10K-a-day: one week on

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The good old-fashioned training wisdom is that you need to include rest days in your programme.  So, when I embarked upon the crazy scheme to run 10K every day during the month of June, the question I needed to answer was this: “Would the lack of rest days have a negative impact on my fitness, or would all this exercise make me better and faster?”

To test this to the full I had two races last week; the 5K Canal Run on Tuesday (just two days after the end of my challenge) and a 10K on Friday (the St Aidans 10K).   I wasn’t holding out much hope for the 5K but after a few days rest, the 10k might be interesting.

What I wasn’t prepared for was how well I performed in both races.  In the Canal Run I was amazed to finish a smidge under 23 minutes, a goal that had escaped me last year!  The last time I had done better than that was back in 2011!  As for the beautiful St Aidan’s 10K my best time on that had been 51 minutes which I set last year.  This year I set a goal to get under 50 minutes and managed 49:07, almost 2 minutes faster than last year.

Is this just a load of self indulgent bragging?  Could be, but there’s an important lesson here.  For me at least, loads of mileage does lead to faster times so while I AM going to have rest days going forward (it’s pretty grim having to do running every day), I’ll keep the mileage up and see where it leads.

“Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.”

Proverbs 27:1 NIV

 

10K-a-day Day 30: Done and dusted!

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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.‬

 

10K-a-day Day 29: parkrun doubles

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There is a parkrun tradition to hold a run on New Years Day and for pairs of nearby parkruns to stagger their start times so that it’s possible to run one, drive (or run) to another and do that one as well.  I have done this a few times and it’s a great way to start the year.

Today I did a different parkrun double in that I turned up to Middleton Woods 40 minutes early to run the course once prior to the start and then run the “official” parkrun.

The Middleton course is lovely in that it is almost all through the woods; you run down a long tarmac path and then return up to the start through woodland paths.   This is quite a challenge and you do this lap twice.  I was pleasantly surprised today in that even though I did the course twice, my official time was a quite respectable 26:41 and I finished 19th out of 73.

(the picture shows two of my wonderful running club friends, Elinor who was volunteering as a scanner and Julie who was trying a parkrun again after a short break from training)

All I have to do now to finish my challenge is an itty-bitty 10K tomorrow morning.  I am also pleased that my online fundraising target of £200 is nearly achieved with £190 of donations so far.  It would be really amazing to hit that target before the end of the challenge.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

1 Peter 5:10 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.‬‬