

5madthings Wed 20-Feb-13 18:58:56

Uea pool is a 50m pool that can be divided into two 25m with its magic moving divide. Have you ever seen them do that at uea btw meg its very impressive.

I may go for a run in the morning depending on how i feel, if not i shall go friday.

EasilyBored Wed 20-Feb-13 19:32:49

Well I went out tonight after a week of coughs and colds and can't be arsedness. I did two laps of my quick route, which is about 3k. I passed loads of other runners, including one guy who was fully kitted out but not wearing any trainers as in, barefoot. Running up a main road in Manchester. Hope he kept his eyes peeled for dog shit and broken glass.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Feb-13 21:35:06

I'm not sure I'd want to run barefoot anywhere confused

I did a stupid thing today, I was rushing around and managed to knee-butt a door edge really very hard, my right knee cap is blue and it bloody hurts to bend it. Bloody hop along me. sad

Seeing if gin takes the edge off the pain at the mo.

5madthings Wed 20-Feb-13 21:56:39

Ooh owch sounds painful sad do you have any arnica for the bruising and painkillers and gin...

I have a chocolate cheesecake calling me from the fridge..

Blatherskite Thu 21-Feb-13 22:02:54

I did 10k tonight. According to the car thermometer it was 0.5 degrees and I think I froze my tummy and thighs as when I got back and undressed to get in the shower, they were covered in a blotchy, red, itchy rash! It seems to have calmed down now I'm warm thankfully but it was really worrying for a while!

BIWI Thu 21-Feb-13 22:16:00


<snuggles down on warm sofa>

BIWI Fri 22-Feb-13 16:15:20

The good news: I've finished week 3

The bad news: I have to start week 4, which means running for 5 minutes shock

5madthings Fri 22-Feb-13 16:18:19

I a,m going out shortly but it keeps snowing! Not settling but god its cold!

Five mins, I can run for four mins, then walk a bit,.. Also on week three which has been OK. But I add a bit extra on at the end and then run for a bit, walk for a bit as my route takes longer than the length of the workout iyswim?

BIWI Fri 22-Feb-13 16:34:49

I wore tracksuit bottoms over my running tights today, and that was definitely a good idea!

I could do with warmer gloves I think.

5madthings Fri 22-Feb-13 16:37:11

See I don't like being too hot, but I may needs gloves today.. Should go get changed and go out...

BIWI Fri 22-Feb-13 16:47:31

No - being hot isn't great - but I really hate being cold!!

MegBusset Fri 22-Feb-13 16:56:21

It was -1 when I went out yesterday morning, I don't mind the cold so much, and the hot shower afterwards is the best.

I managed to Shred this afternoon while the DC watched Scooby Doo. DS1's birthday party tomorrow morning so if I've any energy left by the afternoon I'll go running then.

5madthings Fri 22-Feb-13 17:55:31

I ended up taking my gloves off. That was really good, i am amazed at how quickly i can see a difference in my ability. As wk three is only a 28min run i ended up running for all the cool down amd then walking a min and then running again the next ten mins to get round back to home again and bizarelly felt like i could keep going! Great to come home and smell beef casserole and dumplings being cooked for dinner.

C u tomorrow meg i suspect a run will be needed after soft play madness!

Great to see you all making such great progress and enjoying your running smile.

I'm doing a 4 miler tomorrow morning shock, followed by brunch with a friend. The thought of coffee and pancakes will keep me going grin.

Pistey - hope your knee is feeling better and the gin worked

My chariots of fire dream appears to be over sad I'll join you in the ouchy bench pistey!

Small accident last night involving heels a alcohol. Just heading up to a&e as I think is broken. If its not it should be as it bloody hurts!

BIWI Sat 23-Feb-13 11:58:40

Oh no! Sorry to hear that sad

(But you have to tell us - what happened/what did you do?!)

Line dancing ladies night with my mum last night! I dusted off my killer heels. Killer being the important word here! Played bingo (rock and roll) took part in the longest ever raffle where the white a green tickets were so close in colour women were fighting over the prizes. Star prize was a half stone of fish from a local monger! I won a wreath of chocolates! It weighs about half stone!

