A home from home?

IMG_0210I am really not a fan of staying nights working away from home, but one of the few benefits is that you can explore new running routes.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve stayed at the Marriot Gateshead but there are some great running routes.  The one I did today takes you along the south bank of the Tyne from the Metro Centre to the Millenium Bridge and then back along the north bank, finally crossing the river again over a road bridge near the Metro Centre.   This route was opened up to me for winter evening running by the discovery of the head torch, a great invention and I think every runner should have one.  Since the untimely demise of my deluxe Silva, I had to resort to the “Dalek” torch again (see yesterday’s blog) which, despite its cheapness, does a pretty good job.

The other benefit of staying so many nights in this hotel is that I’ve managed to save enough reward points to afford some luxury when we stay in London for the marathon – it was meant to be. 



IMG_1408The running club plan was to do some relays that involved a rather dark section on the route.  I therefore donned my new sparkling Silva Trail Runner 2 head torch, which is rather swish and not exactly cheap.  You can understand my horror when the torch just failed to work, completely dead even after being tried with a set of fresh batteries!  How disappointed I was that such a  supposedly high quality product just decided to “conk!”.  Unperturbed, I got out my older (cheaper) head-torch which of course, worked fine.  The only trouble is that it makes me look like a Dalek!

When we got to the running club, it was decided not to do the dark route after all (because it was too dark) and so the torch got left in the car after all that!

We did relays, around a route of around 800M, where you hand over to your partner on alternate laps so each person does 4 laps with a rest in between each.  That is so hard for someone like me, a steady distance runner, but I am told this sort of thing does you the world of good so that’s why you do it!  Thats the great thing of being part of a running club, you get to do things that you wouldn’t do on your own, it stretches you and makes you fitter.

As for the head torch, well it will have to go back.  Presumably Amazon will replace with no quibble, otherwise, well, that would be a blog for another day!


New year, new me

2016-01-04 17.49.46Today, like me, millions of people will return to work following the Christmas and New Year break.  Again, like me, millions (or at least 100’s of thousands), will make a visit to the gym either on the way to or from work.  However, If you think there is a note of sarcasm in the title of this article you may well be right;  I have no short-term New Year resolution to make-up for an over-indulgence at Christmas (because I didn’t over-indulge) or a need to turn-around from a couch potato (which I’m not) into an exercise freak.  Anyone who knows me or follows my blogging, FaceBook or Twitter will know that I don’t need a New Year (or anything else for that matter) to motivate me to get outside and pound the streets (not even Janathon).

What I am doing (and this is new) is to get to the gym to get some strength exercises in as advised by my physio.

It’s so tempting to just go out for a run every day, but there lies ruin.  If I’m to get to London in a fit state, I need to avoid injuries as a pre-requisite to getting the miles in.  So my excercise of the day was to do some sensible strength-building work (see links below) and do 10 or-so lengths of swimming, which is such a brilliant work-out while avoiding pressure on those joints.

Helpful  exercise videos: