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HM training week5 day2 - tempo run & new leggings by Lucy Locket Loves

FlickM3Half Marathon

NO sleep. Mr I Don’t Snore didn’t come home last night and wasn’t answering his phone. He’s a recovering alcoholic - hadn’t drunk for ten years but is under pressure now with his dad dying and his mum suffering from dementia. I suspected he was drinking and was right, but for all I knew he could have been lying in the morgue. So this run was tough thanks to sleep deprivation.

Very cold this morning so I wore the aforementioned leggings to keep my legs warm and cheer myself up. If anyone is interested ( and let’s face it, who isn’t interested in Lycra 😄😄🤩) I usually wear medium and these are small, but they fit perfectly.

Just as I did with the Marcothon streak last December, I’m amazed how I really can manage to run even when I really think I can’t. There is no way I can break the training. The run for the day is sent to my watch and it would be really hard to shift things around without doubling up runs. So manage it I did, after walking the dogs and before taking one of the cats to the vet. I even managed to stay in the zones most of the time! I’m also slightly shocked that I was contemplating how I would still fit in my training if Mr IDS WAS lying in the morgue!!😳

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That was a rough night 😞

Well done - great work!!! And what fabulous tights 😊😊😊

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to roseabi

Thank you lovely xx

misswobbleMarathon in reply to FlickM3

You have to look out for yourself all this so your runs are going to be important. Life is hard sometimes isn’t it 😖. 💪🙂

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

It’s been a tough three years - but I’m so lucky to be doing this in old age. I’m passionate about running!

misswobbleMarathon in reply to FlickM3

Good! Me too. My old man follows an unhealthy lifestyle but he’s an adult so can get on with it ☹️ I can’t force him to change so I’ve given up trying

We’ve got our running and we can be healthy 😃💪🏃‍♀️

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

Mine has the diet of a ten year old boy having a midnight feast, and otherwise exists on nicotine and endless cups of coffee- and the bastard is fitter then me! He has started swimming with me once a week. He said he would run with me and do it properly with c25k. So far it hasn’t happened, and now he says he doesn’t want to start off slowly. He wrecked his knees playing football to semi pro standard in his youth: last time he ran (years ago, some drunken annual event in Oxford, involving prams, mud and pubs) he ended up in hospital with knees like balloons apparently 😔

AlMorr10 Miles

Sorry about Mr I don't snore, understandably he is under pressure, I am sure he will be OK soon.

Nice new leggings for you Flick, you say that you were cold, well after all those +25C temperatures, I suppose +15C does seem cold, have a nice day.

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to AlMorr

It was 17 here and windy. That’s always going to be cold to me. Anything under 20 is arctic 😂

AlMorr10 Miles in reply to FlickM3


Sadie-runsHalf Marathon

Oh poor Mr IDS. Sad that he is having to go through all this and try and manage his alcohol issue. Tough. I wish you both strength through all of this. Big hug. xxx

But how amazing are you? Running after no sleep and sticking to your training plan. Flick, you really are a force to be reckoned with. I think you (if you can) deserve a nap this afternoon; recovery is as important as the running, as I always say. Keep going, you got this.

Take care. xxx

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

Thank you dearest Sadie. Yes I feel for him, but I’m also worried as he’s at the stage of justifying drinking. He was one step away from a peptic ulcer when I first knew him. Slippery slope!

I fell asleep on the sofa about an hour ago. I’m 72, I can do the training but I do get tired. I’ve never had a lot of natural energy - partly low blood pressure I think- so I function on enthusiasm which generates adrenaline. I’m also very determined and obsessive when I’m into something 😂

Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to FlickM3

Yes, that is a worry. 🙁 I do hope you can both get through this...Could you encourage him to come on a gentle run with you, for stress relief? (Easier said than done though, I know.)

You are utterly amazing for 72. No scratch that, you are just utterly amazing. Determination and enthusiasm are key, for all of us, right? 👍😁 xxx

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

Thank you lovely 😊❤️ He did say he would come running with me but ... see my reply to Miss Wobble. He does go swimming once a week xxx

That is a lot to deal with emotionally Flick but running and sticking to your schedule possibly helps you process it all. I know a good run helps me when life is tough. In terms of training for yout half, today's run proves you can do it! You went out and ran regardless and that was on little sleep. Addiction is a huge thing to overcome, it's back to one moment at a time for your guy, which is also tough on you. But I do love that you still had a plan to run regardless of all possibilities! 😳🤣 Hugs xx

FlickM3Half Marathon

Aw thanks Claire. I’m not sure how I did it, because dealing with emotional stuff usually incapacitates me, even though I’m emotionally strong. And it is hard on Mic. His dad dying knocked him sideways, and now his mum has dementia. He’s been taught to repress his emotional responses, so alcohol is the only way he knows how to be open.

Haha, yes, run regardless😂 we live opposite the undertakers, so at least I could have dealt with the practical side of things by fly tipping him over the gates in the night 🤣🤣🤣

Hug much appreciated ❤️ Xxx

uncle_wiggyHalf Marathon

Flick, you are awesome, strong, cruel, caring and flippin' hilarious, all at the same time! 🤗

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to uncle_wiggy

Cruel? I’m a nice girl, me! Oh, you mean fly tipping my beloved in his ⚰️ 😂😂😂

AgelesslassMetric Marathon

Sorry about Mr IDS’s troubles, that’s a lot for any human to have on his shoulders. Well done Flick for keeping g up with your running, I’m addicted to it too, love your leggings, you are amazing.😀😀🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to Agelesslass

Aw, you’re so kind. Thank you xxx Yrs it’s been tough for him. His sister and his best friend died 3 years ago too, which is what sparked the relapse initially



FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to linda9389


AldlibHalf Marathon

It’s funny how running keeps us sane. My mum has Alzheimer’s too, and there are days when a run just helps clear my head from it all. It’s very inspiring to see how well you are running in your seventies! I hope I still can when I reach that age. I also hope the running will protect us from some of those nastier illnesses. Loving the leggings btw, very snazzy.

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to Aldlib

Thank you and thank you :) The only thing with geriatric running is it's a bit slowerxx


Nothing to add. Just that my thoughts are with you.

FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to SlowLoris

Thank you xxx

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