Jd was had, dancing was done, I avoided the buffet as I wouldn't be able to follow the 4 rules of Paul McKenna. Got home to my mums, killer heels intact. Just finished saying, I can't believe I still have these shoes on, when Sod's law struck. Arse over tit outside mums neighbours house. I have a scraped knee but more worryingly I can't put any weight on my left foot!

I'm a doofus.

BIWI Sat 23-Feb-13 12:33:57


MrsDeVere Sat 23-Feb-13 12:53:56

I was gonna run this week.
But I have been poorly sad

I have also have crocheting disasters.

I feel sad

and a bit useless <self indulgent>

Glaikit a sore foot sounds worth it for a night like that! Hope its ok though.

Ouch Fizzy - hope all is OK!

prettybird Sat 23-Feb-13 17:26:53

I've had the perfect excuse: my GP told me on Monday to cut back on physical exercise while I'm taking antibiotics for a chest infection. Still not shifted though - had to ask for an extension to the course of amoxicillin yesterday as I'm still hacking painfully sad and my GP knows I hate taking antibiotics

prettybird Sat 23-Feb-13 17:27:47

Hope you're feeling better Glaikit - if not, get thee to A&E.

Blatherskite Sat 23-Feb-13 21:28:59

I hope you're foots feeling better Glaikit. Sounds nasty.

I had a rubbish run this morning and am really annoyed. Have issues with my blood at the moment which is probably not helping but they were getting better and I hoped I'd be sorted by now. Just really frustrated by it all

Blatherskite Sat 23-Feb-13 21:29:26

you're foots? I can't even spell now!

Foot update. A rather impressive bruise has appeared overnight, and I have more movement back. Still have to walk like I've pooped my pants though!

Sorry to hear that you are under the weather pretty. Hope the anti-biotics work for you and the cough shifts.

Blathers for every rubbish run there is a good one around the corner. Hope your blood issues are sorted soon.

Fizzy double ouch. Are we to surmise that you didn't go and get your foot looked at yesterday?

I will join you in the hobble. I enjoyed my run at the time yesterday, but am really stiff today. That's supposed to be a good sign, isn't it?

EarnestDullard Sun 24-Feb-13 14:27:04

thanks and brew to all those who are ill or injured. I'm currently on the bench too, thanks to a cold and horrendous sore throat which finally seems to be abating. So I'll hopefully be back to Shredding this week and a run at some point mid-week.

I didn't shredded, I just wanted to get home. But I stayed off it last night and today and it feels a lot better. Big test will be tomorrow when I'm on my own with DS all day!

Well be careful Fizzy. DH has been ignoring a dodgy knee for ages and is now paying the price. He's not been able to run since November, needs an op and will not be able to run again for 6-9 months afterwards shock. He's not a happy bunny smile.

I will! Dh has decided I have the same injury he had recently, from playing football, not wearing heels. I'll keep an eye on it and will go to the docs if no better in a few days.

grin at football playing, heel wearing husbands grin

prettybird Sun 24-Feb-13 19:37:04

Shredded - sometimes going out for a run and cursing the initial stiffness is the best thing to loosen you up. smile

Glaikit - take it easy and look after yourself - and go and see someone if it doesn't get any better

Day 7 of antibiotics and I'm still coughing. sad

You're right pretty. I will either shred or do a yoga DVD later if I don't make myself go out for a run.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 25-Feb-13 08:56:07

Morning Chums brew

BIWI Mon 25-Feb-13 09:08:35

Week 4 starts for me today [gulp]

Blatherskite Mon 25-Feb-13 11:54:28

Thanks Shredded. Tomorrow is a new day run and I shall try again.

In fact, I've sorted myself out with a Mother's Day treat for the 10th and have signed up for a local 10k. It's not an early start and will give me a good hour of peace and quiet and an excuse for a guilt free lunch out with the children once I've burnt off all of those calories. It's for Clic Sergeant.

I shredded this morning too. I had last week off as it was just too hard to try and fit it in without the kids "helping" and I could really tell as it was hard work!

BIWI Mon 25-Feb-13 11:56:48

Are you feeling better today, Blathers?

