“Tunnel vision has most definitely kicked in!”

“The Great North Run has been and gone and while it might be a time to sit back and chill for some rest and recovery, for me, this is simply not happening.

Next month, I’ll be taking in the b-e-a-UTIFUL views and tranquility of the beautiful Kielder Half Marathon once again and I’m absolutely delighted to not only be an Events of The North Ambassador for the event but to also be involved with its TENTH year.

Last year was the very first time I completed the event. I heard SO many good things about it, the area and, of course, the CAKES but it very nearly didn’t happen.

I lost my running mojo – hard. Nothing got me motivated to train and it was worrying going into Kielder with that frame of mind. I ran a total of 10 miles leading up to it, with no strength training. I had NO confidence and I was worried about how and if I’d get round the 13.1 mile course but things can change on the startline.

With 2019 Durham City Run Ambassador, Peter (Run.Just.Run) by my side and the outstanding views, I finished and the picture of this moment is one of my favourite running snaps I own.

This year, it was a case of déjà vu.

I’ve made it no secret on my podcast and YouTube channel that my running has taken a big hit, I’ve struggled and contemplated chucking in the towel for the year after missing races through injury and a severe lack of a mojo. However, now that I’ve run GNR, there’s a bit of fire in the belly once again and it’s come at the perfect time.

I’ll be back on the trails and roads this week, clocking in the distances to make sure I’m ready for next month with a little help from Charlie (my dogo). The strength work will be upped to with a combination of HIIT classes and strength and conditioning sessions courtesy of my wife.

Tunnel vision has most definitely kicked in, I won’t be hunting down a sub-two time but I will be looking to see if I can chip away at my course best of 2:12:10 but MAINLY, my goal is to get around in one piece, enjoy it and, of course, eat copious amounts of cake afterwards – that’s good recovery food, right?

The clock is ticking and I can’t wait for October 13th!”

Michael
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