bluespirit: (Running ~ VLM 2010)
I was on the BBC coverage of the marathon!

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bluespirit: (Running ~ VLM 2010)
I was on the BBC coverage of the marathon!

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bluespirit: (Running ~ VLM 2010)
Yay!
Yesterday, Mr B & I ran the Virgin London Marathon!
\o/

cut for excited rambling )

I tried to get Bud to model my medal but I'm afraid he hasn't quite got the hang of it like Rascal did. He mainly tries to eat it or roll around on the floor so I can't take a picture. *g*
These were the best efforts... *g*



more Bud daftness )
bluespirit: (Running ~ VLM 2010)
Yay!
Yesterday, Mr B & I ran the Virgin London Marathon!
\o/

cut for excited rambling )

I tried to get Bud to model my medal but I'm afraid he hasn't quite got the hang of it like Rascal did. He mainly tries to eat it or roll around on the floor so I can't take a picture. *g*
These were the best efforts... *g*



more Bud daftness )
bluespirit: (SGA omg!Joe)
The post van has just arrived & delivered a parcel.
This is what was inside:~

♥♥♥ )
bluespirit: (SGA omg!Joe)
The post van has just arrived & delivered a parcel.
This is what was inside:~

♥♥♥ )
bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
Okay then - 2 days to go!
\o/

We're off to London very early tomorrow morning to get to the Expo to register, etc. Then we plan to take things easy & enjoy the day before a little carbo-loading (mmmm, pasta!) & (hopefully!) a good night's sleep.

We're at the blue start on Sunday & our race (for the masses) starts at 9.45am. It'll probably take about 10 mins to actually get to the start line & then away we go!
Initially - before my injury - Mr B & I had intended to run the race together. However, I'm running so much more slowly at the moment, so he's going to run the first few miles with me & then go & run his own race. I don't want to slow him down, & so this is the best plan (there are 36,000 runners plus thousands in the crowd so I don't think I'll be lonely. *g*) Also I'm so excited - & grateful - that [livejournal.com profile] xanthelj & [livejournal.com profile] flyingnorth are going to be cheering us on at various places around the course & then we'll all meet up at the end. Yay!

We're running in fluorescent yellow vests with our names on & the logos of our three charities (plus lots of paw prints! *g*) I'm also wearing my furry black Lab ears & tail that I modelled on Buddy, & I've pinned my cute John & Rodney 'Pegasus Heroes' badge that [livejournal.com profile] vida_boheme made onto my belt so that I have all of my boys with me! *g*

Thank you so, so much to everyone who's supported us (& listened to my running-related rambling! *g*) - we really appreciate all your good wishes & encouragement.
*HUGS*




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bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
Okay then - 2 days to go!
\o/

We're off to London very early tomorrow morning to get to the Expo to register, etc. Then we plan to take things easy & enjoy the day before a little carbo-loading (mmmm, pasta!) & (hopefully!) a good night's sleep.

We're at the blue start on Sunday & our race (for the masses) starts at 9.45am. It'll probably take about 10 mins to actually get to the start line & then away we go!
Initially - before my injury - Mr B & I had intended to run the race together. However, I'm running so much more slowly at the moment, so he's going to run the first few miles with me & then go & run his own race. I don't want to slow him down, & so this is the best plan (there are 36,000 runners plus thousands in the crowd so I don't think I'll be lonely. *g*) Also I'm so excited - & grateful - that [livejournal.com profile] xanthelj & [livejournal.com profile] flyingnorth are going to be cheering us on at various places around the course & then we'll all meet up at the end. Yay!

We're running in fluorescent yellow vests with our names on & the logos of our three charities (plus lots of paw prints! *g*) I'm also wearing my furry black Lab ears & tail that I modelled on Buddy, & I've pinned my cute John & Rodney 'Pegasus Heroes' badge that [livejournal.com profile] vida_boheme made onto my belt so that I have all of my boys with me! *g*

Thank you so, so much to everyone who's supported us (& listened to my running-related rambling! *g*) - we really appreciate all your good wishes & encouragement.
*HUGS*




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bluespirit: (Buddy yay)
Mr B & I received another couple of marathon good luck cards today - thank you to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] morgaine_71 & [livejournal.com profile] xanthelj!
*hugs*
Both cards have been custom-made for us & are fabulous!

