#runeveryday - October 2017
1 Month of running everyday.. when I first saw this I was a little underwhelmed to be honest, but then I thought this is an ideal timed challenge to get me up and out there again.
This will be easy.. just me, run kit and shoes and a trot out each day... how hard can this be??
To be fair though, I have never had a training plan where I have been running every day.. and I usually have at least 1 day off per week as a rest day... and I've got 2 trips planned in October.... and the clocks go back.. and I've just had a minor eye op...
Hmmm... it may be a bit trickier than I thought, but lets give it a go!!
Day 1 (7pm-light rain, calm) - 3.7miles ; 30m:39s ; Pace: 8:09/mi. Home, along the seafront to Splash Point and back. Weather: light rain.
Day 2 (7pm - heavy rain, calm) - 6.0 miles ; 52m:41s ; Pace: 8:40/mi. An old regular run which is 10K in daylight a loop that takes in the seafront.
Day 3 in Berlin (5.30pm - rain, calm) - 4.5miles ; 37m:40s ; Pace: 8:18/mi. Out and back alongside the road the hotel is located on.. a bit dull!
Day 4 in Berlin (6.30pm - dry!!, calm) - 4.9miles ; 43m:04s ; Pace: 8:42/mi. Out and back towards the park area, a run I have done before.
Day 5 in Berlin (6.30am - rain, calm) - 2.5miles ; 23m:46s ; Pace: 9:13/mi. Out and back on the main run, a shorter, gentle run (in the rain) as I had a busy morning before flying home!
Day 5 was supposed to be the last day in Berlin, but a mid-afternoon storm closed the runway and many flights, including mine were cancelled. I ended up spending the afternoon and early evening waiting/queueing before I finally got an emergency room and flight back organised... and then a massive queue to get a taxi into the city centre hotel!
Day 6 extra in Berlin (7.50am - dry, breezy) - 3.9miles ; 33m:33s ; Pace: 8:24/mi. Out and back in the city centre, theatres, posh shops and culture.
Day 7 Back at home (5pm - wild, windy) - 4.5miles ; 37m:56s ; Pace: 8:20/mi. Out and back to Splash Point
So Week 1 is in the bank.. and I've found it surprisingly difficult.. mentally more than physically. I'm pretty good with routine, so the changes forced by travel have given me a few changes and challenges. I have to work out when I can run to fit in with flights and work, and this meant my run on day 5 was pretty short and quite uninspiring on its own. The other factor in play, especially at this time of year is there is no hiding pace from the weather and there have been a couple of really wet and soggy runs..
The good news is my legs are feeling good, and no problems with my calfs..
Day 8 Back at home (9am - windy) - 6.0miles ; 50m:10s ; Pace: 8:16/mi. My 10k loop, minus the extra .2 :-)
Day 9 Home (8am - calm, grey) - 3.1miles ; 26m:16s ; Pace: 8:17/mi. Gym to yacht club and return along the pebble path
Day 10 Home (7.15am - calm, grey) - 4.5miles ; 40m:06s ; Pace: 8:50/mi. Out and back to Splash Point
The picture below is part of the new Seaford sculpture, "The Shoal" from Day 10.
Day 11 Home (7.30am - breezy, grey) - 4.5miles ; 40m:58s ; Pace: 9:05/mi. Out and back to Splash Point
Day 12 Mallorca (5pm - calm, 20+ and sunny!) - 4.1miles ; 33m:42s ; Pace: 8:08/mi. Alcudia bay, beach out and back.
Day 13 Mallorca (8am - calm, sunny) - 4.6miles ; 41m:33s ; Pace: 8:54/mi. Out and back through Alcanada
Day 14 Mallorca (8.15am - calm, sunny) - 4.9miles ; 41m:56s ; Pace: 8:30/mi. Out and back along Alcudia bay
Day 15 Mallorca (5pm - calm, hot) - 4.6miles ; 40m:46s ; Pace: 8:50/mi. Out and back to Alcanada
Half Way.... how am I feeling now???
The run today, Day 15 was the hardest yet.. on holiday, hot, sunny and relaxed it was really tough to get motivated to get changed and start plodding. Once I was out, I felt fine and got a couple of pictures along the way that show the beautiful blue sky!
