|North East Runner||
Back in the summers of the 1980’s when the back pages weren’t full of football transfer deals and stories of footballers misbehaving off the pitch, the British Milers were the stars. The pages were full of stories of glorious performances by our top guys racing around the European circuit. I even remember the BBC interrupting the news to go live to a mile race to see a record attempt by Seb Coe.
Firstly, I’m not going to mention my mini stroke anymore, I feel by doing that I’m hanging on to it and it’s there ready as an excuse, I have no lasting physical effects so there is no reason why I should be running any differently. However I have had quite a few niggles recently, but they are worse in the morning and actually feel ok when I’m running fast, so get over it and crack on I think. Having said that, the wedding is coming up fast, we have a lot to do and then it’ll be hard to train on Honeymoon, so I’m thinking about ticking over until then, then back into full training when I get back.
You know when everyone tells you not to race, and you know yourself that you’re not ready to race, you would think that you might listen, wouldn’t you? Not me apparently!
It’s now about eight weeks since I had a good block of training done. In fact it was before Blyth 10k. Since then I’ve been tired, had illness and raced too soon after my lay off and have had lower back pain because of it. Last Sunday I was at my lowest point, I’ve managed a couple of decent sessions but each time it’s taken about a week of limping around to get over it.
I’m normally Mister consistent, I train week in week out, 70 to 85 miles a week, never miss a session and never get anything other than tired legs.
This year started so well, January, Febuary and March I was running my best ever sessions and my highest miles, but I did over do it. I had a couple of good races then my Blood clot and a few weeks off.
Iain Twaddle is one of the most popular runners on the North East athletics circuit. He joined his local running club, North Shields Poly, at the age of 9 and reached County level as a teenager. He since gone on to become one of Britain's top veteran distance runners.