Running Every Day In 2013 – The Build Up

REDFAY 2013Before attempting to run every day for a year I have used the last couple of months to have a test run to see just how hard it was going to be. The results were not particularly encouraging.

The first attempt at the start of November resulted in a streak of 9 days. Four days into the streak I came down with my first cold in around 2 years. This was never going to seriously hamper my running efforts but then, another 5 days later I suffered a back injury that stopped me dead.

I have been prone to the occasional back injury that is usually triggered by heavy lifting. In this case, the back started to stiffen up out of nowhere in the afternoon and by the evening I was unable to completely straighten up when I stood up.

So apart for a test run to gauge how the back was recovering, my running was put on hold for 8 days.

At the start of December I had another attempt at running every day. And I did…for 5 days. When the weekend hit I had to travel to Newcastle for one of my kid’s sports and failed to get out for a run. Attempt two petered out.

The next Monday heralded my third attempt and I was able to run every day…until the next weekend and once again, it all proved too difficult to schedule a run. When I missed the run on Saturday I chose not to run on Sunday either. Attempt 3 was a fizzer and it was all starting to look way too difficult.

Attempt four started on December 17 and this time I was determined to make it count. There were 15 days left until the end of 2012 and while 15 days is way, way short of the planned 365 days, it would at least take me through two weekends plus Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

With a couple of days to go to complete the year it appears as though attempt 4 has managed to take hold. Thirteen days of running in a row is more consecutive days than I have ever run before. I still feel quite fresh and am looking forward to the start of the year.

To get through Christmas I asked my wife (who wakes early every day) to kick me out of bed at 5:30. She was only too happy to oblige and I was up and running before the rest of the world woke up and had finished my run well before 6:30.

I have also been further motivated by a couple of recent purchases. I have just bought a pair of Merrell Road Glove barefoot shoes which I have already mentioned in my previous post. But most significantly I have ordered a new Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS Sports Watch and am currently waiting for it to arrive. This is a pretty whizz-bang watch and can’t wait to get ahold of it and see it in action.

Logging my runs, comparing them to other runners and sharing it online is going to open up a whole new dimension to my runs. Far more importantly, I will now be able to clearly see my running times because the display will be unimpeded from watch hands which is what currently happens with my (poorly designed) G-Shock.

So the upshot of this post is to say that I am quietly confident I can put in a good effort with my upcoming running streak for 2013. As a means of keeping tabs on myself I intend on logging my progress here, if not every day then at least weekly.

To keep track of how I am progressing you can read the updates here:

First Update

 

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