Looking back over the month, it seems incredible to think about what I have achieved:
The way I am dealing with the 870 mile challenge is just to break it into smaller more manageable bit, and I suppose this is a lot like life. A big task can be overwhelming but if you can break it down and deal with one bit at a time things start to seem easier.
The Movember foundation are supporting mens health issues across the world, and the importance of mental health is huge. I know from very personal experience how much things can get on top of you, to the point where you really cant see how to complete anything. Often the clarity of breaking the tasks down starts to clear the fog.
That said we often cant do this on our own, and it is never wrong to ask someone to help. It may be just by talking things through you can get the clarity you need to move forward. But seek help, or offer help if you can.
Please if you can help support the work of Movember make a donation to my Justgiving page.
Week 5 - 217 miles complete
This week has been mainly about my Round the clock challenge - each hour dictates how far you run - 1pm=1km, 2pm=2km well you get the idea.
It has been interesting working out which order to do the runs in, and as I write this I still have 4k, 10k and 12k to do.
On Thursday night I arrange to run with two friends and we actually ran the official Cardiff 10K route. As we all have a connection with the organising of the race it seemed appropriate.
To fit in with Round the clock, we set off at 6pm so I could measure the 6km time, and then complete the rest of the 10k course.
Whilst I was setting the pace, the others (more experienced runners) were making sure I was being challenged. I normally run around 11:45/mile but it was clear the pace was quicker.
At the 5K split I had already taken 2 minutes off my 5K PB running at 10.04/mile. The second 5K was quicker, a negative split and a pace of 9.43/mile.
Whats more I had taken 8 minutes off my 10K PB. I had my MoRun T shirt on - clearly it is good for faster running.
I could hardly walk but what a feeling. A big thank you to Danielle and david for getting me around the course and helping to push me.
With the extra running also means extra miles and I have now recieved my 200 Mile postcard from the WCP Challenge.
The week ahead gives me 3 more runs to do - I am aiming for Run around the Clock to be finished in July. I have already done over 100 miles running and walking this month and will be close 100 miles of running only which would be a massive achievement.
To aid me I have been trainer shopping, I spent a happy hour with people from MOTI and have some new Brooks Ghost 12 for the next part of my journey.
End of week 4 - 176 Miles
End of week for and so far 176 miles completed in my Wales Costal Path Challenge. with todays 6 miles puts me near the entrance of Pembrey Park a venue I have been to many time s with running events over the years. Back in the early 2000's Pembrey was one of the venues chosen as a race For Life venue, the series in Wales was being expanded from 1 event (Cardiff) to 6 and Pembrey was one of the five new locations.
At the time I was commentating for them and was delighted to be able to support at three of the five new venues. Pembrey always had a special feel as lots of people made a day of it and had picnics and BBQ's after.
In 2004 when I was the race organiser we hit the race capacity, 3000, for the first time and let's just say there were a few traffic issues, which meant a change of venue was needed.
I was delighted to return to Pembrey again this time with the team from Invncbl, and enjoyed a number of events with them, including watching the Lions play via a large screen.
I mentioned before that to make the 870 challenge more achievable I break it down into smaller challenges and I am currently doing the Run around the Clock, run the distance the hour is - so today I run 9km at 9am - you get the idea.
Now on to week 5.
Birthday today so didn't want to over do things.
Decided to walk 5.1 miles to match my new age. Plus my legs were a little tired after my run yesterday and it was still early in the week.
I spent a lovely hour or so wandering and investigating around Roath and Penylan. Soon my 5.1 miles were complete. Just needed to walk home which gave me a little extra towards my Wales Coastal Path Challenge.
Decided I would sign up for another event....just to keep me on track, so I am doing Run around the Clock - you chose your distance either Km or Miles (km for me) then on the hour you run that far eg 1pm 1km 3pm 3km - you get the idea - I have a month to do it so that should be fine and it will add some more to the WCP 870.
With todays walk i got my next post card - 150 miles done.
Week 4 - Keeping up the miles
End of Week 4 an d 142 Miles now complete. I am managing to maintain my position inside the first 100, although it got close in the week as I was number 99.
Today was a hard slog, I had no motivation and the first mile was tough. But I thought I'll just keep plodding and see where I end up.
I gave myself a little game - Spotting event t shirts - it is lovely seeing so many people running in t shirts they have from taking part in events. I did start keeping count but it got a little complicated, I did see a few Cardiff 10K and Cardiff Half, a Porthcawl 10K just to name a few, and a variety of charity running tops.
At around 7K I spotted a TeamKW t shirt coming towards me and I wondered if it would be anyone I knew....it was Dr Mike.
It is so lovely to see people you know and particularly around that point for me, when I am normally starting to flag. With renewed energy I carried on to complete 10 and a bit more with my cool down walk home (every tep counts on this challenge)
During the week I caught up with Movember and they would like to do a piece on why I am running/walking /plodding for them - they mentioned they will have a stylist for the photoshoot!
So I think I better restart my Mo again....just in case they choose me!
Have worked out at the current weekly mileage we could have this challenge done before Christmas, but there is a lot of miles between now and then.
Please is you are reading this and you can help with the work Movember do across the Uk and the rest of the world visit my JustGiving Page - 870miles
Week 3 - many milestones
Week 3 has been a busy one!
It started fairly gently with a trip to the bay to see the Norwegian Church, then an 8 mile round trip walk into town. Add a walk along the actual coastal path, a 5k run, and then the South Wales Running Community Relay, it all adds up.
The upshot being I have hit a number of goals.
At todays relay I was allocated the 12- 1 slot, originally I thought that could be hard going if the weather is warm.....it wasn't I got soaked.
But I was determined to see how far I could run in the hour, I already knew from the World Day of Running I could do 10k in 1.15, so if I pushed myself how close could I get to 10k in the hour?
I started well, and the first 5k (32.38 which is a new PB and 2.5 minutes faster)
I knew I couldn't maintain that pace and around 7k I started to struggle....at that point Richard (Safety cyclist) turned up and it was enough to bring me back to focus.
At the 60 minute mark I was at 8.7k and pushing on 10K was completed in 1.09.56 (6 minutes faster than last Saturday and another PB)
On top of all of this I passed the 100 mile mark on my 870 challenge, and was greeted by some special emails and postcards.
Not bad for a week (in numbers):
New 5k PB
New 10K PB
Weekly mileage 43.25
Total so far 106 miles
A New Month - July
The second month of the 870 mile challenge started with a fantastic catch up with Kerrie.
Kerrie has been a huge inspiration and one of the main reasons I decided to I get out and start running again. To hear Kerrie talk about her journey, London Marathon and how things have progressed for her since is amazing.
We spent an hour or so actually walking, socially distanced, along the actual Wales Coastal Path.It was a bit windy but dry and the views over the Bristol Channel were great.
There was a strange looking building that we walked to - I plan on trying to work out what this was/is but if anyone has a starting point for me that would be very helpful.
Since getting hope I have been thinking about what July will bring, and where I will be mileage wise and location by Sunday. I have added a few miles today and have a 5k planned for tomorrow, a walk on Friday and an hour of running for the South Wales Running Community Relay on Saturday (Go Team C). I think that could be another 21 miles on top of the 15 I have already done this week, maintaining at least a marathon a week.
I know that a minimum per week is 16 miles but by front loading now I hope I have less to do when it gets colder, darker and damper later in the year.
We chatted also about large scale events, London Marathon, half marathons etc and how and when we are likely to see them again.
I think virtual will be here for quite some time, and how they engage people and keep them excited.....it still wont beat a live event, but for now we will take what we can get.
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.