Looooooooooooooong run

Long run day.

I wanted to run 17 miles today and planned to run last weeks 15 mile route but not get lost and continue on as I should have last week before I got lost and headed home! The gel was safely zipped in my pocket until mile 6 when I drank it. On the plus side it tasted good, no after taste, (no stomach issues either) but did not get the boost of energy I was hoping for or indeed needed. The weather was awful, constant rain and the wind was enough to keep me cold also. Parts of the road were flooded and it wasn’t long before my feet were squelching.

When I got lost last week and turned around I think it was my best move to date as beyond the turning point was THE HIL, (see below) as I discovered.


At mile 9 to mile 10 I climbed from approx 580 ft to 980 ft, if I said I ran it I would be lying and this was the first hill since running in Devon that defeated me, but realised that I would be quicker if I walked than lumbered up.

When I got to the top I was well and truly in the clouds.


I felt a bit vulnerable running up there in the cloud all on my own in the woods with not a soul about it was eerie.

I ended up in the village at 15.5 miles so did a little loop to make it up to the 16, 1 mile shy of my goal but that is fine, but rest assured I will NEVER run this route again.

Madam’s latest idea for Dragons Den ‘A Garmin that electrocutes you if you walk’. Nice! Thanks Madam love you too!


About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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8 Responses to Looooooooooooooong run

  1. plustenner says:

    That hill looks awful!! Fantastic run, especially as it was horrendous out there today, well done!! Love madam’s idea!

  2. paigesato says:

    i’m always impressed when people battle the elements! good job!

  3. 13 on my plan, left as soon as russell fell through the door at 2pm after 50 very wet bike miles. We had rain, sleet and snow 😦 not nice, BUT I tried some energy gels! and didnt have to dash into costas! woohoo! felt right miserable, cold and achy when I got home though, isn’t your body supposed to get used to the miles? mine just acts like its a surprise every long run!

  4. RunToInspire says:

    lol on the electrocuting garmin

  5. fortnightflo says:

    Oh lovely pic and bluddy great run!

  6. henniemavis says:

    Oooh, that is an eerie photo. I am thankful to not have a Garmin at all if it will zap me when I walk!

  7. abradypus says:

    I could do with that garmin!

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