Great North Run, North East of England, Running, Totum Sport

…is this thing on?

I know, I know – I’ve not blogged for a while!

My blogging game has been poor recently, I’ve simply not been inspired or even when I’ve thought about writing, I’ve simply not felt the topic as I was typing, I’ve lost count how many times I’ve got halfway through a blog and then I don’t like it.

As such, I figured, if I can get one off the belt, maybe I can hit a groove and get into a rhythm.

That said, can I just say how quick this year’s Great North Run has crept up on us? In under month’s time, I’ll be running over the Tyne Bridge, along with 50,000 other runners making my way home to South Shields.

I’m ridiculously excited to be back running the event, since missing it in 2016, I’ll be brutally honest, I really, really missed not being on that start line. I watched friends and family run via the Great North app and I really wanted to be there…this year, I will!

So how has training gone? Absolutely incredible, so far. I’ve run big miles, felt quick and entered races that I’ve never done before, collecting personal bests, along with some eyebrow raising season bests, too.

The only thing I’ve let myself down in is my strength and conditioning – I’ve not really done a lot, to be honest, but I am working on it. I don’t want to over do it, the last thing I want is a niggle or hammer my legs towards peaking.

On the roads, I’ve never felt so strong. There have been times where I’ve had enough, wanted to call it quits but somehow managed to battle the wall and pushed through – proving that my mental capacity is strong.

Races such as the Sunderland 10k, Blaydon Races, South Shields Friday Night 5k or the Wellington 10k have really invigorated my approach to the GNR this year. I said from the off, that I need to race once a month, at least, to keep things ticking over. This has resulted in feeling in the best shape I’ve ever been in and there’s no better confidence boost going into a half marathon knowing you’re in good nick.

August only brings with it one race but it’ll work out as the ideal prep, running 10 miles, hard, will add more volume and will be the first time I’ve run double digits since 2015.

Battling a cold recently hasn’t helped, I’ll give it everything, I know it wont be quick but it’s vital, almost, that I get the mileage in, vital. I would have liked to go in 100% fit, give it a go but I can’t push my body when it’s battling a wee sniffle, it wouldn’t be smart.

We’ll see!

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