The New Challenges

In 2012 Tracey and I embarked on a series of challenges to raise money for The Haemophilia Society. We had great fun doing it and both felt very fit. So, as we both were slogging up the Mound in the Edinburgh 10 mile run recently, we remarked on how unfit we both were compared to then!

And so Two Tackle Three was resurrected!

Two Tackle Three Take Two (AKA 2T3T2) will see us take on three new challenges each which are crazier and tougher than the first three (although Ventoux was quite tough). We will raise money for an Edinburgh Charity called The Yard. The Yard is a purpose built indoor and outdoor adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities.

Tracey and I have a few links with this amazing facility. One being it has close links with the Childhood Practice Team at Edinburgh College and the second being my late husband, Alistair was involved in providing the yard with their cut down working traffic light, through the BBC Children in Need project, The Big Build.

So Tracey's challenges are -

St Mary Loch Standard Distance Triathlon, Aberfeldy Half Ironman, Glencoe Half Marathon.

And Jane's are -

Windermere Half Marathon, The Moonwalk and the Glencoe Marathon.

We will also be taking part in a variety of other events in preparation for our big challenges.

Our blog will make a welcome return, so you can keep up with our training antics! So please keep up to date. We will let you know soon how you can sponsor us to raise a shed load of cash for The Yard.

Jane and Tracey (Team 2T3T2)

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Janey's running ramblings

Today I took part in the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge in Keswick, Lake District just for fun!

I have much respect for Tracey as she has come to all of this madness in only October last year. She had a real challenge to face of her own with her Diabetes and she has overcome it all with real success. I have been running for 26 years now and taking on events one after another is something I do year in year out but for Tracey to step up to this in such a short time and to enjoy it (okay well maybe not yesterday) is fantastic.

Together we have raised £1,500 (and rising) for The Haemophilia Society in Scotland which is absolutely amazing. When I set out to do this I had in my mind that if I could raise £500 I would be doing well but with Tracey's help we have blown that out of the water.

Our family has faced a huge challenge since Alistair had his bleed in January 2011, he is well on his way to recovery now and this challenge has really helped me deal with nearly losing my husband. And as a wee bonus I have gained a new pal who has been a real strength to me in these last few years.

I can't thank you enough Tracey but do want to know that our Monday runs are still a feature, obviously now that we have signed up for another triathlon!!!

Twotacklethree as a blog will now come to an end but do hope you will join me on "Janey's running ramblings" (  I have really enjoyed blogging about /my running adventures so I am going to keep it going on another blog. First blog will be a race briefing about today's race in the Lake District.

Thanks to everyone who has donated to our challenge.

don't worry, be happy :)
Sitting all snuggly and warm with a lovely cup of coffee reflecting on yesterday and whether it was really that bad, and the official line is still, yes it was! This was going to be the easiest of my three challenges. I've done it 3 times before and although each time it has been challenging, I knew I could do it. But then the good old Scottish summer weather blew in! I was up bright and early to cycle to the start(I will be including the 7 miles I cycled to the start line in my total) it was pouring, so got completely soaked within a couple of minutes. Met Jane and Alistair at the start, that's commitment for you, up that early just to wave us off, thanks guys! My neighbour had given me some waterproof over shoes, they are kind of like really tight wellies, so I thought that at least my feet would be dry. Unfortunately I hadn't realised that the bottom of one shoe had cracked so the water seeped in anyway. Never mind I thought, it can't be this wet all day, it'll brighten up soon. I was cycling with my two friends Stephen and Twads, well, I say with them, but that means we start together and meet up at the end as they are way faster than me. Off we went. Looking at janes photos it looks like it's night time it's so overcast! I started well, and was making good time till the Forth Road Bridge, when I had to just switch to survival mode! It was so windy the rain was being blown upwards through the wee gaps in the road surface! From then onwards the wind was blowing directly into my face the whole way. At Kinross ( the lunch stop) I met Stephen and Twads again, that never happens, as they are usually so far ahead of me. The next bit after Kinross is usually my favourite bit, it's a lovely stretch over the countryside with gentle hills and great views, usually! A head wind and low mist put paid to all of that, it was hard and horrible! Freuchie is the next stop, for coffee and cakes for everyone except me, but by that stage I was so cold, wet soggy and miserable that even the thought that I had done most of it didn't cheer me up! A few more hilly bits and then I passed the sign for 10 miles left to go, a sight normally greeted with euphoria, but now with a nasty swear word and a grimace! I can't describe how hard that last 10 miles was. I was a broken woman! For the final 5 miles it's all downhill, but not on this occasion! I was in granny gear the whole way battling against the headwind, rain stinging my face . But I made it. My mum was waiting at St Andrews to give me a lift back. I usually have a celebratory pint, but I just got straight in the car, steamed up the windows and shivered all the way home! reflecting on it afterwards over a curry and beer with Stephen and Twads we were considering if we had actually enjoyed any of the day, and the consensus was, no! But it's over, and I have completed my three challenges. I have completed roughly 266.5km(165.5miles) of running, 954km (593miles) of cycling and have swum 22000m ( 13.6miles) Not too shabby!! Although this last challenge was not great, I have LOVED the others! Ventoux was epic, and I'd love to do it again. I've already signed up for another triathlon, and I will probably do St Andrews cycle again next year, but I will be checking the weather forecast next time!! Jane has been a great training partner, motivating me when Dr Dasterdly de Motivate reared his ugly head, and making me run in the first place. I also have to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me during the last 6 months and to every one of you who has bothered to read this blog and donate money. If you havent done so yet, then get a move on! I need to give a special mention to Allister for his triathlon training support, to Twads for cycling with me during those long cold winter months and to everyone who has asked me how the training is going and giving me tips and advise. I couldn't have down any of this without Eilidh, my daughter, supporting me thoughout. She has hidden all the chocolate and biscuits in the house so that I'm not tempted, and has selflessly agreed to stay in bed or watch TV whilst I go out training and has come to support me when she can, Thanks Eil!!! One last thing......I did this to prove a point to the doctors who think I should have been on medication for my diabetes since Oct last year, to them I just want to say...."I told you I could do it my way!"

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Full blog posting tomorrow, but just had to say , oh my god, that was HORRIBLE! It was wet cold and windy-in-your-facey! Can barely walk, but have managed to have a curry and a few beers to dull the pain!!

Tracey and the Edinburgh to St Andrew's bike ride

Alistair and I got up early to head into Inverleith Park to show our support of the legend that is Tracey Joyce!  And legend she needed to be - it was absolutely chukking it down and pretty cold.

We got there and began to worry that perhaps no-one else had turned up - it was so quiet. However, gradually people started to creep out of their cars and get their bikes to the start. We headed in and as usual Alistair managed to speak to a Council man and Ged from Edinburgh Bike Co-op! Eventually we found Tracey, hiding under a tree with about a million clothes on. For the second week in a row Tracey is cycling her bike wet!

She peeled off her layers briefly for a Haemophilia Society photo shoot!

She still looks quite happy at this point despite the rain.............

