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by Val Baxter

February 14, 2017

Two 5 o’clocks in a day

As the festivity passed and the cold winter month of January was cast upon us the inevitable arrived; I had to go to work. For me this meant 12 hours a day for 21 days on board an oil rig in the North Sea (a less than perfect marathon training environment). As I knew this... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

January 14, 2017

Dave Does London (or Rigger to Runner)

Two 5 o’clocks in a day S... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

January 2, 2017

So, it begins…

I, David Lamond, have won the Birtley AC allocated number for the 2017 London marathon. After booking hotels and planning a fun packed family weekend in London it suddenly dawned on me I HAVE TO TRAIN FOR THIS, IT’S 26.2 MILE!! I set a date to start training, Boxing Day, 16 weeks before the main... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

September 25, 2016

What did you do this Saturday????

Last weekend I suffered a severe body blow as any credibility in my athletic prowess was blasted into kingdom come!!!! I went to Stratford upon Avon to visit number 1 son and decided as I had put some consistent quality training in for 2-3 weeks that I would introduce myself to the Stratford public and... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

May 8, 2015

I am on my way back :)

Well it is about 8 months now since that horrible day when the lorry re shaped my foot. There are all sorts of things happened since then that make running these days a chore for me. Running isn’t just about being fit, it is a state of mind, a habit, possibly even an addiction, and... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

January 13, 2015

Anybody get a PB for Christmas?

Well I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year. I know some did cos I met up with many on Boxing Day, at the traditional Boxing Day run from the Shepherd and Shepherdess at Beamish. (Other pubs are available). The run has been going for 7 or 8 years now, organised by... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

December 16, 2014

Well , 10 weeks today since I last rode my bike…

You know there are a lot of things happened since my last mutterings. So much so, that I don’t think I will even bore you any further with my problems, with bones still broken, or damaged nerves and veins……I will try to limit my twisting, cos the consultant seems to think I will be giving... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

October 28, 2014

Down but not out…

Well it is three weeks today since my accident and I don’t feel any better, maybe even worse. My injuries are according to my consultant ‘significant’ and that term does give cause for alarm. The last observation I had revealed there are 4 broken bones; however initially I was told the cuboid bone which is... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

October 12, 2014

I wonder if there is such a thing as unlucky…

…or if it is just careless or ‘didn’t think?? I have worked hard for about a year now with my running, but have had some bad luck in the same period. I started October-ish last year training for the London marathon, it went quite well, but I did have some health issues that affected me... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

September 25, 2014

For all of those who were worried…

Well today I got my results from last week’s blood tests. It is interesting the degree of variance from July. I do recall a few years ago talking to a coach about asthma in the young ones these days. His comment was and I quote… “These days if you go to the doctors and tell... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

September 1, 2014

Progress at last!

Well I am starting to get some sort of fitness back now, and starting to enjoy my running a bit more again. I have run two 5k races in the last fortnight, and found the second one was much easier than the first, a sign of progress, and done a couple of park runs as... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

August 14, 2014

Well hello, how are you all doing?

It is a month, maybe 5 weeks since I last spoke and there have been all sorts happening. Since last we spoke (albeit monologue not dialogue) I have had very little time out running as I gradually recovered from a torn calf muscle. I have now managed to start training although I am still nervous,... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

July 14, 2014

Well, now what do I do?

I had health issues hanging round me when I was marathon training that I thought were just down to my weekly high mileage, but 3 months on and they are still there. It is absolutely amazing how things happen; you think you are invincible…bullet proof, but in the end old age will get you!!! Someone... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

July 8, 2014

It’s been a while…

Hi, been a long time since we spoke, how you all doin’? It’s been a month since I managed a run. Actually that was just an effort, I didn’t manage a run that day. It was Blaydon races, and if I remember, I walked most of the last 4 miles. Well two weeks later I... Read more »

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by Val Baxter

June 12, 2014

Blaydon Blues

Well if you read last weeks witterings I was wondering if I had done the right thing not running in the vets league. Well yes it was definitely the right thing to do, but made not a blind bit of difference to the outcome at Blaydon. Let’s think about what has happened to me in... Read more »

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