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.

 

10K-a-day Day 14: Out and back

One way to have a run that exactly matches how far you want to go is to do an out and back. You simply run away from your house for 1/2 the distance you want, turn around and run home. I remember when starting running doing this a lot. As I increased the distance I could cover in a run, I could go further before turning back. Along one particular road I can tell you precisely the 3 mile, 4 mile and 5 mile points. Of course, this was before the age of the GPS watch and the distances were pre measured by driving my car and setting the trip odometer!

Today things are different and it doesn’t really count as a run unless it’s recorded on your GPS watch and uploaded to Strava or other fitness app!

This morning at 5:00 AM I really didn’t want to go out. I was tired and It was chucking it down with rain (as it is most mornings these days) but I knew I would be home late so didn’t have much choice. I chose an old out and back which takes me down to the canal by an approx 5K route and then run back. in the end, once I got going it didn’t feel too bad. This is what I find about early morning running, sometimes you really don’t want to do it but afterwards you are glad you did.

The really positive thing today is that it’s not even half way through the month and I have run 100 miles. Chuffed with that!

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭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.