After a bit more standing around in the rain and listening to the Penicuik Silver Band the field began to come together into appropriate finishing time slots. Gave Tracey a quick good luck hug and then headed out to get a vantage point where we could wave her off.

still smiling! :)

Bye Tracey, good luck, enjoy the ride and your beer and a curry when you finish!!!!!

don't worry, be happy :)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Janey's swimming stories

Back in the pool today and felt great! It was a bit busy but still I was going good. It is amazing how a good experience gives you confidence. Now that I am into training for the Glasgow Half Marathon and the Haddington Sprint Triathlon in September I have the bit between my teeth to improve. So much so that I spoke to Andrew's swimming teacher who was in the pool with two wee kids (who incidentally could swim much better than me despite being only about 3 years old!!!!) about getting a couple of lessons to get my flippin' head under the water. She agreed and said that she had been watching me and that I could shave time off if I found some technique (what as opposed to having none you mean????). It would only take a few lessons she reassured me!!!!!! (you don't know what you are letting yourself in for Lynn, ha ha ha).

Tracey and Erin are limbering up for their marathon cycle tomorrow from Edinburgh to St Andrew's. The weather forecast is not brilliant but as I said to Erin "it will be fine because it never rains when Tracey is running (maybe it will work with cycling too?)".  I am sure it will be fine as it is always sunny in Fife when we go to visit. :) Good luck to you both, can't wait to hear about your adventures. (Good luck to James also who is going with Erin to change sort her punctures ha ha ha ha ha).

I have really enjoyed blogging for twotacklethree so much so that I am going to set up my own blog    called "Janey's running ramblings" which is basically an extension of my blog on Fetch. I will go live with it once twotacklethree is finally over and hope that anyone who has followed me on this one will continue to follow the adventures of one slightly middle aged slow runner who's mantra in life is "don't worry, be happy" :)

Oh and look out for a weekend of race debriefings - Tracey and Edin - St Andrews and Me with my Trail Run in Keswick (there may well be mud - yuk!).

don't worry, be happy :)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Janey's running ramblings

A nice gentle 4 miles this morning. Ran around Penicuik watching the excitement build for the Olympic Torch Relay coming through. The streets in Penicuik have never been so clean. The council were out yesterday sweeping the streets with a dustpan and brush such was the detail paid to cleaning! 

Anyway, got back to the house and changed and then headed back down to the town to see the Torch. What a brilliant time we had (I ended up standing next to a random stranger and we had such a laugh - we were both as excited as each other). I was standing opposite the High School and Rhona's pals noticed me taking sneaky pictures of Rhona and they, as pals do, embarrassed Rhona totally by telling her I was there. Got nice pics of the kids waving their Saltires. The atmosphere was brilliant. 

The warm up part of the parade came first, and dutifully wound the kids up into a frenzy, difficult to do with a bunch of teenagers - but manage it they did! Then shortly afterwards we suddenly noticed a man dressed in white appear out of a car and go over to the kids with A TORCH!!!!!!! We were standing right at the point where a "kiss" was to take place. Sooooooo exciting! Gradually more and more people appeared on bikes and in cars and then the main event - the TORCH. Right enough they stopped just in front of us and "kissed", you could feel the heat of the flame, we were that close.

 It was amazing. I am so excited now - can't wait for the Olympics. I guess that is the whole point of it all to get us all whipped into a frenzy - well it worked!!!!! Frenzy duly whipped. :-)

The town was really buzzing afterwards, and it really helped that it was sunny and warm everyone kind of milled about chatting about how exciting it was. 

Anyway, got my trail run on Sunday so going to go for a swim tomorrow and then head down to Carlisle on Saturday to stay over night and then head to Keswick on Sunday. 

don't worry, be happy :-)
This is your time to shine!!!!!!!!! (now I am torch daft :-):-):-):-))

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Janey's running ramblings

In preparation for my trail run in Keswick at the weekend, I got myself out for a gentle 4 mile run at lunchtime. My training partner was not with me, she was too busy trying to stop herself from falling asleep! I was very tired yesterday, not physically, but mentally very tired. I think the difference with the triathlon to the usual events that I do is that there is a lot to think about rather than just a run where you start when the gun goes and then stop when you get to the finish. I really enjoyed that aspect although really want to improve my transition and cycle times.

Still run was good, got the legs going again and loosened off my right ankle which was left a bit stiff after Sunday's efforts. I think it was the bike ride which made my ankle stiff, because it was stuck in the same position for 12 miles (clipless pedals) which my ankles are just not used to.

And yes, as Tracey has said we have only gone and entered another tri in September the Haddington Sprint Triathlon. Which is the week after the Glasgow Half Marathon - I don't do things by half do I???

So twotacklethree may be coming to an end but the challenges just keep on coming....................

don't worry, be happy :)
I don't think I've ever been this tired! Two days after the triathlon, and all I want to do is snooze! Is this normal? Had considered training this week, but I have to say it's not looking that likely! Might go to a tap class tonight as I haven't been for ages and I' m a bit of a dancer at heart, so have really missed it. It'll take my mind off the Edin to St Andrews cycle on Saturday, my last challenge. Well I say last, but Jane and I have only gone and entered the Haddington Triathlon in September!!!!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Woo hooo! We did it! all those months of training for the moment below...crossing the finish line.

Pretty Impressive ( we think!!) The swim was weird, we were both quite nervous before the start, but the hardest part was getting the swim caps on. I never wear one and it felt strange, couldnt hear a thing and my head got really hot! Jane and I were both in the same lane, her in front as she is faster, and off we went! the annoying thing was a guy who had put down 25mins for his swim, but was much faster, so kept on overtaking.  the other guy in the lane went off way too fast then slowed down lots, so we overtook him, that felt good! I lost count agin and was convinced I had only done about 25 when the lap counter told me that I only had 2 left. I questioned her judgement, but accepted her decision! Thats when Jane was getting out.  Both of us were complete girls and swam to the side to get out using the steps rather than beach ourselves trying to lift ourselves out of the water! Then quite a long run across the wet grass to the bikes. I couldnt get mine off the rack and all I could see was Eilidh (official photographer) laughing at me, as I nearly knocked the whole rail down. I felt quite good on the bike, this is the easy bit for me as I get a nice rest on the downhill bits, kept forgetting it was a race and had to remind myself to go faster, but made it back with only one near death experience for a family of pheasants who decided to cross the road in front of my bike. I didnt have a bell so I had to shout "out of the way baby pheasants!" just as I was enetering Peebles! The run started and the sun came out...see it NEVER rains when I run, and I took it easy on the first lap, but tried to pick it up a bit for the second. and then it was over...wooo hooo, that feels good. Official time for me 1 hour 52 mins and 23 secs....much better than I thought, might even do it agin!!

Janey's Triathlon Tales

What a blast we had!!!!! I may well be converted to Triathlon!

Headed off to Peebles at 8.15am today and it was dry, overcast but dry nonetheless. Got to Peebles and then headed for registration. Got my number on my leg and arm - 107 (which incidently was the number of Alistair and I's first flat after we got married!!!). Tracey was number 108 and was in the same swim lane and heat as me - result! Then we headed to transition to hook up my bike and lay out all my stuff - very professionally I might add on a wee towel and everything!!!

Then once Tracey and I done that Alistair took our picture with us both still smiling! 

