I took up running a couple of years ago and entered the Great North Run for the first time in 2011, but unfortunately, injury kept rearing it’s ugly head – I’ve always had incredibly weak ankles and at one point pulled my Achilles tendon. The actual worst.
So, after deferring 2011’s run, I got back into the training.
Last year, I ran the GNR for the first time in 2 hours 12 mins – a time I’m pretty damn pleased with considering I don’t think of my myself as a super fast runner.
The past year has seen me completely up the training, change diet and lifestyle, and as well as running, I’ve been focussing on strength training and overall stamina. This has been massively helpful in improving my running times and hopefully will help me get the holy grail of a sub-2 hour half marathon this year.
And the day after the run? I jet off to LA – can you think of a better recovery than In-N-Out Burgers, Coronaritas and sunbathing on Venice Beach?!
Are you doing the Great North Run this year? I love a running nerd – share your tips.