On Fridays, we RUN!
In preparation for another half marathon that I still can't believe I've signed up for, I will be participating in a 2 mile (minimum) a day challenge to help motivate myself to get up, get moving and log some miles even on days when I really don't feel like running. I will of course run more than 2 miles as I train and get closer and closer to race day, as well as take required breaks when needed, but the point of this challenge is to motivate myself to get moving and to run more and more frequently. Join me! No? You're not that insane and hate running you say? Well, I sorta kinda d̶o̶ did too, but keep reading!
When I signed up for my first half marathon last year, I never in a million years thought that I would willingly compete in any race that required me to run more than 2 miles. You see, although I've competed in various sports growing up and into my adult years, running long distances was never and has never really been my thing. Maybe it was my lack of motivation, or the fact that I thought I didn't have the stamina it took to endure running long distances. I was the girl who used to skip out on doing the mile run during gym class and pre-season workouts. Shoot, I could barely get through running 2 to 3 laps around a standard 400m track let alone run a mile without stopping. Not because I wasn't in shape (okay this may have a little bit to do with it), but because I absolutely DESPISED running and to be honest, I just wasn't good at it. Sure I could sprint, I could jump, and I could shoot, throw, and catch a ball, but I could not for the life of me run more than a mile straight without stopping, wheezing and feeling like I was going to pass out. But my hate for running long distances slowly began to grow on me and turned into a strange love after last year. It only took me about 28 years to find this new found love but here I am, and here's why I fell in love.
Last year I pushed myself harder than I ever had in my athletic career. It wasn't that I wasn't in shape to run longer distances, or because I was physically unable to, it's because I simply didn't try. I'd feel uncomfortable, make up excuses why I couldn't run farther and I'd just stop. It's funny how we tend to dislike things that seem unpleasant, or that we are not automatically good at. But when we push ourselves out of our comfort zone, it's amazing what we can do. I proved that to myself last year when I ran distances I didn't think I could ever run. I challenged the notion that you never know unless you go and boy, did I GO! At a time of 2 hours and 5 minutes I finished a half marathon that I never thought I'd ever run. I now understand the meaning behind runners high and I can't get enough!
I'm still no expert runner and I'm sure my form is completely HORRIBLE, and there are still days where I dread running more than 1 mile.. but I do it and now have the confidence to know that I CAN do it. I set out and accomplished what I wanted to do which was complete a half marathon, and here I am! One year later, gearing up to do yet another! I've fallen in love.
Be insane with me and join me on this challenge! First challenge is 2 miles a day for 30 days.
If you have the Fitbit App, add me!
How to join:
Running or walking 2 miles a day can significantly improve your health. Read why you should run, jog, or walk 2 miles a day.