Then Alistair headed off back to Penicuik to pick up Rhona who was still in her pit when we left! Tracey, Eilidh (Tracey's daughter) and I then went back to suss out what was to happen next. Eilidh did at this juncture point out that we had an hour left before the start of the race. Tracey and I groaned and then we all decided to go for a wee walk to kill some time. Ended up looking at some ducks. I was absolutely terrified of the swim and was probably doing my usual "oh my god what am I doing, I am going to drown, why am I doing this" (sorry Tracey and Eilidh) what they don't know is that I do this at the beginning of every long run (half marathon and marathon) to the point that Alistair always b***ers off (precisely why he went back home for Rhona and breakfast). Finally, it was race briefing time and the excitement was building. Our heat time was here - 10 am. And it turned out that my rather natty white swim cap meant that I was first in the lane. (OMG!). We had a bit of a laugh, which turned out not so funny for my nerves, when we were all in the water the man in charge barked out orders along the lines of "lanes 1 - 3 swim anti-clockwise and the rest clockwise". Well my helpful other lane companions couldn't make up their mind what way was clockwise. Tracey kindly took charge when she could sense I was getting a tad ratty because the two men in the lane had me switching from one side to the other several times. Thank you Tracey, my nerves were shot to pieces at that point and may well have resulted in me shouting at the poor guys who were just trying to be helpful! Anyway, time to go, the whistle went and off we swam. I was determined not to drown this time (which I nearly did in my last triathlon) and took it easy for the first two lengths, easy to do with my pal behind me not hassling me to hurry up (and I mean pal in the non-college sense of the word). I actually really enjoyed the swim in the end and surprised myself with how good I felt all the way through. 

I tried really hard to count properly and was delighted when the nice lady in charge of our lane clonked me on the head with a swim float and said cheerily "two to go". whoop whoop. Got to the end and tried to climb out the pool - not going to happen so had to skip under the rope and climb out by the steps. Everybody watching (triathletes in later heats) all gave us a round of applause when you got out the pool and a really nice man said "well done" as I left the pool building. I was a really nice touch, made me feel fab. 

Then I headed for transition. Eilidh did catch me with her camera running with my swimmy cossy on (dear knows what that will look like but hey ho!). Have to say a huge thank you to Eilidh who gave me her very own special Mexican wave - you did make me laugh Eilidh. Got to my bike and had the longest transition I could probably have - if I do it again I know where I will shave off some time. Going to buy a tri-suit and stretchy laces!!! 

Was really enjoying my bike ride and was delighted to see Rhona and Alistair at Cardrona. Tracey was on a flier (she had a time to beat in order to gain some sponsorship money) she passed me at Cardrona and just kept on pulling away from me - amazing - well impressed Tracey :))

My cycle wasn't that great, but to be honest I hadn't done much cycle training because I was busy training for the Edinburgh Marathon and finding time to squeeze in a cycle amongst 4 and 5 hour training runs was tough. But now I have the bit between my teeth and might well enter another sprint triathlon to try and get my bike time down! 

Anyway, back to the race, once I finally got myself back to Peebles I hopped off the bike at the dismount point and wobbled my way down the huge slope back down to the pool. There was a guy shouting at me to just run down the hill "you are having a laugh I said I can hardly walk down this hill with my slippy shoes and wobbly legs!". Anyway, back to transition and at this point I realised the merit of owning stretchy laces! 

Flung all my stuff onto the ground next to my bike (not so neat any more!) and then wobbled my way back out to the run.

Now, you would think that running is where I would feel okay again. Flippin' eck my legs were really wobbly, didn't feel like my legs at all. It took me a good mile before I felt like I was finding my stride. We were running round in a big circle and I kept seeing Tracey who was ahead of me, I think people must of thought we were a bit bonkers as we kept shouting at each other over the river and waving like mad things. 

Finally, after two laps of the three bridges I was home. Tracey finished just in front of me. 

And in true JaneyM fashion this Fetchie had to land and a very efficient Fetchie wingwave was executed!! 

If you look carefully you can see the Fetchie coming in to land!

For the number crunchers here was my breakdown of times:

swim - 22 mins
T1 - 5.06
bike - 53.19
T2 - 2.28
run - 31.28

Total - 1.54.21

I am very happy with my swim time, normal run time for 5K but my transitions and bike ride leave room for improvement! Will work on that I think - see hooked!!!!!

So that is my twotacklethree challenges finished, Tracey still has her big bike ride to complete next week and our target fundraising amount has shot through the roof standing at over £1,300 - a huge thanks to everyone who has sponsored us in this madness for the Haemophilia Society in Scotland.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us.

don't worry, be happy :)

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Janey's running ramblings

Went out for a short 3 mile run today. The sun almost came out and it was lovely and warm - the rain did come  on for a little while but didn't last long. I have a bit of a niggle left over from the marathon - my little toe and the one beside it on my right foot is still a bit sore. Because they have been rubbing together my foot has developed quite a sore bit however it settled down when I was out running. So as long as I tape it up it should be okay tomorrow. Need to nurse it along for my trail run next week. Got my race number and my t-shirt for next weekend - a wee holiday weekend race - I love it!!! Can't wait.

Anyway, back to this week, got a box all ready to pack all my stuff in it for transition. Alistair (my half ironman hero) advised that it would be good to pack it all in a box in case it was raining, that way it was kept dry off the ground and I could just stick something over the top of it to keep the rain off. He also suggested that it would be a good idea to practice changing my tyre before hand to make sure I can remember how to do it.  My pal Hazel (also a half ironman hero) gave me the same advice and also told me to practice my transitions to make sure I had forgotten nothing. I am actually looking forward to it now - just a bit different from my normal events. I have been quite adventurous this year - marathon, triathlon and trail runs. Have really quite enjoyed the challenge that twotacklethree has brought this year.

Anyway, going to check out my bike now to make sure it is in working order! Can't work out what to wear tomorrow once I am out the pool - pool easy cossie, goggles and hat. My transition pile will look like a jumble sale because I will have so many choices. Hazel said not to underestimate the cold - she got hypothermia after taking part in the Half Ironman in Snowdonia (llanberis) although as I said to her I am sure I won't be pushing myself to the limit in quite the same way that she did that day. (Hazel was quite good - used to win things). Finishing will be my win!!

This will be my last challenge in twotacklethree and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and donations to our fundraiser - It is an amazing amount of money that you have all helped us raise. Tracey still has her final challenge to complete next week - Edinburgh to St Andrews Bike Ride (70 miles). No mean feat!

Look out for race debriefing tomorrow :)

don't worry, be happy :)
Aaaargh! This time tomorrow we'll be doing the triathlon! I don't feel ready, but it's too late now! We are hoping the weather won't be too bad, but it is Scotland in summer, so will probably rain. I keep thinking, 'as long as it's not too windy'.I know that I've one as much training as I could, apart from a couple of skiving off days, I have pretty much stuck to my plan of running 2 -3 times a week, swimming 2 -3 times a week and cycling one day a week since January. I know I can do the distances, not so sure I can do all of them one after the other though, but will find out tomorrow! Today I will be getting ready, taking everything I can off the bike to make it as light as possible ( I don't think I'll need my pannier rack and my bell). Am now relying on Eilidh to keep me right about what I need, she has endured getting up early and watching her dad compete in triathlons, too many to mention, since she was wee, so is an old hand at this! I feel somehow this one will be different!

