It’s all about the long run

Yesterday a running friend asked how long I needed to run today, when I told her she said ‘don’t you just hate waking up on a Sunday?’  Fortunately for me the answer is no! I think because the first time I trained for a marathon it was all about the miles and of course I had never run that far before, each week the long run would get longer, each week I was amazed that I could make it that far. That sense of accomplishment stays with me, even after 5 sets of training.

I enjoy the planning of the route, the preparation nutritionally  (pass the carbs) the early wake up, the long slow non pressured miles, the hours lost in my own thoughts. Yes the long run is my favourite, for me the easiest also, I will try to wrangle out of a speed session but never a long run.

Living in Devon means I can choose many routes, terrain and elevation for my long runs, the adventures are endless.

Three weeks ago I ran hard on flat along the canal, bliss

Week 1

scenic, dry under foot and flat:-heaven

Last weeks run was a different kettle of fish

Week 2

scenic, muddy, hilly bordering on mountainous!:-not so heavenly

Today I opted for a new route. Easter Sunday the lovely Giselle (also VLM training) is in Exeter, I was very pleased when she contacted me to arrange a long run date so I thought I better check out a route for us. I drove to Exeter, parked at the park and ride and headed through Exeter to the Quay where I joined the Exe Estuary Trail. This time I ran on the opposite side to the one I usually run on. Looking across the Estuary to my normal route. Wow what a run, I should have crossed over before and I will certainly be back. The western side is very different, surrounded by a nature reserve on one side and the Estuary the other, far more open than the East side. A huge plus side for me was being able to run up on the wall, whilst the cyclists were down on the path, no one speeding past, tinging their bell at me!

With scenery like this who could hate getting up on a Sunday?


Scenic, flat (except for the first three and last three miles) a lovely new adventure.

Week 3





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 It’s all about the long run

  1. Well done you. My marathon training isn’t go quite to plan. After being hit by the lurgy, it has been a struggle getting the long runs in.

  2. Great photos!

    I agree – long runs are great when you have scenery like that.

    Glad the training is going well 🙂

  3. CeeJayKay says:

    wow… beautiful! that looks idyllic! love the sunrise shot!!!
    i LOVE the canal run here in Chesterfield, but the cyclists have totally put me off… they have their OWN path, but no… gotta cycle on the walkers/runners path and ping those bl**dy things all the time! grrrr…. so i haven’t been back in a while! i did hear that someone attacked a cyclist and pushed him in the water for pinging him on the walkers path… i just stay away now and its a pity!

  4. OmniRunner says:

    Nice scenery. We did 18 miles this Sunday. The weather was great but 18 miles is 18 miles.
    My club has a Sunday Long Run that we run twice a year to prepare for Boston and any fall marathons.
    Running alone must be challenging. Just getting motivated to get out the door must be a challenge. We also have water stops with a bit to eat, tissues etc. So I don’t have to carry much with me.

  5. onthelamb says:

    What lovely photos, and a great variety of routes. What a beautiful environment for long runs!

  6. Steph says:

    I love the Exe Trail! So pretty.

  7. Looks beautiful Shaz. Even after 5 lots of training you still have that amazing feeling that running a long way gives. You said it so well as always xxx

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