I am now on Day 14 which means that I’m at the end of Week 2 of The MAD Challenge. Nearly half way with two and a half weeks to go.
Very much in line with weather predictions the ground was wet from rain this morning. I was expecting to actually be running in the rain but thankfully that didn’t happen. It was all rained out before I began.
I tried to mix up my pre-run stretches and do a little bit more but I need to work on this. At the start of runs now I don’t feel loosened up enough. I feel heavy, slow and lethargic. I still wonder if the time of the morning is a factor too?
Either way, I’ll do some more research on the best stretches to perform and hopefully add that to my routine.
With a very overcast sky my watch found the GPS signal almost instantly which was a pleasant surprise.
I made another slow and steady start. I had little choice really since again I couldn’t really get motoring.
Last week I had the problem of beginning runs too quickly. Now I feel like I’m too slow. Maybe that is a good thing?
Again I tried to run as far as possible without a walking section. Today was another new achievement as I made it to 0.80 of a mile. (I’m getting closer!) I walked for 0.04 of a mile again.
I must admit that I’m starting to feel guilty when I walk. I really need to walk since I’m shattered. However in my mind I’m thinking that this is dropping my pace drastically, I should be running through this. Hopefully, soon I will.
My result from Day 14 of The MAD Challenge
I was able to get back under 10 minutes again which is really pleasing. Under 10 minutes is now becoming an expected result since I’ve proven time and time again that I can do it. Any run over 10 minutes is a bad day.
Thoughts after 2 weeks of The MAD Challenge
I’m nearly half way there now. There have been some tough runs so far and I know there will be some more difficult moments ahead.
However in terms of where I am there is notable improvement. Whilst it is far from fast, I’m becoming more comfortable and able to maintain a steady speed for longer. Compare this to the fast, slow, fast, slow approach of the first few days.
Running under 10 minutes has been achieved on 5 of the last 7 days. This is very pleasing for me after the struggles of week 1. I hope to continue to improve my average times in the next couple of weeks.
Running the full mile is almost in my grasp. It is most certainly my next goal and at 0.8 miles today I’m getting close!
Whilst I may not be showing any physical changes as of yet from running a mile a day, for the moment I am feeling it. To some extent my body aches like it did after around day 3 of Insanity. Now Insanity is much more challenging than The MAD Challenge and the pain is felt early on in that one.
For me, I’ve been battling over the last few days with swelling around my right ankle. I’ve started taking steps to deal with this water retention problem in a number of ways. This includes wearing compression socks and taking water retention tablets. These and other steps are showing some positive early results. Maybe I’ll write about it at some point.
I am however concerned that I may subconsciously have been over compensating for the swollen ankle in my last 2-3 runs. Whist I ache in a lot of places I’m feeling aching more so in the left side of my hip.
I really now need to focus on my posture and technique whilst running. The only thing that will prevent me from completing The MAD Challenge is an injury. I need to avoid one.
After my run tomorrow morning my body will have an extended rest of sorts. Since I have very early flights on Sunday then a morning run is not an option. So I’ll have a break of maybe 36+ hours between those runs. I’ll still be running everyday in August, just at different times. I hope that my body feels the benefit of the rest.
I also need to extend the pre-run exercise routine. Make it longer and add in new stretches. This should help me with feeling more comfortable and maybe my technique too.
No new donations received. I’ve had a few promises from people that they will sponsor but they haven’t done so yet. I hope they will keep their promise.
I’ve raised £240 of my £500 target for Cancer Research UK.