I did an easy run this morning as part of my taper. My knee is still sore & gets very stiff after use, but I'm hoping that slow & steady on Sunday will see me crossing the finish line in one piece. *g*

Oh, Bud & I met an adorable little black Lab puppy called Monty up the woods first thing. He's only 15 weeks old & is all tummy & big head & paws! ♥
I had to have a munch of him, of course, but he was fascinated by Bud & kept following him around! Bless! I had a nice chat with Monty's mom & dad & hope to see them all again soon.
bluespirit: (Buddy yay)
Mr B & I received another couple of marathon good luck cards today - thank you to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] morgaine_71 & [livejournal.com profile] xanthelj!
*hugs*
Both cards have been custom-made for us & are fabulous!

I did an easy run this morning as part of my taper. My knee is still sore & gets very stiff after use, but I'm hoping that slow & steady on Sunday will see me crossing the finish line in one piece. *g*

Oh, Bud & I met an adorable little black Lab puppy called Monty up the woods first thing. He's only 15 weeks old & is all tummy & big head & paws! ♥
I had to have a munch of him, of course, but he was fascinated by Bud & kept following him around! Bless! I had a nice chat with Monty's mom & dad & hope to see them all again soon.
bluespirit: (SGA DH face on sexy)
I did the last long run of my training schedule today - 15 miles - & will now taper for the final three weeks. And then it's the marathon!
\o/

My taper looks like this (if anyone is interested *g*)

week 3:
rest, 3 miles, cross-train, 4 miles, 5 miles, cross-train, 12 miles

week 2:
rest, 3 miles, cross-train, 4 miles, 5 miles, cross-train, 8 miles

week 1 - marathon week!:
rest, 3 miles, cross-train, 3 miles, 3 miles, rest - travel to London *g*, MARATHON! 26.2 miles

~


In other news, today is the final day of the David Hewlett Birthday Charity Auction & things are definitely hotting up with the bidding. There are still lots of items with no bids though, so do pop over & check out the great bargains!
I'm amazed to see that my story is currently going for £34! Crikey - that's brilliant. (Though I'd like to point out that the bidder 'bluestar' is not me! - I'm not trying to hoik the bids on my own story! *g* I'm registered with the cleverly incognito pseud of bluespirit_star!!!)

Also - exciting news from [livejournal.com profile] the4ts here about a special 5 day charity auction event starting tomorrow! \o/

~


And finally...

I ♥ these two so, so much!



Okay - that's probably not too much of a surprise. ;-)
bluespirit: (SGA DH face on sexy)
I did the last long run of my training schedule today - 15 miles - & will now taper for the final three weeks. And then it's the marathon!
\o/

My taper looks like this (if anyone is interested *g*)

week 3:
rest, 3 miles, cross-train, 4 miles, 5 miles, cross-train, 12 miles

week 2:
rest, 3 miles, cross-train, 4 miles, 5 miles, cross-train, 8 miles

week 1 - marathon week!:
rest, 3 miles, cross-train, 3 miles, 3 miles, rest - travel to London *g*, MARATHON! 26.2 miles

~


In other news, today is the final day of the David Hewlett Birthday Charity Auction & things are definitely hotting up with the bidding. There are still lots of items with no bids though, so do pop over & check out the great bargains!
I'm amazed to see that my story is currently going for £34! Crikey - that's brilliant. (Though I'd like to point out that the bidder 'bluestar' is not me! - I'm not trying to hoik the bids on my own story! *g* I'm registered with the cleverly incognito pseud of bluespirit_star!!!)

Also - exciting news from [livejournal.com profile] the4ts here about a special 5 day charity auction event starting tomorrow! \o/

~


And finally...

I ♥ these two so, so much!



Okay - that's probably not too much of a surprise. ;-)
bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
Please feel free to skip this if you've heard enough already about my running & my injuries! *g*

On a positive note, I saw the physio on Monday. It was a different physio & frankly the new set of exercises she's given me are much better. They seem to be much more focussed on targetting the weaker VMO in my right leg. She also gave me some stretches to help with my shin splints. I did find that the pain wore off a little more quickly during my run today, & so I'm hoping that it will get better as I'm diligently doing the stretches.

