So, despite my distinct lack of training so far, I decided to “put it out there” as they say ( who does say that?!), and announce to the world (Facebook and here) that I am raising funds for charity. Gulp – that makes it very real now – I can’t let anyone who sponsors me down! But then, maybe no-one will sponsor me!!

There are so many charities to choose from – there really are so many deserving causes. However, given my recent diagnosis of osteoarthritis, I decided to choose Arthritis Care (Scotland). Please do take the time to visit my JustGiving page – every little helps as they say and let’s face it – I don’t want to let my sponsors down!!

Thanks in advance!

<a href=”http://JustGiving - Sponsor me now!“>Yvonne’s JustGiving Page


Back to Basics


Well, at long last, my mojo seems to have made a reappearance! I made it to the gym tonight after work – yay!!

Ok, so I was not breaking any records on the treadmill, but still, I managed 3 miles at a reasonably brisk pace. What is it they say about small steps and learning to walk before you can run? Rather apt really!

So a small triumph in my book. Lets just hope that I’m still as enthusiastic tomorrow after my acupuncture session. Now there’s a thing, I haven’t mentioned that…. hmm. One for another post I think!

Business Travel

The downside about being a lone female business traveller is that unlike men, we don’t tend to go to the bar for a drink before dinner. Rather, we sit in our hotel room and order room service. None of this is good for my continued lack of training.

So much for the Jessie Pavelka program changing my ways – as suspected, nothing has changed. Nothing at all!

So, as I sit in the business class lounge of the hotel I am staying in (oh yes – I was brave and ventured out the room!), I beat myself up about the fact that I should in fact be in the gym! Business travel – not good for the soul. Well, not mine anyway!

Getting Back on the Wagon

So, I’m conscious that I have neglected my blog for some time now. My main reason – I haven’t done any training. I got off to a flying start but very quickly crashed and burned. The news of my arthritis didn’t help, but if I’m completely honest, it wasn’t just that. Laziness set in, yet again.

I think I am inherently lazy. To a certain extent, I think we all are. It’s just that some of us tend to hide behind it and use it as an excuse. Tiredness, pain, boredom, bad day at the office – all excuses I have used time and time again.

I watched a Jessie Pavelka programme on TV tonight – Fat: The Fight of My Life. Now, I am by no means in the same category as the people featured in each episode, since I only have around 30lbs to lose, however the issues we face are the same. That vicious circle of eat, feel depressed, eat more. I’ve battled for a long time now with issues around my eating/weight, as those who are close to me know only too well. Unfortunately when you are in this frame of mind, comments like “you don’t need to lose weight” and “you’re fine the way you are” don’t help. It’s difficult to explain, but those of you out there who may read my blog and suffer the same way will understand.

Anyway, the whole point of this now rather long winded post, was to say that I intend to get “back on the wagon”! Oh yes, we’ve heard it all before. Yes, you have. This time, however, I intend to stick to it. As was mentioned in the programme tonight, if you don’t have your health, you have nothing – what better reason to get back into the gym?! Ah yes, the slight issue of The Dopey challenge in 19 weeks time – gulp!


Training? What Training?

So, it’s been a few weeks since I last posted an update – mostly because there’s not been any training to post about!

My news from the hospital about the osteoarthritis has taken a bit to come to terms with. More so the fact that the surgery will only last at best, five years. That’s not long at all.

I celebrated (if that’s the word for it!) my 40th birthday on July 26 – could this be a turning point? A good one, at that?!

I weighed myself on Monday, as always, and was horrified at what I saw on the scales. I’m not entirely sure why I was so surprised – I know that I’ve been over-eating, so should have expected it!

So, with renewed vigour, the diet started yesterday (two days in and I’m surviving so far!) and I even made it to the gym tonight, albeit for a “walk” on the treadmill. Still, a good friend once told me “Yvonne, it’s a marathon, not a sprint”. How very true!


Week 3 Training: July 1 – July 7


Training summary:

Bike – 6.93 miles, Run/Walk – 2.19 miles

As can be seen from the numbers above, week 3 did not go at all well! In the main due to the news on Thursday of my osteoarthritis.

It’s been a difficult week to say the least. I had a lot of decisions to make – keep training and have the surgery on my foot and hope I would be fit enough after surgery for Dopey. Consider not running Dopey – consultant has advised against running after surgery as ultimately this will reduce the already short effectiveness (approximately 5 years) of the procedure.

Needless to say, instead of training regardless while I made these decisions, my heart was just not in it – although that doesn’t explain no swimming on Wednesday – that, I’m afraid, was just sheer damn laziness!

However, I eventually made my decision….

I am going to delay surgery until after Dopey. If I can’t run after the surgery, I’m sure as hell going to go out with a bang!!

So tomorrow is the start of a new week and despite our glorious weather (68F as I type this, which may not seem very hot to my American followers, but believe me it is hot for Scotland!), I will be back out on my bike with Mr M and then back in the gym on Tuesday.

Bring it on!!! (she says, trying to be positive!)

End of the road?

A not so cheery mid-week post.

It was with great trepidation that I went to hospital today to attend my orthopaedic out patients appointment. I’ve had a problem with my right great toe joint for over 3 years now and have tried various solutions – ignoring it, pain killers, podiatrists etc. etc. (all to no avail).

The news was kind of what I expected given what my podiatrist had told me. The only solution to my problem is surgery. It was confirmed today that at 39 years old, I have osteoarthritis.

So, the decision… Surgery is likely to be September, subject to an MRI to confirm damage to the joint. After surgery I will be in plaster for 6 weeks. So, do I go ahead and train until date of surgery, hope that recovery isn’t too bad and do Dopey regardless? Or do I delay surgery until after Dopey?

