#runeveryday - October 2019
1 Month of running everyday.. I've done this before in 2017 and found it an interesting and surprisingly difficult challenge to fulfill. My first go had work, a work trip abroad and a holiday as part of it, but this year I had a week on holiday then then no other travel planned... so it should be easy (or at least easier than last time)?
So, with no big challenges set as yet for next year, I wanted to keep myself motivated as we move into winter, the nights draw in and the temperature starts to cool down.
In terms of the set up this is a simple challenge.. just me, run kit and shoes and a trot out each day... how hard can this be??
The first week was a pretty good start... we were in Oban in NW Scotland and weather was surprisingly (and consistently) good. I ran in the mornings, going from the hotel either way along the seafront and then turning back after about 20 minutes, so getting about 4 miles minimum each day.
Once back home on the "sunshine coast" I hit my first de-motivator.. the english weather. October as a whole was just revolting... rain, wind, more rain.. yet more rain.... and then more rain..
I don't mind running in the rain, getting wet or being a bit battered by the elements, but the consistency of the poor weather did make this challenging. I'd faff about regularly... waiting half an hour to see if the rain stopped or the wind died down a little, but then inevitably going out and getting wet and windblown..
But the upside is that when there was a break in the weather, it was really appreciated and again this autumn I have experienced some beautiful views and scenery that make being outside all the more worthwhile.
One if the things I love about the Scottish highlands is the clarity of the air and how the light changes the same view all the time.
I think a similar principal applies to the coast.. the light, wind, waves are ever changing and moving and even though I went for the same run multiple times I was never bored.
I did have a short trip to london for a couple of days, and mixed up evening and morning runs through the month, but I met the challenge again this time.
This year in October I ran 139 miles, which is pretty close the 2017 total of 146.
My shortest run was 3.53 miles and longest was only 5.5 miles and I did the same core run (4.5m) 16 times in the month
My quickest run (average speed) was 7m 30s per mile against a slowest run of 8m 44s. Considering some of the runs in stronger winds had over a minute difference per mile depending if I was with or against the wind, this is pretty good consistency.
Now.. onto the next challenge, whatever that may be....
RobThe grumpy old man... played county level at multiple sports, semi-pro football and since retiring from rugby taken part and completed in single to multi day adventure races, half marathons, marathons, ultra running, triathlon, half ironman, ironman. A qualified PT, Kettlebell Coach and Personal Coach.. Loves cake!
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