Friday, 8 June 2012

Janey's swimming stories

What a bloomin' awful day today it was today. The rain just kept on coming and coming. I went for a 3 mile walk this morning and had planned to go for a short cycle in the afternoon but with the way the weather was just couldn't face it. So decided to go for a last swim (before the Triathlon) instead. As the pool is only 10 minutes away and Alistair had my car today I walked down to the pool. Flippin' eck I think I was wetter outside the pool than I was in it.

So managed my 750m, didn't bother with time but was happy that I kept going for the whole 30 lengths without stopping (other than the blip at the end when my goggles steamed up and I ran into the end of the pool cos I couldn't see :) ).

I do hope this horrible weather goes away, or at least stops raining, on Sunday otherwise we just won't have fun :(

don't worry, be happy :)

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Janey's running ramblings

After helping at the primary school I headed out for a four mile run. It was really nice, although I think the council had decided that this was the day they were going to cut ALL the grass in Penicuik. I was sneezing like nobody's business by the time I got back. There was great big spots of rain landing all around me by the time I was heading home and the skies had gotten very dark and it was very warm. It felt like a thunderstorm brewing - but nothing yet. I love it when it gets like that.

Got an email about my race pack from the Great Trail Run in Keswick on the 17th, can't wait. It is basically a 10K trail run up one of the prettiest wee fells in Keswick, Latrigg. I don't know how many times I have walked and run up Latrigg and never tire of the view from the top. When you get to the top you see Skiddaw to the back of Latrigg, Derwentwater stretched out in front of you and then Keswick down below. It is just wonderful. And to top it off, as it is Father's Day we gave Alistair the choice of the Loosebox (now known as LB's or the Old Keswickian (chippy) a resounding Chippy was the reply from everyone, so that is where we are having out tea out next Sunday!!! Excellent.

Got to get the Triathlon out of the way first though! 

don't worry, be happy :)

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Janey's swimming stories

Alistair got word from the hospital of a cancellation to go and see the surgeon at the hospital about what might be the next step with his clot. Both of us were very nervous about what they would say next because although an operation would be absolutely controlled there is still the huge complication of further bleeding - which is not good. So the appointment came along and the surgeon said that they would be better to leave well alone and allow the clot to either continue to shrink or to fibre up - either way will cause Alistair no harm. Operating might well cause a further clot in removing the one that is already there - so they would rather not do that. So as it stands this is a kind of ending point - all Alistair has to do is keep taking his factor and get further scans from time to time to keep an eye on it.

So with that in mind we talked about him just getting on with life again (within reason!!!) so he came down to the pool with me tonight to have a bit of a gentle swim about. He just took it easy swimming gently up and down. I have no idea how many lengths I did, or how fast I did them, and to be honest I don't care, it was just lovely to see Alistair doing something he loved doing prior to the bleed. Considering he was about to start his training for the UK Ironman the week of the bleed it was wonderful to see him back in the water, albeit very very gently. He knows that running is probably out of the question now but if he can get back to swimming a bit then that can only be good for his health.

Triathlon on Sunday and my last challenge. I think it will be a challenge for me because swimming is not my strength but you know what, seeing Alistair in the pool tonight after all he has been through will carry me through Sunday (even if I am drowning) as 2 hours of physical exertion is nothing compared to what he has been dealing with.

don't worry, be happy :)

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

I love a day off! Get up when I like, think about what to do over a cup of coffee that I actually finish! I had many options my garden is so overgrown I've lost both cats several times, my house is such a mess I can't find Eilidh and I still need to so some training. So I cut the grass in the morning in that beautiful sunshine, and did a bit,( but not all! )housework, by which time Eilidh had got out of bed and said she wanted to go swimming! Then quickly changed her mind when she realised that if I went by myself she could just sit and watch crap on TV all day instead! So I cycled to the Commie ( car has a HUGE nail in the tyre so is flat, a tyre I only got replaced 2 weeks ago..grrrrrr!). Unfortunately when I got there I realised I had forgotten my goggles, how annoying, I wanted to do 750 m and see how I got on. I did try to do the crawl, but couldn't see a blooming thing! I couldnt stay in a straight line, so switched to breast stroke. This doesn't tire me out so much so instead of doing 15 lengths of the 50 m, I kept going for 20 lengths instead. I did attempt crawl , but only when there was no one coming in the opposite direction in the lane. Then back on the bike, round Arthurs Seat before heading home ( prob about 10k) then, and I hope you'll be impressed with this, a 3 k ish run! My own wee mini triathlon!

Janey's running ramblings

What a difference with my inhaler! 4 miles in the beautiful sunshine without any wheezing. Thank goodness I do get that I feel like an auld wummin when I get all wheezy.

Going to head off to the shops tomorrow afternoon after my trip to Dunbar and Prestonpans (work) to go and try and get a new swimming cossie.

Hope you went out training Tracey and didn't just sit on the sofa watching the Queen again ;)

don't worry, be happy :)

Monday, 4 June 2012

Janey's running ramblings

Today Tracey and I headed out for our Monday run a bit later today because our HNC students were holding their Celebration of Achievement party today. I had realised that I had forgotten my inhaler on the way to work but decided that if I took it easy then I should be okay. First sign that things were not going to be great should really have been Tracey saying that she suddenly felt like her nose had blocked when we went outside - pollen!!! So coupled with high pollen and quite a hot day I was hopeless. Sometimes I do wonder if my asthma is all in my head - but nooooooooooooooo, not today. I was wheezing like an auld donkey. Poor Tracey got an absolutely rubbishy run as we kept having to stop for me to walk as I just could not get the breath to run.

I got home a while ago and was able to take my inhaler and now I feel normal again. As Tracey said it does prove that the inhaler does what it is supposed to. So not a great last run together before our Triathlon but things can only get better - as the song says.

don't worry, be happy :)

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Janey's nae running ramblings

This is the first Saturday in I don't know how long that I haven't been out for a run! (gasp) We were at Alistair's Mum's today and it was nice to just sit in the sun, go for a wee trip to Anstruther, have ice-cream and just not run. Will need to go out tomorrow.

To catch up on yesterday Rhona and I did go out for a cycle (13 miles) in the afternoon. It looked like it was going to rain a bit when we set out but the sun came out and we were both boiling. So it was important that we sat down for a wee rest at Rossyln Chapel for ice-cream. Do you think there will be an ice-cream stop on the triathlon cycle route??

Took some nice pics.....

Rhona as you can see is enjoying her very expensive Mint Magnum, and our bikes are having a rest too! 

