Day 19 And What Is Cross Training For Runners? #themadchallenge

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As I begin Day 19 of The MAD Challenge I awoke with the effects of my first proper experience of cross training. However cross training for runners with an injury is maybe not a good idea. As I found out.

As I’ve researched online for advice on how to become a runner I’ve seen two messages shine through. They are:-

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Day 18 Results Of The MAD Challenge #themadchallenge

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I said yesterday that as I now complete The MAD Challenge it is more about the speed of my recovery rather than the time I can cover a mile. This really came to the fore today, in Day 18 of The MAD Challenge.

Awaking early yet again I was looking to complete a lovely walk by the marina of Kristiansand just as the sun rises. The streets are virtually empty and the place is just idyllic. It even has some sand sculptures!

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Day 17 Results Of The MAD Challenge #themadchallenge

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Day 17 of The MAD Challenge and I’m more than half way there! Yes, I am beyond the half way mark of 31 days consecutively covering a mile a day. Also thanks to 2 recent sponsors I’ve now raised over 50% of my fundraising target!

Yes, I have now raised £280 of my initial £500 target. Thanks to everybody who has sponsored me. Please help me smash my target by sponsoring me too 🙂

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Day 16 Results Of The MAD Challenge #themadchallenge

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Day 16 of The MAD Challenge only confirmed the extent of my injury. I am still hobbling and there doesn’t feel as though there has been any improvement after resting up overnight.

If I put any weight on my left leg there is clear pain. Even just putting my jeans on this morning revealed how much it hurts.

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Day 15 Of The MAD Challenge – I’m Injured

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Day 15 of The MAD Challenge and there is no denying it anymore. I am injured and quite badly too.

In recent days I’ve mentioned growing concerns of injuries and they have now clearly hurt me.

I started having concerns earlier in the week with water retention causing fluid around my right ankle. I’ve been treating it in various ways such as eating more bananas, wearing compression socks and taking water retention tablets. This seems to have had a positive impact since the swelling has reduced. However my ankle still feels weak and vulnerable.

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Day 14 Results Of The MAD Challenge #themadchallenge

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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.

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