5madthings Mon 25-Feb-13 12:25:15

I shall.be going out later today, i keep thinking i will be all motivated and get up and run first thing in the morning but its not happening... am not a morning person

Hope poorly and injured people are better asap xx

I am grin as today i am wearing size 10 jeans, slight muffin top but size 12 kept falling down. So the running is doing some good... Not sure that maryland cookies and a cup of tea were the healthiest bfast today tho blush

Morning! Glad to hear you sounding more positive Blathers.

Enjoy your run 5mad. Well done on the weight loss!

I hope to run this evening, although I have a list of chores as long as my arm which need doing first I may need to take a long lunch.

Blatherskite Mon 25-Feb-13 12:54:19

I've been feeling much better recently BIWI which is partly why Saturday rubbish run was so confusing/frustrating.

MegBusset Mon 25-Feb-13 13:41:52

Brrrr... Cold out there today, and windy. Had to cut my run short after 20 mins as I developed horrible stitch that I couldn't get rid of. Not one of my most enjoyable runs!

BIWI Mon 25-Feb-13 13:51:14

Just about to go out and start week 4 ...

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 25-Feb-13 15:57:17

you back yet?


<gets Lassie>


5madthings Mon 25-Feb-13 16:04:15

I am waiting for dp to get in and then I will go out,have ds4 asleep on the sofa Ashe was sent home from school at lunchtime having puked everywhere, no more puke but he is obviously not right.

Its solo cold out, once I get going will become but even getting undressed to put on my running stuff isn't appealing in this temp!

How was week four biwi I start wk four on wed, as digit a run behind when I was poorly. Wk threehasbedn fine tho and I have added on extra at the end so hoping wk four will be OK..

5madthings Mon 25-Feb-13 16:18:27

I am just looking at wk 5 seems OK on w5 run1 is jog five mins etc, then run two is jogging for 8 mins... And then wk five run three is run for 20mins!! That seems a bit of a leap....

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 25-Feb-13 16:30:11

There is a jump like that in C25K, I remember thinking WTAF confused

5madthings Mon 25-Feb-13 16:33:24

Yes I am thinking wtf but hoping it won't kill me. I have found it fine so far and have been running more than it says and adding on a bit of time at then so averaging a 40min run rather than half an hour so hopefully wk five won't kill me!

BIWI Mon 25-Feb-13 17:43:39

I am back! No need for Lassie.

(Soz - didn't check the thread grin)

Well, it was fine - doable and I didn't die. Does make you realise that 5 minutes is a long time though.

I'm a bit worried about how quickly it ramps up after this week though.

Tell me, those of you who have been running for a while/started off with C25K, at what point did it suddenly click/get easier for you?

5madthings Mon 25-Feb-13 18:43:01

I too am back. My app stopped working! So i just ran until i couldnt then walked til.i got my breathe back then ran again. I did my usual 5.2 km but in a quicker time i know as normally as i go past the garden centre it my music playlist is on will smith. This time i was almost home before it got to that track.

biwi i am finding it ok so far but think wk five will kill me!

BIWI Mon 25-Feb-13 19:29:03

I'm wishing I hadn't read ahead to week 5 - think I would be better off not knowing for the moment/until I've finished this week!

The thing is, by the tine you get to the big long run, your body can do it and it;s just a psychological barrier by then - and you CAN do it!

Sorry to hear of cold, stitches and poorly children. I didn't run yesterday and have been hobbling like an old lady all day (I had a long walk at lunchtime). So I'm going out in a bit for a little jog.

BIWI Mon 25-Feb-13 23:44:25

I think you're definitely right about the psychological thing, Neither.

It's true BIWI grin. Pistey said so on our C25K thread ages ago smile

BIWI Tue 26-Feb-13 08:52:42

And if Our Leader Pistey said so, then it must be true grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 26-Feb-13 09:23:05

That should be Our Great and Glorious Leader, no?

KnottyLocks Tue 26-Feb-13 09:37:08

No grin

BIWI Tue 26-Feb-13 09:43:26


<shuffles nervously>

Blatherskite Tue 26-Feb-13 09:51:45

I didn't do C25K but i was similar. I found it clicked once I could do 1k. Suddenly, it didn't seem so hard anymore.

I certainly never thought I'd do 10k and now I do that every week.

