And so it began. Week 1 of my #run10kadayinmay challenge. Here’s how I got on:
Day 1: Monday 1st May
I’m a bit of a neat freak, so I secretly loved knowing my 10km a day in May challenge started on a Monday. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just any Monday. It was Bank Holiday Monday.
So when my alarm went off at 6am I really, really wanted to stay in bed. Surely I could enjoy a lie in on a Bank Holiday? Well, I was heading to West Wales for the day so it was an early run or nothing. Failure on day 1 was not an option.
Day 1 summed up in one word: damp.
Stats: Early morning, 6 miles, 8.32 minutes/mile.
Day 2: Tuesday 2nd May
What a muppet. If you look above you’ll see that on day 1, I stopped my watch at exactly 6 miles. But as most runners know, 10km is 6.2 miles! Luckily for me, I actually ran about 6 and a half miles but simply saved my run at exactly 6.0 miles on my watch so I’d have an exact time/pace.
I don’t know how I made such a rookie error. But it was early on Bank Holiday Monday and I should’ve been in bed. So I’m gonna use that as an excuse. Anyway, on day two I ran 6.4 miles to make up the 0.2 miles on my watch. I’m not sure I really needed to, but I did it anyway.
Day 2 summed up in one word: twp (Welsh for ‘a bit stupid/daft’)
Stats: Early morning, 6.4 miles (8.25 minutes/mile).
Day 3: Wednesday 3rd May
Wednesday is running club day. And this week we had the awesome ‘1 mile challenge’. It’s as simple as it sounds, you’ve just gotta run for 1 mile as fast as you can. Except, it’s not that simple. Getting your pacing right for 1 mile is really hard.
I ran my mile in just over 6 minutes, took a great selfie with my running club mates, and then headed off for another 5 and a half miles with a big grin on my face.
Day 3 summed up in one word: fun.
Stats: Early evening, 6.6 miles (5.6 miles at 8.20 minutes/mile, 1 mile at 6.09 minutes/mile).
Day 4: Thursday 4th May
I didn’t enjoy the first half of this run. It was cold, overcast and I felt pretty tired. But how quickly things can change.
Halfway in, I saw a Grey Heron perched on a rock in the river. I stopped for a breather and managed to take the pic below before she flew off. At the same time, the sun was breaking through. Suddenly, my spirits were lifted and I was reminded (again) why I love running so much.
Day 4 summed up in one word: elevated.
Stats: 6.2 miles (8.26 minutes/mile). Early morning.
Day 5: Friday 6th May
What is it with running? Like the day before, the first 2 miles were horrible. I was tired, grouchy and for the first time, my legs felt heavy.
Two miles in and a guy running towards me gave me a massive thumbs up and shouted ‘great job!’ And I realised, everyone you pass on an early morning run (pre-7am) gives you a nod, wink or a thumbs up. I feel like I’m becoming part of a secret ‘good morning’ club, and I love it. Small gestures really do make a difference.
Day 5 summed up in one word: Hi!
Stats: 6.2 miles (8.19 minutes/mile). Early morning.
Day 6: Saturday 7th May
I wasn’t sure how or when I’d sneak a run in on day 6. It was a Saturday, and my wife and I were on a two day break for our wedding anniversary in the Brecon Beacons. Luckily for me, I have a very supportive wife. We agreed that if I was gonna bugger off for an hour or so to run, I may as well get it done early in the morning.
So off I went. And how exciting it is to run somewhere new. I explored lanes and trails without seeing a single soul. The sun was out, the birdsong was deafening. This is why I love running.
Day 6 summed up in one word: countryside.
Stats: 6.2 miles (9.32 minutes/mile). Early morning.
Day 7: Sunday 8th May
This was my last run of week 1. I wanted to enjoy it so I ditched my phone, left the rucksack at home and headed out for a leisurely 10k.
It was a glorious Sunday afternoon. The parks were rammed with people making the most of the good weather. It was also my first run (in May) without a running jacket or extra layer: result! A perfect end to week 1.
Day 7 summed up in one word: happy.
Stats: 6.2 miles (8.22 minutes/mile). Late afternoon.