If You Take a Walk Through Mt Vic Tunnel.

“Show us your tits love”
Cried an oversized bricky perched aloft his scaffold tower.
“Look at the arse on that” Echoed another cry from the crowded platform, each builder bending their neck to spy at the view. One nudged Paul “if she was a car I’d love to drive here hard and fast”.
“Aye and it’s got the air bags for you to crash” Gary snickered.
“Come on love… You’re not shy are ya?”

Sandra continued walking, ignoring all cries that came from the now drooling pack and no sooner had she turned the corner than the wolf whistles had died down and she returned to a slower more relaxed pace. ‘I need a new route to work’ she mumbled beneath her breath as she sighed and turned into Dickson Street.

For many a walker, cyclist and even a runner taking the path through Mt Victoria Tunnel in Wellington face a similar experience, maybe a little amusing and enjoyable on the couple of occasions that you may experience it, but come the 5th, 6th and definitely the 20th the joke has grown old. Like Sandra it’s not a nice experience. For walkers it must be worse, as a runner I speed my pace up to get the hell out of there, but yet I’m not sure if all the attention is aimed at us mere pedestrians or if it’s some other kind of game.

We’ll take a pause here, as comparing the mere objectifying of woman to a simple annoyance through a tunnel is by no means the same… But I’m sure is equally annoying as it is not needed, but like the builders, the drivers feel it is justified.

I’m talking about the honking of car horns. A barrage of ‘beep beep’ and it only takes one to begin the chorus. It has roots and reminds one of the running of the ‘ Great North’ with ‘Ogie ogie ogie’ ‘Oi Oi Oi’ as the cars and their owners try to create a tune.

Runners get it all the time, as you run along, Gary in his mates Ford Fiesta learns out of the window to shout instructions, just incase you had managed to get this far somehow running in an incorrect fashion but thanks to Gary you now know to lift those knees up. And like Sandra your mind straight away sends a curse to these people. Why do they feel the need to shout at you or in the case of the cars, beep their horns.

No one yet can explain this phenomenon from Wellington, no one seems to know when, how or why it started, but like the woman walking past a building site being objectified with wolf whistles, you can gaunatee that if you were to cut through the tunnel on state highway 1 then a cacophony of car horns will be accompanying you on your journey and while I’m informed it’s not aimed at those using the raised walkway, one but can’t help that maybe just maybe it is in some way and if not then why not…

I have no plan!

I know I keep barking on about this but when you’re happy why not. People shout from the roof tops when they get married or have found out that they will be bringing a new life into this sorry state of a world so why can’t I shout from the roof tops ‘I love running’ I can’t believe I didn’t find out sooner, maybe it would have changed my life. More than a year ago I found I could run and I enjoyed it. Well maybe not enjoyed… Not the actually motion of running, the cold, wet dark mornings before work, no that I didn’t enjoy, I suppose it was the after burn of running the comments from people saying ‘You look well’ and seeing how I was loosing the belly and trimming up into a more leaner guy who was a bout to hit 30 (not that in anyway I was having a mid life crisis and running was the answer but looking back maybe I was and this stereotypical activity came to the rescue). I felt good, I was sleeping and had bags full of energy and didn’t feel bad about reaching for the second Mars Ice Cream or bottle of wine.

I suppose the first time I actually knew I enjoyed running was March, when I developed an injury and thought I might not be able to compete in the Manchester 10K. Now I don’t know if this feeling was down to missing the event or thinking about all those wasted mornings where I could have stayed in bed were now going to waste. I was really really quite cut up about. It wasn’t just the fact I couldn’t run in the race (which I did with the help of pain killers) but the fact I couldn’t run at all. It made me miserable, so much so I missed out one of my best mates stag doo’s as I was to busy wallowing in self pity and hatred. This was the moment when I knew that running was more than just a hobby, more than a past time that was a way to keep fit, running was my life, it had become part of me, and if I couldn’t do it I was a joy to be around (Not) in the same one as a relationship ending or losing a loved one, I felt rotten. Who would have thought that this simple activity could have such a hold on you and make you feel this way.

It was true, I had started buying the magazines and reading forums, talking to other runners, looking at what I ate, the way I ran. Running was now part of my life, so much so that if I was married then you could compare the past time to the mistress. I was having an affair with running. And why not she made me feel good about myself… She was worth the money I spent on her…she gave back what I put in if not sometimes more…Yes running was my real passion.

