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Day 36 – Is that snow?

I could swear I saw snow tonight. Just a few flakes, but they were there. The glistened in my the light of my head torch like little feathery jewels. The way they moved suggested something other than very, very light rain. The wind was light, yet these sparkling droplets floated upwards. I’ve never seen a rain drop do that unless the wind was blowing strong. Floating along on a breeze with great abandon. Tantalising. Teasing. Pure serenity. It leaves me wanting more.

Today’s shoes: Salomon XA Pro’s
Miles today: 3.18
Miles to date: 116.54
Miles to go: 978.46

Day 35 – We the lucky many

I’ve not really been checking my weight often since I started this challenge, but I have noticed there are some changes in body shape happening. It’s all very welcome too. I usually weigh-in in a morning, before breakfast, but I chanced a weigh-in this evening. To my surprise, I’ve lost 4 kg in the last 35 days. I knew I’d lost a bit, but didn’t think it would be that much. Can’t complain!

It was very blustery again today. So much so that I got blown off the pavement and half way across the road by one particularly strong gust. Thankfully, it was a very low traffic road, even for these rural parts. It took a little why for the legs to settle in, but when they did, they felt better than they have in over a week.

A friend of mine with cystic fibrosis is on a short list for having a lung transparent and today she was whisked to hospital since a donor had been found. Sadly, it was not to be. It’s the second time this has happening in the as many weeks and it’s understandably emotionally taking it’s toll for my friend. The build up of hope for a better, more active life after the transparent and then the crushing disappointment when the docs determine things are just not right for my friend surely is one of the most heartbreaking situations to be in. I often think about her during my daily run and I’m acutely aware of just how lucky I am to have good health and to be able to take part in something like this challenge. Good health is a privilege and it’s down to each us to make the most of it each and every day. You just never know if or when you’ll lose that privilege.

Today’s shoes: Green Salomon XA Pro 3Ds
Miles today: 3.14
Miles to date: 113.36
Miles to go: 981.64

Day 34 – Blown away

I like Sundays. It’s pretty much the only day of the week were I can afford the time to unwind, recount the previous week and look to the next. I usually allow myself a little lie-in and have a lazy morning before meeting up with friends, typically to do something quite energetic. Today that was a couple of hours at the climbing wall. At this time of year, the owners host a 6-month long competition that a lot of the local regulars enter. It’s a great way to way awhile an afternoon or evening through the wet and cold months.

Another day of taking it easy with the run. I think I’m getting the hang of dishing out a slower pace. I still find it a little unnatural from time to time, but I’m sure that will pass. It was unseasonably warm this evening. It felt more like a summer’s evening that late October. The only real indicator that it is indeed October is a strong, persistent wind. It made the last kilometre hard going as I battled a full-on headwind. There was an amusing moment when I almost fell on my face because the wind suddenly dropped. I’m kind of glad there was no one around to witness that!

Today’s shoes: Salomon XA Pro’s
Miles today: 3.2
Miles to date: 110.22
Miles to go: 984.78

Day 31 – Positive thinking

Yesterday, I hit a real low point, both physically & mentally, and couldn’t not settle into the run. Physically, things have improved, but I know I still need to monitor the fatigue in my legs and back off the intensity a bit for a while. Mentally, today was a good example of how your head & heart rules just about every aspect of your life.

As I mentioned on Sunday, there’s some things floating around in my head that are somewhat clouding my thoughts. It’s nothing negative. Not at all. It’s just as not as smooth as I like things to be. I like life to be simple and uncomplicated and generally do my best to keep it that way, but sometimes it’s necessary to endure a bit of messiness.

Part of that messiness is a good helping of self-doubt. We all suffer from it, even the most confident of people have lapses of faith in themselves. That’s what happened to me this afternoon. Amongst other things, I started to doubt my ability to continue with this challenge. I felt like I was ready to stop running and just let my legs recover. It wasn’t so much the fatigue, but the emotional weight of all the other self-doubts I was experiencing that told me I should give up. I agonised for a while over the decision and couldn’t come to a conclusion about what to do. Deep in my heart, I knew I couldn’t and shouldn’t quit. Not today.

I went climbing tonight and on the way back I knew it was getting late and had to make a decision. I decided that my legs felt good enough to run (the climbing helped—it stretches muscles that conventional stretching routines don’t) and I owed it to myself to at least try. If running proved to be too uncomfortable, then that would be the end and I would bow out from the challenge. I would feel better knowing I had tried and failed, rather than not tried at all.

I tried to hold back the pace tonight and thought about having a good, clean run. I also used the run to bury the demons that had risen throughout the day and focus on being positive, run well, and get through the 3 miles in one piece. The slower pace really helped and there was no sign of hell I went through yesterday. It was actually quite a pleasant run in the dark.

A tough couple of days, that’s for sure, but I’m still here. I’m not ready to give up. Here’s to the next 100 miles.

