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The End of the Road

I’m really sad to say this, but this is the end of the challenge for me.

I went to the hospital this afternoon to (finally) get my leg checked out. I’ve been limping now for about 2-3 weeks and while it had got noticeably better, the weather has gotten a lot colder this week and so has the limping. Out of concern that it might be a micro-fracture in my tibia, I figured it best to seek some medical advise.

I got x-rayed and they showed no signs of micro-fractures. The doctor reckons it’s shin splints. No running for at least a week and a good dose of Ibuprofen and Co-codamol are the order of the day. I need to give my leg the time it needs to repair itself.

I’m very glad I’ve had the opportunity to at least attempt this challenge and it’s frustrating, to put it mildly, that my body has given up so soon. We’ll be having some severe words.

Irene, Steve: keep on running!

Day 46 – En guard!

I’ve been feeling slightly under the weather all day. I’m not sure whether I’m just tired or if I’m coming down with something. I suppose the next few days will tell. All I can say is TFI Friday!

My mind wanted to take it easy today, but my body didn’t. So battle ensued. For every step of the 5K run. It’s a strange kind of battle and not one I’d encountered before. I’m not quite sure who won, so let’s call it a draw.

Today’s shoes: Salomon XA Pro’s
Miles today: 3.19
Miles to date: 148.17
Miles to go: 946.83

Day 45 – Steady as she goes

This week has flown by. I can hardly believe it’s Friday tomorrow, which means the weekend is just around the corner. I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit and maybe enjoying some fireworks on Saturday. It’s my young niece’s birthday, so I can imagine she feels pretty special with all the fireworks going off. I know I would!

My legs felt good today, but I was conscious of a quick day just a couple of days ago and that my right leg has not fully recovered yet, so I picked up the pace, but not too much. The Garmin Forerunner 310XT that I use flashes up the pace every kilometre and I’m always a little pleased when it exactly matches the overall average pace. Steady as she goes.

The days are ticking by quite nicely. It doesn’t feel like it’s been 6 weeks since I started this journey. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Today’s shoes: Salomon XA Pro’s
Miles today: 3.14
Miles to date: 144.98
Miles to go: 950.02

Day 44 – Sleepy Head

I felt quite tired this evening so I settled down on the sofa for a quick power nap only to wake two and a half hours later. Some power nap. When I woke, I was in a bit of a panic because I’ve yet to set the time on the clock in my lounge to GMT. I thought it was 10pm and realising I’d not run yet, I got a bit animated. It was only from checking my phone that I saw it was in fact 9pm. Phew!

Despite the rushing around to get ready for the run, I was still very sleepy. I’ve never run in this state before so it was interesting, to say the least. Hard would be a more accurate description. Thankfully I’d planned on an easy run following yesterday’s faster pace. The weather also agreed that would be best and blow a strong headwind (in both directions) to keep me in check.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m heading to bed.

Today’s shoes: Old, battered used-to-white-at-some-point Nike Kantara
Miles today: 3.13
Miles to date: 141.84
Miles to go: 953.16

Day 43 – Positive alignment

Everything seemed to come together tonight. The weather was almost ideal (light breeze, dry, quite cool), I felt fresh, and my dodgy leg felt great. Nothing held me back and the results show that. Just over 5K and every kilo was faster than the previous, culminating in a 5:12 pace for the 5th kilometre, followed by a 4:28 dash over the last 200m. Suffice to say, I’m feeling a whole lot better. Here’s hoping it stays this way for the foreseeable future. I’m tempted to go for a longer, slower run tomorrow.

Today’s shoes: inov-8 Roclite 295s
Miles today: 3.22
Miles to date: 138.71
Miles to go: 956.29

Day 42 – Tiredness

I was up until 3am finishing off some work for a project deadline due this morning, so I’ve been a bit out of it most of the day. I think I’ve had about seven hours sleep this weekend and it’s catching up with me, so an early night is in order.

