Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Sunday 21st March - 10.5 mile run, Peter's Pies 6 Tyne Bridges Challenge. (01:32:59).PB!
Saturday 27th March - 32 mile run, Battle in the Borders. (07:27:36).
Monday, 29 March 2010
Oh yes, Ladies and Gentlemen! The Run Geordie Run T-Shirt made it in the Real Radio studios with breakfast show presenters Lisa Shaw and Gary Phillipson this morning.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Definitely the toughest.
With a strong cross wind blowing me into the road and hill after hill
after hill over the last 4 miles I had no right to finish as strong as
I'd given up beating 07:30:00 when I saw the final climb, but somehow
I found one last bit of energy. Full report to follow.
Friday, 26 March 2010
As I recall, it was a 22 mile effort back in 2007. Tomorrow's route goes 10 miles beyond that. Tomorrow's route is 32 miles in total.
I want to get to the finish line in under 8 hours. In fact, scrub that! 7 hours, 30 minutes will represent a good day's work. I think I'll call this one "Battle in the Borders". Watch this space (as well as Twitter and Facebook) for updates during the course of the day. I'll leave you with the words of Craig Gair who sent a message wishing me well this evening.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Next up was Beneath The Angel's Wings Once More. This beautifully written and performed piece is a lot slower in tempo than the first track and opens with the line "I'm a Geordie Boy a long way from home....". It tells a story of a lad on a very testing journey and once again there is a theme of sheer determination and of never giving up which is explained lyrically as "..no surrender, no turning back". If the first song was about the run itself then this song talks more about the return home to the North East of England. "and when it's over, I'll walk through that old familiar door, home at last, the day I stand, beneath the angel's wings once more." is a line I certainly look forward to being a reality.
If there's one thing that you soon realise when you listen to the Exiles' songs it's that they don't half know how to relay a good story. Back this up with that seemingly familiar Geordie "twang" in Tim's vocals and you've got a recipe for some quality tunes that us common Tyneside folk can really relate to and in our mind's eye be a part of.
In the meantime, a big thank you to Activity Wales for their very kind invitation. I'm very much looking forward to taking part. I'd better start training!
The last time I ran this route was on day 14 of my John O'Groats to Lands End run back in 2007. I had shin splints at the time and I went to Shotley Bridge hospital afterwards for some strong pain killers! Happy days!
Of course, 32 miles is the distance I'll be running on a daily basis in the USA. It's a distance I hope to get used to over the coming months! Regular readers will remember that I did a couple of 37 mile runs at the back end of 2009. This 32 mile route is lot more hillier than the 37 mile route I ran. It should be quite a test!
The scheduled start time is 9am. If you're travelling around that area then why not say hello. Even better! Why not drop off some supplies or even run a few miles with me! The route is shown below.
Sunday 14th March - 10.5 mile run, Peter's Pies 6 Tyne Bridges Challenge. (01:47:35).
Wednesday 17th March - 2 mile run, Treadmill. (00:18:49).
Wednesday 17th March - Personal Training Session. (01:30:00).
Saturday 20th March - David Fairlamb's Beach Bootcamp. (00:45:00).
Saturday 20th March - 6 x Steps in King Edwards Bay. (00:19:10).
Friday, 19 March 2010
Thanks to Neil for posing with his Run Geordie Run t-shirt. I've sat next to Neil for the last 2 seasons and he only just recently realised that it was me who was planning to run across the USA after reading about me on nufc.com and putting 2 and 2 together.
Monday, 15 March 2010
Sunday 7th March - 13.1 mile run, Peter's Pies 6 Tyne Bridges Challenge. (02:17:50).
Monday 8th March - 13.5 mile run, Gosforth, Fawdon, Jesmond Tour. (02:10:38).
Tuesday 9th March - 13.1 mile run, Gosforth to Hamsterley Mill. (02:16:52).
Wednesday 10th March - 10.6 mile run, Gosforth Tour. (01:57:34).
Wednesday 10th March - 2.5 mile run, Treadmill. (00:28:17).
Wednesday 10th March - Personal Training Session. (01:30:00).
Thursday 11th March - 13.1 mile run, Treadmill. (02:10:33).
Friday 12th March - 13.1 mile run, Treadmill. (02:09:43).
Saturday 13th March - 13.2 mile run, Treadmill. (02:21:11).
Sunday 28th February - 10.5 mile run, Peter's Pies 6 Tyne Bridges Challenge. (01:47:00).
Thursday 4th March - 5 mile run, Race Course. (00:47:23).
Saturday 6th March - 11 mile run, Shotley Bridge to Whittonstall and back. (01:40:55). PB!
Saturday, 13 March 2010
I've hardly got the energy to type any more for now. I'll post my thoughts on this week's training tomorrow.
In just over 9 hours I will be starting week 71 with the 10.5 mile Peter's Pies 6 Tyne Bridges Challenge.
I'm really looking forward to a rest day on Monday! I will have ran 114.5 miles in 9 days by then so a rest is very well deserved.
Friday, 12 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
The thing that swung it for me, though, is the fact that they have their own Hot Dog eating competition! Last year's winner managed to eat 68 hotdogs and buns in 10 minutes! I reckon, having just ran 3100 miles, I may be able to beat that!
In the meantime, it's official. My 3100 mile run across the USA is a true coast to coast route!
Shelli is currently in the process of creating a PR plan for me "stateside". I don't want to go into any details at this early stage, needless to say that I'm very excited about her plans and even more so with her dedication and effort so far. Aside from PR, it's very comforting to have a good contact in the USA. All of a sudden the whole thing seems a little less daunting than before with access to local knowledge such as Shellis'.
Thanks to Shelli and thanks to all of those folk who have written to me with advice on various aspects of the run and also on fundraising and publicity. The virtual community of helpers and advisors is growing by the week. It's great to have you all aboard. I've said right from the start that the USA 2011 run will be a team effort. It's me putting one front in front of the other a few million times but I'm sure a lot of credit will go to those people behind the scenes who contribute, advise and help out.