30 Day Challenge Revisions

So, I challenged myself to 30 days of running/biking at the beginning of the month as a way to kickstart my running again.

Thankfully, the challenge has gotten me back into my shoes and back outside running and running like I have in the past. However, I have had to make revisions to my challenge.

I knew from the start that with my bum knee and my wonky ankle that I wouldn’t be able to run every single day, so I included biking in the challenge. However, I just don’t feel like biking. I don’t care for it much… plus the uber lazy lazy part of me refuses to sack up and get that stupid tire fixed (again… seriously, biking is such a hassle, there are so many moving parts). So… last week I was rounding out a solid 10 days of consecutive running and another 3 days of consecutive running, when I decided I needed to make a change. The challenge is really about getting healthy and enjoying yourself… and when it comes to running, I don’t believe in beating yourself up physically or mentally. Last week was particularly tiring for me, and I spent a good chunk of the afternoons after my runs napping, sipping gatorade, and watching t.v. Behavior that completely defeats the challenge. So I made some revisions.

I will maintain my active 30 days, but on days that I need a break from pavement pounding, I’ll take my dog for an extra walk or chase her around the yard for an extra 15 minutes (she’s a weeny one, so 15 minutes and she’s normally pooped). So… I’m adding “walking” to my challenging. Because… it’s really just about moving your butt. Maybe I should call it the 30 day “Move Your Butt” campaign.

 

Day 7 – One Week!

Hello hello my friends!!

Today has been amazing so far!! I did wake up later than I normally do, but I made it to the lake at 10:30 and bopped through my 3 miles. It was raining pretty hard, but like I promised “RAIN OR SHINE” so I ran. I was the only person at the park, but I loved every single minute of it. I saw an adorable duck with her adorable ducklings crossing my path, I saw some deer grazing in the woods, a beautiful swan fishing, and a bunch of these beautifully colored birds flitting through the air. It was amazing to just get out and run on my own, without anyone else on the path.

I always thought that running with other people made me faster, and that I enjoyed the competition of spotting a person and passing them… but I think I actually prefer today. It was quiet and beautiful and I could really focus on my running and just enjoying the absolutely gorgeous nature happening around me. I even danced a little at the end!

After my run, I ate a little and headed to run errands before hitting the library. I picked up a couple treats for myself to reward myself for the 7th day of my challenge. I just got here (the library) and the rain doesn’t look like it is going to let up, so I’m actually kind of excited to run again tomorrow in the absolutely quiet park in the rain.

Oh… and today, I wore spandex shorts, running tank, and hat from Nike. I topped off with a new rain jacket from GAP, which I am absolutely in love with. I found a similar one online in case you want one… go HERE. I bought it in an XL (I know… I’m a little nuts) but I like my running gear to be long and the hoods to be big, so I usually buy the biggest size. This one has scrunchy pulls so I can make it work.

What have you gotten into today? Did you see anything amazing? Do you like running in the rain??