This article in Women’s Running mag caught my eye. One of Dan’s best friends John, ran Edinburgh marathon last weekend with the aim of completing his first marathon in 3h 30m. I checked his splits online while we were away last weekend to discover his half marathon split came in at 1h 47m 47s. Just about on target for a 3h 30m finish…so imagine my surprise when his finishing time was 4h 54m 12s! What had gone wrong?…
…He had missed a water station and ended up collapsed on the side of the road, waking up in the recovery position with some paramedics by his side. After an hour on the floor and being told he wasn’t to finish the final three miles he finally convinced the paramedics that he had now taken on board enough fluids to complete the race and came in within the five hour mark. I imagine this would be a terrifying experience. At Milton Keynes marathon at the start of the month I passed several of the more ‘elite’ runners on the side of the road sporting oxygen masks and looking deathly pale. Just when do you stop pushing? Most of the people I passed on the side of the road were men. Are women better at judging when to back off a bit? Do men just tend to be too stubborn?
Today I will be mostly…watching the weather forecast for tomorrow. It is currently not looking good, despite it currently being overcast with a breeze, this is what it predicts tomorrow will be like…
Hot, sunny and gradually increasing in temperature throughout the day. Not my favourite running weather, especially not to tackle 35 miles in! Fingers crossed for a freak cold patch tomorrow!
Part I: The Proposal
Part II: Celebrating
On the way home we stopped in at The Hollybush just outside Stafford which is where we celebrated our first six months together when Dan took me out. We’ve tried to head back for as many .5 anniversaries as possible since. It had been eight hours since breakfast and we’d been on a two hour trek in that time so I wolfed down a black and blue cajun burger with onion rings, salad and chunky chips. The food here is lovely.
We killed some time in town, which is where we met at uni more than six years ago now, whilst we waited for Dan’s Dad to get home from work. When we knew he would be back we set off to go and tell Dan’s parents the news.
His Mum screamed. We both knew she would and Dan instantly mentioned that we hadn’t told anybody else yet so not to tell the world on Facebook (she has rung/texted several times since to see if she can put it on Facebook and we’ve quickly told her NO!)
When we left Dan’s parents we decided to ring his brother and sister straight away before his Mum called to say that Dan had some news to tell them and gave the game away. Sarah congratulated us and wanted to see a picture of the ring. Jaye’s phone went through to voicemail and we thought Ann had already beaten us to it but the signal where he was was rubbish. We ended up ringing him about 5 times in total because we kept getting cut off mid-story. Very frustrating! He has said that he will pop down to see us with his new girlfriend over the next couple of weeks and congratulate us properly.
When we arrived home we also told Bella, but she was much more excited about the paper bag we had brought home for her from Windermere. It is now her favourite thing!
We are both eager to have an engagement party, but with most of our friends/family a 2 hour drive away and with my Mum needing it to be outside/not in close quarters as she will be in the middle of chemo it’s proving rather difficult to plan. We would both like both sets of parents to come, as well as the four groomsmen and partners, four bridesmaids and partners, both brothers and partners and sister, partner and child. Any ideas for a ‘large’ engagement party that won’t cost us too much money and will ensure that Mum can come too? I suggested a BBQ or picnic where we ask people to bring a dish, but the weather is really unreliable at the moment, and we couldn’t hold that many people in our house!