I started boring mates with ‘running this’ and ‘running that’ I was hooked on entering competitions and still am. I was obsessed with time and numbers and PB’s and distance. The only thing I never did was follow a detailed training program. I didn’t for the two 10K’s the second one being no point as it was 2 weeks after the Great North and lets face if you can cross the finish line after 13.1 miles then 6.20 is a walk in the park. My second Marathon I didn’t really train for as I had kept up my weekly mileage and knew that I could run the distance and was not really too bothered of my time partly as I knew there was a large hill which would rub out any chance of my PB. However I did get my PB.

The trouble is I am now doing a marathon. A full on 26.2 miles of running. When I did the half I wanted to do a sub 2. Which I did. With this big beast I wish to do a sub 4hr but if truth were known I’m heading or training for a sub 3.5hr. For some reason Marathons to me are the height of running, a half for many is a large task, and I have to admit after the two I’ve ran I don’t think I could really of carried on another mile after the finish line so what chance do I have when on the half way marker of 13.1 miles I have to push on.

The reason I did a half, was after the 10K I felt great, I felt like I could do it all again and straight away and doing the maths two 10K’s in miles is 12.4 almost a half so mentally I knew I could cross the finish line in some state, and since running 13.1 miles my weekly runs have increased in distance. For me 6k was a long run, and 30 minutes on the road was long enough, after the Great North my average short run is 7 miles.

So what is the whole point of this, well its to say I will be following a detailed plan this time, I will increase my mileage like they say rather than doing 7 one week and increasing it by a mile the next, and so on. No I will be increasing slow and steady. I will add speed and hill work into my training, I will do slow steady pace runs. The trouble is there are two schedules. One that is based on distance… building the distance up week by week, another which is time. You could spend 2 hours out on the road but only cover 10 miles. The question is which one should I so.

Over Christmas I will be thinking hard about it, as come Boxing Day I am going to start. I have already started already with doing long runs just to keep my mileage up and getting use to this weather.

Well I am sure you will be hearing of my attempts and efforts in the coming months.

My next blog is going to be a nice round up of my year with the achievements I’ve made, or have yet again failed to achieve.

See you on the other side of this delightful time we call Christmas.

A week to go!!!

Yes, a whole week. Well a week and day as I am writing this on Saturday, but you may be reading it on  a Sunday in which case I’ll either be crossing the start line or walking over the Finish line. I am off course taking about the Great North Run and I’m shitting it. It’s my first half and I don’t think I have done enough training. I get to 11 miles and my leg become heavy. I’m hoping that on race day they will hold out and the cheer of crowd will keeping me going.

the trouble is that last week I only had time to run once as I was busy and this week I am also working a lot and it is advised not to do a lot of running but if I do decide to wake at the crack of dawn to go for a quick three miler then I will be so tired after doing a 13 hour day I may ware myself out before race day.

But maybe some rest is what I need… Oh well of to send yet another email about call for sponsorship to try to encourage me to do it in a sub 2 hour which I would love if I could. I’m doing 11 miles in 1.30hr and doing 8 min miles so it’s not far away from achieving it.

http://www.justgiving.com/thomas-Scott1

 

Finishing it all. And one last call for sponsorship!

Well those who follow me on twitter will have noticed there has been some radio silence. That is because I have retired from tweeting. I have reached my 10,oooth tweet in just over two years and I thought it was time to hang up my status updates.

We all know that give it two weeks I will be back on as all it will take is some idiot of a shop keeper or some girls on a bus talking absolute rubbish to get my blood to boil and vent all over cyber space.

Anyway enough about this, now it’s time to get to the hard stuff. My running is going, and I am very pleased with the progress. I have now run 10 miles so only really need to get it up to 11 miles and just work on my inner strength and stamina, and I think I will be ready. However what won’t be ready is my sponsorship. It is coming along, but really slow. People who have said they will donate have so far neglected the several ways that they can choose to part with their funds. To be honest I don’t blame them but I am now wondering why some people have thousands listed on their Just Giving Page from complete strangers and I have nothing. Well that’s not true I do have funds but nowhere near enough.

So if you are reading this and wish to help the Cancer Charity that I support. There is a page dedicated to it, then please do click on the link right below.

I hope you are able to help me, and the Christies even if it’s just pound donated by the new text message system that Vodafone have set up.(full details on the link)

Oh well I will leave it to you, but I pledged I would raise £600.00 and I somehow thought I would struggle with the run, but at the moment it seems the other way around.

