My lovely support crew! Mark, Mike and Kerry

At the weekend…… 

I got a lovely letter from Starlight thanking me for running for them.  I can genuinely say that it couldn’t have given me more pleasure.

I felt extremely proud to be wearing their vest and after watching the television programme in the weeks leading up to the marathon I was even more determined to break through my second target of £100 per mile.


I’m really proud to be able to say that I (well all of you really!)have done that!

I do actually have some more on sponsorship forms that isn’t included in this total so I’m pretty sure that I am at around the £3000 mark!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you……….

I know that there were 65 runners running for Starlight at London so lets hope that all those runners have such generous friends and family. That’s a lot of wishes!

 The other advantage….

of running for the charity is that they took lots of lovely photos and sent them to me today. This one is taken behind Ranger’s House, just before I went to the start area. I look quite relaxed but I was actually feeling rather sick at this stage and so jittery that I couldn’t stay around for the group photo!

Cheering Point at mile 15ish

It’s great to have a few more of the actual running part of it! There are some in the ‘official’ photos but I can’t afford those until I get paid and I like the Starlight ones as I look so happy!

The first recovery run….

I did this on Friday. I kept it short, just 2 miles, slow (about 10.5 min miles) and very steady. I was quite surprised at how good it felt. I really expected things to still feel a bit tight once I started running but they didn’t. I had a really good stretching session afterwards to make sure it all stayed that way!


In reality I’d already done some running on Tuesday…pushing lots of small children in go karts up the hill at Putlake Farm…that was far more exhausting than my ‘real’ recovery run!

I think that being off work last week was a really good plan. I did it because the kids were off and I wanted to spend time with them but I’m sure I’d have got a lot stiffer and sorer if I’d been sat at my desk all week rather than out and about having fun in the incredibly gorgeous weather. I really can’t believe my luck, I don’t think that I can remember a holiday like it for weather except for when I were a young’un and the sun shone every day…………

Still waving.....

My next run…..

was on Sunday morning. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to club or not with it being Easter Sunday AND my darling hubby’s birthday.

However, the Easter Bunny came nice and early and by 8am we’d done the annual Easter Egg hunt in the garden, done presents with Daddy, the kids and I were up and Daddy was snoring again so I had plenty of time to get there.

Waving goodbyeeeeeee

Obviously I wasn’t going to do the long Sunday run but I knew vaguely the route that Zodwa’s group would be taking so I planned to try and meet them on the way back. This would give me about a 3 mile route which I figured would be okay.

I took the decision to wear ‘the‘ dreaded shoes. My physio had almost convinced me that it was probably form rather than shoes so I figured that it was worth a go. I’d only done 2 short runs in them before which does seem very little mileage to do any damage.

They felt fine when I was running in them, I just had one knee twinge when changing from kerb to road which could have been down to the impact rather than the shoes so I finished up feeling fairly hopeful that they might be okay.

Arriving at Rubens Hotel

Unfortunately I missed the others running back. I waited in the layby for a while and concluded they must have gone past. I ran back to the seafront and they arrived back just after me! I must be more patient sometimes!!!! I had another good stretch and then went for a 10 minute paddle in the sea. I had my shorts on so was able to go quite deep and it was bloomin lovely. I’d forgotten how refreshing wading around at the end of a run is!

Obviously I then went for coffee and a teacake which I hadn’t really earned in my three miles!

Unfortunately by the evening my knees were both hurting again. The familiar stabbing pain in the middle and the ‘crepey’ feeling on bending. Sooooo frustrating but I think it answers any doubts about the shoes once and for all. Anyone want to buy a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS11 size 6.5? Only done 11 dry miles! I now have a dilemma about buying new shoes as I can’t afford any really and certainly can’t afford to make the same mistake again. A few people have suggested that i explain my issue to the shop and see if they’ll let me do some miles on the treadmill and return them if they hurt. I wonder if I need some with minimal cushioning? I just want some shoes that work!!!! Why does it have to be complicated???

I did another recovery run tonight….in my old knackered shoes! I only did 2.5 miles as I was very mindful of not wanting to upset my knees any more. Happily they were fine running in the shoes with no cushioning left! Maybe I need Newtons???????

It’s getting late again and I’m waffling on as usual. Will have to come back and do the stuff about splits in the marathon and why I might just have entered the ballot for 2012…….


  1. Maria
    Apr 27, 2011

    WHat great running photos 🙂
    I heard on the radio how much the official photos are- daylight robbery I call it!
    And well done on the fund-raising- that is an amazing amount.
    Sweatshop let you take them back within a month I think if shoes do not suit, so it might be worth buying from there, and then if you have issues you can swap them for other ones.

  2. AlisonM
    Apr 27, 2011

    Congrats on the fundraising total Rose, that’s amazing!

    And these photos are great — you look like you’re having such a good time! Shame about the shoes though. Can you ebay them? And what’s wrong with the old model that you were wearing? Can you not just buy a new pair of those if you know they work for you?

  3. rose
    Apr 27, 2011

    I was having fun and I think it shows! Maybe next time when I’m chasing a better time I might not enjoy it quite so much – food for thought???

    The official photos are extortionate – £50 each!!! However you can download all the ones with you in for £75 which is still a total rip off but I’m going to have to do it (my mum has said she’ll contribute too 🙂 )

    I’d love to go to Sweatshop but there isn’t one anywhere near here and I really need to try before I buy.

    Alison – I’ve tried to get another pair of the shoes I currently wear but they are the old model and no-one has my size. The new shoes were just the uprated version so should have been fine! Grrrrrrrr

  4. Bobbi
    Apr 27, 2011

    Silly question but have you tried the internet for the shoes? Including Ebay and Amazon which don’t always come up if you just google for them? (I did that with boots!)

  5. rose
    Apr 27, 2011

    I’ve searched and searched Mum…. if you fancy a try they are Brooks Adrenaline GTS10 – ladies – size 6 – standard width fitting!