Half marathons are beginning to look appealing now shock

BIWI Tue 26-Feb-13 09:53:29


See, I can't imagine every saying that, Blathers!

But I also realise that I have no idea how far I'm running in terms of distance - only time. I can see that might actually - psychologically - make a difference as well.

Blatherskite Tue 26-Feb-13 09:55:51

I never thought I'd say it either. I'm still firmly in the 'no marathons' camp so far but it's addictive this running malarkey

5madthings Tue 26-Feb-13 10:46:14

Ha ha i saw dp after his marathon last year bloody nipples etc, no way could i do that but 10k seems fine as i doing 5k each time i go out, admittedly i am walkinh and running etc but i do it on under 40mins each time. Will be odd tge first time i run my whole route rather than walk bits!

I still have ds4 home, no more puke but he doesnt look quite right is just snuggled on the sofa, he cant go back to school til thu due to 48hr rule anyway but i expect he will be fine tomorrow.

I need injury advice. Just been sent home from work because I can't walk in sore foot. GPS number has bee constantly engaged for the last 45 minutes. We have no moron injuries unit nearby, only an a&e. if I pitch up there, will they turn me away because its more the 48 hours since my "accident"? I'd have to drive myself there, so don't want to go to only have to come back.

It's soooooo sore sad

Glaikit - ouch! I didn't know A&E would turn you away if it's not a fresh accident shock. Can you say you'd been taking pain killers, so didn't know how bad it was, and that it's got worse?

Blathers - never say never! I foolishly said I'd do a full marathon this year shock, but have lost my running mojo - it will come back though. hope I don't end up like 5mad's DH grin

BIWI - get thee to mapmyrun.com!

I have been out in the cold this morning. Awful run, no puff or oomph and very slow.

5madthings Tue 26-Feb-13 13:06:31

I think they may turn you away. Have you tried NHS direct?

Ooh will only send you to a&e snywayy as you need an xray? I am crap at medical advice tho, luckily my mum is a nurse so I call her when I need any.

If you go to a&e now it might not be so busy...

5madthings Tue 26-Feb-13 13:08:48

Yes the painkillers line is good!

shredded I was bad and I laughed at his bloody and scabby nipples blush and I said now he knows how I felt with nine years of bfeeding! Apparently Vaseline prevents nipple rub...

Yes I use mapmyrun, its good but not when its cloudy!

Blatherskite Tue 26-Feb-13 13:10:24

Just don't tell them when you did it. Problem solved grin

I'd get a taxi or a lift though. If you can't walk on it, you certainly shouldn't be controlling a ton of speeding metal with it!!

Moron injuries?confused I meant minor, but in this instance moron is probably more apt!

As luck would have it my HV just called about DS so I asked her and she says our a&e is a minor injuries unit not a&e confused no blue lights get sent there apparently! So I should just be able to go and get seen. Going to have lunch first then go.

I have a garmin, which doesn't work very well with all the tall buildings around me. I use mapmyrun when I get home to see how far I've been.

I've never run far enough to get bleeding nipples (and intend to avoid them!), but I had some horrible rashes from my bra chafing around the band until I discovered body glide (probably posh vaseline, expensively packaged for runners grin).

Totally OT, but you have reminded me of when DS2 was a few days old (we were still in hospital, so he must have been very new). He brought up some blood when I burped him. I had a huge panic, until the nurse pointed out that it was the blood he was swallowing from my bleeding nipples that was coming back up envy.

Glaikit - off you go then!

I'm going! I am taking provisions with me!

Re driving, car is automatic and it my left foot that's sore, so I'll be ok! It was more the walk fro. The hospital car park that was bothering me!

xrayed and waiting to see a doc. sad

BIWI Tue 26-Feb-13 14:54:18

Sounds like you were at least seen quickly, though, Glaikit

yeah I'm quite surprised actually. wouldn't have been as quick on Saturday! cm is keeping ds til I'm done. please send intact bone vibes! I cannot be in plaster with a 21 month old to chase after.
god a&e is a boring place to be!

tv is only showing ambulance chaser adverts.grin

5madthings Tue 26-Feb-13 15:03:16

That was quick! Fingers crossed you don't need a cast, tho you do get to have them in lovely col ours nowadays!

