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The November run streak. Two thirds done.

So what’s a girl to do when you’re at a bit of a loose end prior to marathon training schedule starting? I decided run streak! That is running a number of days in a row. Everyday. Minimum 1 Mile. Not naked running. Although this may have been an option to get some speed in the legs for fear of being seen!

There’s a couple of reasons why I am running every day throughout November. I am not very good when there is no structure to my running. I need routine, a plan, a challenge. Something to stop myself from taking the easy option of sofa and a small giants portion of cake. So the small giants portion of cake hasn’t gone, but happily sticking to my run goals for November is there at least.

I also wanted to build up a good aerobic base prior to marathon specific training. To be quite frank, just any base is more than welcome after my complete slow down, almost complete halt following Berlin Marathon.

Finally I wanted to do something for Diabetes Awareness Month that I wouldn’t normally do. It can be hard running with Type 1 Diabetes. It can throw a million and one challenges at you. So what better way to flip the proverbial bird than to run every day! No rest for the wicked!

20 days in, 100 Miles covered. What have I discovered during my short time of running every day? Quite a bit.

I have learnt to go slow in order to run more. Almost every run has been a relaxed easy pace. This has worked wonders for me. October was spent entertaining an array of niggles. Since running more, at a slower pace the niggles have subsided and I feel so much stronger. This hasn’t all been down to easy miles. I have been very conscious of spending time daily stretching and incorporating strengthening routines, all of which have been beneficial!

There have been a few rest days. For these a mile plodding along with the dog has been a welcome break.

There have been times where I thought I didn’t have time or felt too tired to run. Fitting it in around work, family, kids, general everyday madness has been a challenge some days! It’s amazing how you suddenly find ways of fitting in a run….. and how much better you feel for getting it done.

I’ve also become very reliant on dry shampoo. It’s been my saviour, many a day! 😂

10 more days to go, until I finish my November challenge. Hopefully I will still be as chirpy at the end of it. Hopefully I will have hit my goal of 150 Miles. Hopefully, I can then save money on coffee and dry shampoo!