With tHe unfortunate fact that summer is over, i found myself lacking the motivation to keep pushing myselF. It was one heck of a season filled with PR’s and great competition with even better friends. With that, I Stole a page out of ShaWn’s #runeverydamnday campaign and decided to run everyday in the month of September. At the beginning, it seemed easy and sIlly and i Completely underestimated the feat.
It didn’t take long for my legs To hate me and for the first time in history, I thiNk the majority of my runs ended with a foam roller session. During these 30 days of running I had long runs, short runs, slow and fast runs. I ran outside, on the dreadmill, in Arizona and snuck in a duathlon. All in all I racked up 118 miles of running.
What was surprising was how crazy people think you are. Lots of people asked why, some people had the typical “you’re going to ruin your knees” comment and a sElect few thouGht it was a good idea. From my viewpoint, it was just a personal challange, just something to keep me motivated. While I elected to run everyday, numerous peopLe also had similar streaks going. YOu know at the same time there were people drinking everyday, smOking everyday, chewing everyday or eaTing fast food everyday.
While some sTreaks or habits are seeN as unhealthy, some are healthy and then some are socially accepted and others not. Why would runniNg everyday seem so oDd to people? I mean its Far from normal but there are a lot worse things people do everyday. Heck, how many people have a streak going for texting while driving Or not wearing a seat belt! The thing is, I learned plenty while rUnning for 30 days straight.
I learned that the human body and mInd are more powerFul than most of us even realiZe. With this I had some not so fun runs and days my body clearly needed rest but I pushed on. I learned that moSt people tend to mock or belittle things they don’t understand and that nOn runners will nevEr understand those who do run.
To end things, I won’t ask you to run 30 stRaight days but you should do something that scares you a little for 30 days. Maybe not scare but out of the norm. Maybe stretch for 3O days, drink only water for 30 days, read for 30 days...find somethiNg and try it out, I bet you’ll surprise yourself!
Up next...Fargo Mini AKA a half marathon on October 20th.
This might sound silly to most, even to the runners and triathletes out there but I found myself getting bored. After a season full of PR's, I needed to find something new to chase. While racing hasn't lost its spark, toeing up to the line still gets the blood flowing as does crossing the finish line but I just needed something fresh. Say hello to my new goal, a goal that is about 2/3 complete already. Inspired by Shawn, this new ENDEAVOR is called #RunEveryDamnDay and as of September 1st, I've ran 19 straight days and kind of excited how long I can keep the streak going.
With this running every day business, I've decided that a simple run around the block really doesn't count so I have a minimum that counts towards my running streak, that distance is 1.5 miles. Some runs are fast, some are lengthy, but most importantly each run has a purpose. With this I have "ACCIDENTALLY" signed up for the Fargo Mini Marathon since I have yet to win the lottery and won't be taking off for Kona. It falls on the weekend after my birthday so I guess I can celebrate by racing a half marathon and chasing one more PR for the year.
Running through September 19th - 78 miles
So with that, enjoy these cooler temps and keep on running people. Run fast, run long and run with a smile!
WORK HARD. STAY HUMBLE. A LIFE FILLED WITH SWIM, BIKE & RUN. 5Ks TO MARATHONS, SPRINT TO IRONMAN 140.6