13 June 2007


Hello strangers!!


How's it going?

Remember me?

I started blogging my London Marathon training and then stopped, abruptly! The reasons why were varied - major problems posting entries and also numerous injuries meant I had little training to report anyway!

Well, anyway, I'm back (with better technology this time) and yes, I did actually do the London Marathon in the end..............but................felt rubbish all the way round and got a crap time, partly due the amount of toilets stops I had to make enroute.

Then, guess what! Look what popped out on 9th November 2006!! Her name is Sofia Carlotta Bacci or Beanie as we refer to her as she is our little marathon runner bean!

Hope you lot are all doing well and are still running.

Me? I plan to do the Florence Marathon in November - downhill and then flat, glorious city, anyone care to join me?!!!

Laters, Charlie

27 March 2006



Hoorah, I'm back!!!

Thanks for the emails peeps and sorry that I have not been able to post for over a month but I have not been able to access the site, and even though I have had it explained to me several times by a techie friend, I still don't understand why!

Ah well, the important thing is that I'm here and still doing the marathon. The problem is that training is going vvvverrrrry badly.

I have had a dodgy ankle, bad chest, several bugs and at the moment I am suffering from a weird feeling extremely tired all the time illness. I don't have much energy and need to have naps all the time.

I have concluded that there's no point killing myself for this marathon (or beating myself up over training) and that if necessary I can run/walk 26.2 miles quite easily.

Don't get me wrong, I have been doing some training but threw the schedule in the bin ages ago and now focus on running as far as I feel comfortable with whenever I feel good enough to do it.

It is weird because every other marathon I have trained for has consisted of 4/5 runs a week, long runs at each weekend and plenty of speed sessions on the tready for 16-18 weeks and now I just plod around the estate until I get bored. But I'm happy!

The other week I was in Florence visiting my sister in law and her family and I went for a fantastic longish run along the River Arno before heading down to the Duomo and back over the Ponte Vecchio. It made me remember why I took up running in the first place - relaxing, de-stressing, feel good exercise. Wonderful stuff!

Anyhow, I hope for the rest of you that your training is going well and you are on target for achieving a good time. I am going to continue with what I have been doing and leave my watch behind on marathon day. If anyone wants to join me at the back, feel free!!

Right, must go now, features to write, cat food to buy, invoices to send, housework to do......etc, etc!


18 February 2006


Where has my energy gone?


It's 2pm on Saturday and I am sat in my office trying to keep my eyes open.

Today I am supposed to go for a run, tidy office and house, finish a feature and go to Tesco.

Think I am going to sack the lot of it off and go to sleep instead for a bit!

Might be back later with more zest.......................think part of the reason I am soooo tired is that I had a really weird dream last night that Alessandro and I were helping Rio Ferdinand (???) convert to Catholicism and had to tell him to keep away from his workmates at Transco (???) and concentrate on God and football, that order.......................very weird.

Told Alessandro about my dream and he thinks I am even more of a freak than he first thought........................the funny thing is I can't stand Ferdinand and am probably the last person anyone would consult about Catholicism as I am not very good at it myself.

How bizarre! Sweet dreams, muchachos!

17 February 2006


Busy, busy, busy!


Or Hi! to those who are not following the same fiendishly difficult Teach Yourself Russian course as me!

How's it going? I realise that I have been a bad girl and not been posting much recently.......this is due to a variety of reasons - work, logging in problems etc. But it doesn't mean I have given up the training, hoorah!

Just been out for a gentle morning plod and realised something you lot have probably know for yonks, going running in the morning not only sets you up for the day and gives you that smug glow of achievement, it also gets your running out of the way for the day before you get sidetracked by something else (high winds, invitation to the boozer, surprise visit from family member, Heat magazine) and have to abort it.

Stupid me for not realising this sooner! DOH!

Oh well, must sign off now because I have to go and cover a pub reopening (yes, really, free booze and all!!!!!) and before that finish an article on dodgy sex lines and premium rate scams.

До скорого!

09 February 2006


Have you missed me? Thought not!!


I'm back, in case anyone noticed I had been away!

Had problems logging in to the site and been working in-house for my old boss for a few days so couldn't post.

How's is everyone's training going? Mine is a bit patchy at the moment - last week was a nightmare - worked in town during the day and then had to come back and do my freelance stuff in the evening.........that sort of output could drive a girl to drink and takeaways - and it did!

Going to go for a run this afternoon, once I get a load of research out of the way.........writing features about mobile phone companies and management buyouts at the moment and I need to do a load of reading up and set up loads of interviews for next week.

Think I am going to run to the city centre later, as it is mostly all downhill! Then I am going to have a swim afterwards.

Been listening to my ipod more when running and it makes such a difference. Learning Russian at the moment and I even enjoy listening to my russian course as I plod along - I thought it would be dead boring and I would not be able to keep it up but it has turned into a very successful multi-tasking excercise!

Right, best push on with my work.........................by the way, 'hello' to my friend Catweasel, who has taken to reading this blog whilst at work. Must try to make it more interesting for you!

See you later, or as they say in Russia - До свидания!

24 January 2006


Doing much better!

Ciao tutti!

Since I changed on to the Runner's World training programme I feel much better. It just goes to prove.............different strokes for different folks, eh?!

Did a really good 7 miler yesterday (was mainly downhill!) and also did an hour of swimming.

Today, I have been messed about by interviewees so missed the chance to go for a quick run as I was waiting in all day by the phone but have done an hour on the bike (in front of trashy telly) and am going in for a swim in a bit.

Will have plenty of time tomorrow to go for a run and started downloading loads of new stuff on my i-pod to listen to, so it will be quite pleasant!

Only strange thing is that I am eating more sensibly but still gaining weight which I can't figure out............I know (I hope) I'm not pregnant so not sure why...............surely I can't be gaining that much muscle?

If I have one more weigh-in without loss or with more gain, I'm going to quit WW. Why should I pay a fiver each week to be informed that I'm getting fatter.......

My sister says it is cos I get weighed on a Saturday morning after a Friday night out and I will be full of junk! Might try weighing myself at home on Friday morning before I start the weekend relaxing to see if there's any difference.

Hey-ho, must go now as I have to finish my Spanish homework and I know if I don't do it now whilst motivated, I won't do it at all!


19 January 2006


A conclusion.........

............the Hal Higdon training plan is too difficult for me to commit to in my current state of affairs.

I need to be more realistic or I am going to spend the rest of my training constantly guilt tripping myself whenever I don't go for a run or talking myself out of runs. I didn't run over the weekend because of alcohol abuse and this week has been difficult due to work commitments.

I know I'm not going to change the bad habits of a life time or stop working (if only) so I need to find an 'easier' training programme.

I want to enjoy my training but to be honest HH's programme is too much and I felt I was being pushed too hard and was rebelling.................

Does that make sense?

Glad I got it off my chest!

Think I am going to follow the Runner's World Sub 4.30 schedule instead as it seems more doable.

By the way I DID go for a run yesterday (3 miles) and I am going for one shortly so I have not completely buggered up my training, just went off the rails a bit!!!

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