Running: Great North Run 2018

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Last year I fell back in love with the Great North Run and it made me realise I could push harder with my running. So from that I did the Run Everyday in January challenge, Manchester and London Marathon’s in April and then the Sunderland half marathon and Gateshead 10k. Two events that I have added to my yearly events list. So in the build up towards this years Great North Run I was feeling tired. That is the easiest way to sum up how I have been over the past two months. July and August were a struggle as my legs always felt heavy when I was out running. Something I was so gutted about as in June I was back down to running 8:30 minute miles over long distances.

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R.E.D January 2018!

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This was a truly fantastic challenge which pushed me to the limits both physically and psychologically. The challenge was to run every single day in January, the limits were not set but I did give myself them.

I had to run at least 1 mile each day, mainly due to time restrictions so that I could get the miles in basically. I had intended to use the days where I ran one or two miles as recovery runs but that was not the case and I ended up running them rather quickly instead!

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Running: Great North Run 2017

In the build up to this years Great North Run and my 7th year taking part I have been doing a lot of running. Not as consistent as I would like but it is tricky to fit in at times with working hours etc. But I guess I really did not realise how much this was going to play a part on the day until I was actually running.

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Things I’ve done since the London Marathon!

Since the truly incredible experience of completing my first ever Marathon I have since done quite a lot of run related things!

  • New Running Trainers!

The first was to buy some new running trainers, as mine had clocked up a lovely 311 miles (just in running, not counting the many walking miles on cool downs home). So I had been looking at the Adidas Boost collection and instead of forking out £130 and not being sure, I decided to head to an Adidas outlet and lucky enough they had some in and I got a pair at a bargain price of £35 which I thought was perfect to test out and then look to get some more in the future!

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Derby Day: NUFC v SAFC

Well the first Derby day of the season is upon us tomorrow and with not having one last season with the Toon being in the Championship, it’s back . . . the Tyne/Wear derby! I have to admit that I am very excited and cannot wait to face Sunderland again at St James Park.

My best memory of being at a Derby game has to be Emre’s free kick to give us a 3-2 win!

Nothing is better than a win over your fierce local rivals! You get the bragging rights at work the next day! With being from South Shields – which has to be one of the most dangerous places to be on Derby Day due to the fact that it really is split 50/50 between NUFC and SAFC fans. Even my family is split between the two teams. The banter is usually brilliant!

HOWAY THE LADS! Let’s go for the 3 points tomorrow. I shall be in my seat in the Gallowgate end hoping for a “Emre free kick moment”.