Day 16 Mallorca (8am - calm, warm) - 4.8miles ; 41m:34s ; Pace: 8:29/mi. Out and back along Alcudia Bay
Day 17 Mallorca (7.30am - calm, warm) - 6.9miles ; 1hr: 01m:49s ; Pace: 8:53/mi. Longer out and back along Alcudia Bay about 2 miles running on the sand at the waters edge.
Day 18 Mallorca (8am - calm, warm but grey) - 4.6miles ; 41m:00s ; Pace: 8:55/mi. Out and back to Alcanada.. a little rum fuelled this one!
Day 19 Mallorca (8am - calm, but wet!!) - 4.1miles ; 35m:13s ; Pace: 8:35/mi. Out and back along Alcudia Bay - I missed the rain, but it was grey and wet.. getting me ready for going home.
Day 20 Back at home (7.15am - grey, windy) - 4.5miles ; 38m:42s ; Pace: 8:28/mi. Back home, along the seafront was wild, so I came inland and looped back home.
Day 21 Home (7.25am - really wild &windy) - 4.5miles ; 40m:34s ; Pace: 8:58/mi. Out and back to Splash Point - Storm Brian approaches and the wind was really strong, stop you dead strong. You could tell something was coming by the light, the sky and the water...
The picture below is the morning before Storm Brian....
Day 22 Home (5.20pm - still windy) - 4.5miles ; 41m:03s ; Pace: 9:00/mi. An old hilly loop around Seaford Head, about half off road.
Day 23 Home (6.45pm - waning wind, but pouring rain) - 5.9miles ; 53m:11s ; Pace: 8:56/mi. My 10k loop, minus the bit you can't run in the dark! Boiling hot in winter gear!
Day 24 Home (7pm - breezy, dry) - 4.4miles ; 38m:55s ; Pace: 8:41/mi. Out and back to Splash Point, slightly shorter as the prom lights don't go to the end!
Day 25 Home (8am - breezy dry) - 4.5miles ; 37m:38s ; Pace: 8:21/mi. Out and back to Splash Point
Day 26 Home (7pm - eerie calm) - 4.4miles ; 41m:19s ; Pace: 9:18/mi. Out and back to Splash Point - Slow today, really feeling last nights gym deadlift session in my legs
Day 27 Home (6pm - calm, clear) - 4.3miles ; 38m:52s ; Pace: 8:53/mi. Out and back to Splash Point, an amazing sky tonight!
Day 28 Home (7.30am - calm, clear) - 4.5miles ; 41m:55s ; Pace: ??/mi. The old hilly loop, but Strava plays up and doesn't record the distance properly so I have to make a manual adjust
4 weeks... nearly there...
Day 29 Home (8am - calm, clear) - 6.1miles ; 52m:15s ; Pace: 8:34/mi. The full 10k loop, but another Strava fail following the route.
Day 30 Home (7pm - cold, clear) - 4.3miles ; 38m:09s ; Pace: 8:50/mi. Out and back to Splash Point, but another Strava route error..
Day 31 Home (7pm - cold, clear) - 6.1miles ; 53.14s ; Pace: 8:44/mi. 10k loop, another strava fail on route..
And DONE !!!.
So 31 days, and a run every day... how "Easy" was it..
Physically it was pretty good and was great for giving me confidence that my calf injuries can be managed and I can run consistently.
It's been a long time since I ran over 100 miles in a month, so to hit 146 with no physical problems is really good news. I had the occasional "tired" day, but was able to hit quite consistent pace, even when mixing in gym sessions.
Mentally this was actually really tough at times to get motivated. The combination of travel, holiday, work meant that at times it was difficult to get any consistency in time of day for running. I like planning a schedule with a routine, but also the flexibility of moving things around depending how I feel, and at times, this challenge took that away from me.
I had a few days where I was running in the evening and then next morning, as well as some days where I just had to go at a particular time and that definitely challenged my motivation to get changed and ready... once I was out of the door and started, I was then OK.
Would I do it again... probably... but at a time of year where I can run in daylight either end of the day. I may have been a little conservative in my distances, so I would also try to schedule in some longer runs too, throw a couple of over 10 miles into the mix.
An interesting challenge indeed. How Ron Hill managed over 50 years I have no idea... I did toy with the idea of carrying on for another month, but on Day 32 I decided to take a rest day from the running!