Building Athletic Confidence

We welcome all ages from 7 upwards

Where we meet >See gallery >

Lord Lawson of Beamish
Thumbnail

by Val Baxter

February 14, 2017

Two 5 o’clocks in a day

As the festivity passed and the cold winter month of January was cast upon us the inevitable arrived; I had to go to work. For me this meant 12 hours a day for 21 days on board an oil rig in the North Sea (a less than perfect marathon training environment).
oil rig

As I knew this would be a part of my epic journey and I had to pay for the hotel somehow, I hatched a plan!! The first morning on my 3-week all-inclusive trip to the West Phoenix I set the alarm for 05:00 AM. I awoke, jumped in to my gym gear and hit the treadmill – the target was 10K.

I failed!! This was due to a combination of still being asleep, no food inside me, and bad weather conditions causing movement of the vessel which meant it was hard to walk in a straight line never mind run on a treadmill.

Undeterred my plan was still foolproof, gym at 05:00, breakfast at 06:00, start my 12 hours at 06.30 this included climbing 200 steps to the drill floor 4 times a day (it all helps) then sleep, perfect!! I even had the support of the man I was sharing a room with, who every morning at 05:00 AM would shout in broad Scottish words of encouragement, and show me the victory sign as I left the room.

I’m back home now and have been hitting the roads slowly increasing the miles on my long run I’m not there yet but I feel I’m improving at I’m still feeling positive also looking forward to what lies ahead.

Dave Lamond

Posted in Diary entry 3 months ago Permalink


Comments

Search

Upcoming Events

Jun
2
Fri
7:00 pm Birtley AC Annual Presentation N... @ The Tythe Barn
Birtley AC Annual Presentation N... @ The Tythe Barn
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm
Birtley AC Annual Presentation Night @ The Tythe Barn | England | United Kingdom
Our members are invited to our annual presentation night, which will be an extra special occasion this year to help mark our 30th anniversary. We are having a change of venue this year, with the[...]
Jun
4
Sun
10:30 am Northern Athletics Senior T&F Le... @ Churchill Playing Fields
Northern Athletics Senior T&F Le... @ Churchill Playing Fields
Jun 4 @ 10:30 am
Northern Athletics Senior T&F League (Div 4E) @ Churchill Playing Fields | England | United Kingdom
Open to all senior and vet athletes – we need as many events to be covered as possible, so please consider having a go at a discipline that you may not be 100% comfortable with,[...]
Jun
5
Mon
6:00 pm NEMAA – (Vets) League Meetings @ Monkton Stadium
NEMAA – (Vets) League Meetings @ Monkton Stadium
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm
NEMAA - (Vets) League Meetings @ Monkton Stadium | United Kingdom
The North East Masters Athletics Association (NEMAA) or Vets League is a very friendly, low key meeting, designed to encourage the more “mature” athletes” to have a go at track and field disciplines instead of[...]

Strava

Sponsors