Catch Up

Last weekend we had a long weekend in North Devon catching the last bit of the summer holidays before returning to school and work.

We did a bit of body boarding, a bit of walking, a bit cider drinking, a bit of cake eating, and bit of pasty consuming. Of course I managed a bit of a run too, along the coast Croyde to Woolacombe.

As I stepped out of the caravan at silly o’clock I was greeted by this beautiful sky

and once I was at the top the first hill the sun was coming up. Anyone who says I am mad for getting up early on a weekend away needs to just look at this photo. Not mad at all, I think I would be mad to stay in bed and miss this.

No filter or setting used, taken with my IPhone this is how it was, simply stunning sunrise!

The run was less than stunning but you can’t have it all can you, beautiful scenes and wonderful running legs!

Woolacombe beach was deserted except for me and the crow, the tide was on its way out so the sand nice and compact.

Fabulous so privileged to be able to and capable of running here.

A run was scheduled for the next day also, but some truly awful weather put paid to that!

This week was a ‘negative midas’ week for me. Everything Midas touched turned to gold, everything I have done this week has gone less than smoothly, work, parenting, running. Issues with getting my car fixed and replacing a mobile phone after Madam dropped it in the toilet (Apple pronounced it DOA and I gave it its last rights and I declared it ‘ Rest In P***!’ Although she does assure me that she hadn’t used the facility yet!) haven’t helped either to be fair! I have spent so much time firefighting the past five days that I am seriously contemplating getting myself some fire retardant trousers, a yellow helmet and access to a Hydrant!

Yesterday was parkrun day obviously and also the day I said a sad farewell to young Katy (I shall be nice to her now she is going! She is 40 so not really that young!) I shall miss her but so excited for her and the husb forthcoming adventure. They have taken a year out (this I have just been told may get an extension #notimpressed!) to travel, first stop Thailand. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? Except maybe when I mention the camping and cycling side of it. Brave, mad and adventurous. Go Katy and Ed! Thank goodness there is a blog to follow their travels, click here to see what they have been up to in the UK prior to their flight this week, click follow while you are there, its going to be amazing! I hate goodbyes, so it was a quick sweaty post 5k hug before I joined three other club mates for a gentle trot round the parkrun route again, after all why not repeat a muddy, slippy run if you can? The parkrun run itself was okay and I am trying to keep with my new parkrun ethos which is ‘run with effort lazy Shaz’ the result was mediocre, how can 9 seconds annoy you so much?

That brings us to today when I headed in to Exeter to run round it, using the Green Circle route. It was great to run this route again and not take a wrong turn for the first time, also great to go out of the village for a run. I saw two squirrels, two cats, a bunny and an abandoned Teddy Bear, he was wearing a hat, sensible Ted, but fear he was soaked.

So that brings you up to date with life here in Shaz’s world. I am hoping for a better week or might seek residence on another planet!




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 Catch Up

  1. mawil1 says:

    Too right about that amazing sunrise! Sometimes it is lovely on holiday to get up early and enjoy the place un disturbed by people – your picture of woolacombe beach being a case in point! We are sort of glad to be back to school….. routine!

  2. CJ says:

    OHEMGEE! that sunrise is just incredible! What a privilege!!!! and that beach? faint! I love a beach like that! marvellous Shazpops!

    This is the thing that has put paid to my parkrun adventures… those seconds DO COUNT, as much one says ‘nah, just a Saturday pootle round the park’… its not really, is it? Its a TIMED run, its basically a race, ok, against one self (they say)… but is it really? πŸ™‚

    OMG, its start of college for C today… A levels… beat of luck to our kids and BEST of all luck to us parents *lol*

  3. Always younger than you, and that is the main thing. πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‚

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