Adaptation of a runner.

14 years ago when I started this running lark I used to run in the afternoon when hubby got in from work. These started off as brief outings so no planning involved, out the door for half an hour try not to die or see anyone I knew which of course would cause instant death by embarrassment obviously.

Then I moved from working nights to a full-time 9 to 5 job. I was worried, how was I going to fit in my running? 4 am alarm calls were implemented and much pounding round the streets of the city whilst the drunks made their way home. When I travelled away on courses, the trainers were packed and many adventures in far-flung cities were had.

Early morning excursions came to an abrupt halt when we moved to Devon, dark mornings on country lanes didn’t appeal. As I was lucky enough to work from home, fitting in a decent run before hitting the lap top was not too hard, many a day I sat at work smelling less than sweet till I could shower at lunch time. Alternatively if the sun was out off I toddled at lunch time, being sun seeker, to lollop over the fields in the brightness.

Sadly after 5 years that came to a halt. Hard to find a job let alone one that fits in around running and maybe this shouldn’t be a priority?

February saw me start work at the NHS, full-time hours. Adaptation time again. Finally after two months I have settled in to a new routine Monday to Friday of sorts.

  • Monday-club run if I fancy it, rest if not
  • Tuesday-Track training -yes you have read that right, I have been let loose on the track. Each week I fully expect someone to haul me off the asphalt telling me it is for young, lithe, fast athletes only and can the elderly lady with the white hair and plodding style please vacate the premises! Not something I enjoy if I am honest, makes me feel much like a Polar Bear must do in captivity, round and round and round and round. Kudos to Coach M for putting up with my grumpiness
  • Wednesday-1 mile effort session x 3 round the village at 6 am OR club run if it appeals after work.
  • Thursday-Catch train to Exeter, work all day, long run home, 13 miles in the bag. Not sure what I will do in the winter but this is a great way to fit the miles in at the moment.
  • Friday-REST day

Happy to report that the new regime seems to be working, whether it’s the track session, the extra miles during the week, the 1 mile efforts or a combination of everything I have no idea but I did manage a parkrun PB this past weekend.

Now I just need to sort out the recurring stomach issues!


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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7 Responses to Adaptation of a runner.

  1. mawil1 says:

    Working and running! What a star! When j read your blog I felt guilty that I wasn’t t getting up at 5:30 to run….. something to think about😊 congrats on the new job jxx

    • shazruns says:

      Mad as it seems, it works for me, I am an early riser anyway and I am not good at turning out once I get home. Not for everyone I know! But I think it is really the best part of the day and to be honest it usually has the best weather also! Give it a go!

      • mawil1 says:

        I know you are right – I’ve done it in the past….. can I go back to that? All credit to you for grit and determination!

  2. Sounds like a good routine Shaz. Change is always difficult. Hope the new job is going well and really hope the stomach issues settle down! And as for being hauled off the track 🙂 they would have to catch you first!

  3. CJ says:

    WOW! you are so bloody sorted Shaz!!! I agree, to get up and out in the morning is far easier than getting home and then getting out that door! You go girl… and come on, tell tell… did you enter the ballot? 😉 CANT wait to hear… i am so firkin tempted to just give it a go… see what a REAL training program is all about *gulp* OMG can believe i just put that down in black and white!!!!

  4. Love your blog and so glad you still blog…..:)
    And run! but its a bugger getting it in at times… I am just getting into a routine now after the last 3 years been very patchy with injuries and low motivation from injuries…. Getting there…
    Keep it up, you always inspire me…
    Hows your ginger?

    • shazruns says:

      Lovely to hear from you. X hope you coming back to blogging and running. Ginger is a pain, keeps getting us up at night to let him out or in and last week brought a mouse in to the bedroom at 4 am! Grrrr. Do love him though! How are yours?

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