Back to long runs

I’m probably going to turn into a bit of a running bore on here in the build-up to the Sunderland 10k, largely because it’s pretty much the only thing I’m doing at the moment other than working!

I went for a 7.5k run this morning, which was the furthest I’ve run since October.  I felt great – for the first time in a long time, I was in a nice, comfortable, steady state where I felt like I could run forever.  My leftover niggles from last year seem to have disappeared (touch wood) and I was almost tempted to add another few kilometres.  That’s next Tuesday, though – gotta build up properly!

I really feel like I’m in a great place for Sunderland now, and considering that a few weeks ago I was worried that I hadn’t got back to training in time to run it properly, I’m thrilled with the way things are going.  Looking forward to see how I do on the practice 10k distance next week!

Gig Review: Kim Wilde at Sage Gateshead, 16th April 2018

I was super excited about going to see Kim Wilde at the Sage last night.  Geth had spotted the flyer for the gig when we were at the Sage for the Go West and Cutting Crew gig back in November, and so I booked tickets ASAP.  I’ve had a few disappointments with not getting tickets for various gigs I wanted to go to in 2018, so I was really looking forward to this one.

The support act wasn’t advertised, but it was Lawrence Hill.  He’s a talented guitarist and was doing some very cool stuff with loop pedals, but some of the between-song-banter didn’t go down too well with the North East audience.  At one point, he introduced his song Driving To Win by asking who’d recently taken a road trip to the South of France…um, it’s a bit further to go from here than it is from London!  Then, when the song actually started:

Lyrics: Are we driving to win or are we driving to lose…

Me, in my head: OH GOD THAT PUN, THAT PUN, THAT IS UNBEARABLE

Me out loud to Geth: Driving ‘Toulouse’, geddit?

Geth: 🙁 🙁 🙁 I wasn’t enjoying this song BEFORE you pointed that out.

After the support, there was about fifteen minutes of intermission (Geth took the opportunity to get us another round) before Kim Wilde and her band came on.  The energy was fantastic from the start.

Kim Wilde, Sage Gateshead, 16th April 2018
Kim Wilde on stage. Note the keytar player! At some point I am going to work out how to get my new phone camera to focus properly.

The tour was in support of her new album, Here Come The Aliens, which is a great album.  I had listened to it yesterday before the gig and really enjoyed it, but the songs are even better live.  Album lead track 1969 is the best song for me, and the band played a great performance of it during the encore.

Kim also played a lot of her old ’80s stuff, which of course went down a storm.  My highlights were Cambodia, Kids In America (with which the band closed) and my favourite, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, which I couldn’t resist filming:

The show was really enjoyable, with great energy start to finish.  It was the first gig I went to this year, but it’s going to take some beating!