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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


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

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