I've pledged to run
November; run *each day*, the number of miles as the day of the month #NovPlus1
The challenge : run each day in November, the number of miles as the day of the month.
Last Update: 1-Dec 9:30am - will add more Q&A as I think of them
Before listing some brief Q&As, I'm concious of lots of "I"s appearing in the text - massive recognition goes out to all those who donated to the Leeds Deaf Children cause or supported me on my runs either in person or over social media. Also, I don my cap to those who persue their or challenges and also support good causes or the local community (Farsley has many).
Did I think I would complete it?
I didn't look at it that way. I believed it to be something I should do and left it to life to decide where it took me. I just tried my best.
Why did I choose this challenge?
I saw the concept a few years ago when a friend attempted it in February (a sensibly shorter month!). I tried last year but pulled after day 19 due to near-injury but with run-leader commitments.
Why did I do it this year?
I trained but then decided not to attempt as considered too hard. However, as soon as I decided not to, I heard the exciting street dance opportunity was going to be lost due to a small amount of funding. So it felt like life was shouting at me to do it to raise money. "NovPlus1"...11:1
Did I think of quitting?
Nope. The journey was the important bit, not the last day so I needed to see where it went.
Did I dig deep mentally to continue?
Again, not really, only in the sense of trying to work out logically how I can physically continue given the contually growing list of pains.
How do my feet feel?
Urgh. When mobile, the main pain is calves then a symphony of pains at each stage of the foot movement. When at rest, sleepless nights of even stronger pains shooting everywhere from toes to hip.
Would I do it again?
No plans to and I wouldn't normally repeat a custom challenge exactly the same. But if it felt like the right thing to do, maybe.
What did I get out of it?
The fundraising was only part of it - of which I am so grateful to everyone. I now have greater confidence in making mindful choices but also my ability to achieve stated goals. The physical ability side is almost irrelevant, apart from demonstrating competence to others.
Time for a rest now?
Ha! I have a stack of household things that have been sidelined. Obviously I need to finish off the Street Dance workshop/party. Also, there are Farsley Festival grants, licenses and permissions to be applied for. I will then attempt my @RunningSeeds initiative. Oh, and support the technology infrastructure and grants for Leeds-DCS and support Sweat Pledge and do more British Cycling guided rides and lend a hand with ideas for BID Services deaf club events and....
Dictum meum pactum - what's that?
The phrase is from the financial world meaning "My word is my bond" and summarises how I go about life. Occasionally I may appear non-committal but that's because I do not believe in agreeing to something then backing out.
How did I choose my routes?
I generally don't pre-plan but have a few 'standard' routes for 6 miles, 10 miles, 13 miles which seem to go quickly as I am very familiar with them. If I want flat, then it has to be the canal, but to be honest, time goes slowly as hills help break things up. On day 26 I had a moment of near bonk and figured my body was misbehaving due to fatigue, so after that I stayed within a few miles of home so I could limp back if needed to rest.
How did I refuel?
Well I did increase my protein slightly (via milk/eggs/yoghurt) but generally just ate more - though typically pasties and pastries at Greggs! I nearly bonked on day 26 but then on the very last day at mile 24 I had a really fast crashing bonk - within half a mile I went from OK to wobbly, light headed, eyes wishy washy but managed to limp-mode to McD for a burger and hot chocolate for a recovery. I aim to eat food - I don't take supplements, pain killers and haven't used any protein powders etc.
What's my recovery regime?
Primarily, a hot water bottle! since day 8 I've constantly had a hot water bottle applied to the pains. Sometimes I put my foot in a frozen wine chiller bag thing, alternating with hot water bottle. The knobbly foam roller was used every day on the calves and thighs. Self sports-massage the best I could being totally untrained and never had one in the first place.
