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Fundraising….

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

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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!

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Week 3 Training: July 1 – July 7

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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!)

The road is long….

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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!!!