“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham
It’s done! I completed the 12 Runs for Christmas Challenge today, covering 42kms in 12 days. Well, actually over seven days, as on three days last week I deemed it too hot to run, and over the weekend I decided to go paddle boarding and then to drink cocktails with a friend, so
not much no actual running took place.
Having said that, if I had counted the walks I did as well, I would have smashed the 60km challenge, but as I only counted runs, I just scraped in with the 42km.
Here’s the breakdown;
- 1 December – 5.01km / 28:19 (5:38 per km)
- 2 December – 4.00km / 25:45 (6:26 per km) plus 10km WALK
- 3 December – 10.00km / 59:12 (5:55 per km)
- 4 December – 10.km WALK
- 5 December – rest day
- 6 December – rest day
- 7 December – 7.01km / 39:39 (5:39 per km)
- 8 December – 5.01 km / 27:51 (5:34 per km)
- 9 December – paddle boarding and boozing
- 10 December– recovering from boozing
- 11 December – 6.00 km / 32:57 (5:30 per km)
- 12 December – 5.01 km / 27:09 (5.25 per km)
Total KM’s running only = 42.05 km
Total KM’s inc walking = 62.05 km
It was actually a nice little challenge to do, and while I did hope that magically I would get loads fitter over the 12 days, I didn’t really manage to bring my speed down by much.
Still, I have learnt some things about myself through the experience. Firstly, that I do not like running in the heat, and secondly I have a bit of a (maybe?) unhealthy obsession with numbers and ticking things off lists.
With this in mind, I need to think of another challenge for after Christmas…