Running Adventures

I am very lucky to work term time only, but this does make fitting in training hard around Madam’s activities and my very long list of things I need to do this Easter!

Yesterday Madam went swimming with a friend and I ceased the chance for an interval session in Exeter along the cycle/walking path. The training plan demanded an 800m interval session to be repeated 6 times. A quick google conversion informed me what I already feared that 800m is half a mile. Half a mile intervals are hard Hard. I managed them but slowed down on each repetition no matter how hard I tried. On the last interval a dog came charging over towards me barking big time, gnashing teeth and heading for my ankles along with his much younger smaller yappier friend! I stopped dead in my tracks whilst the owner got them under control. her explanation was ‘sorry he does not like runners’ to which I replied ‘well I don’t like dogs!’ I regret now not pointing out that seeing as she was on a path used by many runners that it might be a good idea to get the four legged, runner hating fiend on a leash! For his safety as well as other users.

Today I had a routine blood test appointment. I told Madam it would make for a nice 6 mile run, 3 miles there, rest, blood test, three miles home. Easy. Unfortunately the run there was warm, being in the middle of the day and Madam struggled. Whilst I was having 3 vials of blood extracted Madam managed to be given a sweet as the nurse felt sorry for her having to run home! I got nothing! We took a slightly different route home, to keep in the shade. At one point I was stopped in my tracks by a scream from behind. I shouted back to be told by Madam that there was a snake. I fully expected to see one like this when I went back,


judging by her reaction as she was trembling and crying. But no it was a grass snake and looked like this snake

(as luck would have it I did not have my phone with me) ‘He is so ugly’ she said! I held her hand and led her away berating her for hurting the snake’s feelings for saying such a thing!

Seems long legs and an athletic ability is not the only thing she has inherited from her Grandfather!

I waited some while to tell her that in fact we had run 7 miles not 6 as the route there was longer than I thought! Oops. Chocolate bar purchased to compensate!

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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5 Responses to Running Adventures

  1. Lesley says:

    Didn’t read this post to Nell, she’d be so upset! X

  2. Red Hen says:

    Oh wow! A real live snake in the wilds! Don’t have those here. Not since St Patrick got rid of them anyway! 🙂

  3. paigesato says:

    The Madam certainly knows how to get the nurses to react! Good for her!

  4. Snakes would freak me out too! I might have started crying too!

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