10K-a-day Day 28: Stranger things

IMG_1822

It’s a strange feeling being so close to achieving my goal of running 10K every day during June.  In one sense I am pleasantly surprised at how good a shape I’m in and I don’t have aches and pains although obviously, I don’t have a spring in my step every day.  On the other hand, I am conscious that I need to keep going another few days and I am terrified of getting injured such that I would fall at the last hurdle.

Going out first thing in the morning is something I love but in the past it did cause me injury.  What the slightly younger and naive me didn’t think through was that first thing in the morning my body is cold, probably a bit stiff and definitely not warmed up.  One time I was injured my physio pointed out that every time I picked up a sprain, it was on a morning run.  I was going out there, running hell for leather and then was surprised I hurt myself in the process.   Therefore I always treat my body with kid gloves in the morning and since I have been doing that, I have thankfully been injury free on those morning runs.

So this morning’s run was uneventful and that leaves two days to go.  Tomorrow I am debating which parkrun to visit and my plan is to get there early and simply run the course twice.  Then on Sunday, I’ll stick something with bubbles in the fridge and go out for a 10K run wrapped in cotton wool and bubble wrap.

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise” Ephesians 5:15 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 27: Contactless

When I go running in the early morning the first part of my routine is to go into the bathroom and pop in my contact lenses. The thing to remember here is that I wear a mixed prescription, the left eye having a reading lens and the right a distance lens. This combination works surprisingly well. This morning I got out of bed at around 4:40 and left the house at around 5:00.

As I was running down the street I noticed that my vision was blurred but I wasn’t too concerned because it sometimes takes a little while for contacts to bed in. It was also quite misty so I thought I could still see my way so wasn’t too worried.

It was a pleasant morning run through the countryside with stunning mist hovering over the fields. It is one of the benefits of the early morning run that you get to see stuff like this.

Later on it got quite warm so I am rather glad I didn’t need to go running this evening.

When I did get home and looked at the packets my contact lenses came from, I realised my mistake. I was wearing reading lenses in both eyes so I could see my running watch and phone perfectly, but struggled taking in the view. I won’t be making that mistake again.

“‘Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”

‭‭Hab.‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭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 26: Signs of the end times!

When I am on holiday, especially if it’s just for a week, I find that in no time at all it’s half way through and there are fewer days left than have passed. Then before I know it, I am looking at the notice board for the departure time of the return home and planning what I can do on the last day to make the most of it. In a running race it’s not like that. When you have one mile left it doesn’t go quickly because time itself seems to slow down as you approach the end and the distance left extends itself out in front of you.

There are now just 4 days of my 10K-a-day challenge and it seems that this last week has already lasted too long. As time goes on I have realised that 10K is actually an awful long way; further than 6 miles, quite a bit further I have discovered. Once you have done 6 miles there is the best part of a running track lap to go!

Using the canals near where I live, it’s quite difficult to run any exact distance as a round trip and the best way to do exactly 10K is an out and back. But man, you have to go a long way to reach that 5K point! Never mind though because today is the first dry afternoon for quite some time and so at least I didn’t get wet.

Just 4 more 10Ks to go!

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Phil.‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭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.‬‬