Training's tough after a break

Having taken a week off to celebrate my birthday, where the only part of me to get any exercise was my drinking arm, I was full of trepidation about returning to running this week.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 20 May, 2016, 13:01
Boaty McBoatface that has appeared along the New Road, Berwick. Picture by Laura Kay.

It turns out rightly so because my first couple of runs were painful – not helped by the fact that I seem to have acquired germs on my travels so breathing is even more of a struggle than usual.

What I am proud of, however, is that I have gone back to it. The me of old would use the excuse of a week off where I return shabby to have another week off, but whilst I may not be able to reach the dizzying heights of running for over an hour again just yet, I love that I have made myself get out there and do something.

I am hopeful that a few consistent runs over the coming week will get me back to fighting fit, and ready to take on new challenges again.

In the meantime, I have taken comfort in the familiar this week.

I try to use a variety of routes each week, but ultimately I am limited by the time constraint of needing to start from either my house or my work.

This week, though, I have enjoyed following well-worn paths, knowing how far to go in the time I have available and just occasionally seeing if I can push it just that little bit further or faster (or sometimes even both).

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I also enjoy discovering the new when following old routes, such as the fantastic ‘Boaty McBoatface’ that has appeared along the New Road. Whilst I’m not sure I can see myself sailing off into the sunset on this vessel in its current form, as a distraction as I’m padding along the footpath it is fantastic and those that have taken the time to create it should be commended.

As always, Berwick provides beautiful backdrops to my travels, and I have been lucky enough to witness some beautiful mornings recently, with the sun reflecting from the sea, as well as evenings along the riverbank, with the sun silhouetting itself behind the bridges.

I generally have my headphones plugged in so that my music keeps me running, but with the addition of bird song on an evening I am more inclined to switch off my tunes and instead listen to the world going by.

Long may this perfect spring weather last as, needless to say, I find it infinitely preferable to scurrying along in the wind, rain and sleet of recent weeks.

As always, I welcome your support for my Great North Run fund-raising efforts in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. You can donate online at, or if you would prefer to give a cash donation these will be accepted at The Curfew, just ask for my sponsorship form.