Day 1 of The MAD Challenge was an exciting start to the month.
Conditions were maybe far from perfect. For a start just a few hours earlier I’d got off an overnight flight from the US. I was suffering a bit of jet lag since I didn’t sleep too well on the plane.
I managed to get a little bit of rest at home prior to going for this first run.
Weather conditions were far from ideal. It alternated between sunshine and showers plus there was quite a strong wind blowing.
Yet, The MAD Challenge is all about going outside and running no matter how I feel or what the weather is like. So this was a perfect start.
Before going out for the run I took some quick measurements to see where I am starting from.
My weight on Day 1 of The MAD Challenge was 14.38 stone or 91.317 kilos.
Body Fat 38%
Body Water 43.8%
After doing some warm up stretches and a little warm up jog I was ready to go.
I’ve read a lot of advice about starting out and I shouldn’t over do it. So I mixed it up and walked for a minute, then ran for a minute. Then walked a further minute and so on.
The rain came down heavy as I began running a mile. Once I was moving I didn’t let this bother me much and just focused on what I was doing.
Soon I was feeling the heaviness of my legs and the back of my shins. It was also a good chance for me to practise breathing effectively whilst running.
So how did I do on my first day of The MAD Challenge?
I was thinking before hand that if I got under 12 minutes that would be a great start. So I was delighted to see I just missed the 10 minute mark!
My watch said 10.06 minutes yet when I loaded the data up to Garmin Connect it said 10.01 minutes for the mile. So close to 10 minutes!
I’m delighted with the result although already my legs feel heavy when walking up the stairs.
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. Before the Day 1 run I’d raised £50 of my £500 target for Cancer Research UK.
Here are my results from Day 1 of The MAD Challenge
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