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I made a 10k run in a good time - 1:05. Given that I had the stomach bug from hell up until the day before and then I had next to no sleep the night before, I'm pretty chuffed with that. Factor in the fact that I'm actually a *really* slow runner and I'm nearly ecstatic ;) The plan is to just run for fun over the winter, do a couple more 10ks, then try and get a place in the GNR and train for it over the summer.

If anyone knows some nice friendly 10km races, please let me know. Especially if some of the participants hop round thecourse so I don't have to come last.

Orbital were also rather ace. I have tix for DJ Yoda, the Prodigy and Iggy and the Stooges over the next 6 months, so life is very good:))

Hiatus

Aug. 17th, 2009 08:06 pm
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Been on a break from running, in that I haven't run since Thursday, and I won't be running until tomorrow. I've been really enjoying it recently; sort of achieved a new plateau in fitness (well, a mini plateau for the rest of the world, but a definite improvement for me) and happily starting to embrace some of the ideas around meditational running and Chi Running. I actually think I was mostly there anyway, but validation is aways nice.

In short, there was nothing wrong and everything right about running. Which in my philosophy book is the perfect time to take a break, do some yoga and let my knees and ankles take a well-earned break. Even though I miss the endorphins :(

Anyway, while not-running, I realised how much I missed yoga. I also took several warm baths and went to Minehead for the first time ever, which was really a far better experience than I would ever have predicted. The child was, however, a bit of a pest, so the mission to take him away on my own has been aborted. Sometimes you just need to be gentle with yourself :)

Busy head

Apr. 1st, 2009 08:44 pm
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so many things going on, it's hard to know what I'm thinking right now, especially factoring in some sleep deprivation.

The sleep deprivation is from two bits of stress. The first is my grandad. He's recovering well from his stroke as far as mobility goes with sensation and movement returning to his leg and particularly to his left hand fingers. This is great. What's not great is that he has a chest infection and is rapidly losing weight due to oral thrush, general anorexia and lack of help. I'm not NHS-bashing - the NHS is great - but with one staff nurse on a ward of about 30 high-need patients, things aren't getting done. Like eating. Or people noticing lack of eating. It sucks. I don't want to see my grandad waste away because nobody considered the fact that it's quite hard to eat a normal meal with only one hand.

And then I think that maybe he just doesn't want to eat. Sure, he seems happy, but he's 92 and his chances of walking or even returning to his own beloved flat any time soon are small. He's lost a son and a wife in the past 7 years, and even though he loves the rest of us, he is pragmatic to the point of gloomy about the point of life. He has a chance of being moved to a smaller cheerier ward back in Stroud, but the catch-22 is that his eating and mobility problems have to have stablised first.

We'll see what happens.

The second low-level stress is my brother deciding that now is a good time to split with his girlfriend. His stated reason is that it's because everyone has told him the relationship is a bad idea. I doubt that, really - extrapolating from my own experiences, he moans a lot about how he doesn't like her, they both argue openly about how bored and incompatible they are, and people generally mildly agree that they don't seem to have a lot in common but each to their own etc. Reading between the lines (and I'm aware I'm giving him no credit at all) he's met someone else and fancies testing the water while GF has been banished for a couple of weeks "thinking time".

Again, we'll see what happens.

Things are moving more positively in my head and in my legs. I've been documenting my reluctance to let go of the idea of a "proper job". I'm now welcoming the gifted opportunity to attempt self-employment, appreciating the fact that it's taking off while simultaneously fitting around my need to provide a good level of mummy-ness for my child. This is actually perfect, and I have to give myself permission to enjoy it. If all else fails, I'll go back to my old job without losing pay and having gained a lovely son :) What's the problem there, except in my head? In a couple of years I can work for the NT or for some private estate, maybe go back to college. Whatever I want, really. I'm also doing an afternoon a week voluntary work - half teaching gardening to inner city kids (whice may eventually become paid work) and half doing horticultural therapy with stroke victims. I enjoy them both and they're moving me out of my comfort zone too.

My own garden is leaping forward.I have a new lawn, which I'm avidly watering, and 200 freebie plants to fill the gaps left by the old greenhouse. Maybe after the weekend I'll post pics. It's going to be lovely, and I'm super proud of myself.

I'm also pleased with my running. Giving up my increasing number of "occasional" cigarettes has cleared my lungs and I'm rapidly banking the benefits. One of the trainers at the gym has given me a new treadmill program for indoor days which is stretching but achievable, and I'll feel good when I can do it and move it up again.

10k run

Oct. 22nd, 2006 07:11 pm
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Done! In 82 minutes, which is rather good considering it was an absolute mud-bath for the first 3k, then had a stinky great hill. The best bit was the last 1k, which I ran with a really lovely lady.

Now I need to find another one in January/February. Preferably one not ankle deep in mud for a third of the course :/

Finally...

Sep. 4th, 2006 11:48 am
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I entered the 10k I've been bibbling on about - the Cancer Research UK 10k at Weston Park in Staffordshire. I'm a bit scared but I reckon I can do it in a reasonable time.

https://www.10ksponsorme.org/hannahwood
(if anyone wants to sponsor me :))

In other news, the weekend was a bit pants due to family issues and rain.

Running

Aug. 21st, 2006 11:07 pm
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Had a good run with my brother today - decided to take it up a notch and run along the canal towpath in Stroud. Bit pissed off that he can run faster than me, to be honest, but did a straight (12 min x run, 2 min x walk) x 3.

It's good that he's a bit faster, to be honest, as otherwise I'm SO slow. Barely above a walking pace. Which is fine - my aim is to do the session, doesn't matter how fast. But it's good practice for going faster :)

Also ran out the earlier niggles of the day...
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http://www.americansweets.co.uk/

Wow - goldfishcrackers! Finally I have a sustainable source of fish shaped munchable tat. And jerky too, for my brother *gag*

Anyway, went to the gym and did that run again. Seemed to go well. Introduced my friend at work to Jolene a la Sisters of Mercy.

Tidied my desk at home because it stank, and now going to fix some food, crack open a beer, and watch another eopisode of Casanova.
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OK, I'm mostly updating to kick my brain out of its current "wasabi pea" track.

I'm just trying to keep a low profile today, and get through work. Visit my aunt. Eat. Sleep.

Being teh knackered is totally my own fault. I stayed up too late last night watching Casanova on DVD. Which was very enjoyable. But meant that I then couldn't sleep due to the combination of heat and "not sleeping stress".

Hmph.

In good news, my laptop's mysteriously mended itself, and can now run off the battery.

Weirdness.

The other reason I'm knackered is too much exercise - gym on Friday, running Saturday, hiking Sunday, cycling into work today. I think I broke myself! The run on Saturday was good - my legs start to feel really bouncy and strong when I run. I'm doing the training plan for the 10k, but as I've time to spare, I'm going to take it easy. I'll repeat the run tomorrow, as I conked out on one of the hills.

When I went hiking, I saw donkeys, goats, and petted a sheep.

Friday night, I went to see Cars, which I really enjoyed. Had a lovely day generally on Friday, with lunch at Teohs. Did some socialising, plus small tasks that needed doing.

My lodger's away for a couple of days. I hope it's nothing terrible, but I am glad of having the house to myself.

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