RED November – week one recap

Rather than create a new blog for each and every run during my attempt at completing RED November I’ll bunch them into weekly updates unless, of course, there is something to report, or a particular run goes significantly over my self imposed minimum of a mile. I mean, what possibly could I write about a mile anyway?

Day 1 – Thursday, 1st November, 2018
Launch day – read all about it

Day 2 – Friday, 2nd November, 2018
I almost fell at the first (second?) hurdle. I had been out in town in the morning, my legs felt a little niggly, my toes hurt, it was foggy and it was cold. All perfect ‘excuses’ not to go out for a run.

But I knew I had to go out in the afternoon to pick up a prescription so I used the opportunity to take a somewhat more scenic route to the chemist, which is only a couple of hundred yards away, and get my mile done for the day.

Day 3 – Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

Day 4 – Sunday, 4th November, 2018
The morning after the night before! Last night was the annual club awards dinner which meant a few celebratory drinks … drinks I was still feeling the effects of, so I restricted myself to another mile just to keep the streak going. I actually didn’t feel too bad once I started running, so it proved to be a good way of blowing away the cobwebs.

Day 5 – Monday, 5th November, 2018
The first time I’ve come to regret deciding to do this. A lazy morning coupled with a ridiculously busy afternoon at my GP meant I had to really dig deep to get myself out the door in the first place … plus I forgot to record it on my watch! Grrrr. I’ll add in an extra mile some other day to make up for it.

Day 6 – Tuesday, 6th November, 2018
A tough mile physically. I didn’t really get going, never really felt comfortable and was a minute down on what I’d expect. To be fair, it came at the end of a sluggish day so I wasn’t really feeling it regardless.

Day 7 – Wednesday, 7th November, 2018
My fastest standalone mile of the week (although still slower than anything at parkrun), and over a minute faster than last night. A real mental battle after a difficult day to get out and to stay out, especially given I decided to literally run laps of my block. I got bored after six so broadened my horizons to run to the next block. For the record 6 laps equals 0.6 of a mile, so I know 10 is the same as a mile which is strangely handy to know. Either that or I’m just sad like that.

To recap, an experimental week. I didn’t know how this would go and I’ll admit some days were a massive struggle to get out. It’s still not easy but hopefully it’ll get easier. I’ll increase my mileage too, for this week it was just all about getting it done.