Will get going again tomorrow.

don't worry, be happy :)

Doing sod all today!!! Not being lazy, I have a concert rehearsal followed swiftly by the concert, so no time at all. hopefully will do a wee bit tomorrow, but Commie shut, so will have to be a cycle or a run, will see what I fancy......probably coffee!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Janey's swimming stories

Got myself down to the pool when it opened at 9am this morning and apart from 4 women swimming up and down slowly I pretty much had it to myself. So I decided that today would be the day to test myself. So in I got, first thing realised I had forgotten to actually take a puff of my inhaler which by this point was at the side, miles away from where I was. Decided to give it a go without it. Was fine. Off I went. I still have absolutely no technique but quite happy in that I can chunter up and down fairly strongly (in my opinion). I managed 20 lengths in about 14 mins without stopping and then the beeps started. I had forgotten all about the wee babies swim class and the blasted boom wall was going up. So I was down to 17.5m to swim with. I stopped to let the boom wall come up and do the maths on how many lengths I had to now do to take me up to my full distance. Then I got going again. I went to switch my watch back on and realised I had forgotten to switch it off and the time had rattled away with itself. So now I have absolutely no idea about how long it will take me next weekend, but hey ho! I know I can make it, how fast/slow will be the question.

Then I had a wee practice climbing out of the pool. Last time I did a triathlon I was lucky enough to have the end lane and had steps but knowing my luck I will be plonked in the middle lane and have to ungracefully haul myself out of the pool. Managed it, but not gracefully, much to the hilarity of the lifeguards (who just laughed at me).

Might go out on my bike for a wee spin later on, depending on the weather. Not really into cycling in the rain. Also going to head out to try and buy a new swimming costume - might as well try and look the part. :)

don't worry, be happy :)

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Really had to talk myself into my swim this morning. Woke up with the alarm at 7.15 as usual, but was so sleepy, and I didn't really have to get up, Eilidh was at her dads and I had already told work that I'd be later in, so snooze on I did! Just lay there for a good half hour convincing myself I'd go tomorrow. Then Sir Smuggleton had a few stern words. So I did eventually get up and made sure I got straight into my swim gear so I couldn't talk myself out of it again. By now I only had 20 mins to swim, so I thought I'd just try to do 22 lengths like last week, but lo! I did 24. Am convinced that I must have lost count as it's inconceivable that I have improved that much!

Janey's running ramblings

With the triathlon less than 2 weeks away now I am now attempting to get my body back to training quicker than I would normally after a marathon. I would normally gently ease myself back into training but needs must.  With a brand new sparkly training schedule to follow for the Glasgow Half Marathon (I do like a training schedule) I headed out the door for a four mile run. That sounds like I was keen to skip out the door but it did take me all day to get my backside in gear and out the door. It was so wet I just could not be bothered. Still went out in the end.

As I was running I was thinking about what one of the boys in the primary class I help had told me this morning. He runs with JogScotland's Junior Joggers and is about 8 years old. The teacher had told the class that I had run the marathon and that I had my medal for them to see. He quietly said to me, whilst I was helping him with his numeracy (stop laughing all who know about my complete lack of maths ability it is only P3 maths!), that he had won the Junior marathon at the weekend. I was very impressed and we chatted about how it had been hot and he asked me if I had used the hydration tablets in with the race number when I was running the marathon. I said that I had used two in my drink and he said he used one but didn't really feel thirsty so they must have worked. I was really impressed with his knowledge of running at only 8 years old. I asked him if he had to stand up on a stage to get his prize for winning. At this point another child joined in and said were you first to which he replied "no, nobody was first we were all winners" and then he told me how a nice lady gave him a medal when he ran over the line. I said to him that was fabulous and asked him if he had really enjoyed himself. He told me he had and that he is maybe going to run the 5K next year. All I could think about was how hung up adults get on times, distance, etc etc and this wee lad was fair pleased that he had won the marathon and there was no discussion about time etc! And so he had - we need to take a leaf out of his book and just enjoy what we do. After lots of years of running I am just chuffed that my body is holding up enough to let me enjoy 5K, 10K, half marathons, marathons, triathlons and trail runs. Quite an exciting life really when I think about it!

Enough rambling, nice run and a swim tomorrow - might even hit the road with my bicycle tomorrow!

don't worry, be happy :)

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

I'vebeen a bit lazy recently, not in terms of training I must say, just in terms of writing the blog. I didn't write on Sunday as that was Janes day, and what a day. I don't know how she did it in that heat. She just kept on running! I had cycled from my house to Longniddry to cheer her on, a journey which I thought would be about 12 miles so should only be about an hour, hmmm. Think it's a wee bit longer as it took about 1 hr 45! This was due in part to being held up by the police stoping traffic, but is also an indication of just how slow I am on a bike! So a total of about 30ish miles on the bike on Sunday, then a wee walk with hobbildy Jane on Monday, which doesn't really count, then off for my last swim training session before the triathlon at the Commie. Tonights lesson? Open water starts!!! I excused myself from these with the very valid excuse that I will NEVER swim anywhere where there might be fish or seaweed, but did continue to do the lengths. I didn't do too many wheezy gulpy panicky breaths, so maybe I am getting better at breathing? Was really tired by Tues, and was glad of a day off! But back at it today with a slightly longer than normal run along the shore. I went passed the tea shop, adding a good 500 m to my run!! I was the slowest person in the world today though!

Janey's running ramblings

Found this on the marathon site - offiical photos

Me and my Fetchie pals McNewbie and SpeedyMel

That was us at the start!!! which is why we are laughing :)

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Janey's running ramblings

Here stands the finest (motley crew) runners that you will ever see - Fetchies at the beginning of the Edinburgh Marathon.

Today I got myself out for a short 2 mile run. To begin with the legs did feel like they belonged to someone else, however after a short time they started to come back to me and we got on fine again. I am glad I went out as it has really loosened them off and I am ready for the triathlon now!!! (well maybe?).

Following the marathon on Sunday I have made the decision to pull out of the Speyside Way Race. I had to really dig deep into my reserves on Sunday and I was fine, but I am not sure that I am cut out for finding another ten miles worth of reserves, certainly not this year after working so hard for twotacklethree. A lot of distance running is about what goes on in your head and your body just kind of follows on behind doing what it is told. I had to work very hard on Sunday to banish those thoughts which were telling me to just stop, get an ice-cream and sit until Alistair could get to me to pick me up. That is not to say that the Ultra itch is still not there - but I think I am still hankering after doing a multi-day trip (not a race) which takes me from A to B via several guest houses - a wee running holiday so to speak. This will still be in my forward planning. 

However, I am not about to sit down and do nothing after all this hard work. Two weeks time I am completing my part of the twotacklethree challenge with the Peebles Triathlon and then the week after that I am heading down to the lake district for the Keswick Trail Run (10K) up Latrigg and then on holiday Rhona and I are taking part in the Truro Race for Life 5K and to finish off the summer so far I have entered the Glasgow Half Marathon in September which is a long time favourite of mine. I am going to try and bring down my half marathon time. So, not done yet then? 

don't worry, be happy :)

Monday, 28 May 2012

Janey's post marathon mumblings

Woke up very early this morning really thirsty, finally dehydration was disappearing. Got up and had a cup of tea and took a couple of ibuprofen to try and stem the muscle soreness. Not feeling too bad but my quads are very stiff and my feet have taken a bit of a bashing. My toes always end up a bit swollen after a marathon and I have an odd sore bit on the sole of my left foot. Feels like a blister but nothing to be seen!

