If there is one thing that I hate – it is being cold. I love Spring, Summer and Fall … but when it turns cold outside something in me just shuts down. The weather this year has been pretty tame so far, but winter has hung on a little too long for my taste!
This being said, my New Year’s resolution is to run 1,000 miles this year … outside. Since we are saving up for our kitchen updates, Scott and I decided that it would be best for us to suspend our gym membership. So, I’ve had to run all these miles outside so far. It hasn’t been too bad, and I been really good at bundling and layering, but I’m so relieved to finally put away my thermal tights, stocking cap and gloves! It was getting to the point that I felt like Joey from Friends:
So far I’ve reached 300 miles. I’m about 28 miles behind, but, I’m definitely not throwing in the towel yet!
The reasoning behind all of this is to become a more consistent runner/worker-outer. Medical journals, doctors, fitness gurus all say that you are supposed to get 30 minutes of exercise each day. Well … I was lucky to be doing that 2-3 times a week … tops. Most people think that I am some fitness freak, but I’m really not! I played sports in school, but it wasn’t until college that I took up running. I’m just like everyone else, I envy those early morning people who LOVE to work out every. single. day at 5 a.m. I don’t. I hate it!!
So this self-inflicted challenge is to get my butt moving. Towards the end of December last year I decided to make my master spreadsheet.
Disclaimer – I love spreadsheets. Like, freaking love them. I think I might need therapy.
The first thing with any challenge is to BE REALISTIC. I knew that even if my life depended on it, there was no way that I was going to run 2.74 miles each day (1000/365). Plus, since all my miles were going to be outdoors, inevitably within a year there were going to be some crappy weather days where there is no possible way I could go run “in that”.
I also knew that I needed at least 1 day off during the week. Your body needs time to recover. Take a day and watch movies or just hang with the husband and do house projects. 🙂 I also travel frequently with work and also knew that I wasn’t going to run 90 miles in the month of December.
So my little math brain and Excel spreadsheet started pumping out numbers and I came to something like this:
It’s probably pretty teeny-tiny, but if you squint and see, I weighted the nicer-weather months with more mileage and the colder ones with less. I gave myself every Sunday off and put in a longer run on Saturday. Also in the colder months I gave myself an extra day off to help with inclement weather and because I hate running in the cold!
So, being 4 months into the challenge, what have I learned?
1. I like to run again! I was getting to a point where I didn’t want to go for a run because I didn’t feel 100%, so I knew that my run wasn’t going to be at my optimal pace, that I may have to walk. Excuse after excuse. I made a promise to myself that this time around I would go out and just run. Who cares if I walked half of it. Enjoy the run!
2. By just trying to achieve a monthly mileage goal, I’ve made some new running buddies! I’m not hard-set on finding someone my pace. I’ll run with anyone. Plus I love cheering others on and helping them achieve their goals. It’s a lot less lonely than setting a PR, but not having someone to share in the enjoyment.
3. When I’m not laser focused on a time goal or a certain pace, I actually enjoy my surroundings. Like these photos taken from a couple different runs:
I’ll keep you updated with my progress and hopefully (fingers crossed!) I won’t have fallen so far behind by December that I have to run 10 miles a day…. let’s really hope that doesn’t happen!
Do you have any fitness or new years resolutions that you are still trying to keep?