However, on a less cheery note, I saw the consultant last night, & he doesn't think that physio alone is going to realign my patella. He wants to operate on my knee in the early part of May - after I've run London, of course. After carefully considering all of the pros & cons, I have to agree with him, & so we're moving ahead with that. I should know the op date next week.
I'll only be a day case - it's keyhole surgery - but I will need a general aneasthetic. I have to admit that I'm slightly nervous - a general always carries a risk plus they reckon you have no control over what you say when you're coming out of it. I can vaguely remember telling the post-op care staff after my hysterectomy all about some film we'd just been to see! My biggest fear is that I'll start babbling about slash! *g*

So, that's the state of play so far. Hopefully the surgery will correct the problem with my knee & by sticking to the exercises I'll be able to keep it that way once it's all healed up.
*fingers crossed*

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25 days?!
OMG!
bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
Please feel free to skip this if you've heard enough already about my running & my injuries! *g*

On a positive note, I saw the physio on Monday. It was a different physio & frankly the new set of exercises she's given me are much better. They seem to be much more focussed on targetting the weaker VMO in my right leg. She also gave me some stretches to help with my shin splints. I did find that the pain wore off a little more quickly during my run today, & so I'm hoping that it will get better as I'm diligently doing the stretches.

However, on a less cheery note, I saw the consultant last night, & he doesn't think that physio alone is going to realign my patella. He wants to operate on my knee in the early part of May - after I've run London, of course. After carefully considering all of the pros & cons, I have to agree with him, & so we're moving ahead with that. I should know the op date next week.
I'll only be a day case - it's keyhole surgery - but I will need a general aneasthetic. I have to admit that I'm slightly nervous - a general always carries a risk plus they reckon you have no control over what you say when you're coming out of it. I can vaguely remember telling the post-op care staff after my hysterectomy all about some film we'd just been to see! My biggest fear is that I'll start babbling about slash! *g*

So, that's the state of play so far. Hopefully the surgery will correct the problem with my knee & by sticking to the exercises I'll be able to keep it that way once it's all healed up.
*fingers crossed*

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25 days?!
OMG!
bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
I've been running for nearly 8 years & have never had shin splints. So... now I have shin splints.
*sigh*
The pain is pretty bad for the first 2-3 miles & then it just disappears. After Wed's training run I've decided to cancel my other scheduled runs for this week & to cross-train on the bike instead. I'm also doing some stretching/strengthening exercises to try & help. My physio had to cancel on Tuesday, but I'm seeing her on Monday & so I'll get her advice then.

Injury tally so far:

1 maltracking patella
2 shin splints
1 black toenail (though I expect at least another couple!)
3 blisters

However... running past Buckingham Palace & down The Mall after 26.2 miles & crossing that finish line will make it all worthwhile! *g*

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bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
I've been running for nearly 8 years & have never had shin splints. So... now I have shin splints.
*sigh*
The pain is pretty bad for the first 2-3 miles & then it just disappears. After Wed's training run I've decided to cancel my other scheduled runs for this week & to cross-train on the bike instead. I'm also doing some stretching/strengthening exercises to try & help. My physio had to cancel on Tuesday, but I'm seeing her on Monday & so I'll get her advice then.

Injury tally so far:

1 maltracking patella
2 shin splints
1 black toenail (though I expect at least another couple!)
3 blisters

However... running past Buckingham Palace & down The Mall after 26.2 miles & crossing that finish line will make it all worthwhile! *g*

Sponsor me on Virgin Money Giving




Running

22 Mar 2010 11:04 am
bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
5 weeks until the London marathon!!
I did an 18 mile long run yesterday, & it was good. It wasn't very fast, but I was pleased with how my knee held up (it was painful but manageable.)
I'm seeing the physio again tomorrow, & she's going to show me how to strap it to help with the pain.
Mr B was having an easy week - so he ran the 18 miles with me at my pace. *g* It was lovely to run together, & we chatted the whole way. He helped keep me focussed too as 18 miles running on your own can be very lonely so having him there really helped.

We've recently 'discovered' an after sports recovery drink: 'For Goodness Shakes'. They're great for after a long run when you can't really face eating anything. They contain carbs, protein & vitamins - plus they taste totally great! My faves are the choc-malt & the vanillabean. Mr B likes the berry, but that's a little too sweet for me.