BIWI Tue 26-Feb-13 15:12:53

You might get one of those fetching big plastic boots!

nice! hop along boot? I'm at least hoping for a rooftop and crutches!

there isn't a cloud in the sky here today. <random fact>

roof top should read tubi grip

BIWI Tue 26-Feb-13 15:25:27

of course it should grin

5madthings Tue 26-Feb-13 15:46:08

Lol at roof top!

Once dp gets back at 5ish with no2 and no3 i shall go out for a run and he can cook dinner to be ready for when i get in!!

Hope you dont have to wait much longef glait

5madthings Tue 26-Feb-13 15:46:43


I've been admitted to a cubiclegrin can't be long now!

prettybird Tue 26-Feb-13 17:02:24

Hope it turns out to be nothing too serious Glaikit

Shredded - once I knew where the chafing would happen so I had to go through the pain first I used to put micropore there in advance of a run as a preventative measure. Same on my feet: where I knew I had a tendency to develop blisters, I would put micropore or a sort of sticky felty plaster that I found.

I would also use vaseline (no poncy stiff for me wink) at the top on the inside of my arms and between my legs (but that was when I was a bit porky and I'm sure that's not the case with you! grinblush)

If you've got a decent running bra, no-one should get bloody nipples. Men get them because their top is rubbing up and down on their nipples. Experienced marathon runners put plasters on!

Runners' World does good marathon training plans, including ones for people who are starting from scratch. When I trained for my marathons or rather, for the one I trained for properly I followed roughly a Runners World plan and then had a diary in which I wrote each week what I planned to do each week all the way up to the marathon date (including days off), to take into account my work and Junior Chamber commitments and then would write down what I actually did each week and compared it to the distance I had planned to do. I also wrote down stuff like how long the run took and how I felt, plus the weather. That way I could see an improvement and that sometimes, when I'd felt awful all run, I'd actually done it faster than the equivalent run a week or two earlier.

Soft tissue damage, no break. But also no tubi grip or crutches! not even a sticker to say how brave id been! <sulks> I have to rest it totally for 3-5 days and no high impact things for at least 2 weeks, but likely to be longer <insert awkward pause here> due to my heftiness blush


KnottyLocks Tue 26-Feb-13 21:25:47

Good news it's not a break, our Fizzy smile

No sticker sad

Come and sit by me on the spectator bench. I have provisions grin

Excellent! Sounds like a plan! <packs pork pies and lashings of ginger beer>

BIWI Tue 26-Feb-13 22:23:11

No lolly either?

Glaikit, your rooftop had me arfing out loud. Glad to hear there is no lasting damage <barges onto bench and snaffles snacks>.

pretty - I've used the RW half marathon plan and really liked it.

5madthings Wed 27-Feb-13 17:41:00

Glad its not broken glaik

I am.just waiting for dp to get home and then i will go out for a run tho tbh i dont feel like it, have a head ache and feel.bleurgh, have had some paracetamol and am.hoping the fresh air on the run will help.... Right best get changed into running stuff!

Blatherskite Wed 27-Feb-13 18:58:35

Glad it's not broken Glaikit.

I bought new shoes today. My others have started rubbing and the lady in the shop said that from the look of them, I've probably worn them to death blush

5madthings Wed 27-Feb-13 19:27:45

Ooh new shoes! I love my new ones, what kind did yoy get?

I went for my run and it has got rid of my headache and i enjoyed it, tmi but i got my period which makes me feel shite and i think the run helped that as i feel less bloated and uncomfy iykwim? so thats an added bonus to running!

Blatherskite Wed 27-Feb-13 19:47:50

I got Asics - these ones. My old ones are New Balance but the new version of the same shoes just felt wrong. The new ones feel all bouncy.

Am a little excited that my new ones are black and actually match with the rest of my kit blush My old ones were silver and orange and went with nothing

5madthings Wed 27-Feb-13 20:31:53

Very funky, lol at co-ordinating. Mine are saucony and a really bright blue, i put on them.on fb as i liked them so much grin

Blatherskite Wed 27-Feb-13 20:49:11

I tried on some Saucony but they were "too wide in the toe box" apparently blush

BIWI Thu 28-Feb-13 18:56:34

Week 4 for me and completed day 2 today. Had a personal training session yesterday and the combination of the two means that my legs don't work as well as they could now! Very stiff ...

