Friday, 10 April 2009

Pooch Power

2 weeks to go!


Sorry it's been over 2 weeks since my last post. I was waiting until the Silverstone Half-marathon photos had arrived from, the official photographers for the race. Despite a promise of shipment within 2 weeks, more than 3 weeks later, the photos haven't arrived, n
have I received a response to my 'chase-up' email! Hmph.....

Right, on to more important and positive matters. We ran 20 miles on Monday! I had been battling with a cold and bronchitis all week, but after a few extra rest days I felt fit enough to attempt our longest training run. (Trevor's knee joint had flared up again so he was glad of a rest too!). I started to experience mild pain in my joints and muscles after about 10 miles, but to be honest, it didn't get any worse. We had 2 x 5-minute breaks at miles 7 and 14 to replenish our supply of drinks/jelly babies/glucose tablets, but apart from those stops, we ran all the way. For the next 2 weeks the training is 'tapered' to give the old muscles and joints chance to recover for the Big Day. We're planning to run around 11 miles tomorrow and 7 miles next week with a few shorter runs in between. I thank God every day for the stamina to keep going and am praying we can remain fit for the next couple of weeks....

Having said that our 2 dogs nearly killed me the other day! We have 18-month-old Cairn Terrior/Bichon Frisé crossbreeds called Rusty and Bertie. I took them for their regular walk and was just crossing the road when they spotted another dog on the other side of the road. They got very excitable and somehow managed to wrap their leads around my legs and ankles, unbalancing me. I ended up on my backside in the middle of the road, bound up like a chicken. I sat there for 5 minutes, untangling the leads, whilst cars swerved to avoid me and the mad dogs. Any chickens passing by were probably wondering why on earth the human was trying to cross the road....

Until next week, bye for now, God bless :)

Here are the little terr(i)ors, Rusty and Bertie; they don't look very powerful in this photo.

Bertie loves shopping bags


Steve said...

Do hope your dogs are not running the marathon with you! Sounds like your training is going fantastically well. Well done to you and Trevor!

J.KANNAN said...

Dear Trevor/Annie,
When everything is going well as per plans and schedules delay in post really doesn't matter,more so when the photographers have delayed the photos.

Glad and good to note that both of you have already done 20 miles on Monday and an extra 6 miles added to make it 26 on 26 April, 09 will pass through easily.

Do not bother much about the mild pain because "THERE IS NO GAIN WITHOUT PAIN" and completing the marathon the way I have already explained is certainly a GAIN for both of you and 'am looking forward to that great and grand day.

Sorry to note that you had a bad experience with your dogs- I am of course glad to note that no serious damages have been caused to you.

Take Care, both of you,

All the very Best
All the Good luck


Annie said...

STEVE, ha ha the dogs certainly would cause chaos! Thanks for your kind words... we're not doing too badly for a couple of old codgers :)

JK, thank you! The training has not been easy, but it will make the finishing line all the more sweet. I have logged every run and will soon count up how many miles we have done since training started.

I expect you will both be glad when this marathon is over so I can start talking about something else!