Thursday, 11 February 2010

miles in new shoes...

They say to understand someone 'walk a mile in their shoes', well not being a runner & having bought two new pairs at the start of my challenge to run 10k everyday – it could be said I've been running in the shoes of the 'new me' & by extension understand him better!

In the distance I've worn these shoes, I've observed and become aware of a phenomena that I believe we usually take for granted - “ME” time.

Yes I'm running 10k everyday for Cancer Research but I'll confess fitting 60mins in everyday to run 10km is not easy; with two kids, a wife and work to satisfy. In 'having' to do it, I've become very aware of how easy it is to lose personal time and also fill time with stuff.

Although I'd be running, like many people I'd soon be in a little bubble & a world of my own as the time & kilometres built up. And whilst out on my regular running I'd come across a few people who were clearly enjoying being in their own bubble; every now and again one of them would be so deep, they'd jump when I passed.

The regularity of this observation, as well as enjoying and finding my self in the bubble lead me to realise with planning to run everyday, I'd come to value these runs as “ME” time. Pondering on this thought when out on a 10k the other day, I found myself wishing I'd planned a little “ME” time more often before – whether it be 20, 30 or 60 minutes to lose yourself however the amount of time I concluded was not as important as the regularity of it. I also came to the conclusion that doing the same thing in the same laborious environment wasn't really “ME” time.

Last Tuesday I ran on the Treadmill, not because I had to but to do something & be somewhere different. I found the run after back on the road very enjoyable, as was the Treadmill run the night before but for different reasons. In addition, I've found the community of 'runners' really welcoming, warm and great to be around – though its nice to meet and run with different groups every now and then, I also like the bubble found in my own company from time to time.

With the above in mind I'd like to change & add to the answer I've given to “Do you feel any different for doing the challenge?” with, I feel physically better for the exercise with the exception of 'odd' days but feel equally healthier for having regular “ME” time and space.

At this point then, I value and recognise the time taken in the task has a byproduct of providing me with some “ME” time – to de-stress, ponder & explore solutions for home & work, but most all to let go and dream. That's it for now and I wish that you find, or make an equal measure of “ME” time.

Please take the time to share the 10k-everyday idea and encouraging others to get involved - it's as good as donating. If you're on Face Book simply type “10k everyday” in the search bar.

You can find micro blogging of this challenge at:, &

Send a friend request with 10k-everyday in it and I'll accept. Be well, Tim

1 comment:

  1. Tim, I love this post! Although I'm a relatively new runner, I can appreciate the "ME" time you describe. There's nothing like lacing up at the end of a stressful day at work. Unless it's getting out before the rest of the family has time to know you're gone. Keep on, my friend. Great advice!