Today’s shoes: Orange Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultras
Miles today: 3.19
Miles to date: 100.78
Miles to go: 994.22

Day 28 – GoreTex shoes are not optional

All day long I’ve been not looking forward to the moment when I’d have to do today’s run. Three days of fast-paced living were beginning to catch up. Or maybe was that just last night’s shenanigans in the pub. Still, I felt fairly run-down all day and didn’t have much of an appetite. The late arrival of a courier put any chance of running at lunchtime to rest. A post-work run it had to be. That would normally have been fine, except autumn arrived in style this evening.

By 6 o’clock, the rain was lashing hard against the windows and strong gusts of wind howled through the village. I paced around the living room, anxiously checking the weather radar to see if it would blow over soon. No chance. It would take at least 90 minutes to clear. Crap. There was nothing for it: it was time to harden the f*** up!

It felt cold. Unnaturally so, having become accustomed to the Indian summer the UK has been experiencing lately. The air temperature was about 8°C but with the windchill and rain, it felt more like a frosty 4°C. Walking out of the house, I shivered. And then cracked a smile. The peaks will soon be capped with snow. Oh yes!

28 days. Time flies.

Today’s shoes: Orange Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultras
Miles today: 3.27
Miles to date: 91.44
Miles to go: 1003.56

Day 25 – A very long day

Today was a long day. Up at 5:30am and off to Manchester for a day with colleagues. I got back home by 8:30pm, quickly got changed and headed straight out for a run.

With such a long day and hectic day, I was already beginning to flag by the time I did my run.I was dreading the run because there was no seats on the train for a larger part of the journey, so had to stand for a couple of hours. Nonetheless, I put the effort in and did a not so bad run.

Apologies for the brevity of today’s post, but sleep beckons.

Today’s shoes: Salomon XA Pro’s
Miles today: 3.13
Miles to date: 81.27
Miles to go: 1013.73

Day 23 – Steam-powered flying

I hadn’t intended on leaving the run until 10pm, but it’s been a busy old day. I finished a project at work yesterday and immediately switched to another, so it’s been a bit of whirlwind trying to get my head around the new project. This evening I got caught up sorting out a lot of stuff to be recycled. While it was a productive evening, I sort of lost track of time and before I knew it, it was 10pm. A Clark Kent-in-a-phone-box quick change later and I was out the front door.

Everything was so still tonight. That’s pretty typical of autumn around here. It’s either howling with wind and pelting with rain, or it’s deadly still. The surface of Llyn Padarn was like a mirror tonight. Absolutely beautiful.

I don’t know what happened, but what a run! New PB over 5K during the 1095miles challenge. Not only that, but I felt great. Floating on air great! Absolutely no stiffness in my lower legs, effortless breathing, no signs of fatigue. Maybe, just maybe, I’m becoming a runner after all.

Oh, the title? It was cold & still enough tonight that I steamed when I stopped. Like a kettle coming to the boil. Who fancies a cuppa?

Today’s shoes: Salomon XA Pro’s
Miles today: 3.11
Miles to date: 75.11
Miles to go: 1019.89

Day 21 – Three weeks in the bag

Today is Day 21. Another week completed. In terms of motivating myself to get out every day and run at least three miles, it’s been pretty easy. There have been a couple of days were I’ve not finished work until gone 7pm and it’s those days that have been the toughest. Overall, I’m really enjoying it.

Today was a recovery run. I don’t know what they’ve been putting in the water this past week, but I’ve done proper runs that were slower than tonight’s reco run. Contrary to the Garmin map below, I didn’t start in the water nor did I run through or over the lake. If only!

Today’s shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
Miles today: 3.21
Miles to date: 68.87
Miles to go: 1026.13

Day 19 – The Plumbum Problem

My calves felt like lead this evening. A consequence of a late night last night and running around the house all day as I’ve having a clear out. As a result, I took it super, super easy, even walked a little. Well, the rain just looked amazing in the glow of my head torch so how could I not savour the moment?

By the sounds coming from my neighbours in the next street, I’m not going to get to sleep any time soon, so I’ll have to settle for a lie-in. It’s a hard life but someone’s got to do it :).

I’m really keen to start upping the mileage now. I hope my legs are as just as keen as my mind. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Today’s shoes: Salomon XA Pro’s
Miles today: 3.15
Miles to date: 61.88
Miles to go: 1033.12

Day 18 – Cooling off

That was easily my favourite run yet. And fastest in the last 18 days to boot. It was smooth, easy moving with a good tempo and not too much effort. I’m almost stiffness-free now I’ve changed my footwear. It’s really starting to show in my running too. I’m slowly clawing my way back to the fitness I had last year.

I think the temperature helped as it was a cool 10°C. Autumn is starting to assert its authority, for sure. There’s even been a light dusting of snow high up in the Nevis Range near Fort William. No snow in North Wales yet, but there’s good times ahead.

Today’s shoes: Salomon XA Pro’s
Miles today: 3.13
Miles to date: 58.73
Miles to go: 1036.27