10K-a-day Day 17: Making time to run

You might wonder why I haven’t posted the usual running selfie at the head of this blog. This photo was taken at about 6:20 this morning on the train to London Kings Cross from Wakefield Westgate. “Haven’t you had a chance to run yet today?” I hear you ask? The honest answer is, at the time of writing this paragraph, no, because I have only just boarded the 17:33 train back home.

If you are reading this I have definitely run my daily 10K because I am only going to post this after I have successfully achieved 10K. It’s just that I think I’ll get ahead by writing a pre run blog entry on the train (because I have a couple of hours to kill). In a way, it’s a pity I am not on an overnighter because it’s quite nice to run in London but I definitely would prefer to be home.

More news when I have finished my run but in the meantime, I will read a book.

21:45 Made it home OK, went out and did my 10K.  I don’t usually go out this late but needs must and I felt surprisingly good and it was (relatively) swift. Phew!

“As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so that they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.’”

Matthew 14:15 NIVUK

Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church.  To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.

 

 

10K-a-day Day 16: Didn’t you know? There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!

Sometimes it’s nice to run along tried and trusted routes. “The Gruffalo” is a landmark that my wife and I used often to describe running routes. It has now been given a face lift in the shape of a fresh coat of paint and this particular monster looks magnificent.

It is situated by the mooring area at Woodlesford Locks and its a short run further along the canal to reach the former open cast mine which is now the St Aidan’s RSPB nature park. As I was running by today I passed the remains of a lock where the canal used to be before a flood that resulted in the open cast mine being destroyed and meant that the whole area was reconstructed and the canal diverted.

I know I have written before that I try and mix things up by doing different routes but the thing is, I always come back to this area again and again simply because it’s so beautiful.

All of this just a few miles from where I live, what’s not to like?

“‘Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders. Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge? You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind, can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?”

‭‭Job‬ ‭37:14-18‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬

Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church.  To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.

10K-a-day Day 15: parkrun day

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parkrun is 5K right? So “how do I work parkrun into a 10K run?” I hear you ask.  The answer is both simple and effective; I do a 2.5K warm up jog down to parkrun and then later, a similar distance back home.  This works really well because by breaking up the 10K, it makes it a bit of a rest day.  In order not to undo that “rest” element I took it easy at parkrun and ran at a pace that takes me round 3 minutes slower than normal.  This helps me practice pacing which I love to do occasionally to help people reach new goals over the 5K.

One of the things I love about running is the friends I meet.  Because I am both a member of a running club and attend parkrun most weeks, I probably have more friends through running than any other part of my life.  The great thing about running friends is that they always support you and build you up; I don’t find the negativity and cynicism that you find in many walks of life today.  No one is perfect and there are always exceptions to this but by and large, runners make fantastic friends.

I am now 1/2 way through my challenge by running 10K 15 days in a row.  This is unchartered territory for me because I have never run this many consecutive days, let alone the 10K part!   Every day from now, there will be fewer days left than I have already done so that makes me happy; the end is in sight!  I have found myself more resilient than I expected so maybe from this madness I will actually end up stronger.

“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.”

Proverbs 27:9 (NIVUK)

Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church.  To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.