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I have started this challenge as a new runner who runs on average 2-3km per run every other day to test my persistence a...
I have started this challenge as a new runner who runs on average 2-3km per run every other day to test my persistence and give me the motivation to continue. I'm hoping that throughout the year my runs will get longer.

I want to test myself, and see what I really am made of.

I look forward to completing the challenge and earning this amazing medal.

I think a little about me is required here... I have stage 4 renal failure, I have already had a successful kidney transplant and this has worked for the last 4 years however is declining in function. Therefore I want to achieve as much as I can before I have to go back on dialysis. I have finally found something I really love doing!

It's funny because I would always see runners and think that looks like a lot of hard work and never think of doing it myself. Then one day I tried and I realised I was right! It is a lot of hard work... But it's a lot of fun!

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  • After having a couple of days for my leg to heal, (due to new tattoo), I thought today I would try and run a little further than I have ever run before. Try and get a little closer to the 10K mark. I certainly did that. I managed to run a lot further than I have ever done before. A massive 8.72km which is a huge achievement for me. I felt it this morning it was a hard fought run, but I really enjoyed the extra challenge of running past my comfort zone.

    I am making good pace at the moment. I would ideally like to get it closer to the 6:00 a km mark but that will come with time. As my body gets stronger my times will get quicker I imagine. I am just in awe of the progress I have made so far in just 3 months. I'm suprising myself with what I can achieve when I put my mind to it.
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 1 day ago
    Have had to take a few days off of running to let a fresh tattoo heal on my leg but will be back on it again either today or tomorrow dependant on time.

    I'm planning on trying for my first 10km run within the next week or maybe 2. I feel as though it's something I could achieve if I really push myself. As I always have a little left in the tank after my runs. Not much but enough for maybe another km. So in theory I should be able to slowly and gradually push up my distance in the coming weeks to finally hit the magic 10K.

    Who knows... We will see. ‏ — feeling great
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  •   Stes 500km Running Challenge commented on this post about 1 day ago
    I have FINALLY hit 100km for the year!

    I have been running really well the past few runs and managed to run my longest run so far on Friday morning. Which was not far off 7km! Then this morning I just couldn't get out of my head on my run and it severely effected my performance as I only managed to run 3.9km. I was disappointed at first, but then came to realise that maybe it was always going to happen. I have been running so well lately that maybe I needed this set back to give me the motivation to power through. So on my next run I will be more prepared to combat my own thoughts and try and stay positive through my run. After all, I am a firm believer of if you have a positive mental attitude then you can achieve anything.

    I have also took the leap.... I have joined the Run the Board Medal! 225km! What am I doing!! I am going to slowly try and increase distance until June and then once the actual challenge starts I am going to give it my all, go hell for leather and achieve my Medal. It is going to be a massive challenge. As it is pretty much half of my challenge target in 3 months. But I know I can achieve it if I put my mind to it and I feel that by June I will be ready to tackle it.

    So all in all I have had ups and downs this week... However I also believe that you will never truly appreciate the good times if you don't go through the bad aswell. So I have learnt a lot and can take this new found knowledge of my mind and body through my next runs.
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  •   Stes 500km Running Challenge commented on this post about 1 week ago
    So running has added more to my life than I first thought. I have been talking to an old friend from my school days as he runs also and we met up yesterday for an early morning run! I haven't seen this guy for 12 years!! But had an absolutely awesome run, I managed to run for longer than I ever have before without walking, I managed the longest distance I have ran so far and at an average pace also!! When I first went out it was a little drizzly, this turned into a mix between hail and heavy rain ... So I ended up getting absolutely soaked, right through to my bones. But I still loved every second of the run. And rain will not stop me from achieving what I want to achieve.

    My legs must be getting used to the constant battering as they are not aching as much the next day anymore, along with stretching properly and I have also purchased a foam roller! Used it once. Didn't like it. Felt like I was getting a massage by a herd of stampeding cows. However I will persevere with it as I know it does help.

    So all in all this challenge has given me the absolute motivation to get out, regardless of the weather and get the kms in.
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 1 week ago
    I'm managing to consistently run over 5km on each run now. It was raining and extremely windy but I managed to get out and enjoyed it. For the past 3 runs I have managed it. My legs are definately feeling it, stretching out after my runs has really helped. I have definately been neglecting that previously. The dog decided to join in on the stretching after my run, which made it rather hard! Especially when stretching glutes as he decided to jump on my face. Great help that was 😂

    Another positive about all my running is I am actually developing calf muscles. Which is a massive plus. I am definately considering entering for the run the board Medal as it seems like something I could now achieve. We will see...
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 2 weeks ago
    I finally breached the 5Km mark! Its coming along slowly. I am taking my running much more seriously lately. I have been stretching after my runs and I am going to focus on my strength training to try and build my legs and core up so I can further progress and work on my pace.

    This has become more of a lifestyle for me now. I originally wanted to focus on my fitness, but it's more than that now. It's become an actual passion. I am actually very surprised how much progress I have made so far.

