On a Sunday I venture out a bit and do my long 15 miler. I've been running for a few years now and find it a great way to unwind and keep the weight down, I'm not getting any younger and the running helps me stay healthy and keeps the weight off.
I love my Sunday run! I break my routine and walk down to Heworth roundabout and start by the Maiden Over pub and down the long Victoria Road. It's up and down and tough to find your rhythm but it settles down and after about 2 and a half miles I'm into Hebburn, over by the metro and into what I call 'the industrial zone'. I keep heading east towards the Pedestrian Tunnel and even after all these years I'm still never quite sure of how far it is as the roads look exactly the same! At about 4 and a half miles the fun begins! I go down the escalators at the Pedestrian Tunnel, run fast through the tunnel then hang on like mad going up the escalators on the other side. In more than 20 years I've NEVER stopped up the escalators, even when they aren't working (which is more often or not!) and that's something I'm really proud of. Don't get me wrong, it's tough and my groans and cries echo around the tunnel as my thighs burn, I'm knackered at the end but I always get this huge sense of achievement when I come out of the other side. I've even been known to punch the air when I reach the top.
The last mile is always tough but I think that's because I've mentally switched off. I make sure I finish in the same place as I started - The Maiden Over (which feels like 'Thank goodness its Over'').
In more than 20 years I've never done the run in the other direction, not sure why, like I said, I'm a creature of habit.
The run goes through lots of different places and is one of those that you could do even f you lived in places like Jarrow, Newcastle, Heaton, Howdon, Gateshead. I would love to think that someone else would try it. Make sure you don't stop up those escalators though!
I mapped my route out, click here to see it.