10K-a-day Day 22: Let me eat cake

IMG_1801As someone who is supposed to have an exemplary heathy lifestyle, my love of cake is something that surprises and sometimes infuriates people.  When I am seen eating cake some think that I can eat as much as I like, willy-nilly, and still end up as thin as a rake.  This is not true.  A work colleague of mine regards refined sugar as an addictive toxin and he’s probably right but I take the line that what really counts is a diet that consists of a range of different foods in balance (this is not rocket science, my grandmother told me that).

Running 10K every day does use a lot of energy though and so I need to make sure I eat enough.  I think I am allowed some cake but I need to eat lots of healthy stuff as well.   According to Buddy the Elf, the main essential food groups are “candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup” but we humans have to take a more balanced approach and eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

Why talk about cake though?  Well, yesterday I was serving cake, including an amazing home made chocolate cake at Rothwell Baptist Church’s Cafe Friday (some of which I ate).  This morning, after parkrun we went to a charity coffee morning and I ate more cake.  I still have two pieces of coffee cake that I brought home from Church so, I know it’s tough, but I am going to have to eat some more cake tomorrow!

I have heard that some people run because they like cake but does running really give you licence to eat cake with a clear conscience?  Who knows because the world of diet seems to be beset with faddy new theories all the time.  I rely on the fundamental laws of physics which means that to stay the same weight,  energy in must equal energy out.

As for me, when I stop running 10K every day I will have to be careful to stop eating as if it’s the last food on earth all the time.   In the meantime I AM running 10K every day so I shall eat cake.

“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” Ecclesiastes 9:7 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 21: Ginnel runner

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I imagine “ginnel” is probably a Yorkshire term and if you are from other parts of the country you might not know what I am talking about.  Little secret hidden ways that take you between or behind houses transporting you across town without sharing your space with cars or most other people for that matter.  You only discover them if you are a runner or walker because they are like hidden streets in Harry Potter, not exactly invisible but simply not noticed by passing muggles in their metal boxes.  When you are running “round the houses” in the morning through most residential areas, you can run down the middle of the road because it’s so quiet but if you venture onto the main roads then you had better watch out because drivers believe the speed limits haven’t come into force yet!

The ginnels are useful because they take you completely away from the traffic.  I didn’t want simply to replicate yesterday morning’s run by the canal, beautiful as it was, so I simply plodded around the houses and though my favourite ginnels and down a few I hadn’t used for years.

Only 9 days left now and feeling OK despite overdoing things earlier in the week.  A nice gentle few runs over the weekend including parkrun in the morning.  No heroics!

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:17 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 20: And there was evening and there was morning – the 20th day.

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.”

‭‭Gen.‬ ‭1:31‬ ‭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.