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  •   Stes 500km Running Challenge commented on this post about 2 weeks ago
    February is coming to a close and the warmer weather is creeping in slowly... Although it's supposed to get cold again this week, which is disappointing. But I must admit I do enjoy running in the cold. I'm not sure how I will fair running when it's a bit warmer as haven't done that in many years.

    My aim originally was to run 30km a month. However since upping my challenge to 500km for the year I will have to run around 41-42km a month. It's looking likely that I am going to finish this month having run 43.4km. Which has absolutely smashed through what I managed in January. Bringing my yearly total to 69km. According to Strava. So in actual fact I'm a little behind my target at the moment. However march is the month I am really going to push to catch up and hit all the new milestones I have set for myself.

    Watch this space... ‏ — feeling great
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  •   Alb2787 reacted to this post about 2 weeks ago
    So I took the plunge and upped my challenge from 300km to 500km. Hopefully I will achieve it but I always like to aim high and then it gives me the motivation to really push myself.

    Thank you MedalMad for allowing me to increase my challenge for the year!
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  •   Stes 500km Running Challenge commented on this post about 4 weeks ago
    Today I hit target for February! I currently am sitting at 60.5km for the year which, I wanted to run roughly 30km a month and there is still 8 days left of this month! I am really starting to see positive progress as I finally broke the 7minute a km bench mark today. On average my time was 6.59/km on a 4.54km run.

    I have been following a C25K app on my phone and that has helped a great deal ensuring I don't push myself too hard to begin with and get injured. I am seeing real progress and shaving small amounts of time off my pace each run... at first I was neglecting to stretch after a run and this was hindering my progress slightly, but since I have got my act together and taken that time at the end of a run to stretch out, I am noticing I am not so stiff when beginning.

    I am also doing research trying to find the best strength exercises to do on non run days to build up my core strength to also help with my pace etc. There is a wealth of knowledge and to try and break this down into set routines or exercise plans is proving difficult. I'm wondering does anyone have a plan they follow to build strength in their body to assist with their running?

    All in all I am going to see how many km I can fit in before the end of Feb and smash past my target for the month. I may even consider increasing my challenge target of 300km to possibly 500km to give myself a real challenge!
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 1 month ago
    I actually managed to run over 4km for the first time this year... I am so proud of myself. My pace is really improving. It was the quickest I have managed a km on average so far. I am hitting new personal bests every run pretty much now and feeling really grumpy on the days that I don't run.. after I can hit 5km steadily every run I'm going to increase my running to everyday!! I'm glad I joined this challenge as it's really kicked my butt into getting out and improving my fitness. Especially with the health struggles I do have.

    Medalmad you have really helped me help myself and so for that I thank you! ‏ — feeling great
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 1 month ago
    So... After being really unwell I am back out in the cold running my little butt off. I am a little disappointed as I'm having some trouble with Strava not tracking my full run and so my distance is being affected by this. As you can see from the picture my distance is around 35km however I believe I have actually done more like 38-39km this year. But I'm gonna keep trying to fix whatever issue I'm having.

    I am super excited about keeping up my running usually I start a fitness regime and give up by the end of January but this feels so different as I'm having so much fun just getting out and it truly is a great healer of the mind also. It gives me time to clear my head. And I completely forgot to post about getting my toy story medal!!

    I absolutely love it as I'm a bit of a toy story fan! And I love the fact these medals are so much fun.
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  •   Stes 500km Running Challenge commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Turns out I was more I'll than I thought as I am just getting over the tail end of it now, however February is going to be my month! I'm feeling much better after around 10 days of being really unwell. I literally cannot wait to start running again. I surpassed my target for January but I'm going to obliterate my target for February. I am also looking forward to starting more medal runs throughout the year!!
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Haven't been able to run the past few days as have had a terrible fever and been really unwell. However feeling slightly more human today so I am going to get back on it tomorrow. Looking forward to adding more Km to the tally. Currently sitting at 33.9KM for this month. So I have surpassed my monthly target of 30km already. Which is a big deal for me. 🤪🤪 ‏ — feeling blessed
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 2 months ago
    24.9Km down so far. I'm really happy with the progress I'm making now! Running pretty consistently. Legs are like jelly today after strength training yesterday but still managed 4km run this morning. But my god was it cold!! ‏ — feeling great
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  •   Notslow reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    Haven't ran for four days as I have had another tattoo added to my leg sleeve, however back on it tomorrow now it's healing nicely. I love the fact when I don't run I miss it. 13km so far. Going to try to get to at least 30km by the end of January.
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  •   Stes 500km Running Challenge commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Soooo... I have ran 9.53km out of the 300km planned so far. Feeling achey today as it's a rest day, strength training later ready to run again tomorrow. Feeling very positive about this challenge and my new found passion. ‏ — feeling happy
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  •   Sara88 reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    Hit a new personal best with a run of 3.88km. Which isn't far considering some runners run ultra marathons but for me it was an achievement. 😁
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