Friday, May 3, 2013

What I Learned in 30 Days of Running

Last month, I listed "run every day for a month" as one of my 27 at 27 goals. I decided to make April that month. This past month, I ran every single day. I ran as many as 7 miles and as little as half a mile, but no matter the length, I ran.

I averaged 2.25 miles/day for a total of 67.43 miles. While I would have liked to have run more, I'm very happy with what I did, especially after a challenging last week of running. Thanks to Google, I self-diagnosed a gluteus minimus strain. I think the combination or running and a machine I use on my glutes at the gym caused it. Whatever it was, I'm happy it's feeling better even though I haven't run more than 2 miles per day in the last week.

During these thirty straight days of learning, I learned some things:

1. Determination is key. While I've always been a determined person, setting out to run 30 days straight when you usually only run 4-5 days a week is something you have to be determined to do.

2. Discipline is required. Doing something for thirty straight days definitely requires discipline. There were a few days where I just thought "I'll do this later," but then I remembered how much I wanted to cross this goal off my list, so I did it anyway.

3. Planning ahead makes everything go much smoother and ensures I get to run. I'm married, have two children, work full-time and I'm involved in a lot of other things including the kids' activities, so actually finding the time and making the time to run and workout is essential for me. If I don't plan ahead, it doesn't happen. That means I may run into the gym for a 20 minute weight workout after I drop K.C. off at school and before work. It means instead of going out to lunch or spending an hour relaxing in the middle of the day, I run (and I've successfully determined that I can run a 10K, shower and make it back to my office during lunch). And it means that I sometimes even run upstairs on the treadmill while I have dinner cooking. Running and exercise are very important to me and I know how much better I feel when I'm active, so I may have to make sacrifices to ensure I get in a workout and I may have to do a shorter workout and run than I'd like many days, but I do something.

I want to take these three things I learned and apply them to some other things I'd like to get in the habit of doing.

This week, I've started month two of thirty days straight. The running club in my town is having a challenge named after one of our great runners who hasn't missed a day in nine years. Yes, you read that right, nine years. While I have no desire to run the next 3,285 days, I do want to finish this challenge. I've run two a day since Wednesday (13:59, 13:12 and 13:38) and I'm looking forward to the next 27.


Tarole said...

Good job on being persistent! It seems like a fun and interesting challenge! Keep up the good work :)


Kayla Peveler said...

NINE YEARS?!??? OH MY WORD. THAT is dedication!!

You go, girl!

Cassie Marshall said...

Way to go! Such a great accomplishment. I have a hard time running anything less than 3 miles at a time because I feel like I didn't do enough. I might benefit from something like this, just running a half a mile or so on the days I would usually not run instead of going all out on my on days. I need to learn to get away from distance and just listen to my body. Thanks for the inspiration!

allisonwest said...

Good for you and keep up the good work. I've just recently started making the time to jog ( i am not officially a runner) but have been making myself get up (pitch black outside) and workout while the kids sleep. I'm 2 weeks in and have never felt better!

Jen said...

9 YEARS?!!!! Incredible. But to be is your 30 days. What an awesome goal to accomplish sweetie. You are such a running inspiration!!!!