Head II Head

I have spent most of the week, thinking about VLM, remembering how I was feeling last year and kind of feeling blue that I am not involved at all this year, other than a watcher and supporter.

Yesterday I headed to South Devon to take part in Trail Events Head II Head run. Last October a group of us did one of their runs, East Portelmouth to Little Dartmouth along the coastal path, (click here to read about it), the same adventurers were returning for this one also. This run was on the other side of the Kingsbridge Estuary and promised to be as scenic.

It did not disappoint! Judge for yourself………

I was loving every second of it. I was having one of those thankful moments. Thanksful that after a week of heavy mileage my body was still able to cope with a tough run, thankful that it was perfect running weather, thankful that I am able to run, thankful that I live so close to such amazing scenery. Yes safe to say I was having a runners high! Then Karma bit me in the back side, to teach me not to be so dam cocky.

SPLAT, down I went like a very large bag of potatoes-baking ones. Oooooooooffffffffffffffffff. I had just past some birdwatchers going the other way and they must have heard my cry out or my landing moved the earth for them, not sure which, anyway they were kind enough to ask was I okay to continue. This was at 8 miles, in the middle of no where! Little choice but to pick myself up and keep going. My hand was sore, dirty and bleeding. My chest had taken the full force, I cursed my small boobs, had I been built like eldest Madam I might well have bounced back up on my feet! My knees hurt, it took all my will power not to look at them to check out the damage. Just keep going Shaz! Keep going I did after I rescued the unlucky number 99 which had ripped off and was in danger of flying over the cliff in to the sea!

Fortunately the run was not as long as billed (oh I like them like that) and 4 miles later I was at the finish, where I found a nice first aider to clean me up. Glad to see the knees where a little scraped, but no major problem.

For those of you who stop by often and know my desire for a trophy, I am delighted to announce that as one of the first 25 women to get to the end I got a bottle of beer!

Its not a trophy as such, although I am sure I could make it in to one, but it will do for now! Of course it would be better if I drank beer!

The drive home was interesting, one handed, a very bad nights sleep but I am still in one piece and managed an hour on the treadmill, whilst watching VLM this morning.

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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12 Responses to Head II Head

  1. Ouch! Love the pictures though, surprised by how clear the water was. If you don’t want the beer, ah hem…

  2. mawil1 says:

    I don’t know what I’m more impressed by, the fabulous pictures, the fact that you kept on running after a nasty fall, or that you spent a whole hour on the treadmill!!! 😆😆

    • Shaz says:

      The winner must be the treadmill, but I only survived by pulling the dinning table over, setting up the lap top on it, plugging in earphones, putting BBC iplayer on and watching VLM! Health and safety would have had a field day!

      • mawil1 says:

        Almost part of it(Vlm) then? I missed it, went for a run outdoors then I was meeting some friends. I wanted to watch it, but thought that for me just now doing an actual run would be better! Good idea about rigging up the laptop etc though🤔 Mmm😁

      • shazruns says:

        Proceed with caution! I briefly contemplated laying the ironing board over the handles and putting lap top on that…. maybe another day!

      • mawil1 says:

        Phew! For a minute I thought you were going to tell me that you did the ironing whilst running! #cantmatchthat! 😆😆

      • shazruns says:

        God no that would be a disaster for my ironing and running!

  3. CeeJayKay says:

    Shazpops! Just stoked that you are OK… well… you know what i mean. Hope the body is feeling better today and that the mind didn’t take too much in… hopefully i was filled with beautiful scenery and you will be back out there next weekend!!! GO SHAZPOPS!

  4. Ooooch… Nasty.
    And where people could see you too! Double oooooch!

    Heal well, Sharon.
    Well done on your trophy beer. Richly deserved.

  5. Oh no, nasty and ouchy! Good on you for keeping on going Shaz! Strong Stuff Shaz!!! I hope all the cuts and grazes and hurty bits are feeling better very soon. Well done on finishing in the top 25 and for getting the beer! Lovely medal too.

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