See you all soon.

http://www.justgiving.com/thomas-Scott1

My Longest Run!!!

Today I was going to go running along the canal to my friend’s house who lives out in Oldham. I decided that after yet another fast run the other day to cool it off, as he would have had to been pedalling so slow on his bike he might have fallen off as I wanted to use this long run as training ground to pace myself especially as I now have my trendy new Garmin which enables me to monitor my speed.

My mates in the pub the other night laughed when I spoke about not being able to run slow, there were cries of  ‘God yeah I have that issue running to fast’. Being drinkers I forgave their ignorance as they didn’t really get the idea of pace (both with running and drinking), especially when one said I could run 26.2 miles easily. I’m sure with training and after a couple of halfs (not pints but runs) I will be ready to take on the mother of all runs but for now I am quite content with running my first half and entering a couple of 10K’s each year. However after today’s triumph run I do feel that maybe next year I could enter a full-blown marathon and jog to the finish feeling good, all well be it not in a respectable time but after today’s result of 1hr 20min for ten miles maybe doing it in under 4 hours could be achievable.

A lot of runners like me who take running up to get fit, and see it as a hobby a bit like hiking or mountain  biking often dream to run a 6 or 7 minute mile and keep it up for 5 or 10K. The trouble is I can do this and have always been able to do it. My trouble is slowing down. I have read and been told to pace myself and I should be aiming for a 8-9 minute mile. The trouble is I can’t do it. Not sure why, I feel that I may be walking to fast or taking gentle strides rather than beating the road at any real speed.

But today I decided that the 15 mile run to my mates was too much, and if I wanted to give up, it was unfair on him who had cycled all the way to Manchester, to only have to cycle back to his house on the todd. So I decided I would go it alone around the streets of Manchester, and by god it was good. I started off with a pace of 6 minutes, this slowed to my usual 10K race pace of 7.20 eventually by the 3rd mile I had got it down to 7.60/8.05 but this seemed to make my legs tired almost ache as if they were asking to go faster, I was not striding as much, but this is how I continued until I felt my right foot getting numb and having a sense of pins and needles. With this I strode forward and increased my pace to 6 mins but this was also down hill. I then got back into a gentle pace, as I reached the 8 mile mark, and thought I would call it a day but felt good. My legs were working, my arms were enabling my body to function and pull myself forward and so I ran onto my 5K training route to get to ten miles.

And now I am home. On my travels my watch was a complete star, I do feel that it is helping me to train and pace myself correctly. While it may not feel like you’re running fast, your watch is showing that you are in fact covering a lot of ground.

On my way around I was stopped my a homeless guy who saw my Christie T-shirt with the Great North Run logo and told me what a fantastic job I was doing. He then began trying to give me his spare change. This made me stride forward as I am doing it for myself, but also doing it for others and if some one who has nothing apart from the clothes on his back wished to donate to my cause then it makes any injury or pain I may feel after training worth it, and hopefully will encourage others to donate. Running started of as a way to get fit, and lose the weight. But it has now become my life. I feel fit, free, de-stressed and good about myself. Running is my life and if I can use my past time that I enjoy to help others then why not? And This is why I run races for causes. It makes me happy and raises a little bit of money for people who need it the most.

I’m now back home after icing my foot and doing a good 15 minutes of cooling down, probably not enough I know as I can now feel my calves slowly tighten. But tomorrow is a rest day, and all day monday will be until the evening where a bit of hill sprints are in order to get my fitness and cardio up. I might just go and visit the gym to do some cross training to completely rest my calves from powering me to run.

Well I’m now off to go and eat lots of protein and fill up on my carbohydrate stores and hope that I have over done it.

The Pack has Arrived and I lied!

Well let’s get the lying out-of-the-way. I was drinking with my mate last night, and it turned into a little bit of a drunken session, as is always the case with the young pup. Anyway on his way home he saw a fox, and posted it on facebook, I left the following comment ‘Did you give him a name. I saw a fox in Burnage once and called him Cedric’ Now this is a lie. I actually use to see the fox outside the car park near my city centre pad and I named him Albert. I thought I just had to share that and correct myself.

Anyway on with the important stuff. My Great North Run Pack has arrived, and I am shitting it, but as I quickly thumbed the pages, and saw the route I am really quite excited and am looking forward to it. My heart beated a little faster when I saw the route and the events before and after the race. I really can not wait.

