It is a bit of a milestone today because I have now done this challenge 20 days on the trot (so to speak) and therefore have just 10 days left!
It’s actually quite a relief to be able to visualise the end of this epic because in a number of ways the term “challenge” has lived up to its name. The lack of rest days has been a bit of a shock to the system and, for example, if it’s rubbish weather or a very busy work day then the option of simply giving it a miss and making it up later in the week just isn’t there. Twice in so many weeks I have ended up soaked through and certainly there have been a few occasions where I really didn’t want to go out running.
I have indulged myself by continuing to do a long slow run on Sunday and running club efforts on Tuesday evening. If you watched my video I posted on Tuesday you will see I even did a race! With just 10 days remaining I will have to stop this practice and confine myself to the mandatory 10K each day and no more. The bottom line is that I need to make sure I get through this in one piece. I have now worked out that if I only do the 10K every day then I will reach 200 miles in the month which is my subsidiary goal.
Don’t take this the wrong way, I am not complaining. I set this challenge with my eyes open and if it wasn’t challenging then it wouldn’t be worth calling it a challenge. That is part of the enjoyment and I wouldn’t take it back. I wonder what sort of regular mileage I settle into when I’ve finished; I’ll hazard it will be more than I did before. I delight in the surroundings especially in the early morning and I never tire of seeing early morning mist over the water of the canals and lakes.
10 more days, bring it on!
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.”
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.