Oh, and advice is, no running after the surgery 😦

No training tonight – on a bit of a downer 😦

Week 2 Training: June 24 – June 30

Miss Piggy

Training Summary:

Bike – 8.8 miles, Swim – 1,500m, Run/Walk – 6.6 miles

I have to confess, that week 2 of training got off to a good, easier start than I expected.  Maybe this exercise lark isn’t quite so bad after all.

Monday was a blustery day (think Pooh Bear!), so the cycle route was going to be a little more difficult.  Right enough, got out to William Street and was faced with a fairly strong head wind.  We made our way along the path and it certainly felt like we were going a lot slower than last week.  My new padded cycling shorts, however, made the distance pass so much more comfortably!  Distance covered – 6.88 miles – 43:12 – a whole 2 seconds faster than last time!!  If that was with a strong head wind, things are looking up :-).

Tuesday was treadmill day – plan said run 7 mins, walk 1 min x 3, but on reflection, for my second week, I realised this was way too much too soon.  Instead, I opted for run 4 mins, walk 2 mins x 4.  Distance covered 2.11 miles.  Average 13:47 min/mile.

Wednesday is swim day – 1,500 meters this week – would have been easier had the sound system in the pool area at the gym been working.  I’ve decided that without music, swimming lengths is boring!

Back to the treadmill on Thursday again.  Again, I varied from the plan to do run 4 mins, walk 2 mins x 5 (spot the trend!).  Distance covered 2.48 miles.  Average 14:09 min/mile.

So the end to another week was nigh – well working week at least.  Now, I’m not one to look for excuses (hmmm?!), but it was even windier on Friday than it had been on Monday.  It was wet (or had been) and the thought of humphing the bikes in and out of the car did not appeal (even though I don’t actually do anything to put them in/take them out!).  So, needless to say, it didn’t take much encouragement for Mr Mullen to agree that we would leave our cycle for Friday.

Saturday was to be treadmill day.  But alas, already laziness had gotten the better of me.  Destined to fail before I’ve properly started – this is not good.  My head was down all day, wishing I had just made the effort to go to the gym.

So, with renewed vigor, on Sunday morning, I made the 6 min journey to the gym – yes, it’s only 6 minutes away in the car – so no excuse for not going!!  Plan was to do Saturday’s 2 mile run and make up for the missing bike ride on Friday.  Distance covered 2.01 miles.  Average 13:35 min/mile.

I opted to use the bike with the seat that has a back (as recommended by my physio), but for whatever reason, I just did not find it comfortable.  Distance covered – 2 miles.  Better than nothing I suppose.

So, Week 2 Training, complete with its ups and downs – DONE!

Week 1 Training: June 17 – June 23

Training Summary:

Bike – 14 miles, Swim – 1,000m, Run/Walk – 5.2 miles.

It was with great trepidation that week 1 of training started.  It’s been over 2 years since I did any running (inagural Scottish Kilomathon), and an ongoing foot injury and being on the slightly portly side, did not bode well!

Monday was a “break me in gently” day – or meant to be!  It ended up being 7.2 miles along a local cycle path.  First time I’d been on my bike for I don’t know how many years!  Tracked the route using mapmyfitness (great app) and it worked out at 7.2miles in 50 mins.  Not the greatest of starts.  My backside was left feeling as though I was sitting on golf balls.  Add new padded cycling shorts and a gel seat to the shopping list asap!

Tuesday was the first “running” day.  Now, I’ve picked up a Jeff Galloway training plan which is specifically designed for the Dopey Challenge.  It was due to start on July 1, so I have a couple of weeks to “break” myself in – hopefully not literally!  So, first “run” ended up being run 4 mins, walk 2 mins x 2 – distance covered 1.2 miles – well, you gotta start somewhere!!

Wednesday – 1,000m swim.  Swimming isn’t a strong point (neither is running!), so this was an achievment in itself managing to swim that far without drowning!

Thursday – run 4 mins, walk 2 mins x 2 – distance covered 1.66 miles – wow –  managed to up my pace (if you can call it that) a little.

Friday – along the same cycle route as Monday.  This time, mapmyfitness tells me it’s only 6.83miles – WTF??  Oh well, still, managed to do it in 43:14 this time.  Excellent progress!

Saturday.  Well, what can I say, the plan says 2 miles.  Now, the weekend is always going to be my hardest time for getting out there and excercising.  Basically because I’m a lazy ass!  So instead of going to the gym, I opted for walking the dogs.  All four of them.  At separate times I hasten to add!  Distance covered – 2.42 miles.

Week 1 Training – DONE!

The road is long….


Dopey Challenge?  What’s all that about then?

Well, on January 9, 2014 my husband (Jim) and I will be running our first ever Dopey Challenge.  This is Disney’s latest event at Walt Disney World in Florida.  It consists of a 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon on consecutive days, starting on January 9.

Now it has to be said, that I am, by no means, what you would call a runner!  Far from it.  I more likely fall into the slightly overweight, sedentary office worker category!

It just so happened that I was browsing through Facebook of a Friday evening (as you do) and came across runDisney’s latest post – “New Event at Walt Disney World”.  “Hmm, what could that be”, I thought to myself.  On further investigation it was clear that this was a challenge like no other – or certainly no other that I’ve ever considered!

“Fancy doing this” I said to Jim, passing him my iPad.  “That would be great” he said in reply.  Inwardly I groaned.  What had I done????

So, on April 9, I sat at my desk, counting down the hours until entry for the challenge opened.  12noon US time, 5pm here in the UK.  With more than a little trepidation, I signed us both up.

It’s now June, and I have started my training – oh yes, I have started already (remember the sedentary office worker part?!).  I’ll share with you the highs and lows of my weekly schedule and look forward to any comments/tips/support from those who decide to follow me – let’s face it, I’m going to need all the help I can get!!!