I cannot believe we’re already half way through the year! Where has the time gone? Summer is officially here and #mileadaymay was an amazing way to appreciate the Spring.
I’ve never actually taken the time to take a look around at how beautiful my city is this time of year. When you live away everything seems to be an adventure, everything is so new and exciting. I decided it was time to open my eyes up a little and stop running with my head down. This past May I left my earphones at home, got myself a run squad and captured the beauty of Dublin in the Spring.
I ran the first 9 days straight clocking up 17.3 miles (27.8k) but managed to suffer my first run injury. 🙁 I felt my right knee was strained and started to hear loud clicking. So unfortunately I wasn’t able to run for a week (I took it as resting and wore a knee support, stretching daily, took a light TRX class) but I didn’t let this stop me. The #mileadaymay challenge entails walking, running, jogging, sprinting.. whatever you choose to do is up to you, once you do it a mile everyday!
So I chose to do a lot of walking, between 3-5 miles a day. It worked out perfectly as I had a little cutie join me for a week. My niece Anna was home from the UK for the first time and she was too cute to leave at home.
I also took my walks outside of my estate and travelled to Greystones Beach, The Hell Fire Club Hike, Dublin Zoo, Tymon Park, etc. The weather we got in May just made everything so much better! Dublin when the sunshines is unbelievable. A few days we had some heavy clouds and rain, but the majority was all sunshine and blue skies.
In the last two weeks of May I started to run again, trying to only do one mile a day and not push my knee. I clocked up a further 13.8 miles (22.3k). I’m pretty determined when it comes to setting my mind to something, even though I had walked a minimum of 21 miles this month… I still wanted to clock the 31 miles (in 31 days) on my Nike App, because you know it would be only me that would have known otherwise? lol But really, I couldn’t lie about a challenge I didn’t complete. I wanted to run the 31 miles and so that was my goal. There’s something about running that makes you compete against yourself, don’t know where it comes from or why but it really makes me focused and know that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and I’m only trying to better myself each time.
May was also a big deal because I ran with so many different people for the first time! I’m so use to running alone (or with my run club at work the odd time) it was amazing to be able to run with my friends.! My sister Emma has become quiet the runner and she’s only a beginner, my sister in law Louise is practically elite, my friends Suzanne, Carla (who’s also a newbie!), my brother Gary (practically died trying to keep up to his pace) and my friend Lisa who lives on another continent!!! She’s been sending me snap chats of her runs and I love that we can stay connected in different time zones! Not forgetting my friend Kayla in Canada who is also running rings around me as usual.
I got to go on my walks with all the little people in my family, lots of nieces and nephews to keep me company!
Overall, I learnt a lot from #MileadayMay ! I’ve realised how beautiful Dublin can be, that every run route can be an adventure in itself, I can run without earphones (they’ve always been a security blanket), I can clock up the miles when I focus and pull out my determination. But most of all, I enjoyed it.
Is it really time to start training for the half marathon?