All I need now is to get that money raised and hope that people who have said they are supporting me, actually do. Me best mate as kindly agreed to drive me up on the day which is very nice.

Oh well I need to get out there and do another run, I will see how long I last as I am unsure if I wish to do a long one or a short one.

See you all the other side.

Fancy a Run

Well I have just got in from the most boring unbelievable day at work. Being that I work in Theatre, then summer is often the time when we go “dark” by that I mean we don’t put any shows on. Within this time and it varies from theatre to theatre with the allotted time you have the staff use this free time not to go on holiday or to have a party but to clean and sort stuff out. Now in a big theatre with lots of equipment which throughout the season has been housed in incorrect cuppy holes and the list of electrical items that need to be PAT tested the management of these  establishment only really allow a couple of weeks. The smaller theatres have a lot longer. I am at the moment working in the middle bracket and am working by myself. So armed only with Twitter and Facebook and listening to XFM at full volume in the dock off I set carrying out by business of tidying up and labelling and coiling cables and placing equipment back in the right homes.

Now if this all sounds interesting to you, then I know you are lying as it is the most tedious of all jobs. But the point of this blog was not to inform you of the wonderful day I had at work, only to be repeated on a much duller scale tomorrow, oh no, it was in fact to say that when I arrived home, after walking the 6K round trip to work, which turns out to burn more calories than cycling I sat down on my bed and thought I fancy a run.

Now I am in training for a half, so should be beating the pavement every night one might say, however I don’t think I have truly recovered from my foot injury and being that I went for a run yesterday I feel that maybe I should leave it for another day before I put me trainers on and run a brisk 5k round the block. I know that after I hit ‘Post’ on my screen with my old mouse that I will be quickly changing into my running gear, and limbering up. I think what has done it is the sheer lack of effort and exercise I have carried out today. Coiling cables and sorting out colour gel has not really burnt that much energy and I have drunken a lot of tea. At least twelve cups to-day. I also rather pigged out at lunch time when I was not really that hungry.

Oh well, even as I type this, I am stretching out my calves and gearing my mind up for a little sprint. my true wish is that the weather turns and it starts to rain as that would make my mind up. For those of you who are wondering, then if the heavens did open I would be out like a shot having a little run. Oh well time to limber up as they say.

On more of a serious note I am running the Great North Run on behalf of The Christie a Cancer research hospital that treats patients and families as well as researching cures and medicines. You can find more information on my Page about The Christie Here, or visit there Website. As part of the run I have pledged to raise £600.00 if you feel you would like to contribute then you can do so by clicking on my Just Giving Page or texting LDEX73 with £5/10 in the subject box to 70070. Myself and The Christie thanks you for your support.

A summary

Well it has been a mad three or four weeks in the life of me. Lots of stuff has happened. Lots of relationships have been formed. Many a good night and day have been had. Some very bad days have also followed, hearts warmed and broken but here I am on the other side and about to start the next chapter in this book they call life. So what did happen in the chapter titled June and July 2011.

It started off by working on Music Boxes for Manchester International festival. For those who are not in the know then this was basically an idea to place thirty plus shipping containers at media city and turn them into performance spaces. The ones that were cut open and stuck together were never waterproofed, and the Manchester rain decided to test how tolerate we were. The Manchester sun also decided to pay a visit to test how much heat we could take. If it wasn’t roasting in the tin cans then it was a mad dash to move the electrics out-of-the-way from the deluge of water that found away in through the cracks. However the children had a good time, and new friends were found and relationships grown from people who I had only seen as work colleagues, but being stuck in a container site for fifteen hours is like touring, to learn a hell of a lot about those persons and friendships are formed and made stronger.

In two off the containers we had a Belgium from my favourite city in Europe. Oliver was a legend. the only people who topped him was Ali from Teacup who helped me to put any weight I was shedding by cycling into work everyday with all the nice ice cream and gooey chocolate brownies he stocked, and the wonderful Italians, on whom I will be paying a visit, as every night with them and Umberto in particular ended in a mess. They also entertained during the day.

There were several late nights and with start times of 8 in the  morning, being faced by several shows and 150 screaming kids I am surprised we got any work done rather than finding a darken space and sleeping of the festival hang over but we managed it, and rewarded ourselves by getting invites to several after show parties with free drink and food.

