After I completed the Wakefield Hospice 10k last weekend I knew I had a problem. Not an injury, thank goodness, but the fact that my target of reaching 100 miles of running in the month of March was still some 43km away. Could I get it done?
With Sunday being Mother’s Day I had already blanked that out as a non-running day, so that last me 6 days. That’s just over 7km a day if I ran each day.
So how did the week pan out?
10k in 56:18
This should have been a recovery run. However, the weather was lovely and I felt good out there. It wasn’t fast, but boy was I enjoying it. Seeing roe deer always make me feel good.
8.73km in 49:10
Helen was on earlies and that means I have to get out just after 5am. It was still not quite light but not quite dark either. I took the head torch and regretted it within a kilometre. Once I was in the woods, where it was still dark I thanked myself for bringing it!
Out at 5am again. There was a moment on this run that reminded me what I love about running early in the countryside. I had a barn owl swoop down over me and then I spotted the roe deer on the hill watching me. No photo opportunity but I will remember that one.
10.01km in 55:23
I repeated Monday’s route, as I love it so much. It was again another glorious morning and yes, I spotted the roe deer again in the woods.
8.27km in 46:18
A foggy morning, but that wasn’t going to stop me. Clocked up the 100 miles while running through one of my favourite places in the town – that was nice. I felt fantastic, but also ready for a couple of days off.
4.92km in 36:32
So much for a couple of rest days! Verity has been asking to go running with me, so today we went. What a lovely morning it was for a run too!
A fantastic week to clock up 100 miles
There’s no doubt that the combination of nice weather and the lighter morning made for a great week of running. If the weather had been rough then I’m not sure I would have reached my goal. But, I did so let’s not think about that.
The important thing is that I’m really enjoying running at the moment. I mean REALLY enjoying it. I am getting up at 5am to run and I am happy about it. It’s just me and Duke. I actually think he’s enjoyed this week more than I have!
Next week, with the clocks going forward, my morning will be plunged into darkness once more. I shall endeavour to keep going and stay off-road too.
Thanks for reading.