Because I was up early I got all the packed lunches made and did my Asda order. How about that for multi-tasking.

Left for work at 7.50am and managed to slowly drive myself to work, was absolutely fine as long as I didn't have to move my legs from the position they were in to drive the car. Was hoping I wouldn't have to do an emergency stop as I wasn't sure that would be possible!!

After a morning where I just sat about a bit and with Tracey just keeping on feeding me and bringing me tea, we decided to go for a walk instead of a run, mainly because I couldn't get my feet into trainers. It was still lovely weather, but TODAY there was a breeze!!!!!!! It was good to get out and move my legs. Hopefully that should stem the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).

Finally, chucked in the towel at about 2.45pm today when I caught myself almost nodding off at my computer. The drive home was even slower than the drive to work. Finally, I got myself home and flopped into a seat.

Here's hoping keeping moving will help how I am feeling tomorrow, got to get moving again for the Triathlon in two weeks time - aagghhh!!! (quite looking forward to it really now that the big one is out of the way).

don't worry, be happy :)

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Janey's Marvellous Marathon tales!!!!

                                                        What can I say? It was boiling!!!!!

My day started when I met with other Fetchies for an official pre race photo (to follow) and I had a blast with McNewbie (from Manchester) and Speedy Mel (London). What a laugh we had right up until will started running.

It took us at least 15 mins to cross the start line as there were (as far as I know) 27, 000 people running today. My first 6 miles were okay, not too bad, but I could feel the heat building. My Mum and Dad were at Bath Street on the Portobello Prom. It was brilliant to see them as it gives you a real lift when you see people you love come out to cheer you on. The beach looked brilliant today - there were kids everywhere on the beach and even people sunbathing (much better idea on a day like it was today). I got myself to Musselburgh where I met SpicedApple from Fetch (got a big hug from her) again brilliant to see someone who is supporting you. Miles were starting to build by this point, and I was at the Musselburgh Race Course and heading towards Prestonpans. My main job at this point was to try and spot Ann at Port Seton, who is supporting us , unfortunately I couldn't see her (later found out she was cheering her neice and nephew on who were way faster than me and on the way back as I was heading out). Saw Ellem and Smout and others (sorry guys thanks for coming out but I wasn't sure who the others were but I love you all anyway.) Fetch support is amazing - they really gave me a lift.  The miles were really building now and so was the heat. I thought last year in London was really hot but dear knows what the heat was today - it was relentless. Not to mention the fact that someone had stolen the breeze (wind) that Tracey and I always run in at Cramond! It was roasting. As I got to Longniddrie my Ipod started doing really wierd things, I think I had drenched it in water too many times. I was trying to sort out the problem when I was aware of someone running next to me  pushing the coldest bottle of water I had the pleasure to get a hold of today. IT WAS TRACEY!!!!!!!!! I was so chuffed to see her. I mumbled something about being boiling and I just remember her saying "I know, Jane it is horrible". I laughed at that for ages. I kept thinking nobody is making me do this, but she is soooooooooooo right it was pretty horrible at that point. I ran under so many hoses (thank goodness we don't have a hose pipe ban). I decided at that point that I had to plan a strategy to get me to the end as I still had 10 miles to go. So I decided that when I got to 17 miles I would start to use "scouts pace" to get me to the end. So what I did was run for 200 paces and then walk for 100 paces. This was so the right thing to do. I don't think I would have made it to the end otherwise. There were casualties to the heat everywhere. One guy had even got into such a state that we overheard the paramedic saying to him that he had arrived at them delirious, and then had a seizure. They were telling him where he was and what his name was. Not good! But it really was that hot, so easy to have slipped into not having drunk enough and run to fast. So run/walking it was for me.

On the way back past Longniddrie Tracey was still waiting (that really helped Tracey thank you so much) and there seemed to be several other people screaming "Go Jane" (were they with you Tracey?). Tracey then did shout after me "sprint finish Jane" Ha, you have got to be kidding was my retort. This is because we both say we'll do a sprint finish at the end of our lunchtime runs and never really get any faster!! :)

I began to knock off the miles 22, 23 and then I was cheered on by the wonderful Fetchies who had waited on us slow Fetchies coming through(know who you are - thank you for standing boiling in the heat all day it was brilliant to see you all at this point).

Finally 24 came into view, then 25, on my way home now. At this point Tracey's Dr Dasterdley appeared telling me to "just stop running and then the pain will stop" I contemplated this for about two seconds and then banished Dr D to the water and got on with run/walking. As we got back to Musselburgh people starting telling me (and another runner who by this point I was running with) that we were nearly there and it was just around the corner. We were on a straight road with millions of runners stretching out ahead of us. There didn't appear to be a corner!!! The guy I was running with turned to me and very tired said "where the f**k is this b****y corner" All I could do was laugh as I was thinking exactly the same thing - he just voiced it. Then all of a sudden we were there round the corner right enough - it just appeared and there was the finish line. Managed to pull out enough energy to do my customary Fetchie Wingwave, this Fetchie definitely needed to land.

Final time (according to my watch time - official one not in until tomorrow) 5 hours and 29 mins. Quite happy with that considering the heat. You can see from my finisher picture that I am happy to be finished and absolutely nick nacked!!

Alistair produced the best thing at the end of a marathon that I could have - a FLASK OF TEA!!!!!!! He knows me so well. I had been dreaming about a cup of tea since 24 miles.

I am absolutely shattered, sore legs and a bit sun burnt but you know what I am so pleased that I finished and did everyone of our sponsors proud!

Thank you again for all the support you have shown Tracey and I.

don't worry, be happy and go to sleep for a wee while :)

Janey's marathon mumblings

Up at 6.30am, having had an okay sleep. Wanted to get up and have my porridge in plenty of time to digest it properly. Got to have my go faster food!

Made sure my Fetchie nails were okay;

The nerves are building a bit now, but good nerves, not bad ones. Had a really restful night last night - sat and watched the Voice and then watched a film (Couldn't manage the whole of the Eurovision) and then we all had great fun watching the voting later on Eurovision - somehow this bit is more entertaining than the actual singing. 

Heading off at around 8 o'clock and then meeting up with Fetchies at St James' Centre for the official Fetch Photo at nine. Race start is at 10am and my start is at Regent Road. Got my race number and my safety pins already to pin onto my vest.........

Will update later on when I get back.

don't worry, be happy :)

Saturday, 26 May 2012

What a beautiful day! I had the Commie pool to myself this afternoon, which only served to slow me down as I had no one to harass me to go faster. Still 30 lengths done in just over 25 mins. Then it was off for a 5k ish run. Despite having my go faster sunglasses on, I didn't manage to break any records, but at last I was running in sun. I have been complaining for months about the weather and at last it has changed for the better. Hurrah! It's going to be another hot one tomorrow for Jane, but hopefully won't be too bad in the morning. Good luck Jane!!!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Janey's taper tales

Today was supposed to be restful! humpf never quite works out that way. Rhona was due to get her braces off today so we were up and out to the orthodontist for 10.15am today and then home again only to go back into town to get her clear retainer, which helps keep her teeth from moving back again. I am puggled. Lots of driving in lots of heat!!! Still her teeth look amazing - all white and shiny and straight :)

Bought my new socks, blister plasters, sun tan cream, Mule Bars and shot bloks (well Ali got me them), lucozade and a mars bar for after the marathon. (should have got a snickers eh??).

