Thursday, May 19, 2011

Challenging Myself

Nonrunners cannot see how they can afford the time to run every day. But runners cannot imagine getting through a single day without it.
-Kevin Nelson, The Runner's Book of Daily Inspiration

That was the Runner's World quote of the day yesterday, and you know what struck me? I'm a runner, but lately I have not made the time to run consistently. My last half marathon was on May 1st, and it seems like I've barely run since then. I love races, and one of the (many) reasons is that they give me motivation to train and try to improve. I'm a little bit ashamed to say that I need that extra push of an upcoming race to get my butt out the door. When I don't have a training plan, I get a little lazy. Its about time I changed that! The other day I came across a 30 day challenge on Victoria's blog and decided that I'm going to do it, too. The challenge is to run at least 1 mile every day for 30 days. I think this is a pretty reasonable goal, because even on my busiest days I should be able to fit in one mile. That's less than ten minutes! I'm not going to accept any excuses from myself. I started the challenge yesterday, May 18th. I ran 3 miles before lunch and then went to an afternoon Bikram class. Does anyone else want to join me in this challenge?

I figure that since I'm doing one challenge, I may as well do another. I've been meaning to start the 100 push ups challenge for quite a while now, but haven't gotten around to it. I was waiting to start it with Pat, but we haven't quite gotten our acts together, so I'll begin it myself. He'll be jealous when he sees how ripped my arms are in a couple weeks!

Do you like setting goals? I find that I'm a lot more productive when there's something tangible I'm trying to achieve.


  1. I definitely do better when i set goals for myself. Then I post it on my blog so that I feel doubly accountable. I feel bad if I let down the internet world. :)

    Good luck on the 30 day challenge and the 100 push ups as well. I see a lot of people doing that challenge!

  2. Oh how in sync our brains were today and yesterday (;