Twenty one days done. I might just do this. Here’s how I got on in week 3 of #run10kadayinmay:
Day 15: Monday 15th May
Today, my running club had organised a 5k trail run after work. So to reach my daily 10k target, I snuck in an early morning 5k as well.
What a day to go for two runs. It rained ALL day. I got soaked on my morning run. I got drowned on my evening run. But it felt great. And you know you’ve earnt your post-run brew when it’s so wet, you’re wringing out your socks and pants in the sink.
Day 15 summed up in one word: wet.
Stats: Early morning (4.1 miles at 8.11 minutes/mile) and 5k trail run with running club (8.03 minutes/mile)
Day 16: Tuesday 16th May
It looks like I’m getting faster with this challenge. At the start, I was averaging about 8.35 minutes a mile. Based on the last few days, it’s now about 8.10 minutes a mile.
In my 20s and early 30s, my approach to running was: ‘put trainers on and peg it as fast as I can for as long as I can’. These days – I’m 40 next year – I’m more interested in endurance than speed. Although that might just be a trick I’m playing on myself to disguise the fact I’m getting older and slower.
Either way, I’m gonna claim what mini victories I can. I’m not trying to run faster, but I am getting faster. Awesome.
Day 16 summed up in one word: faster.
Stats: Early morning, 6.2 miles at 8.15 miles/minute.
Day 17: Wednesday 17th May
Nearly all of my runs so far have been along the same routes/trails in Cardiff. Today was different. I was in Abergavenny. A friend had kindly offered to run with me and she’d planned a route along the Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal.
It was just what I needed. After lots of lonely, early morning runs, it was a chance to have a chinwag with someone whilst running. And with so many of my 10k runs in and around Cardiff city centre, I got to breathe in some clean, country air. And the icing on the cake? After 3 days of constant rain, the clouds had lifted.
I’m gonna put a star around day 17. It was my best day yet.
Day 17 summed up in one word: change.
Stats: Late afternoon, 10.10 minutes/mile.
Day 18: Thursday 18th May
Running club is usually Wednesday evening. But this week it was pushed back a day for our annual ‘Ashes’ race, where we race against a group of work mates from across the border. Basically, it’s Wales v England.
It’s amazing what a bit of competition does. Of the 20 or so runners, nearly everyone ran season’s best times. I ran 3 miles in 19.42, my quickest this year by far. What’s funny is there’s simply no way I’d do that whilst running on my own.
Anyway, the important bit of news from today is that Wales won.
Day 18 summed up in one word: Cymru.
Stats: Late afternoon, 3.3 miles at 8.45 minutes/mile, and 3 mile running club race at 6.42 minutes per mile.
Day 19: Friday 19th May
Yesterday, a friend asked me if I was getting fed up of running every day. The truth is, it’s the opposite. I’m loving it.
One thing that’s helped me enjoy my runs this week is variety. Running in different places and with different people. This morning, I headed to Cardiff Bay. The sun was out and I wanted to blow away the cobwebs with some fresh sea air. I lost track of time and ended up running 8 miles.
So am I getting fed up of running? No chance.
Day 19 summed up in one word: sea.
Stats: Early morning, 8 miles at 7.52 minutes/mile.
Day 20: Saturday 20th May
If day 17 was my favourite run so far of this challenge, then this run was my least favourite.
The night before, I’d been out with friends for food and drinks. Nothing too heavy, but a few. What a difference a ‘few’ drinks makes. I woke up bleary eyed and in no mood for a run.
Using what faint traces of willpower I could muster, I got out of bed, put my kit on, stepped outside and trudged for 6.4 miles. Guess what? It sucked.
Day 20 summed up in one word: booze.
Stats: 6.4 miles, 8.44 minutes/mile, morning.
Day 21: Sunday 21st May
Today was a pretty cool milestone. It marked the point when I’d run 10k every day for 3 weeks.
Before I started this challenge, I’d only ever run 4-5 days consecutively. So I didn’t know how I’d be feeling at this point. I guessed maybe I’d be tired, achy and a bit grouchy. But I’m not feeling any of those things. Weirdly, it’s the opposite. I feel positive, I have more energy, I don’t have any aches and I’m sleeping like a world champion.
I used to think rest days were really important. But now I’m not so sure. When I’m done with this challenge I’m gonna continue running most days. When you feel great and it takes you places like in the picture below, why would I stop?
Day 21 summed up in one word: momentum.
Stats: 6.6 miles, 7.57 minutes/mile. Early morning.