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.‬‬

10K-a-day Day 25: One for the club

I love my running club. I have been a member for over 10 years and I couldn’t wish for a friendlier and more supportive bunch. We also have lots of fun and and enjoy doing new and sometimes wild things.

Anyone who runs ought to be part of a running club because you do things that you simply wouldn’t do on your own, things that might be uncomfortable and challenging. Like tonight is an exercise we call “intervals to the Half Way House”. The Half Way House is a pub around 5K from the club. The intervals are where we run about 1K fast then 1K slow and so on. If you really push yourself it’s a great exercise and you feel you’ve worked hard afterwards.

Today no efforts for me though because I don’t want to injure myself just a few days before the end of my challenge. I therefore took it very easy but covered the distance all the same; another 10K in the bag and only 5 to go!

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:24-25‬ ‭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.