Our fundraising for our 3 charities is going really well - thank you so much to everyone who's sponsored us!
*hugs*

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Running

22 Mar 2010 11:04 am
bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
5 weeks until the London marathon!!
I did an 18 mile long run yesterday, & it was good. It wasn't very fast, but I was pleased with how my knee held up (it was painful but manageable.)
I'm seeing the physio again tomorrow, & she's going to show me how to strap it to help with the pain.
Mr B was having an easy week - so he ran the 18 miles with me at my pace. *g* It was lovely to run together, & we chatted the whole way. He helped keep me focussed too as 18 miles running on your own can be very lonely so having him there really helped.

We've recently 'discovered' an after sports recovery drink: 'For Goodness Shakes'. They're great for after a long run when you can't really face eating anything. They contain carbs, protein & vitamins - plus they taste totally great! My faves are the choc-malt & the vanillabean. Mr B likes the berry, but that's a little too sweet for me.

Our fundraising for our 3 charities is going really well - thank you so much to everyone who's sponsored us!
*hugs*

Sponsor me on Virgin Money Giving




bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
It's just under 6 weeks to the London Marathon.
\o/
My training is going well - despite the problem with my knee - & I ran 15 miles yesterday on my 'long' run.

My physio has given me some more strengthening exercises, & I've bought a pair of 'stability' running shoes. The problem with my knee (a mal-tracking patella) is caused by my foot (well, feet *g*) pronating & rolling inward slightly as I run (& walk). I've always had neutral running shoes in the past, but I suppose things change over time & now that this problem has occurred I need some that will help correct my gait. I went & got tested & in the end I bought a pair of Asics GT 2150s. I wore them yesterday for the first time on a long run, & they felt great. My knee felt pretty good (well it hurt but it was manageable) & it's not too bad today either. So, fingers crossed that between the exercises & the Asics my knee won't get any worse. *g*
The plan my physio & I have come up with is for me to get through the marathon & then take some time off (a few months if need be) from running while the cartilage heals. I'm going to be using the bike to maintain my fitness & then hopefully I won't have too much work to do when I get back to running.

Mmmm, having this running partner would definitely be... inpirational. ;-)





Mmmmm, very inspirational.
*guh*

I found a great running podcast - Marathon Talk. It's a weekly magazine style show made by Martin Yelling (Liz Yelling's husband) & Tom Williams. They have great tips, running news, guests of the week, etc. Each one lasts an hour & a bit, so I'm listening to a couple on my long runs. You can subscribe for free at iTunes or DL the mp3 from the site.
It's not exactly John Sheppard, but it's good motivation. *g*

Our fundraising is going really well - thank you to everyone who's donated! We're so grateful!
We're supporting Action Heart, Cancer Research & the Labrador Rescue South East & Central. (Check out our pages for more info & pics, etc.)

Sponsor me on Virgin Money Giving




bluespirit: (Running ~ Keep on running)
It's just under 6 weeks to the London Marathon.
\o/
My training is going well - despite the problem with my knee - & I ran 15 miles yesterday on my 'long' run.

My physio has given me some more strengthening exercises, & I've bought a pair of 'stability' running shoes. The problem with my knee (a mal-tracking patella) is caused by my foot (well, feet *g*) pronating & rolling inward slightly as I run (& walk). I've always had neutral running shoes in the past, but I suppose things change over time & now that this problem has occurred I need some that will help correct my gait. I went & got tested & in the end I bought a pair of Asics GT 2150s. I wore them yesterday for the first time on a long run, & they felt great. My knee felt pretty good (well it hurt but it was manageable) & it's not too bad today either. So, fingers crossed that between the exercises & the Asics my knee won't get any worse. *g*
The plan my physio & I have come up with is for me to get through the marathon & then take some time off (a few months if need be) from running while the cartilage heals. I'm going to be using the bike to maintain my fitness & then hopefully I won't have too much work to do when I get back to running.

Mmmm, having this running partner would definitely be... inpirational. ;-)





Mmmmm, very inspirational.
*guh*

I found a great running podcast - Marathon Talk. It's a weekly magazine style show made by Martin Yelling (Liz Yelling's husband) & Tom Williams. They have great tips, running news, guests of the week, etc. Each one lasts an hour & a bit, so I'm listening to a couple on my long runs. You can subscribe for free at iTunes or DL the mp3 from the site.
It's not exactly John Sheppard, but it's good motivation. *g*

Our fundraising is going really well - thank you to everyone who's donated! We're so grateful!
We're supporting Action Heart, Cancer Research & the Labrador Rescue South East & Central. (Check out our pages for more info & pics, etc.)

Sponsor me on Virgin Money Giving




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