Run Every Day For A Year in 2013 – First Update

Date: 20 January 2013
No of Streak Days: 35
No of Kilometres Covered: 340.6km

After the first 20 days of the year I am pleased to report that my running streak is in tact. Add the last 15 days of 2012 to the 20 days in a row that I have run in 2013 and my running streak is up to 35 days in a row. This is significant for a guy who, up until this challenge had only run 5 or 6 days in a row at the most.

It all feels a bit too easy at this stage because the weather has been good and there have been no competing events to try to juggle my way around. I have been off work for two weeks and this has proven to be a stroke of good fortune too. Here in Sydney we have had 2 days where the temperature has risen beyond the 40 degree mark but because I was able to get out of bed at 5:30 both mornings I was well and truly finished with running before the temperature rose beyond 23 degrees.

I am tipping that as the weather deteriorates, the kids go back to school and weekend sports impinge on my time I am going to have to put in some careful planning.

Speaking of going for early morning runs. I know that most people swear by getting out of bed early and going for a refreshing run to start the day…and I have enjoyed it for the two weeks that I have been doing it. However, I have always run at lunchtime as part of my workday routine and have found that it fit in well with my body’s metabolism and, for want of a better word, biorhythm.

Getting out of bed early is not a problem for me. Getting the muscles warm and ready for a run is another matter. I’ve found that no matter how much stretching I do before my early morning run it still takes a few kilometers before they concede that they are willing to put in the necessary effort.

I guess I am a noonday runner and that’s the way it is going to be.

It has already become apparent that it is vital that the right balance between distance and pace is found. While the run every day challenge goes on I am still going to be trying to train for events throughout the year. As a result it would be nice if I saw some improvements in my times. The balancing act comes in ensuring that I don’t overdo the training which will result in me exhausting myself or leaving my body prone to breaking down.

My rest days still involve going for a run but both the distance and the pace have to be reduced. Funnily enough, as I have gone further into this challenge I have found it quite easy to do a slow, short run every now and then.

Anyway, back at work this week and I will be back to running in the middle of the day with a choice of running partners. This means I will be returning to some semblance of normalcy in terms of fitting my runs into my daily routine.

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