I finally feel like I've started to make a dent in the 366 days of 2016, completing the first 50 days without any major issues.
I've also completed my first run over 10 km, after I ran nearly 13 km on the 17th Feb. My previous longest run this year was about 7 km. But for whatever reason I went out with the intention of just running a quick 5 km and just through enjoyment decided to do a longer a route.
It's strange and completely counter-intuitive, but I often find the longer I run for, the more comfortable I feel and the more enjoyable the run. I don't if your body just starts to relax or you get in a zone, who knows. But I just had one of those runs that made me remember why I love running so much and had a genuine buzz afterwards.
Over the course of the last 50 days, I've also written a blog article for Rethink, the mental health charity who I'm raising money for. You can find my blog piece here.
Overall I'm feeling strong and confident and it's great to see my times coming down and the distances going up.
Bring on the next 316 days!
Monday, 22 February 2016
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
I think the biggest challenge so far has definitely been the psychological struggle to motivate myself to get out and run everyday.
Whenever I've trained for other events which have been more physically demanding, like my first marathon I ran last May, I've had rest days and if you don't feel like training one day, you have a day off and run the next.
But there's been days in the first month where I've felt under the weather or had a long day at work and it's hard to gee yourself up to go and put the work in. But I knew this was going to be the case and that's why it's a challenge.
The good news is, with each run I'm starting to feel a bit stronger now and I'm having fewer and fewer aches and pains too!
Bring on the next 11 months!