All Change

Life has changed here in the Shazruns house on many levels.


At the end of September I was made redundant from a job I have been at for 10 years. Not a total surprise, I had known since April and to be fair I had been very lucky to be able to work from home for the past 5 years. I started applying for jobs not really sure what I wanted to do and what’s more not sure what I was qualified to do. I have had a varied working career, I started with nannying, then worked in schools as a teaching assistant,  then a brief spell as a librarian, moving in to night working after little madam arrived stacking shelves and lastly a jump in to the deep end with technology working on an IT help desk. I was amazed to find a job within the month, sadly though after just six days I realised that it wasn’t going to work. The job would have been doable in time but my the people were odd! In fact I was the odd one I didn’t fit, the workers were predominately male, overweight and bearded, although I don’t have an issue with eating cakes to gain weight, the beard growing was always going to be an issue. Not my finest hour but had to be done. So now I am back at the drawing board applying, filling in application forms and surfing the net seeking something that I can do and want to do, it’s not easy!


Middle Madam is back from Oz with BF having found getting sponsored to stay there was not as easy as they hoped. Back in the UK they decided life in Essex was not for them so are currently living with us until employment and a home is found. Fingers crossed for us all that this does not take too long. 


I am trying to work hard to get my fitness back and some speed with it. The treadmill and I are getting reacquainted and I have spent sometime running fast then slow, fast the slow etc around the village. This week saw me return to Metafit with middle Madam, then followed this up two days later with a spinning session at 7 am with both of the Oz returnees! (Just for female relics benefit before she envisions the three of us doing an impression of Rumplestilskin, the spinning I refer to is the kind that involves a stationary bike a great deal of pedalling and a certain amount is sweating !) We were all spinning virgins but are now converted and hope to return this week. This morning the three of us did parkrun at Seaton. ( yes I am being the hostess with the mostest! Come and stay if you want to get fit!) Happy to report that both of them did well and might even go back next week, they enjoyed the low key atmosphere and friendliness.

So that brings you up to date on events here, this week I am hoping I get invited for an interview, get some good running sessions in and maybe a swim. 

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 All Change

  1. Ironically, since I last commented on one of your posts, I have become a middle aged fat bloke with a beard….coincidence?….well yes….obviously.

    Sorry the job didn’t work out. Wherever you end up will be lucky to have you.

  2. Sorry to hear about the job Shaz, I hope something just right turns up for you. All the best with all the changes. Change can be good but can be extremely tiring too. It must be nice to have MM back home 🙂

  3. so... says:

    Something better is waiting just around the corner. Wish you luck.

  4. mawil1 says:

    You sound really positive shazza so I’m sure that it is all going to work out. Good for you that you have the balls (if not the beard) to quit a job that you think is going to make you unhappy!

  5. Mavis hall says:

    Old female Relic learned all about spinning from my gardener some years ago!

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