SHARING EXPERIENCE, ADVICE AND MOTIVATION TO GET YOU RUNNING
Fitness levels at Monday Night Football had taken a hit. Kev was spending half his time in goals, Edgar was constantly returning from injury and Kenny was already doing a bit of running to stem the flow.
Running apps downloaded, we all went for a run. Not together, just when we could find the time and willpower. We bored everyone with our WhatsApp messages so Kenny started our own group. After some nonsensical story from Edgar about not getting out to run, the Edgar 6 Challenge was born.
Six miles weren’t easy at the beginning. They were made up of a combination of 3 mile and 2 mile runs with some longer and shorter as the end of the week loomed closer. The challenge went uncompleted a number of times but the motivation and camaraderie pushed on our progress.
Kenny and Kev kept at it, going from strength to strength. Edgar dipped in and out as he battled his injury demons and current status is unknown – probably lying down somewhere with a bag of Flamin Hot Monster Munch. Others joined but injuries and commitments have hampered the progression of Paul, Sammy, Iain and Alex, whilst Kev joined Maryhill Harriers.
Start of the Garmin Gallops – a series of weekly then monthly running challenges saw the ranks rise again with Ali, Gordon and Martin joining up. A number of Parkruns, 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and marathons start being entered and completed by our runners.
Why six miles?
We’re not really sure why, it came about after a bit of confusion between Edgar and Kenny but it seemed manageable and it worked. Apparently there’s some science behind it too (source). Running just a few miles a couple of times a week can make big improvements to your health.
Lower blood pressure
Better weight management
Lower risk of stroke
A healthy mind
It’s been a game changer for me. I remember not being interested in running at all but it’s gone to a whole new level. Smashing PBs all over the place, going from 2 mile runs to completing a marathon in under 3 hours. The E6C has been phenomenal.