Strava Run Links:
|Fri, 30/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 30 - All Done - dictum meum pactum. Thank you to everyone!!!||05:47:26||30.77 mi||2,087 ft|
|Thu, 29/11/2018||'Observing' Flyers Group 1 hill repeats||36:03:00||2.43 mi||302 ft|
|Thu, 29/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 29 - oh yeah baby! Including run with Ellie and later home from school with Daniel||05:40:33||29.03 mi||2,077 ft|
|Wed, 28/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 28 pt 2 - why oh why is it not February! RUNNING FOR LEEDS DEAF CHILDREN, see desc.||04:18:29||22.04 mi||1,463 ft|
|Wed, 28/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 28 - Ahhh, accidental save again!||01:11:44||6.23 mi||472 ft|
|Tue, 27/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 27 pt 2 - The return of the mojo; rocked that half!||02:26:48||13.54 mi||981 ft|
|Tue, 27/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 27 pt 1 - Really struggling today with fatigue... which brings on the pain||02:42:03||13.51 mi||774 ft|
|Mon, 26/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 26 - 26 miles with #SchoolDropFit then Caroline and finally solo||04:50:45||26.01 mi||1,414 ft|
|Sun, 25/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 25 Part 2 - 25 miles completed after premature upload. Think I need a bigger swear box.||03:35:03||18.70 mi||246 ft|
|Sun, 25/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 25 pt 1 - Accidentally hit save!||01:13:09||6.40 mi||56 ft|
|Sat, 24/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 24 part 2 - final 13 miles home and around||02:24:31||13.06 mi||702 ft|
|Sat, 24/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 24 part 1 - to National Deaf Children's Society Conference||02:03:06||11.36 mi||387 ft|
|Fri, 23/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 23 - 23 painful miles but ran with Daniel home from school and later pitstopped with Cheezus Cakes!||04:18:27||23.06 mi||1,588 ft|
|Thu, 22/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 22 - 22 miles run to CityConnect then back to Farsley Flyers Fartlek group support||03:53:55||22.13 mi||1,250 ft|
|Wed, 21/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 21 part 2 - Final 5 miles with the awsome ProFIT28 gym group - 1 mile efforts||01:03:04||5.34 mi||358 ft|
|Wed, 21/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 21 part 1 - 16 yucky local miles plus (administered) First Aid at golf course||02:55:46||16.05 mi||1,171 ft|
|Tue, 20/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 20 - 20 miles including 10 with Caroline and Emily. Tough last 5, needed bath and banana.||03:36:39||20.03 mi||1,024 ft|
|Mon, 19/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 19 part 2 - 8 miles incorporating a meeting, vets and a creamy eclair (or two)||01:22:26||8.08 mi||686 ft|
|Mon, 19/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 19 part 1 - 11 miles incorporating #SchoolDropFit and a poo||01:57:56||11.16 mi||840 ft|
|Sun, 18/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 18 - 18 miles in one hit. Glorious day.||03:23:12||18.09 mi||810 ft|
|Sat, 17/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 17 part 3 - 4 miles with Sarah to finish off the day||40:39:00||4.14 mi||335 ft|
|Sat, 17/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 17 part 2 - 5.5 miles sweet spot with Kajsa||57:52:00||5.79 mi||292 ft|
|Sat, 17/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 17 part 1 - 8.5 miles foot-care pace||01:36:33||8.59 mi||538 ft|
|Fri, 16/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 16 - 16 miles starting with SchoolDropFit Sharon then a loop towards town via Greggs 😋||03:02:24||16.10 mi||738 ft|
|Thu, 15/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 15 part 2 - Guiding Farsley Flyers G2 to the Blue Tiger of Bramley||49:14:00||4.31 mi||367 ft|
|Thu, 15/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 15 part 1 - Flat scooch around town||01:53:58||11.03 mi||246 ft|
|Wed, 14/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 14 part 2 - Taking ProFIT28 gym group on a lumpy Bramley visit||59:57:00||4.85 mi||433 ft|
|Wed, 14/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 10 part 1 - Bramley jaunt with Emily then canal/river loop||01:45:36||10.16 mi||784 ft|
|Tue, 13/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 13 - 13 miles including company with Caroline and Steven||02:23:18||13.17 mi||994 ft|
|Mon, 12/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 12 - 12 miles incorporating anti bullying odd socks day #SchoolDropFit then fed cake by Jo (@butworthit)||02:06:54||12.03 mi||948 ft|
|Sun, 11/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 11 - 11.11 miles Remembrance Day run with Farsley Flyers||02:11:04||11.10 mi||709 ft|
|Sat, 10/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 10: 10 miles, injury recovered? Tonight will tell...||01:39:04||10.04 mi||623 ft|
|Fri, 09/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 9 - 9 miles incorporating #SchoolDropFit with a scenic run 💛||01:53:28||9.17 mi||738 ft|
|Thu, 08/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 8 - 8 miles incorporating Farsley Flyers beginners||01:34:56||8.06 mi||633 ft|
|Thu, 08/11/2018||Ride to check out a funding fair||01:24:22||16.69 mi||630 ft|
|Wed, 07/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 7 part 2: 3 miles supporting ProFit28 group||46:04:00||3.81 mi||591 ft|
|Wed, 07/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 7 part 1: 4 miles with #SchoolDropFit group||46:17:00||4.22 mi||322 ft|
|Tue, 06/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 6 - 6 miles solo mindfulness||59:02:00||6.27 mi||354 ft|
|Mon, 05/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 5 - 5 miles with School Drop Fit group||01:10:48||5.46 mi||433 ft|
|Sun, 04/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 4 - 4 miles with Steven||46:06:00||4.01 mi||381 ft|
|Sat, 03/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 3 - Bramley Parkrun||27:06:00||3.12 mi||355 ft|
|Fri, 02/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 2 - Rodley Rollercoaster||27:35:00||2.69 mi||417 ft|
|Thu, 01/11/2018||Supporting Flyers Group 1 with a group 2 tryout as a Brucie bonus||49:35:00||4.19 mi||197 ft|
|Thu, 01/11/2018||Evening Run||10:25||1.02 mi||144 ft|
|Thu, 01/11/2018||#NovPlus1 Day 1 - Daniel||11:49||1.00 mi||43 ft|