RED January (Run every day) for MIND : Week 1



I’ve signed up for RED January in aid of MIND. I’m excited to be running each day in January with my minimum target of 100 miles, however, I’m more excited to be raising funds for MIND, the mental health charity. The charity link is HERE many thanks.

I have written more about why I chose to run for MIND below the daily updates.


Day 1 : Fareham parkrun, wind, rain, huge puddles and mud … a great introduction to 2018 !! 3.2 miles Cum 3.2 miles This post from the parkrun facebook page sums the morning up !! Many thanks to them.



After waking up late and then realising my garmin was still going while I was in the scanning queue everything else was straight forward in-between. It’s great to run a local event where you recognise lots of runners and then share the puddles that span the complete width of the track that you’re running on !! “Epic” start to 2018. PS for the record I was 125th /265 in a cautious 27 minutes.

Day 2 : After cycling home from work I went straight out onto my run so as to save time and a second shower in the same evening. Even 3 steady miles around my local streets reminded me why pavements, junctions, cars and street lighting aren’t my preferred running location. However, I survived !!

Thanks very much to the 35 people that kindly have me Kudos on my Strava Day 1 download. I’ll update this Strava training log photo each day.

strava 3

I’ll keep these short run posts fairly brief. The interesting news from the weather forecast is that storm Eleanor is on its way !! Bring it on …. ha ha 🙂

Day 3

After an interesting ride to work with the strongest winds I’ve come across in the 3 years I’ve be riding, as well as rain that seemed to be horizontal !!, this evenings run in comparison was calm and pleasant. 3rd 5K in a row and I threw in a 125 feet hill too. Dry January is also progressing well #nocider.

Thanks again to the Strava community because after Day 1’s 38 Kudos hits Day 2 had 26 as well. I appreciate the support 🙂

day 3

Day 4

Fourth 5K in a row and again thank to the Strava community for their 20 odd kudos clicks. I hope to receive my T Shirt soon but to be honest this will just be a bonus. I know there were 20,000 to be handed out so that’s fantastic if so many people are involved. I don’t expect to raise too much money in these initial days I’m hoping that as the weeks go by interest will pick up.

Saying that I’ve certainly talked about mental health to lots of people so raising awareness is just as important 🙂

Day 4

Day 5

Todays run in the January sunshine made a welcome change !! I’ve held off promoting the fundraising side until there’s a few miles clocked and with 26 days to go I don’t want to peak too early. The Strava Kudos figures are in the 30’s and I’ve followed a number of fellow running club runners who are also logging miles for MIND.

Day 5

The mindfulness benefits of running are well documented and then combining this with a dry January I certainly feel I’ve had a positive start to 2018. It’s great to be involved 🙂

Day 6

Another steady run with some elevation Cum miles 20.5

Day 7

It isn’t easy being sensible but I decided 3/4 of an hour and around 5 miles would be enough today. With there still being 3 1/2 weeks left and not wishing to stretch my family’s goodwill this seemed the right answer. I chose Portchester Lane because it’s steep !! My 4.8 mile run clocked 800 + feet of elevation and 4 hill reps.

DSC00945This photo is about a quarter of the way up. It’s an access only road so there’s little traffic and as you can see in the distance it really ramps up !! Todays run took me past 25 miles and it’s all “logged” on Strava. I couldn’t resist this “logged” photo on my run today 🙂


With the temperature only being 3 degrees care was needed as water runs off the fields and there were a couple of slippy patches. Thankfully I managed to stick to the speed limit too. I’ve never run seven days in a row so today was a PB !!

The legs are surprisingly good, what I aim to do now is promote the fundraising side more now that I’ve got a weeks miles done. Please read more about why I chose to run for MIND below this “speed photo”.


Week 1


Mental health is a topic close to my immediate family so I’d like to both raise awareness generally as well as funds. An advertising campaign once said “its good to talk” and this is so true when it comes to mental health. Part of the money raised will go to the Mind info line which means their information and advice is only a phone call away.

The central theme to all Mind’s work is that anyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve.

I have printed off my paper sponsorship sheet and the daily calendar to manually record the miles too. Electronically, here is the Fundraising Link

Donations of any size would be very welcome, thank you. PS I’ve also decided to throw in dry January too i.e. no cider for the month too 🙂 Strava daily updates too.

Many thanks Roger


2 thoughts on “RED January (Run every day) for MIND : Week 1

  1. Rebecca January 2, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I absolutely can not believe I’m not already following you on Strava! I have just rectified this!

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    • irunoffroad January 2, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Rebecca I’ve only started using it again in the last couple of months and I generally only log my blog run so you wouldn’t have seen me on it that often. However, it will be every day now 🙂 Thanks for the follow

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