10K-a-day Day 30: Done and dusted!


One of the stand-out moments in my running career was the feeling I got approaching the finishing line in my first marathon.  It was a feeling of extreme elation with the thought “I’ve actually done it!” and that memory even brings tears to my eyes today.  Fundamentally, this is the reason I run.

As my watch today turned to 9.90 in the KM count, it wasn’t quite the same but nevertheless I feel pretty good at finally completing my challenge of running at least 10K every day for a month.

When I started out, I had no idea if I would be able to do it.  It was a bit of a whim, a case of “why not?”, to raise money for a cause I care about in my local community.  I had heard about someone else who had done it and it set my competitive side tingling!  Blogging is something I enjoy so adding this to my challenge made it all the more interesting.

So, how did I find it?  Well to be completely honest, I didn’t find it as hard as I feared.  Yes, there were some moments when I felt I had to go out for a run when I really didn’t want to and other times where it felt like I was wearing lead running shoes.  I also got absolutely soaked on two occasions.   Through all of this though, I haven’t had aches and pains, no injuries and through it all I feel strong.  I have found all my friends, both running friends and other who have been so supportive, encouraging and generous in the monetary donations to get a public access defibrillator at Rothwell Baptist Church.  As far as donations are concerned I am overwhelmed.  On my online justgiving page there is now a total of £255 and with other payments and pledges, the total reaches £433!  Thank you so much everyone; this will make a material difference to the task to raise a total of £2,000 to install the device.

What next? Well guess what? I am NOT going running tomorrow!  I do have a 5K race on Tuesday (The Jane Tomlinson Canal Run) and a 10K (the St Aidan’s 10K) on Friday but most of the week is going to be a rest (those two races might be the only two runs I do all week).  Longer term, I am going to carry on building my stamina with the aim of doing a marathon next year.  I have told myself there is no point in doing a marathon unless I have a fighting chance of beating my PB (it’s too much effort) so I’m only going to do it if I feel fit and able.

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 NIVUK

Richard ran 10K every day during June 2019, 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.‬


Author: MarathonMannUK

Deacon at Rothwell Baptist Church, Retired IT Solutions Architect, Distance Runner with Rothwell Harriers. Expect blogs on all of these themes!

2 thoughts on “10K-a-day Day 30: Done and dusted!”

  1. I have followed you every day with your 10k a day you are a true inspiration to meny runners out there and what a great achievement keep up the great work and I have now dowt as a fellow AVR Ambassador that you will smash a marathon next year .
    Well done you from me to you x
    I salute you 🌟🌟🌟🍻🍻🍻🍻


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