Grizzly Panic

The Grizzly is on the 13 March, that is 3 weeks away, the VLM is in the 24 April, that is ***** weeks away, lets not go there. They are coming round all too soon.

This weeks training has been tricky, hard to fit in and been completed without enthusiasm, I know not why!

Today I opted to run with company hoping it would help, in a share the misery type of way! A group from club were meeting for some training, they are a sensible bunch and have all entered the cub, which is half the miles of the full Grizzly. They were planning on running 9 miles, I needed to add 6 to this. After a perusal of the map, I hatched a plan to run on the coastal path (hard to get lost) for 3 miles, turn around and head back. Sorted. However my heart sunk when I parked up and realised I had opted to run up there…


as I knew we would be running this way with the club…


Deep breath in and off I set, running on the stoney beach (that’s how the Grizzly starts), pretty soon I was climbing up, at the end of the climb, was the golf course, with golfers. The path went straight across the fairway. Thanking my lucky stars that I had opted for the bright daughter-embarrassing-beanie-cap as head gear, but wishing I had the option of a tin helmet in my running headgear repartee, I crossed my fingers took my life in my hands and sped (slowly) across the grass.

Unfortunately due to coastal erosion the path ran out at 2 miles, this meant a detour back and a trot up a road to make up the required mileage. The views from the top were great though whilst I was there

I met up with the club runners fine, guzzled a gel and set off again, this time in the other direction. I am not going to lie, I found it tough today, with only three weeks till the Grizzly this was not a good thing.

Apprehension about the event not helped by this poster spotted on a post



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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11 Responses to Grizzly Panic

  1. onthelamb says:

    oh lord! What a warning!

  2. CeeJayKay says:

    S***! that sign!!! well, that would be enough for me to stay well away from runners that day *lol*
    Babes your training is going so well, you will be FAB!

  3. Steph says:

    I can’t believe the Grizzly has come around so quickly! That sign is… Grizzly… The tin hat comment made me giggle though.

  4. ‘toughest and exhausting’ – you’re a star Shaz!

  5. A post that has a poster on a post.
    This makes me happy.

    I can see how the information contained therein does not produce the same response from yourself, however. Good luck!

  6. mawil1 says:

    What a great poster. Why forever young in the bottom left corner? And is that your club motto top right ‘grin and bear it’? Can’t decide whether your club is full of Macho army types or quirky literary people. Probably neither☺️ Good luck with the training

    • shazruns says:

      Each year the Grizzly Run has a title last year it was ‘dash to delirium’ this year it’s “grin and hear it” this will also appear on the Tshirt. Someone in the club that organised the event always writes a poem, at a guess that is where the forever young comes from. Definatel ya quirky literary person there somewhere, have yet to see any macho army types-maybe they keep it well hidden!

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