Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Again I found the session tough but enjoyable and since it is a relatively short session at 6 miles I went out ahead of the group to get some extra miles in, taking it up to 9 miles for Tuesday.
Monday, 25 October 2010
The wrong choice of shoes, studs rather than spikes, did not help in what turned out to be a poor run. Running from the slow pack I started well but soon found myself slipping back through the field as I felt empty and heavy legged. Completing the course in 42.38 and finishing 120th.
The second race in the series is this coming Saturday at Farringdon. So I have an early opportunity to put things right - Roll on Saturday!
Thursday, 21 October 2010
However, having left the house I had ran no further than 3/4 mile, when as I made my way along, just inside the woods heading for Make Me Rich Plantation. I spotted what would have made a great photograph, with three deer standing in the corner of the field as the setting sun sank behind the trees.
A little frustrated and slightly annoyed that I had left the camera behind, I continued on. The route I had chosen was a circular one of 6 miles, through fields and woods and footpaths down into the Derwent Valley with a steep climb back home again. The skies were clear and there was a cold wind blowing, and as I made my way into the last mile, dusk had well a truly set in. With just enough light provided by the remains of the setting Sun to the west and a large, bright, waxing gibbous moon. You could also see what I think was Mars, brightly shining. A beautiful night and a fantastic run - Magic
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
The run took us around the streets of Dunston and The Teams as we did the Redheugh loop with 2 laps of the track added to bring it up to 8 miles.
90 seconds effort doesn't sound much, but it is sometime since we did short intervals and I found the last four efforts tough as the lactic acid built up and I worked to maintain my speed, while my legs felt as though they were wading through treacle.
Good luck goes out to Alan Storey in Sunday's Kielder Marathon and John and Glynis who are running the Amsterdam Marathon. Anyone else racing this weekend - have a good one!
picture by Craig Allen
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
When I first joined Blaydon Harriers the club was based at Blaydon Comprehensive School. Seven years or so ago, the school was closed and pulled down. The club then split up with different groups training from different sites. We had always had problems with moving athletes through from the youth section into the Senior ranks and this was further compounded when we all trained from different sites. With the result that the club has a thriving Youth and Junior section and a thriving Masters section, with very few Seniors between.
Now though, re-development of the old school site is complete - they have kept the track (although still not a tarten track - despite promises, negotiations, plans, etc) with new changing facilities, Gym, Swimming Pool and NHS Walk -in centre. The result being the Club is now all back together and hopefully we can start getting some seniors moving through from the younger groups. The Club needs it to survive!
Monday, 11 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Again I felt very one paced, at least until I hit a hill when I seemed to come to an almost standstill (so I think a spot of hill work is on the cards in the coming weeks). My time of 41.59 is not the greatest (over a minute slower than the last time I ran it 2 years ago) but I do enjoy this multi-terrain course.
I have not as yet been able to get any results but I do know the race was won in 36.33 by I think Liam Taylor of Sunderland Strollers. I was 2nd over 50 about 40 secs behind the first over 50.
Congratulations to the only other Blaydon runner - Luke Aston who finished 5th in 40.59.
As I write this I am watching the Commonwealth Games, Di Green has just received his gold medal for the 400 hurdles. I must admit I have hogged the TV this weekend watching the Commonwealths - having been limited to just highlights during the week, its terrible when having to go to work gets in the way of things! but to date the most exciting bit for me has to be the last 400m of the men's 5000m.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Following last nights 9 miles (once again along Scotswood Road) which included an interval session of 5 x 3mins with 2 mins jog recovery, my legs were a little heavy and knees tender. So I decided a fairly easy run and a change of scenery were the order of the day.
So taking advantage of the last of the days sunlight I headed for the moors for a steady, although undulating, 5 miles. As it was a fairly easy run I decided to take the camera with me. These, then, are the views from today's outing:
Monday, 4 October 2010
The International races only returned at Gateshead in 2007 after an absence of 10 years. So you never know - they may return again one day.
Meanwhile, it may have been a sunny autumn evening, last night, but the constant rain over the weekend had made the tracks into a mud bath as I slipped and slid my way around the woods of Pont Burn.
After a miserable weekend the sun is shining and at a pleasant 13C it is a wonderful autumn evening - so I'm off for a run over the tracks to Pont Burn.
Friday, 1 October 2010
15 minutes later when we left the changing rooms the rain had given way to a damp and relatively warm evening (perfect for running) and on our way back from the session the temperature dropped dramatically as fog rolled its way over the river bank and across the road.
This window of perfect running weather was taken up with a 9 mile run which included an interval session of 5 x 4 mins, with 2 mins jog recovery. The old legs were still a little heavy - but some easy miles over the next couple of days should sort them out.
I am not racing this weekend - but anyone who is - have a good one!