Appearances can be deceiving

This year I have completed five Ultra Marathons, competed in numerous trail events, ran numerous parkruns and according  to Strava ran 1,212 miles so far this year (although this is likely to more due to battery and technology fails). You would think that this would mean that the running has gone well this year, however on reflection this has not really been the case. I might read back through 2017 blogs when I’m struggling to sleep to see if that’s really the case or maybe just how I am feeling at the moment. I do have tendency to recall the bad rather than the good.

I have lost speed, a bit like a rolling stone hitting mud! Now don’t get me wrong I don’t measure how well my running is going by speed, this would be silly, unless you are Mo Farah, which I’m not obviously as I am female, with short legs and white curly hair he is lucky enough not to be or have any of those attributes.

More importantly it’s not felt right on the whole. Not due to aches and pains or injuries ( although there has been some of that!) but due to feeling really hot, followed my nausea. I am hoping the magic that is HRT will sort out the over heating and the nausea will abate also, only time will tell. 

Last weekend running buddy and I did a trail marathon, just over the Devon border in Somerset. I complained constantly the first six miles about how it was ridiculously warm for the end of October, but maybe that heat had more to do with the elevation profile!


The reason the first six miles felt like they were up hill, were because they were! 

By mile 10 I was looking for the end, fortunately running buddy is a patient man, although I am sure he was tempted to stop and dig a whole to bury me in, he certainly had time! All was not lost though, no bling to hang in the cupboard under the stairs, no tshirt to put at the bottom of the drawer, nope instead a lovely engraved glass, was given at the end.


Away from running life is about to get interesting, I’ve started a new job and middle Madam is returning from Oz and moving in with us with BF, the stress levels will no doubt rise and I am hoping that running will ease this and along with that improve my performance, kind of like a mental and physical BOGOF offer!

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 Appearances can be deceiving

  1. mawil1 says:

    I’d be interested to hear how you get on with HRT. I’ve wondered if I should give it a go…… if you could buy it OTC I would have by now I’m sure! 100 miles plus per month is certainly impressive! Have you tried measuring your HRV (you can get an app) to see if you are overtraining? Too much running can leave you tired and hormonally depleted? I think an app like that helps you to find the ‘sweet spot’ training wise.

    • shazruns says:

      Thanks I hadn’t thought of it in terms of 100 miles a month! Yes I might well have overdone it this year, possibly, I’ve not heard of the App but will investigate, I tend to steer away from the techy side of running and just run! X

      • mawil1 says:

        It obviously works well for you. Up until the last couple of weeks you have always sounded really enthusiastic, so it does work well, and now you feel less great about it you are running less. I think that after a little rest you will be back running regularly and loving it!😘😘 take care!

      • shazruns says:

        Thanks, you might well be right x

  2. You’re a star Shaz. I hear you with the hot and nausea stuff . You’ve still done so many out-there things despite feeling horrible. I hope that the HRT works x

  3. CJ says:

    as they say in SA…. “stuur coooo raaaa je” (as in ‘sending courage’ with a Afrikaans accent)
    As we have chatted… time for a nice break, some slow short runs to keep the body ticking over and to now build strength and health…. you are amazing…
    PLEASE keep us posted not he HRT thing… My GP put me off… but sheesh like MAWIL if it was OTC, I’d be stocked up!

  4. onthelamb says:

    Congrats on the new job! And good luck with middle Madam (and the BF). I’m looking into HRT as well, and may even put another ultra on my docket in 2018!

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