5madthings Fri 01-Mar-13 13:15:42

Phew back from a run. Rather wet as it rained. An hour to rest before school run now... Need a shower!

Birnamwood Fri 01-Mar-13 13:31:24

Hi all, I know I was very keen at the start of the thread and hassled pistey about the 10k but I've had to take a step back as my hernia is making itself VERY well known hmm it's got so bad now that I have to support it when doing anything more than an amble angry going to see the consultant on Monday and hopefully they'll do something soon.

Getting annoyed with it now. And it's a bloody vicious circle, I can't exercise cos of the hernia, therefore I get fat ter, and as a result my back goes grr.

Blatherskite Fri 01-Mar-13 13:42:56

I'm having no luck getting my op date sorted out so I haven't entered yet. I think my best bet is to try for a last minute entry closer to the time. I just can't guarantee to be fit at this stage sad

5madthings Fri 01-Mar-13 14:16:23

Oh no sad hope you are both injury/ailment free asap xxx

I have just signed up for my local 5k parkrun... Its every saturday at 9am at a local park. You get a barcode and they give you your time etc. The best ladies time is 15mins!!! I feel pleased i am doing 5k in 35mins....

Blatherskite Fri 01-Mar-13 14:35:37

I do parkrun most weekends 5mad. You get a t-shirt when you've completed 50 of them and I'm determined to get mine this year!

My parkrun PB is 27.30 but I'm nowhere near that at the moment.

They suggest you register 24 hours in advance to make sure you're in the system but in my experience, you're Ok as long as you're not doing it at midnight on Friday night. As you come through the finish, you'll be handed a little card with another barcode on. Hand this and your personal barcode to the lovely people at the end so they can put your time up on the site

Parkrun relies on people volunteering 3-4 times a year to keep it going. I've got a 10k locally next Sunday so I'm going to volunteer next weekend as I think 15k in one weekend might be a little too much!.

prettybird Fri 01-Mar-13 14:49:58

Well, having completed ten , yes 10 days of high dose antibiotics on Wednesday, I went back to the GP's today as I'm still coughing. End result is I'm now on another seven days of a different but also high dose antibiotic as there is still some infection sitting in my lungs sad

This time round I'm even stopping doing the Shred and it means I can't even think about running for another week. sad

Blatherskite Fri 01-Mar-13 16:04:15

For a bunch of runners, we're not really a healthy group are we!

MegBusset Fri 01-Mar-13 16:21:00

I have lost my running mojo this week a bit. The cold certainly isn't helping. Hoping it warms up just a tad next week and I feel more motivated to go out!

It's positively tropical here today!! I would have gone on a long walk with ds round the farm if I wasn't hobbling! Two days of rest while ds was at CM Wednesday Thursday I thought had really helped. But today I think I'm back to the same pain levels I had on Tuesday sad

The hospital didn't give me a support but I think wearing something would help. It's the bend in my foot that causes the pain! I've cracked open the codeine I got for my spd its that bad.

prettybird Fri 01-Mar-13 17:14:47

My dad (admittedly a doctor - and a radiologist at that - rather than a physiotherapist) was always very dubious about supports as he said that that didn't help the muscles heal and can also encourage you to do too much. He would argue that the pain is a good indicator of what you are capable of doing.

I think is probably the psychological aspect too, bit like the magic sponge my brothers football manager would rub over and area. Be it a break, graze, bruise, or amputation. One rub of the magic sponge and they were up and running again! I just can't not walk on it when I am in sole charge of ds. Although he is into hour 3 of his nap this afternoon! and dh will be home at six!

Sending feeling better vibes to all poorly and in pain people.

I must be mad. I signed up for a "run at least a mile a day, every day in March" thing this morning when I was feeling full of the joys of spring.

I also have to run a half marathon, write an OU assignment, pack up my house and move back to the UK in March. At least I don't start the new job until April.

What was I thinking?

