Couch to 5K

Blinking virussy viruses!

So this winter I was all smug thinking: I'm on maternity leave. That means NOT mixing with 300+ snotty/snuffly/coughing teenagers every week. I am going to be so flipping healthy! I am going to be able to forgo the ludicrous and probably futile consumption of truckloads of echinacea! I will skip blithely through the winter months like a...oh. You're funny.

Have the worst headcold, with a cough and sore sinuses and earache and the works. And I think that maybe dealing with teenagers while feeling rotten is perhaps not as demanding as dealing with actual human poo and someone who is constantly hungry and whose only food-source is me. And I cannot believe I beat week 5, only to be beaten by this!

So - any tips to kick me out of my little pity party and cheer me the merry hell up very welcome indeed!

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Vit d echinacea colloidal silver all help. I'm breastfeeding my second still so sleep deprived etc but as with running good to not think ahead. One run at a time one day at a time!! Watch a film funny things on you tube and eat what you fancy. Xx when are you due? Amazing that you run....that is incredible!!!! Xx

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Oh good shout actually - I'm crap at remembering my vit D!

I'm post-natal not pre; baby is just coming up for 5 months so I'm still exclusively breastfeeding (well, except a tiny bit of illicit butternut squash because he was snatching my food and sitting up and generally looking extremely up for it: don't tell the health visitor!!), but had to stop running to gain weight for fertility treatment and then had rather a debilitating delivery, so it's a slow return to race fitness for me: and definitely yes, in motherhood and running, one day (or, you know, moment!) at a time. xx

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Well good on you for running and breastfeeding incredible xx Breastfeeding never makes me thinner so maybe I will turn into a warrior women in this process! xx Lots of good vibes hope the day is restful! (I cannot sit down with an 14 month old and 4 year old so I'm fantasising a bit!). As others have said you have done it before so you have muscle memory x

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Oh TF just what you need at the minute. Not. Eat well, rest well (I know I know 😕) and just let it take its course.

In the meantime if you've nothing else to do 😂 you could check out some races for this year, do some shopping for new gear, follow some blogs, look for new routes for when you're up and running again, check in here.

You're a pro so you know to ease yourself back into it, yay-di-yah......

Feel better soon and I'll make you a virtual (whole milk) chocolate drink with cinnamon and dark chocolate sprinkles 😋 x

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And I will send virtual lemon cupcakes xxx Rest up Tea, but you know that already xxxx

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YES! Just finished the lemon drizzle I made at the weekend (I think I need to upgrade to a 2lb loaf tin!!) xxx

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oh the chocolate sprinkles sound flipping heavenly! Thanks doll. And I keep finding myself here... excaliburmarathon.com xxx

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The half, obvs. I'm not (completely) mad. And alas it will depend a wee bit on what the gynae has to say later this month about my collapsing bits (oh, the glamour!!?! Sorry!)

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Looks stunning. Do you get a sword at the end of it? ⚔

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No, but last time there was strong tea and beef stew (more use than a sword by any criteria 👍🏼)

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Short run/brisk walk followed by long hot bath? (Assuming babysitter cover for both!)

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You need some prize winning jokes!

“I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.” Ken Cheng

“I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions. What’s the point?” Alexei Sayle

“Whenever someone says, ‘I don’t believe in coincidences.’ I say, ‘Oh my God, me neither!’”

I wasn’t particularly close to my dad before he died... which was lucky, because he trod on a landmine.” Olaf Falafel

(some of the winners at the Edinburgh fringe)

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ha! well done xx

(and 'Olaf Falafel'? for real?)

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I suspect that is not the name his mother gave him!

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You forgot one! I’ve deleted all my German contacts from my phone. Yes, I’ve gone Hans free.. Don’t remember the author, though.

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Boom Boom 🦊

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You two!!

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Tee hee 😁

Aw TF what a nuisance! Keep your fluids up and sit it out with some day time telly 😁

Repeats of Flog It are worse than bubonic plague. A few episodes of that would have me running for the hills with the baby on my back 🤨

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Made the mistake of falling down an iplayer radio wormhole instead: way less 'run away!' inducing!

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No real magic tips. Just engage the services of Dad aka MrTea to look after the young man to allow you some real quality time in the bath with a lovely running book (but not The End of the World Running Club, which was very disappointing). Cups of tea & plenty of rest.

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He's making pie and mash while I cuddle the little on the sofa. Feel like gravy is probably more healing than cleanliness 😳😂

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Good call. MrsMarkyD delivered sausage casserole and dumplings tonight... all is well with the world.

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YUM! I think we've made good choices of spouses!

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