Yesterday completed my second full week of the #mayruneveryday challenge. I can’t believe I’ve run every single day for 2 weeks now. This second week brought my fastest pace EVER, with a 9:48 minute mile, which will be hard to beat. Since then I have been very consistent with about a 10:40ish average. Really not bad at all since I was running a 12:45 / 13:00 mile before.
The day before I started this challenge, I thought about it and just didn’t know if I could commit to run every single day for 31 days. That is a a lot, I would be sore, and it just seemed overwhelming. I decided that was the whole point of a challenge. The first week went well and now, two weeks into it, I can tell you that I look forward to my run every single day and it has become a necessity.
I am amazed that I am not sore from it. The best part? I feel STRONG when I’m done. Each run is not always easy but I push through it and know that I can do it for however long I have set out. I really like the 2 mile route around my neighborhood and I’ve been doing that a lot lately. Thankfully, I only did the treadmill once during this second week. I really do not like the treadmill. I crave the sunshine and fresh air. Soon it will be five hundred degrees outside, so I’m going to enjoy it before then.
And an amazing little tidbit? I am still running every one of these miles – no walking. Further proof that the comfort zone is a made-up place.
Total mileage for week 2 is 12.59 miles so I am on track to hit 50 miles for the month if I keep it up. I am determined to hit that! I am ready to start week 3!
What is the most mileage you’ve ever run in a month? What is your longest running streak?
If any of you are anything like me, music plays a huge part in your fitness routine. It’s just recently that I started running without music, something I never thought I’d be able to do. I am surprised at how much I enjoy it, especially when I am running near the water. But, back to music…
I am have quite a random music selection on my iPhone because my moods are all over the place with what I want to listen to on any given day. One day it might be rock, the next day country, maybe pop music another day. I don’t know what kind of music mood I’m in until I walk out the door and push play. One look at my half marathon playlist is proof of how I love an assortment of music.
One song in particular I have loved for years and it has become a bit of a running anthem for me. Because running is such a mental release for me, this song plays well into that. It’s a reminder that even when things aren’t going right or something is bothering me, not to let it get me down. This song is Best of You by the Foo Fighters. I absolutely love this song. Sometimes the person that’s getting the best of me, is ME.
What is one song that keeps you going? Share!
Five half-marathons, two 8Ks, and five 5Ks later, I have found my inner #fitfemale. I have challenged myself in ways I never thought possible. I didn’t start running until I was 36 and that was only for a bit. I played tennis and softball when I was very young, but I never ran in school. I was in band which meant I didn’t have to take PE, which thankfully meant no running. I used to joke that I would only run if being chased and I bet even that would not have been very fast.
That crazy idea I had at the end of 2011 to run a half marathon changed me. I thought I was crazy for wanting to do it, it would be a one-time thing and that would be it. Running my first half marathon at age 40 in February 2012 just seemed like a fun thing to try. I never imagined it would be the experience that it was and that of all things, I would go and run for fun. Every race since then has been just as rewarding.
Running has become a necessity. Of course there are days where it’s the last thing I want to do. But I know that it’s exactly what I need to do. As much for my well-being and my sanity as my waistline and health. It has made me stronger in so many ways. It has become a huge part of my most recent Weight Watchers journey.
When you run a half marathon, or challenge yourself to run every day of the month, or do bridge training week after week, you realize how strong you really are and how bright that fire is inside of you. You realize that anything is possible. In a world that is full of drama, chaos, and uncertainty, it is one of a handful of things I can control.
I take away something good from every single run, even the hard ones. It’s an instant mood lifter, a huge boost of confidence, and it has the ability to calm my anxiety and nerves. If something is bothering me and has me feeling overwhelmed, a good run will suddenly make anything seem possible and manageable. I wish my inner #ftifemale was around several years ago when I had to take an anti-depressant, but that was another time.
Yesterday, I had a first. I went for my afternoon run, 2.06 miles. And this happened… I ran a 9:48 mile. I have never run that fast. I may not run that fast again tomorrow or the next day, but it’s just another reminder that anything is possible.
If you think you can’t run, you are wrong. I am proof of that. Throw on those shoes and go for a run and see how it changes your life. It has changed mine.
Have you celebrated your inner #fitfemale? Or is there an inspirational #fitfemale you’d like to share with me? Also, be sure to visit the Fit Female Campaign over at WomenRaces.com to read posts and share your own!