Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Hitting the comeback trail

Well the journey back to running fitness starts here. I have managed a couple of 'easy' runs so far but will need to pick things up in order to get back on track to meeting my target for the Yorkshire Wolds half marathon in July.

I say 'easy' runs, they were in fact anything but easy.  Apart from the first couple of hundred metres or so when things seemed to be ok they were a real struggle and left me feeling as though I had been hit by a sledge hammer.

Still, you have to start somewhere and things can, surely, only get better from here.  Although I think the Blaydon Race a week on Sunday may come a little to early for me.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Its always good to hear of a Blaydon runner who has done well

- No matter how long ago.........

Imagine the scene, its a sunny but blustery day with a chilly north easterly wind blowing across the Victoria Ground in Gateshead.  As the crowds flock into the ground, two figures limber up and listen to last minute instructions from their respective camps as nearby, bookies take in the bets.  The year is 1862 and this is athletics 19th century style.

In particularly a footrace between Bob Bullerwell and a gentleman by the name of Summers and the race was captured in a song by Geordie Ridley:

Bullerwell and Summer's Race
Aw'm gawn to tell ye aboot a race
That cum off som time back
Between one Summers and Bullerwell
This Summers was all thi crack
Thi race was at thi Victoria grund
They said Summers was gaun ti flee
Says Bob aw cum frae Blaydon
And ye'l not get ower me

Noo when they both got at ti scratch
Summers backers they did chaff
Bur Bob knawin' his little game
Did nowt but stand and laff
When Bob's backers got thor money on
Summers wanted thi start d'ye see
But says Bob aw cumfrom Blaydon
And ye'll noy get ower me

Noo off they went wi Bob in front
Summers backers went near mad
They said that they could esily wun
If he hadn't tyekin bad
Noo away Bob went an' got the stakes,
And then they had a spree
Says Bob aw'm frae the country
An ye'll not get ower me

Noo away we gans ti the station
And tyuk the half-padt seven train
Then off we went ti Blaydon
Ti the sign of the Rifleman
An' there we all sat fuddlin
We had a first-rate spree
Says Bob aw cum frae Blaydon
And ye'll not get ower me

Then here's success to Bullerwell
May he always be weel backed
An' lang may Blaydon flourish
Since they've pass'd the Local Act
An' here's success ti the workin' man
May he niver want a frind dy'e see
So lads aw've sung ye aw maw song
 And ye'll get nee mair frae me

Monday, 13 May 2013

Its a lifestyle not an obsession

I may not be able to run at the moment but I can still talk about running and make plans for getting back.  Having ran for so many years, like lots of others, running has become a way of life, a lifestyle, often viewed by others as an obsession. 

There is no doubt that my lifestyle has an affect on those around me, especially those that do not themselves run, but I have always received understanding and support.

However, it still came as some surprise that my daughter in response to a University assignment on obsession decided to feature yours truly.

If you would like to see some of the results of that assignment click here

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A change to the plan

After another good weeks training (60 miles again) I feel my fitness levels have certainly improved and I was looking forward to my next race at Snods Edge which I had scheduled for next Wednesday.

But, unfortunately, racing and indeed any running at all will have to be put on hold for a little while as I have to go into hospital for some surgery this week.  I don't intend to bore you with all the details but I knew it was going to happen sometime, having put the operation off once already so that I could climb Kilimanjaro at the beginning of the year.

So, the plan now is - loosely 3 weeks recovery which will then leave me 6 weeks to prepare for the Yorkshire Wolds half marathon, which is my next target race.