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Great North Run 2014

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 16:17

XL's 4-part run plan

Run one  -  5 miles. (DON'T think about anything further) Huge crowds, great atmosphere, bands. Take it steady, not too fast, you've run five miles or further loads of times. Enjoy the spectacle, and remember you are part of it. Those inspirational pictures of thousands running across the Tyne Bridge; Red Arrows trailing the red, white and blue vapours; you're in them this year. Yes, you're in the Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon. Enjoy!
Run two - 3 miles. Forget the 5 behind you, they're done. Think only of the next three. Three miles? Piece of cake, you've done 9, 10, 11 .. much more in training. These three are all downhill, wheeeeeee !! Great news for those of you after PBs for the event, or even if it's your first time and you have a target. Go for it here, within reason. Unfortunately, the road narrows, so you may notice it feeling a little more congested. Be careful.
Run three - 3 miles. SLOW DOWN. This is where you need your mental toughness. Console yourself with the fact that even the élites slow down here. It's a bit of a slog up the John Reid Road etc and there's not much to enjoy, but hey, if it was easy, the medal wouldn't be as important to you would it? If you're a run/walk person this is where you may want to be taking extra walks, and psych yourself up, but don't start thinking about the finish yet. Just get to 11 miles.
Run four - 2.1 miles. That's nowt ! Of course you're tired but you're nearly there. Now, start to tell yourself that you've done it (almost) the goody bag is waiting for you, go and get it. Gan canny down that bank! (But not as canny as Mo, if you're at the front) The last mile and a bit up the sea front is fantastic, and yes, it’s more than a mile. Huge crowds yelling at you, the end is nigh. Let your spirits fly, even if you're knackered. You can stop soon. If you're after a time, push, you know you are fit, you have prepared well, and as tired as you will feel when you cross the line, the elation will speed your recovery. Well done, you've finished the GREAT NORTH RUN 2011. Get your medal and wear it with pride.

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 08:43

Good morning, Fiona

great break thanks. We had a cottage with a gate from the garden onto the beach and fabulous weather.

Heels still bothering me, which is highly frustrating.
Are you back in your trainers, yet?

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Posted: 29/07/2013 at 23:32

Evening, OS

I have volunteered to pace 24 minutes at Newcastle parkrun on 10th August.


Many, many congratulations to all of our Thunder Runners.

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Posted: 13/07/2013 at 14:42

Well, that's me done for a wee while.

I decided, after the relative success of my Bridges of the Tyne run, to take things easy at the parkrun this morning. I volunteered to pace 25 minutes and enjoyed a steady 8min/mile trot around a gloriously sunny town moor. I think I helped a bloke to a PB, too, which is good going for him in the tropical conditions.

Heading to Scotland fro a week next Saturday, so here's hoping that two weeks from now, my niggles will be gone,

I hope things get easier for you, BP. Take it easy building back up.

Well run, Bob - and a great photo too.
"Excuse me, Madam, do you think?"

It's quite an art dodging those folk on Northumberland St, NF - I should imagine it's a bit easier when you're running, is it?

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Posted: 11/07/2013 at 21:05

It's frustrating, isn't it, BP? At least I know what the problem is, so hopefully I can look forward to a better autumn. Is it injury with you, too?

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Posted: 11/07/2013 at 20:22

and thank you. It went much better than I expected. No more 10ks until September now. I will try to get back to sib-45 shape by then.

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Posted: 11/07/2013 at 20:21

Oops, that's a sign of the swing from RW to FB - sorry

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 19:56

Good evening, everypeople

I have to say, that despite the heat, I really enjoyed Tuesday evening.
My previous two races had been disappointing, 45:17 at Bamburgh 10k on 16th June, then a worst for two years 46:24 at Kirkley on June 30th. I'd done hardly any decent mileage, due to my Achilles, and last Saturday's parkrun was miserable with a 3rd mile of 7:45

So, there we are, in the sweltering heat of Newcastle, with palm trees, sand and everything, and I had a simple race plan; run to how you feel, and, very low expectations. I set off comfortably, and could even see Graham, not too far ahead, for about two miles. Clocked 13:54 at the two mile point, but started to slow; not drastically, but steadily.

Given that my parkrun pace on Saturday had been 7:13, I was more than happy with a time of 34:56 (7:11 per mile) and even had a little left for a bit of a kick to the finish

[Splits 6:52 , 7:02 , 7:22 , 7:22 & 7:11]

Going to have a last push at parkrun on Saturday, then have a fortnight off running. I hope I can shake off the problems once and for all.

Great to see and speak to so many from the thread. Anne-Marie, Vicki, Mr sj , Graham and Kelly. Lovely to have Pengwyn's support, too, and thanks to her for the photos. I particularly like the one of Anne-Marie going past the bloke she mentioned earlier. The look on his face is priceless


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Posted: 08/07/2013 at 14:54

Afternoon, folks


Sounds like there will be quite a party of us on the Quayside tomorrow night. I have had no e-mail about picking up my number  Had better check that I'm on the list. Pengwyn won't be racing tomorrow night, Shielsy, it's one of those 'proper' races that scares her. She is planning to be there to support though, so if you need someone to get the drinks in for you ...

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 16:43

Cheers, Fiona. How is it going with your niggle? I hope you're on the mend. I don't want to win our race by default

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