What was I thinking? Running every day? After 5 runs my legs were completely shot. Completely. 

On the plus side, I met a lovely man who, after three separate occasions of torture, managed to loosen up the muscles in my calves and alleviate the shin splints. If anyone needs this kind of pain in their life, I can highly recommend Relax Spa in Covent Garden, London.


After spending a lot of yesterday on twitter, and taking part in the #UKRunChat hour, I decided to give the Advent Running challenge a go.

In their own words:

“Advent Running is a free and simple run challenge that aims to keep people running throughout the month of December. The aim is to run for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, each day, between the 1st and 25th of December.”

Now, I have already done a run on the 30th November, so I’ve got an extra run under my belt. And advent officially starts on 30th November, so this is a challenge I’ve started without knowing. I must continue.

Of course there’s a spreadsheet.


01/12: Morning Run: I can already tell stretching is going to be important. My calves are complaining a lot today.

02/12: So much pain! Managed about 15 minutes of running before the pain in my shins forced me to stop. I carried on walking until the full half hour, but I did have a sob when I got home. No running for me tomorrow. I’m not built for run streaks. I have pilates tomorrow, so will have a rest day, then carry on with compression socks, stretching and sports massages.

04/12: After a day off yesterday, much stretching, pilates, and a sports massage, I went out for a run this morning with the ladies from the Old Hatfield Ladies Running Club (I can’t work out where the apostrophe should be, or even if there should be one, don’t judge me, I’ll ask my mum next time I see her). It was a fairly painful run, but I’m very pleased I did it. We’re meeting again on Sunday.