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Running 5,000 miles in 1,000 calendar days


I completed my first running challenges of 1,000km in 100 days and 1,000miles in 160 days during the Covid lockdown in the summer of 2020, raising £1,733 for Children with Cancer UK. With the winter months approaching and colder darker mornings, running became more of a means to maintain fitness and my new waistline. However, I soon decided on a new target of 2,000 miles in a calendar year April 2020/21 which I failed to achieve, mainly due to adverse weather! During the summer of 2021, I hit on the idea of running 5,000 miles in 3 years, which was later reduced to 1,000 calendar days and became my new (final) goal.


Compression sleeve calf supportI completed my challenge of 5,000 miles on 30 November 2022, on day 961 - 39 days early. This is even more amazing having been behind each monthly target for most of 2022, having suffered a right calf injury (cause unknown, although I suspect it was aggravated when I stepped in a pot hole whilst running in the dark) during September 2021. In March 2022, my doctor diagnosed a varicose vein. I now run with a compression sleeve on this leg.


In January 2022, I also dislocated my right big toe stepping out of the shower after a run which put me out of action for over two weeks. Both injuries lost me 20 running days and left me with 300-mile deficit to make up during the summer. Thankfully the weather in October and November remained fairly warn and dry (mostly), as I refuse to run in the rain or in temperatures below 2°C.


During this current challenge, I repeated the 1,000km in 100 days, (actual 88 days) improving on my previous best in 2020 by 4 days. In July I ran over 400km (250 miles) and a weekly 93km (58miles). I also completed 3,000km in 276 calendar days between 28 February 2022 and 30 November 2022. At the end of the current challenge, I am thankfully injury free, helped no doubt by the copious amounts of Voltarol gel applied to aching muscles most evenings.


An integral part of my training, is 90 minutes of weight training at least twice a week maintain and improve my current muscle bulk and to avoid ending up looking like skinny, flamingo-legged Tour-de-France cyclist due to the circa 1,300 calories I burn off running. I believe my muscle bulk along with energy gel enabled me to compete on equal terms with much younger runners in the Thorney Island half-marathon.


I nearly always start my run in the early mornings, even in the dark in winter. It is good to have done the run before the world gets going. I enjoy the peace and quiet and see lovely sunrises and wildlife such as foxes, rabbits and many domestic cats on their way home for breakfast.


























































    

   Just how far is 5,000 miles?               




   24,900 miles at the equator.


    5,000miles (8,051km) ran in 961 calendar days -

    536 running days. Average speed of 5.1mph (8.3km/h)

    Total calories burned: 618,962

 

2,132miles ran in 2022 in 334 calendar days and 207 running days. Average speed of 5.4mph. (8.6km/h)








 









   

Running shoes:  8 Pairs!

Slazenger Classic


Of the running shoes, the Slazenger Classics from Sports Direct were cheap and do the job for the novice runner. They have plastic uppers so are quite useful for running in the wet such as mud or on the beach. They can be slippery in wet conditions on the road though. Also very uncompromising as far as shock absorbing is concerned and definitely not for longer distances.







I found the Sketchers Bounder Verkona very comfortable, however with this variation, sole wear is an issue and the second pair only did 555 miles with the same amount of wear as the original pair (left) that lasted 1,029 miles.



 



ASICS Cumulus 23


My favourites are the ASICS Gel-Cumulus 23. Padding is good and cushioning also good. They take about 100 miles to run in but wear very well. I’ve run in half-marathons with these and will run in a pair for the London Marathon 2023. My running shoe of choice.




Hoka One Rincon 2The Hoka One Rincon 2 are nice and light but are a tight fit in the width, almost bunion causing. They seemed cooler in the summer and best worn with thinner socks. The sole wears away at an alarming rate. Expect, at the most, 750 miles from these. Insoles are quite hard on the foot too. Probably a compromise for the ultra lightweight of the shoe.



The Mizumo Wave Inspire 17  were recommended by The Run Company shop after having my gait video analysed on a treadmill. Having an exiting injury, hence the visit, these actually made it worse so they were mothballed. However, nearing the completion of the 5,000 miles, I decided to give them another chance, as at £130, they are the most expensive shoes I have ever purchased  I found that the Mizumo did not aggravate my old injury and I believe they may have even increased my pace a little.

     I am currently in trialing these for longer distances as part of my training for       the London Marathon 2023


Running 5,000 miles in 1,000 days

Make/Model

Date bought

Cost

Total Miles

Notes

 Slazenger Classic 00

 28 Oct 2019

£22

492 miles

Retired

 Slazenger Lifetstyle SNR00

 14 July 2020

£27

460 miles

Retired

 Sketchers Bounder Verkona 1

 6 June 2020

£50

1,029 miles

Retired

 Sketchers Bounder Verkona 2

 28 Nov 2020

£50

559 miles

Retired

 Mizumo Wave Inspire 17

9 Sept 2021

£130

 157 miles*


 Hoka Rincon 2

18 Oct 2021

£68

733 miles

Retired

 ASICS Gel Cumulus 23 (1)

18 Oct 2021

£84

1,180 miles

Retired

 ASICS Gel Cumulus 23 (2)

7 Feb 2022

£89

127 miles*

London Marathon

 ASICS Gel Cumulus 23 (3)

17 Aug 2022

£75

897 miles*


 Hoka Clifton 8

17 Feb 2023

£80

24 miles*


MONTH

Miles

Target

Cumulative

+/- Diff

Apr-20

81.09

150

81.09

-69.91

May-20

231.53

300

312.62

-12.62

Jun-20

215.53

450

528.15

-78.15

Jul-20

149.57

600

677.72

-77.72

Aug-20

170.97

750

848.69

-98.69

Sep-20

177.44

900

1026.13

-126.13

Oct-20

100.91

1050

1127.03

-77.03

Nov-20

111.81

1200

1238.83

-38.83

Dec-20

109.23

1350

1348.06

-1.94

Jan-21

98.02

1500

1446.08

-53.92

Feb-21

95.24

1650

1541.32

-108.68

Mar-23

138.38

1800

1679.69

-120.31

Apr-21

115.31

1950

1795.01

-154.99

May-21

144.14

2100

1939.14

-160.68

Jun-21

166.47

2250

2105.61

-144.39

Jul-21

199.61

2400

2305.22

-94.78

Aug-21

174.31

2550

2479.52

-70.48

Sep-21

113.41

2700

2592.92

-107.08

Oct-21

54.76

2850

2647.71

-202.29

Nov-21

96.07

3000

2743.78

-256.22

Dec-21

134.21

3150

2877.99

-272.01

Jan-22

118.88

3300

2996.87

-303.13

Feb-22

161.46

3450

3158.33

-291.67

Mar-22

158.31

3600

3316.64

-283.36

Apr-22

168.06

3750

3484.71

-265.31

May-22

181.62

3900

3666.32

-233.68

Jun-22

216.59

4050

3882.91

-167.09

Jul-22

252.51

4200

4139.42

-60.51

Aug-22

228.82

4350

4368.24

18.24

Sep-22

200.56

4500

4568.81

68.81

Oct-22

225.37

4650

4793.16

143.16

Nov-22

209.31

4800

5,003.00

203

Dec-22


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Energy Gels give a boost every 10km

600 bottles of water

80 energy gels

Six sets of  Sony headphones

  60 boxes of tissues

* Mileage as of 3rd April 2023