So since my last post, I’ve ran my first (and probably last) R.E.D month in April. I did it to tick off my list of things that runners do. If I’m honest, it was more of a chore and did not enhance my love for running, it had the opposite effect.
I can see the benefits of doing R.E.D. to build a habit of running and to kickstart a health regime, but I was already there. Happy to have had a few days off at the start of May as I was ill towards the end of April, with a cold and chest infection,
Was my Birthday on 2nd May, got a few running tops, shorts and socks. Along with some new HOKA ricon shoes.either the money I received, I put it towards a Garmin Fenix 6X. I’d been threatening to buy one for a while as the Apple Watch I was using was a pain to charge everyday and long runs would use the full battery up
First impressions of using the Fenix 6X are very good. It’s a great size and looks the part. Did a 5k just to see how it was and see if it synced to strava ok. Worked a dream. I’ll do a full review after a few more days of use
So my 1st challenge was completed and the 4x4x48 challenge was quite tough on my legs and sleeping pattern. I had a full week off from running, mainly due to my pulled right hamstring. After the last leg of the challenge, my wife (Clair) asked ‘what have you done to your leg?’ I looked at my hamstring and it was black and blue with bruising. Thankfully it’s mostly gone and no pain now
I’ve managed a couple of runs this week, 10 mile on Tuesday and 10k on Thursday. I was a tad disappointed in the 10k as I did try and get a sub hour time and gassed out after the 3 mile mark
I’ve been thinking more about my long term running goals this week and a 100 mile race is calling me. I know I couldn’t do it right now, this just means I’ve got to grow into a person that can do it. Most races I look at, ask that you have completed at 50 mile race, this has led me to consider if I have what it takes to complete a 50 miler this year. The Snowdon ultra 50 https://www.gbultras.com/snowdon-ultra-50/
I’m working tomorrow so the plan is around 10 mile before work, and around 20 mile on Sunday. I just want to get some distance in at the moment. I’m way behind on my annual goal of 2021 miles. Upto 268 miles. Around 150 below where I should be at. Once I’ve caught up, I’ll concentrate on more speed work.