Blatherskite Sat 02-Mar-13 11:25:36

<does the PB dance>

I only beat it by a second but I was 2 and a half minutes faster than last week!! shock

Brilliant Blathers! Well done!

BIWI Sat 02-Mar-13 12:58:32

Wow! Brilliant, Blathers!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Mar-13 13:12:36

Afternoon lovely folk brew

Healthy vibes for poorly and injured people thanks <-- Those are get well flowers.

And Go Blathers Go!

Superb smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 02-Mar-13 13:14:09

Shredded, you will be busy that's for sure smile

I am going to ask to move this thread to Sport and Exercise as I'm worried I will forget and it will disappear as threads in Chat do. So don't be alarmed when we all suddenly 'move house'

EarnestDullard Sat 02-Mar-13 16:14:48

<braces self for thread move>

I haven't run, or exercised at all for that matter, for a week and a half now, due to a bad cold. Feeling much better but still have a nasty sore throat which refuses to go away. Might brave a short jog tomorrow though. Need to step up my exercise regime; if I can lose 10lbs in 7 weeks DH will buy me an eternity ring grin That's a goal set by me, not him btw, 125lbs by the 10 year anniversary of when we first met, which is mid April.

brew<- Lemsip or medicinal wine to those that need it. And yay for new PB Blathers!

BIWI Sat 02-Mar-13 16:25:09

That sounds like a brilliant incentive, Earnest!

I should have gone for my last week 4 run today, but I have a bit of a dodgy tum and don't feel quite right - can't get warm either.

So I have postponed until tomorrow.

It does indeed Earnest. Wish I'd thought of that!

I'm just back from a freezing and hilly 5K. It was an out and back course, and such a busy run that the winners were coming towards me on the home straight as I was struggling up the first hill grin - it took me 10 mins to get to the startline, so I reckon the winner must have been about 15 mins shock. This was my run.

BIWI - hope you are feeling better today!

BIWI Sun 03-Mar-13 17:22:01

I am much better thank you. Don't know what came over me yesterday - I was a bit worried it was the start of food poisoning, but felt better even by the afternoon.

I went out this morning and did my last run of Week 4. Not quite so sure about week 5 as it really ramps up I think - but then I thought that about week 4 and I've done it smile

And my knees aren't aching anywhere near as much as they were doing at the beginning. Don't know if it's just getting used to it/getting stronger, or the supplements I'm taking (or a combination of all that!), but I'm thankful for it.

So the results are out.

The winning man was 14.44

The winning woman was 16.51

I was 30.51, so not that far behind grin.

The last person to finish was 1:15:04.

MrsDeVere Sun 03-Mar-13 19:49:37

Well done!

There, I have said it!

I have to go now.

It will begin..

Shakes pompoms at MrsDV smile.

Come and report back when you've been!

BIWI Sun 03-Mar-13 19:57:58

<clicks 'like'>

Blatherskite Sun 03-Mar-13 20:11:27

You were closer to the front than the back then shredded. Good work!

Sadly not Blathers - just checked and I was 3715th of 5825 runners grin

BIWI Sun 03-Mar-13 21:30:13

Well you still weren't at the back though!

Blatherskite Sun 03-Mar-13 21:35:16

Time-wise you were still way above average though <brightside>

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 09:32:34

Morning Trotting Chums

I have asked for this thread to be moved to Sport and Exercise, as we need to keep it safe for the long term. So stand by....

You been yet MrsDV???

Blimey, I would have been 5826 out of 5825 runners Shredded, you dun good X

Who is running today? I will be, but later on under the cover of darkness smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 10:04:53


Thanks to lovely RebeccaMN who has moved with the speed of a thousand gazelles, we are already in sports and exercise!!


5madthings Mon 04-Mar-13 10:30:35

Morning, go mrsdevere !!!

I should have gone for a run this morning but feel yuck with upset tummy. Dp just about to go to work, hoping to go this eve when madthings in bed and ds1 on babysitting duty. Dp has crazy shifts this week so will be quite hard fitting runs in, will def be using ds1 as babysitter but its so much harder to motivate myself in the eve once i have the little ones in bed. My plan is to get changed into running gear before i put the smalls to bed, then i just have to go out.... Send me 'get off your arse and run' vibes this evening please?? smile