Monday, February 09, 2009


Hi there,

So here's the update on my knee situation.
I went to Physio today, nice wee place and the guy was pretty cool and helpful. So down to the nitty gritty, it appears to be my old knee cap, it's rolling around too much, because of kind of degeneration, doesn't that sound lovely!! Well what he did was give me a wee massage, some electrolysis and then some laser treatment. Then he strapped my knee up, which is great for keeping it all in place. He then gave me some exercises to do to build up strength, and I have to do literally hundreds of them a day to ensure I strengthen everything up.
I was planning on running today, but he told me not to, and go for my next run on Wednesday, and if the strap is still on my knee by then to keep it there. He's then going to phone me on thursday and see how it went.
Sooo the jist of it all is it's fixable, I just have to always do my exercises and keep the faith :) I'm really glad I went now, because I didn't have a clue what to do, I wouldn't have known I had a slack knee joint. If I hadn't have went it just would have gotten worse the more I upped my miles, more and more agrrevation and inflammation..

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Nike Negative...

well now the knee story continues...

So I finished work at 2pm today, and decided to go straight to Newry to see my friend that works in the Up and Running store there. In the store they film you running on a tredmill to try and determine if you have a neutral, moderate or some other word for a serious slant off to the side.. Well, I trotted on and ran, trying to talk about any old random crap to keep me from concentrating on a proper running style as I wanted a true visual of my normal form. Turns out i'm pretty much ok, maybe a very slight bit on the moderate side. So I tried on some trainers, and I must say the support they gave me felt pretty good. Can't say i've heard of the make "Brooks", but that's probably because i'm not a pro runner, ha and probably never will be! I got Sinead to try on my Nike Plus trainers and she was very vocal about how "shit" they were, she said there was just no support, and the fact that the Nike plus chip was on the side my knee was bad was interesting.. Actually if you rub inside the trainers you can feel the hard plastic chip. Ordinarily I'd say, ha she's just trying to flog me stuff they sell. But as I know she's not going to bullshit me, and anyway I could clearly feel the support difference myself.
So guess who bought another pair of trainers.... XD eek, I feel positive about this step though. we also talking about exercises I should be doing, I definitely need to be incorporating more gym work in my schedule. After Newry I headed to the gym and concentrating on working on my quads, and general leg muscles, strengthen those up and i'm sure my knee will be supported much more.
So going forward I hope my knee gets stronger and I can get back into the proper swing of things soon :)

*Tina, image me turning my back on Nike plus, damn, how will I measure my mileage now, in a car...!*
I'm still going to use them at the gym for muscle work though, I hear you should have two pairs of trainers anyway... sounds like a money making scam to me ...

Monday, February 02, 2009


Not in the best of form today, I'm tired and grumpy because my knee is giving me jip!
I did my scheduled 7 mile run yesterday, it went pretty well, I only had a slight twinge in my knee... I was helped along by the aid of some new tunes (thanks Tina) and I also had a new new strap for support.
Today is a different matter though, i'm hobbling about work like an old lady, and i'm not impressed. I really don't know what to do now, i hope to God this isn't going to get any worse, and that the Marathon isn't going to happen :(
My 3 miler today is optional, so it's probably best i don't do it, or perhaps i could go for a swim instead, I guess i'll just have to see how it goes...
Bit of a downer, but I'll have to just power on, and hope things get better... A week off would be great right now, i've so much to do and no time to do it. I have lots of work for photography to do tonight, and i'm definitely going to knuckle down and get it sorted...

Thats all for now.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Random Pornography thoughts.

I just changed the title bar of my blog, and thought i'd share with you the typo that I quickly fixed.
I had the image place at the top with the following text written on it "Random Thoughts I Happen to Come with"! Phew close call!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

...back in the Game

Weather was pretty atrocious today, but I took a few pictures indoors, just wanted to get the camera back in hand again.
I also visited Gord in hospital, surprisingly he met me as i was walking in, he was up and about and ready to go home. He went through some pretty horrible back surgery on monday, so I hope it all works out well for him.
He's in a lot of pain though, and is off to recuperate , so I wish him a speedy recovery...

So here the two pic I look today, yeah not much of a selection I know, but i'm easing back in slowly!

I was also playing with some old photos taken, tried to make digital look like film, what ya think?


Monday, January 26, 2009


Here is the previously mentioned camera bag, all organised, cleaned and ready to be put into action.
(pic taken on the iphone)

Marathon Training

Well good morning to you,

Tina pointed out to me the other day that I should start blogging about my marathon training, so here I am ready to document it.
It will actually be quite nice to look back and see how I have hopefully progressed.
So I am sticking to my training plan pretty well at the moment, it's certainly not been easy, but I am extremely determined to "keep 'er lit". Yesterday I did the most miles I have ever done, ok so it's a far cry off the 26 miles, but 7 isn't to shabby, is it? It was hard work, as I was running on a steady incline, and I possibly left a bit too early after lunch (close to a wee barf) but I'm happy with how its going. Sponsorship has also been going great so far as well, so I'd like to thank anyone that has sponsored me (if you are reading this that is) justgiving
No training planed today, a nice wee rest day, which is great as I'm getting the old knee twinges, this surely isn't good for me, but I actually feel pretty good health wise at the moment. I'm starving all the time, and I feel brighter, perhaps that's the lack of vino consumption ;)

So in other news, I just got a new camera bag, it lays everything out really well, and keeps things tidy, I also got a lens cleaner pen. So I've cleaned all my lens' and bodies, and packed them away nicely, I am now itching to get out and use it all again. It's been far too long since my last photoshoot, which I am very disappointed about. Work, training, sickness all getting in the way!
I have now reduced my hours in work slightly, so there will be no excuse come a few weeks when it all goes live!

So lots of things ahead for Kaz in 2009, positive attitude is definitely activated!

K x

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

what will 2009 hold for us?

Hi there,

I thought I'd drop a blog in to mark the start of the new year. Haven't decided if I'm going to start it all up again, I guess I'll just see how it goes.
so here we are at 2009, if I sit back and think about last year, I wonder what I have acheived.... I've had gradual changes that I'm sure have been for the better. I got a new job, because I was very much determined to move on, it meant a lot to me to get it and I was successful, so I'm happy about that.
towards the end of 2008, everything got a bit busy and hectic. I was constantly rushing about, rushing to work, rushing home, and rushing my dinner. I need much more chilled time to do stuff for myself. I have had no time for photography, no time to get the love back into it.
sooo, it's only me that can change this aspect of my life, I have requested to work one day less a week. I'm not sure if it wise financially, but I do know it's wise for my sanity, I need to get kaz back, and start enjoying my life again, I actually do need time to breath, that sounds so cheesey, but it's how I feel right now.
I believe I can do so much with that extra day, get back into film photography, perhaps paint and read more, spend time alone, collecting my thoughts, and just generally listening to myself more.
I'm feeling quite positive about this year. I registered for the Belfast marathon yesterday, so I'm excited about getting stuck into training for that.
let's see what 2009 holds, shall we?