Anxiety and Indecision

After a morning of anxiety and indecision, I arrived at the meeting point for a club long run off road. Anxious as I have not run long with anyone for a long time and indecisive as really did not know what to wear. Off road trainers or road ones, long sleeve or short sleeve, gloves or no gloves, black or white socks, light jacket or heavy jacket, drink or no drink. Its far easier when I just head off on my own!

In the end opted for off road trainers, short sleeve, no gloves, black socks, light jacket and no drink. Happy to report all were the correct decisions!

The club was running two distances 14 or 8 miles, I opted for the shorter route. Another top decision!

It was definitely an off road all terrain run. It was not an 8 mile run however.

  • Miles 1 to 2 were in to a head wind along the river, boggy in parts but flat.
  • Mile 3 was through woods, couple of hurdles to negotiate where trees had been blown down and where we managed to scare a horse with rider!
  • Mile 4 was uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuupppppppppppppppppppp
  • Mile 5 was rocky and muddy, terrain for mountain goats only
  • Mile 6 we were lost
  • Mile 7 still lost and run/walking in thick mud with deep water! Very slow mile
  • Mile 8 the weather turned for the worse, rain with driving rain, oh joy
  • Mile 9 running on a main road with cars whizzing by, not my favourite! Fastest mile though!
  • 0.6 of mile 10 was joyful as by now even I knew where we were and that was close to the car!

Two jelly babies provided by the map reader who got us lost and all was forgiven




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 Anxiety and Indecision

  1. Oh dear, not nice with the mud, getting lost and on a main road… sounds very challenging.

  2. winsometahn says:

    That is an impressive effort, though I might have needed 3 jelly babies before I was willing to forgive the map reader!

  3. That sounds tough! I would also need more than 2 jelly babies to like the map reader again!

  4. plustenner says:

    brilliant race report 🙂

  5. Glad you were able to find your way back to your car! Sounds like a fun adventurous run though!

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