They’ve been and gone and done it

Toni and Carol completed the Great South Run in the very commendable time of 1 hr 37minutes. Here are before and after pictures – can you work out which is which?

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Unfortunately we were unable to be there to support them due to a plumbing problem but Carol reported in her inimitable way “What an awesome day!! Thank you Toni for being my motivator when the pain kicked in! The crowd support the entire route was amazing, much needed jelly babies in the last 5 miles, bagpipes, drumming bands, rock choir keeping the momentum going, whenever I was flagging someone would shout encouragement (took me by surprise as I forgot I had my name on my front!) and kids high fiving the whole way round. Running past HMS Victory was pretty awesome too. Thank you Portsmouth – give me a few weeks to forget the pain then I will probably sign up again!

And with gift aid they have raised just £15 shy of £1,200 for Cancer Research UK. Great job. Should anyone have found that missing £15 down the back of the sofa then please visit Toni’s justgiving page.

 

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My three-legged stool 18 months on

In the past I have mentioned my hypothetical three-legged stool  – the three key numbers that I need to keep an eye on. Well two of the three are heading in the right direction and one is drifting a little in the wrong direction. My platelets (the tiny blood cells that help stop bleeding) have been counted.  They are at 150 compared to the 10 they had dropped to two years ago, and are knocking on the door of being normal (150+). Great. The next leg, my HbA1c figure (I will explain later) was the lowest it has been for about four years at 46mmol/mol. When I went to the doctors  with a cough and came out with diabetes my HbA1c reading was 67. Since then it has been running at an acceptable 45-49 until it went up to the high 60’s when I was on steroids whilst my platelets were being encouraged to climb out of the ditch. So far so good. Continue reading “My three-legged stool 18 months on”

Upping the ante (2) – 150 days to go

At the end of March (Upping the ante) I told you that my daughter-in-law Toni and her friend and running companion Carol have made a rash decision – they have entered the Great South Run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This is a 10 mile unencumbered run when they are used to 10 kilometre runs which have obstacles to allow them to take a breather (she’ll probably tell me off for suggesting that that is what they are for). Continue reading “Upping the ante (2) – 150 days to go”

Upping the ante

My daughter-in-law Toni and her friend and running companion Carol have made a rash decision – they are going to up their game and instead of running 10k (with or without obstacles) they are going to run 10 miles. Now as regular readers will know half a mile (or the distance to the station platform when I saw the train coming) were my limit so I am in awe of anyone who can run 10k let alone 10 miles. As I said in an earlier post I think walking is a more sensible way of getting round than running which seems to involve far too much hard work. But each to their own.

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Hope they clean up before the Great South Run!

They have set up a justgiving page saying that they are running Great South Run at the end of October for Cancer Research UK. They actually managed 10k in a smidgeon under an hour the other day so they have got 7 months to work on the other 4 miles. Mind you if it’s in October they will probably be running in a blizzard (I’ll say anything to encourage them!!).

I will keep you updated on their progress (both their running and their fundraising).