run 30

So, last summer I did this challenge where I ran a 5k everyday for 30 days. It was the best thing I have ever done for my health. And I am not just talking about my physical health - my mental health was greatly improved by the entire process. I never once thought that I was capable of running like that, let alone enjoying it.

It all began with the idea that it takes 30 days to create a habit. It was not easy, but totally worth it. By the end of month, I was noticeably happier and five dress sizes smaller. Yep, you heard me. In that intense 30 days, I lost all the baby weight from Matilda's pregnancy. Crazy, I know.

Winters are hard on me. I was able to get a short-term gym membership and I ran there often, but it wasn't enough, and it didn't feel the same. The noise of the gym and over stimulation of TVs and blaring music didn't motivate me like the quiet of running outside. So I gained a bit back, but with the weather fining up (a term from our Australian days), I am ready to challenge myself once again.

So here I go. I am starting my RUN 30 and I would love it if you would join me. Pick a distance and stick to it. Walk if you don't feel ready to run. But do it everyday for 30 days and I promise you that you will feel better.

Here are my five tips for success:
  1. Make it a part of your day - don't make excuses. Part of you will try to talk yourself out of going, but I can promise you that never once did I regret going. I always feel best right after a run and you will too.
  2. Do what makes you happy. If running with a friend motivates you to be consistent, then set something up. If you are like me and need that time alone to think without the pressure of going too slow for someone else, then go it alone.
  3. Daydream. I found that running is a total mental game. If you are thinking about your running, how tired you are, or when you will be done, then your body will feel exhausted and your brain will start convincing you to stop. But if you can just daydream and let go, your run will be over before you know it. Trust me, it works. 
  4. Use an iPod, Fitbit, or other kind of tracker. When you start seeing the time spent and miles stack up, it is a reward all its own.
  5. Avoid binge eating after a run or having a treat because you earned it. Your reward is feeling accomplished, feeling healthy, and finishing the 30 days with a new perspective.
I will let you in on my progress and you let me in on yours!

P.S. The family came with me on a run last weekend. I was chasing Parker on his bike and he fell hard. I felt horrible, but he got right back on and I was so proud of him. Also, the bike we got him for his birthday ended up being too big and too heavy. Should we try to return it or just hold onto it until next year?

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