I  achieved sleeping of the festival hang over today, as for the first time I slept till noon. To make myself feel better I decided to go for a run. Now I have been testing my foot and trying to nurse it back to health for the last several weeks as I am running the Great North Run, and today I managed a whole 6K with no pain. I hope it keeps it up. I am looking forward to running those 13.1 miles. I almost withdrew as I had been offered a job touring the country that would have meant travelling from Newcastle to Norwich to start work at 7am on the Monday. With some clever planning I worked out a way, and accepted the job. Emailed to get list of tour venues to find a reply saying ‘Thanks but we have given it to some one else’ but at least I can continue with my running and focus on my sponsorship.

The wonderful work colleagues I have spent time with have already helped me raise £35.00 so only another £550.00 before I meet my target. For those who wish to help in this raising money lark, then you can either text LDEX73 (with the donation amount £10 or £5) to 70070. Or you can click on this link http://www.justgiving.com/thomas-Scott1

During the work and playing, I also got to see some wonderful shows and meet some very famous people. Dr DEE was rubbish and hopeless, it upsets me to even spread the news on what a terrible opera and theatre show it was. I however did enjoy the wonderful Dr Who show from PunchDrunk, I would not have paid the £25.00 to see it, but never the less it was a good show, luckily I got comps.

I now as I write this, feeling a little disappointed, and down due to some things I won’t go into, I am also feeling very excited as I will be driving up the old motorway to Fort William to climb Ben Nevis and then back down to do Scarfel and then over to Snowdon. It will also be my first proper camping trip, which I am a little nervous about. But I will give me foot a rest from running and batter it to death with walking over 40K up hills and across country and then when I return I can push the training hard as I only have 2 months left before I am at that start line, and hopefully something will come up and I will have good news to tell my friends.

Here’s to the next chapter.

Update, and Other News

Well, it’s been four days since my Just Giving page went live, and with several posts to Twitter and Facebook I am waiting for the donations to come rolling in. One of my friends said that I would have raised more money on the Manchester 10K if I had not posted my running maps and results showing or even proving that I had the ability to complete a distance of 10K. In his words ‘If you had just asked for money and told people you were running 10K people would have gone, What Fatty run 10K he’s never run anywhere, I loved to see that here’s a fiver’ My point here is am i finding it hard, as it’s only been a couple of weeks since I last asked, and are people thinking that ‘he can do it’ ‘It’ll be easy for him’ so there not showing support by donating.

However 13.1 Miles is not a 10K and is a lot harder, hopefully the donations will come in nearer he time, but I have £600 that I have to pledge to the charity and I feel it is a worth while one. Maybe I need to do other events and get sponsorship that way as well, do a cake sale to raise funds, not moan for a week or stand in Market Street with bucket and some stickers. Any ideas would be most helpful, as would any spare change people have. While I have not started to train yet, as I am still waiting for my foot to heal, I’m hoping that when I do, I will have the 13 miles down to a cool run in the park, but with only July and August to do my training in, I’m getting quite worried that I do not have enough time.

In other news, There isn’t really any. I was going to write a blog about confidence but there isn’t really enough material for it, plus I disagree with my mates comment about it. I did have a nice little sleep this afternoon that was nice.

In conclusion please do let me know if you have any fundraising ideas, and if you your self would like to donate, then please click the link in the side bar, marked my Please Sponsor me for Great North Run. Or if you would like to give in the old way then drop me a line.

Thank you.

Half Way There!!!!!!!

Well I believe I’ve already mentioned in one of my posts that I’ve been accepted as part of Team Christies to run the Great North Run, and once again this blog has a point, rather than being a slate to dribble the random jottings of a mad man.

I after careful thought decided to accept the place, now all I have to do is raise the £600.00, and being that everyone who I have spoken to have said, ‘You can raise that! I’ll pop in a tenner” then I’m hoping when my new Just Giving page goes live I’ll reach my target in no time, and who knows if you hold back, I might have to pull the sob story out of the bag to guilt trip you all into placing your hands into your pockets and down the back of the sofa.

My first port of call is to rest my foot, and hope it gets better, It feels fine, but whenever I start to run it starts again. Then it’s on to fundraising heaven, £600.00 should be quite easier to raise, even if it was just my friends on Facebook putting in £2.00. In fact if my Facebook, Twitter, and Phone book contacts all placed a £1.00 into the pot, then I would raise over £700.00, that does not include people who I work with, and don’t have contact details for them.

Oh well, time to get my training schedule in order, and put that foot up again.

Be back here, after I have run again.