I am reading a book on my kindle just now called "Keep on Running: the highs and lows of a marathon addict" and there was a fabulous quote which I am going to think about when things get tough around 20 miles:

"Time is so utterly relentless in its passage that all you have got to do is cling onto it and it will get you there".

Tracey appears, from her blog, to be suffering from pre-race nerves. They are good but harness them Tracey and they will do you good. You don't have to be good at every element of the triathlon. You are an amazing cyclist (Ventoux proves that) and you can pull out a 31 min 5k so no problem there - all you have to do is hang on in there during the swim and not trip over your shoe laces in transition (you've got stretchy laces so you've got that covered). Once I have got the marathon out of the way I can start to give it my attention and we can calm each other down.

Alistair got a call today from his Doctor at the Haemophilia Centre and they have decided to cut down his factor nine to every three days as they reckoned that it wasn't aiding the recovery and was basically just sitting at sky high levels for no reason. Every three days will be enough to prevent any bleeding. Thank goodness, it will make a difference to him to not have to do that every day. Another great reason for a good run on Sunday.

We are nearly up to £1300. I can't believe we have reached that much. Yet another great reason for a good run on Sunday.

Better have a good run on Sunday eh???

don't worry, be happy :)
Whilst Jane is relaxing and doing nothing, I am freaking about the triathlon. She can't even think about it till after Sunday, but for me it's looming large! I know that I have been training regularly since Jan for this, but right now I still don't feel ready, and it's too late to do anything about it! This weekend is crucial to try to improve my confidence as it's the last proper training weekend I'll plan a swim then run on Sat then a cycle and run on Sunday. Jane says she still wants to go for a run on Monday lunchtime, after her marathon! I'll be impressed if she can still walk after that. Went for a swim this morning, but could only stay for 20 mins as I needed to take my car to the garage, then get a bus to work.I managed 22 lengths in that time. I did stop a few times as I don't really do mornings!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Janey's taper tales

Last 4 mile run before the marathon! Now I get to the fun bit of tapering - sitting about doing sweet fanny adams for two days. Oh, this running is hard work.

Tracey and I were going to out at lunchtime but work got in the way AGAIN, what a cheek. I am kind of glad we didn't go out as the clothes I had with me were for much colder, more usual, weather. I came home and decided to try out a different get up for Sunday (the one I had planned would have me boil if it is like this). So trotted off around Penicuik with shorter shorts and my marked up charity vest. Felt good, can't wait, very excited now.

Going to head into town tomorrow to get some new socks (I know I can hear all my running friends shouting new socks this close to the marathon - but the ones I was planning to wear now have a hole in them and my toe sticks out - a dead cert blister there if I wear them). I will buy an identical pair and will wear them for the next few days to check for bits that could rub. Also going to pop up to Evans Cycles to pick up some more Mule Bars to munch on my way around the route.

It is funny that last year I was getting ready for the London Marathon and I had to plan for a family holiday (leaving on the Thursday) this time it all seems much more relaxed. I am taking Rhona to the dentist tomorrow, doing a bit shopping, Hunter and Lass on Saturday and then pop into town on Sunday to run 26 miles. It just doesn't have the same fear factor as London did - although it is exactly the same random 26.2 miles but is run on roads I am totally familiar with and my house is only 30 mins away. Wonder if that will make a difference to my time - it has in the past.

Alistair was at the Haemophilia Centre again today following his latest scan. His clot has gotten a little smaller and is beginning to show signs of firming up. When it gets to a certain point the hospital may decide to operate to remove it, however at the moment, he has to continue as he is and get on with the business of supporting me and Tracey in our fundraising endeavour! He takes all of this in his stride and I am so proud of the way he does that, me I don't and I have to hide in running long distances or I stop and think about it too much. All of this madness is for him :)

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far we have far outreached our target and is rising daily, it is real encourager knowing that everyone is routing for you!! I will do my best on Sunday - finishing is my target but if I can put in a decent time also then I will be happy.

Might not blog much over the next few days as I am, as I said earlier, doing nothing, but there will be pre and post race briefing on Saturday and Sunday for definite.

don't worry, be happy :)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

There are no words really ........................

Parkrun on Sunday 19th May 2012.

What else can I say?

don't worry, be happy :)

Janey's taper tales

Second last run before the big one! Decided to go for my yearly Hunter and Lass Decorated Houses run. If I take them all in I can get my run up to 3 miles (4 if I can find more). However, I think I am too early. I only found one house decorated. The Hunter and Lass festivities start tomorrow with the Pram Race. I think the houses will be decorated after that. Still I had a lovely run in the sun.

I have a wee bit of a sore toe - a bit of a blister - left over from a long run a few weeks ago. Will nurse it over the next few days to try and get it to harden up before Sunday.

EEEEEEK, a wee bit excited now.

don't worry, be happy :)

Monday, 21 May 2012

I am tired today! Lunch time run was hard work and a slog, calves tight and complaining especially up the buggery hill! Picked my bike up from the shop where it was having a service, and the bloke said everything was just a bit slack...."how rude" I replied before admitting that's what happens when you get older, then I realised he meant the bike. I could have then just sat on the sofa and had an early night, easily, but Sir Smuggleton came riding on his white steed and whisked me off to the Commie. Tonights focus was all about trying to get me to breathe! Don't lift your head out of the water, just turn it to the side and only one goggle should be out of the water, were the instructions. Well, I don't know how much water I swallowed this evening, but the Commie was 2 m deep when I got in, but looked decidedly shallower when I got out!

Janey's taper tales

Today will end a tale of 3 halves (okay maths was never my strong point!!!). First I was at the college and Tracey and I went for our usual Monday lunchtime run along the Cramond seafront. It was still a little misty and there was a bit of a cool breeze although by the time we had turned around and heading back to the college there was blue skies and the sun was beginning to shine. Then as I am working tonight (there's the third half!!!) I left work early and then as the sun was by this point splitting the sky I decided to hit the road and top up today's mileage to a nice 6 miles. It was absolutely beautiful out there this afternoon. So it is now 4 o'clock and I am working up to heading out the door again to Musselburgh for 5.30pm.

So only two more days of short runs and then two days rest before the big day!!! (will do a wee short run on Saturday).

don't worry, be happy

Sunday, 20 May 2012

What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours! From yesterday's teeth chattering run in the wind and cold to todays cycle and run in the sun and a t shirt ( at last). Went down to Peebles agin and did a 14 mile cycle then a quick transition involving putting the bike back on the car rack ( will I need to do that in the triathlon?). Then off for a 5 k run. I say run, but it's more of a shuffle really. The cycle took just over an hour and the run about 35, all timed by the trusty town hall clock! All of this done in bright sunshine with my 'go faster' shades on, and, best of all, NO WIND! Let's hope it's like this next Sunday Jane!

Janey's taper tales

What a gorgeous day! After a leisurely breakfast and an hour spent watching the Manchester 10K and the great Haile Gebrselassie knock out a 27 minute 10k!!!