I’ve been tagging all my posts whenever I’ve run in the rain. So far about one in four runs has been in the rain. It’s actually rained a lot more than that as there have been days were it rained but not while I was running. It really is quite a soggy place to live!

Today’s shoes: Orange Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultras
Miles today: 3.14
Miles to date: 135.49
Miles to go: 959.51

Day 41 – The 25-hour day

I’ve not had much luck convincing my friends to occasionally join me on these daily runs. I’m usually greeted with a very quizzical “Why?” when I describe what I’m doing here. My justifications are typically followed by a lot of “you’re crazy”, “why would you put yourself through that?” kind of negative talk. However, I had a break-through this morning with a new friend. When I explained why I’m doing it, I got my first-ever positive response! So ner-ner to the negative nellies.

The big night out I’d planned was a success and turned into an all-nighter. The transition from British Summer Time to GMT certainly helped make the partying last a little bit longer. I was out until about 4am, but wisely made the choice to switch to water after a couple of social drinkies. The sun was just starting to come up when I finally got to bed. I was awake again 3 hours later and feeling quite spritely, which is a lot better than my friends who lay around moaning and groaning under the influence of their own excesses.

Today’s shoes: Green Salomon XA Pro 3D
Miles today: 3.19
Miles to date: 132.35
Miles to go: 962.65

Day 40 – Snowdonia Rainathon

It’s the last Saturday in October, so that means it’s Snowdonia Marathon day. It also means it’s guaranteed to rain. I kid you not. I didn’t manage to get to see any of the race as I was working this morning and then running errands this afternoon, but it’s been monsoon wet all day. Apparently, it was a record field this year with over 2000 starters. That’s pretty good for a race that’s billed and the UK’s toughest marathon.

When I headed out for my 40th run, the rain was starting to ease and it felt reasonably warm out of the rain. So off came the rain jacket as I tend to get rather warm when running. Ten minutes later and the heavens opened with another bout of rain that would not be out of place in a David Attenborough documentary in the jungles of South America. When it rains like this, there’s nothing to do except bow to the inevitable and prepare to get thoroughly soaked.

Today’s shoes: Orange Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultras
Miles today: 3.14
Miles to date: 129.16
Miles to go: 965.84

Day 39 – Adaptability is the key

Sometimes even the best laid plans change. I was supposed to go to a book launch tonight, but instead got dragged (willingly :)) to the climbing wall and then ended up at a friend’s house for dinner. I left the house at 5:30pm and didn’t arrive back until almost 11pm. I still had my daily run to complete. Tired, I knocked back a strong & sweet coffee and set off out into the night for an easy-paced run.

I know I run later in the day than most people but, even for me, this is somewhat unusual. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever set off on a run as late as I did tonight. At least I’m committed to this challenge. That’s got to count for something, right?!

It’s now almost midnight and I’m craving my bed, but I’m glad I went for a run. This last week or so, the running hasn’t been easy, but that somehow makes it all the more worthwhile.

Today’s shoes: White Nike Air Kantara
Miles today: 3.2
Miles to date: 126.02
Miles to go: 968.98

Day 38 – Auto-pilot engaged

This evening’s run seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. I can hardly remember any of it, which is odd given that I only finished an hour ago. I suppose that’s what an auto-pilot run feels like. You don’t think about it but it happens and, before you know it, you find yourself in the shower. Curious.

I don’t think it was a bad run. The pace was reasonable enough. I just never really found myself in the moment. I’ve got a busy-ish weekend coming up, starting with a book signing event tomorrow night for a local author, who happens to be quite a character. On Saturday, I’m off for a night out as it’s been quite a while. I’ve been told it’s going to get quite messy—I can’t wait!

Roll on the weekend.

Today’s shoes: Green Salomon XA Pro 3Ds
Miles today: 3.14
Miles to date: 122.82
Miles to go: 972.18