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Great North Run 2014

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 10:12

What a fantastic day! I came very close to withdrawing due to being injured in the months leading up to the GNR and only getting any training in the final week, but I'm SO glad I decided to run.

Except for being very slow, I had no major dramas during the race and managed to finish uninjured and feeling reasonably ok.

I came in at 2:29 which is exactly half an hour slower than last year, a pretty poor performance, but I was exepecting it and the atmosphere of this awesome race made the time almost irrelevant. I also enjoyed the last mile a lot more this year because I wasn't desperately weaving through the crowds in order to reach my sub 2 hour goal.

The generosity of the local people is incredible, it can't be cheap to supply all of us with all those oranges, jelly babies and ice pops, this race wouldn't be the same without them and we certainly wouldn't have seen 1 million finishers if it wasn't for the unique atmosphere this rece has.

Onwards and upwards now for the rest of the year - Intrestingly, the 1:59 I got last year in my first HM was holding me back from entering other events as I was scared that I'd somehow spoil things by not doing as well (stupid I know!) but now that I've set my "worst case" time, I think I'll be a lot more relaxed about entering as many HMs as I can find!

NotsoSoreCalf x

Great North Run 2014

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 10:03
Perhaps I should just stick a couple of 10s in or maybe a 13-15 tomorrow and a 10k on Thursday giving me 2 clear days of rest, not ideal I know and my head says defer but my heart says just do it and enjoy the day without worrying about pace.

Great North Run 2014

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 21:31

Only 5k in 5 weeks - should I still run?

Hi everyone, I'm after some advice, tonight was my first run for 5 weeks having hurt a toe when I ran into a hidden rock barefoot on the beach. 

I did 5k with no pain tonight so now I'm tempted to run on Sunday despite coming very close to withdrawing due to lack of training. 

First question is should I run? I've had a crap year for running but I did train reasonably comfortably up to 18k before hurting my foot. And although I probably won't get aynwhere near the 1:59 I got in my first GNR last year, I feel reasonably confident that I'll manage to get round.

If I do run what would you guys recommend in terms of training in the week I have left? I was thinking a 10 and a 15k and then just hope for the best on Sunday!


Great North Run 2013

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 13:52

What a great event, I really enjoyed it.  A bit congested at times, but managed to reach my goal of sub 2 hours on my first HM.  Had a bit of a panic at the 200m marker as I couldn't get through the congestion and I knew I was very close to 2 hours.  A big sigh of relief when I had the confirmation SMS with 1:59:30

My biggest mistake was basing my run on  pace of 10 kph, it wasn't until about mile 10 when it dawned on me that 10kph isn't enough!

Looking forward to 2014 already! 

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 22:59

Hi everyone! How's the training going? I'm feeling a bit sore as I write this, I had to compress my midweek runs into back to back sessions yesterday and today, I prefer to have a day's gap, but work got in the way

Happily I did manage to join the gym running group again this lunchtime, we did a tempo run for about 20 mins and then a really interesting sprint session - several laps of a circuit, sprinting the first 20%, jogging the rest and then doubling the sprint distance on each successive lap (theres probably a name or easier way to describe this activity?) it was a lot of fun and without doubt I worked harder than I would have done just doing my usual lunchtime 5K. (maybe even harder because I was the only guy in a group of 10 rather athletic young ladies )


I was planning on doing a night time 6k trail race up a local hill on Saturday night, but I think I'll give it a miss - my legs are feeling a bit tight this week, so I'll rest until Sunday and do a moderate 10-12k . I'd hate to tear my calf again.

Anyone used a foam roller? The sports massage girl at the gym recommended I bought one - I'd be intrested in hearing about any experiences with them.

Trafford 10K on the day entry

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:10

Is it worth trying for an on the day entry? It looks like they already have 1000 runners listed, but I can't find any information regarding on the day entry.  I suppose if I got there early enough I might get in?  Does anyone have any experience of trying this?  I'm quite new to the race scene so I don't really know how these things work.

What do people do with their medals?

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 22:11

I'm sure the day will come when I no longer care about trinkets and medals, but right now I cherish every single one. They live in my bedside drawer and get loaned out now and again to my daughter who is 6 and loves wearing them.  I also keep my race numbers and in a way, I cherish them even more.  2 years ago I was a fat, lazy tub of lard, I'd pretty much spent most of my life that way, at 17.5 stone I decided to change my life, running helped me do that and the content of that drawer represents the most importnt thing that has ever happend to me aside from marriage and becoming a father.  I am aiming to do my first half marathon this year and even if it does take me 2:20 I think my medal will be well deserved - some of you may agree with this, some may not, but the point is that nobody has the right to judge what constitutes an achievement for someone else. I set my own goals and run my own race, and at the moment, I'm winning.

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 13:43
Great picture. No surprise you got chatted up!

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 23:22

Good grief, I turn my back for a couple of days and I'm 7 pages behind allready

Some impressive running going on there, enough to motivate me to get off my lazy bum and train a bit harder

I've now started my new contract in Edinburgh, there's an on-site gym that's abssolutely fantastic, it has a pool, in-house physio and even a weekly lunchtime group running session (that moves to twice weekly in April). I joined them this Thursday for a hill training session, I've never trained with a group before, it was a lot of fun and I certainly pushed myself harder than I would training on my own.

I ran the Blymhill 10K yesterday (Shropshire) It was a lovely race but I was slightly disapointed with my time - 1:01:40 the course was flat so I expected closer to 55. Plenty of time left though to speed up and get some more miles in before the GNR.

I'm currently trying to figure out the logistics of running from my hotel to the office every morning, it's about 3.5k, but I could easily strech it out a bit to make it worthwhile.  The gym at the office are currently considering renting out permanent lockers which would make things much easier so I'm crossing my fingers that they will get moving asap with this.

Anyway, I'd better log off and go to bed - I need to get up at 4.30 

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 00:49

That's a good idea Richard, we were at Whinfell just before Christmas, my daughter really enjoyed it.  

I'm now not sure if it will be a family weekend or not, so I've gone ahead and booked a hotel in the center of Newcastle - the reservation is cancellable so if I change my mind and go for the center parcs option it shouldn't be too much bother to change it.  I managed to get 2 nights at a place called "Staybridge suites" it seems to have good reviews on tripadvisor - when I checked the booking websites many of the hotels were already full so I had to go for it and hope for the best, I think that waiting any longer would have led to disapointment!

I heard today that I will be working in Edinburgh for a few months, I've never been there before but it seems like there are some nice places to run over there so I'm looking forwards to going out exploring and finding some scenic training routes.

Thank you all for the warm welcome and happy running!


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