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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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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 😦

The road is long….

dopey

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!!!