Without doubt the best day so far……… As a bit of an amateur runner, I’m not really used to running with other people. I usually just plonk on my headphones and try and zone into my own headspace, not think too much about the run and let the time slip by.
But today was going to be different as I welcomed my second guest runner – Rachel Stanley-Evans.
To be honest I was a little nervous. Rachel is a fantastic athlete and thinks nothing of running a 100 mile ultra (I know?!!) so here was little old me wanting her to join me for just 5k! What’s the etiquette for running with someone? I guess its rude to put on headphones?! I suppose I’d have to chat? But how would I be able to do that when I struggle to catch my breath? All these thoughts consumed me…..
How silly! I was just running with a really good mate. So why worry?
So off we set and without even thinking the first kilometre went by in a flash as we chatted and took in the scenery. Even the sun came out! We’re into the second km and even Rachel mentioned that the pace was quite strong and so it was that we continued, me trying to chat and catch my breath and learn this new skill of communicating with someone whilst running and Rachel dragging me along.
The result? Not only the fastest 5km I’ve ever done but also one of the most enjoyable.
So now I’m set and ready for more guest runners with three already lined up.
She’s a much quicker runner so I was a little nervous, however I managed to hand on to her heels when she started upping the pace for the last km!!
Some fantastic news today as I’ve pushed through the £1000 raised barrier with a wonderful donation from the Ryder Family.
It’s so satisfying to see the funds being raised for We Love Football Academy and I’m looking forward to heading down to Cape Town at the end of this year to personally hand over the cheque for (what I’m hoping will be) £5k (ZAR100,000)
Day 7. A nice little route around the village combining on the road and cross country.
A few kissing gates to slow me down but the weather was fair, the sun tried to shine and all in all a pleasant Saturday morning run.
I’m definitely settling in to a routine and haven’t yet struggled to get on the run.
After all I chose 5km since its really only 30 minutes a day and anyone should be able to find the time to do that. I’m not, after all, running a marathon a day and I have plenty of close friends that already run almost daily and do many more miles.
For me the important element is raising money for We Love Football Academy and then personally challenging myself to get out every day, get fit and get some headspace.
A new route, so its always interesting to check out somewhere, even though it’s in the neighbouring village and I’ve lived here for 12 or 13 years!
One of the joys of running is to find some headspace but, for me, finding that zone is a skill I still need to master. I guess it’s a little like learning to meditate – it takes time and training, however I’m convinced that if you can find “the zone” then it certainly is a healthy process and one that helps to “reset”. So that was my thought process today. Forget the time. Forget the fact that you’re even running. Take in the surroundings and try and enjoy the outdoors, the fresh air and the time to think with no distractions.
OK, so I’m sounding a little deep here, however I’m definitely getting better at this. I know if your an ultra runner, for example, part of being able to tackle such huge distances is the ability to find this place in your mind.
Anyhow. Back to the challenge.
I’m excited to announce that we are so close to raising the first £1000 towards the £5k goal.
Just a little push over the weekend and we’ll be there -so please dig deep and keep donating here:
Stuck in the office today due to the car being in the garage so a chance to run the longer loop from the office and then warm down on the way back and check out the extensive flooding due to Storm Dennis!
Struggling to get the air in the lungs today for some reason but a steady 5km and another one ticked off!
Received the biggest single donation to date today (£150) from Norman Langford which has pushed me ever closer to the first £1000 raised – 20% of the target.
Please keep donating to help me hit the £5k target.
A slightly different day today since I was on business in Sheffield.
After a quick google for a lunch time run I found Ecclesall Woods – the perfect spot, with marked out runs around woodland and a little cafe for a post run coffee and toasted sandwich!
Off I set feeling good and ready for a chance of scenery and a run through woodland (a big change from my usual runs around here), but little did I know that this wasn’t just any woodland…..this was hilly woodland..!!
Within the first 100m I found myself tackling steps and climbing with an elevation gain of 50m in the first half kilometre.
Me struggling to catch my breath and thinking have a really got another 4.5km to go!
Anyhow, after a while I settled in and took on the ups and downs of the trail.
A satisfying run and one where my new trail shoes would have been perfect. Only one problem….I left them at home!.