Sunday, 8 February 2015

Every cloud has a bronze lining

Saturday saw Darlington blessed with a bright sunny day with temperatures reaching 11C for the NEMAA cross country championships.

The going was firm as we set off on the first of 4 laps of the 8km course (although in reality I think the course was a little shorter) around The Education Centre.  While the usual suspects, Stewy Bell, Jonathan Archer and Mark McLoad took up the pace I struggled to settle into any sort of rhythm until near the end of the first lap. 

Although the second and third laps felt much better I was unable to make any progress through the field and was passed by team mate Alan Storey as we approached the final lap and despite slowing a little maintained that position through to the finish.

The race was won by 35-40 category runner Kevin Jeffress of Sunderland Harriers.  Although I was well down in my age group, with the help of Alan Storey and Brian Liddle, Blaydon finished third team in the 55-64 age category.

Training partner Eric Steele had a good run in the M50 category but the best Blaydon result of the day was Angie Telford's 4th position overall to give her first place in the W50 category.

So first race back and definitely need a few more under the belt to get back into the habit.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

34 years and counting

In my last post I described how, after a poor training run, I had considered packing it all in - but in reality it was never going to happen and I'm sure that those people I told and some of you who read the post were well aware of the fact.

This month sees my 34th anniversary as a runner and despite things not going my way lately it would take a lot more than a few bad runs to make me give up.  Also I have my long goal of covering 100,000 miles before my 65th birthday and with the total currently somewhere above 86,500 I am well on track to achieve this target.

Obviously a lot has changed (apart from me getting older and slower) over the last 34 years.  From technological changes to running shoes and clothing to online race entries and race results texted to your phone within minutes of finishing a race.

However, a sign of the times we are now living in will be reflected in the forthcoming Tokyo Marathon on 22nd February.  Japan Running News reports that 65 riot police will be running the marathon armed with video camera's and pepper spray as part of a counterterrorism operation.

Monday, 2 February 2015

A quick update

Having been hit pretty hard by a heavy cold I was struggling last week to pick up the mileage again.  Initially I thought I would get away with training through it but should have known better. 

I had planned on about 13 /14 miles yesterday but was struggling so badly that I had to cut the run short.  In the end only doing 8 mile.  In fact, I was so disillusioned by it that I was considering giving up running altogether.

However, these thoughts were short lived, as I was on-line at 6am this morning in order to get an entry to this years Blaydon Race.

But first, hopefully I can get myself sorted for the NEMAA cross country this weekend.