I got myself all togged up for the sunshine (hurrah - at last) and took myself out for a warm, sunny leisurely 7 mile run. Didn't even put a watch on. This taper lark really works, my legs felt good, I felt strong and raring to for next week. It would be great if the weather could be like this next week. 

Then after lunch Alistair and I decided we would go out for a walk as it was still so sunny and warm. We went down into Clerk's Estate and it was stunning. The sun was shining and the pond in the estate was absolutely lovely. We stopped for a wee seat at the pond and then headed home for a cup of tea. So by the time we got back I reckon we had walked about 5 miles. 

So 7 add 5 in my mind is a good day's work! Going to cut down over the next few days to end with complete rest days on Thursday, Friday and then a wee short toddle on Saturday. Before the big one on Sunday - eeek. This time next week, I will be sitting with my feet up totally nick nacked. :)

don't worry, be happy :)

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Official time of 31.43 for the parkrun this morning, no PB, but am happy with that as it was windy on the way out, and I got a stitch on the way back! It was really cold though, and I spent the run trying to convince Jane that it'll be lovely next week for the marathon, not too hot, not windy at all, until the way back when a gentle breeze will help guide her home, and definitely no rain....honest! Completed another 30 lengths at the Commie whilst Eilidh was in her dance class. Well I think it was 30,I lost count again!! here's how my swim goes....first 10 lengths " oh my god, I hate swimming, I can't breath, this is not natural, if we were meant to do this we'd have gills, help I can't make it" etc, then the next 10 calm down a bit, and I start to think" ok, this is getting better, I can breath and actually have a rhythm going on here" the last 10 " there's no way I can make this, I'm going to die, gulp, choke, help" My time today was 24.30, which is faster than last week, so a bit of an improvement.

Janey's taper tales

Tracey and I headed off down to Parkrun this morning. It was freezing cold - however, it was NOT raining! Tracey did make the point though that her first parkrun was in December last year and she was actually wearing the same clothes today as she did then - the only difference was that there was no ice on the path!!! Still very windy on the way out but as we turned back the wind was at our back and we were able to whizz past loads of people.

I had another attack of cramp on the other leg last night. I think my legs are just objecting to stopping running longer distances. Taper madness!!  Although I wanted to go out for a gentle jog around parkrun - Tracey can't help herself and we were whizzing past people on the way back. Her race plan is to take it easy on the way out  and then speed up on the way back. We haven't got our time yet but I do hope I didn't hold her back!!!!

My marathon nerves are beginning to build and will no doubt get worse as the week goes on. However, I have done a lot of training and I feel in good shape. So hopefully, weather permitting, body permitting I am hoping to have a good Marathon next Sunday.

Watching the Olympic Torch relay on the television at the moment and it is absolutely gorgeous weather in Cornwall so just keep it that way please until we get there in July!!!!! :)

Don't worry, be happy :)

Friday, 18 May 2012

Forgot to update blog yesterday, but thought I' d just do it after my run today instead, except I didn't run today! I did think about it as I was " working from home" this morning, but it was just too horrible out there! I know it's getting near to the triathlon, too near, but I just couldn't make myself get out there. I did swim yesterday morning as planned though. Forced myself into the fast lane and although I had to stop after every 2 lengths to get my breath back, I did try to go for speed over endurance....just hope it's having the desired effect, cos it's really hard! Will go to the parkrun tomorrow with Jane, but not expecting to be fast as my old hip spasm has returned! It's ok when I run, but my leg kinda collapses randomly from the hip after....I'm sure that's not supposed to happen!!

Janey's taper tales

Look what came in the post today .....

Purple to match my vest! very excited now.....

However, back down to earth - went for my Friday swim. I think I am getting slower rather than faster - 23 mins today for my 750m. I had to swim round people and there was a man swimming breadths rather than lengths and always seemed to be touching the wall just as I was passing. And then there was the absolutely enormous lady who as she was climbing out of the pool let go of the railings and then fell backwards into the water. Now I am not one to make fun of people who are trying to lose weight and take to the pool or running to help lose the weight - I actually admire them for their confidence, but this lady was really large and she plonked back into the water with such a splosh that all I could think about was "OMG I am going to drown". But all was well, she got herself out of the pool and I didn't drown but my stroke was a little off by that point. 

Anyway, got a bit of problem cramp. My calf muscle popped in the middle of the night yesterday, you know the way it does - like someone is trying to cut your leg off whilst you sleep. It was still sore this morning and although it wasn''t sore in the pool it is now. I suspect it is part of the taper madness that marathon runners talk about - everything starts to fall apart because you have let up on the training a bit for the marathon - tapering is supposed to help but I have yet to work out how!!!

Heading to parkrun tomorrow, and I am looking forward to not running in the rain cos Tracey is going too and she says it "never" rains when she runs. Not sure if I will go flat out tomorrow or if I will just doddle - will wait and see how I feel in the morning. 

don't worry, be happy :)

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Janey's taper tales

Today after an eventful morning over at the Primary School (don't ask!) I spent lunchtime convincing myself that going for a run in the pouring rain would be a good idea. I decided that to get myself out I would have to go somewhere not just stay around Penicuik. So into the car and off I headed to Flotterstone. Once I got to the car park I should really have taken heed of the transport that the car in the car park next to me had ....

Kayak Racing - this was going to be a wet run!

I headed into the woods to try and keep out of the rain for a bit and look it is actually summer - beautiful pink flowers in a woody glade....

Then I headed off up the hill and passed a dreary looking lot of cows - well you would be if you were stuck in the middle of a muddy field in straight up and down rain. 

Onwards and upwards, despite the torrential rain I was actually enjoying myself. I waded through muddy puddle after muddy puddle and eventually found myself at the waterfall. The thing with heavy rain is the waterfalls are absolutely stunning...

Off I headed up the hill. Eventually got to the turnaround point, I was absolutely soaking by that point. I was having a great run though. Wet but happy .....

Toddled back down the hill and it did actually let up a little bit and for a brief second I could feel the sun trying to get through (albeit very very briefly). Got back to the car, a little soggy but once I had put on my cosy Fetch hoodie and dried my hair a bit with my handy towel (was planned for once). Then I headed back to the house for a cup of tea and a yummy biscuit!

4 miles, happy running.

don't worry, be happy :)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Janey's taper tales

Well, three days into my official taper for the marathon and as per usual (during a taper) I seem to have forgotten how to run. It would seem today on my short 4 miler that I forgot how to breathe, had someone else's legs on and well was just a bit rubbish. Still 4 miles in the legs is a good thing, even if the legs were not co-operating!

Rhona and I have entered the Race for Life 5K in Truro when we are on our hols in Cornwall. It should be good fun, all pink and fluffy and a great day out. Only ever driven through Truro so it will make for a nice day out. Can't keep me down, I hate not having a race to get ready for, albeit this will be a fun one as I am running it with Rhona!

I might head off down to Parkrun on Saturday as Rhona is away at her pals and Alistair is working and well Andrew won't even know I have gone till I get back! Do you fancy a parkrun Tracey? Good chance to bring that run time down again!).

don't worry, be happy :)