One of my favourite ’slow’ training runs is to go from home to Tynemouth and back, along the sea front. What makes this an interesting route is that there are lots and lots of steps that go from the promenade to the beach and back.
So you can make like Jack & Desmond in the ‘Lost’ flashback from the episode ‘Man of Science, Man of Faith‘, when they meet for the first time, training on the football stadium steps.
The rule I use is every time I get to a set of steps, I have to use it - going either up or down. I’ve actually no idea how many sets of steps there are, as I always end up taking a different route - it’s a bit like trying to count the standing stones at Avebury (the link’s for the official site - you’ve also got to check out the lunar eclipse photos on this site!).
Anyway, in yesterday’s session with Shana, I gave her a gentle introduction to this new fun way to spend time. We only did the first few sets of steps - down into Cullercoats harbour, up the other side, straight back down onto Tynemouth Long Sands, and then up again. Oh, and on the way back, we cut around the back of Southcliffe for the two short sets of steps that look out onto Cullercoats harbour from behind the Queens Head.
Hopefully this was a gentle enough introduction, and she won’t be fleeing the country again to get away from my programme for her!
- Type: Run
- Date: 09/06/2007
- Time: 07:00:00
- Total Time: 00:18:00.00
- Distance: 1.7 miles
- Average Pace: 10:34.92/mile