|North East Runner||
Following a busy week of training last week I have had to take a step back this week following some pains in my knee. To be honest I probably overdid it last week and I think my knee pain is a result of over training as I did a parkrun on Saturday, a long slow run on Sunday and a further 6 miler on Monday.
Following last weekend’s disappointments at parkrun and at the Great North 10k, I reflected on why I started running and what exactly I enjoyed the most about it. For me it wasn’t so much about time or achieving PB’s, it was about just being out there in the open, being in my own little world taking in the scenery and just enjoying my runs for what they were.
Well with another week of training for the Great North Run/Kielder Marathon under my belt, I feel as though it has been a mixed week to be honest. At the start of the week I didn’t think I would get as much training in at all as I came down with a really heavy cold, so sensibly I rested Monday and Tuesday night. Fortunately by Wednesday I had started to pick up a bit and got out on the bike for a cheeky 9 miler around the North Tyneside Waggonways just to get some form of exercise under my belt with Chester Le Street parkrun and the Great North 10k coming up at the weekend I wanted to keep myself sharp.
So what got me started running?. Well it was mid 2010 when one of mates had a right go at me about how unfit I was, after seeing me being out of breath after a light 5 minute run. You know what he was absolutely right, at the time I weighed about 15 stone, my self-esteem and confidence was really low and the only thing that seemed to be growing was my beer belly.