I've been an off and on runner (ok, jogger) since I was about 13 and ran around the neighborhood with my friend next door. Now that I think about it, we were a pretty good pair motivating each other to get out the door and run the ~1.3 miles around the "triangle" near our house.
As an adult, my usual pattern has been to start running. Sign up for a long run/race to motivate myself to train. Run race. Quit running. Get out of shape. Get annoyed. And, eventually, repeat the cycle.
Last Thanksgiving I read about Elise's "mile-a-day" challenge which sounded challenging but doable. Before that I was in a decent habit of running ~3 miles every other day but that often got pushed to every third day which, let's face it, ends up being about twice a week.
Playing along on instagram with the #mileaday hashtag was pretty motivating and got me through a really, really cold spell last December. At some point during mile-a-day I read a comment on Elise's IG feed from a woman who said she had done mile-a-day last year and just kept going and was now on day 365 of consecutive running! Wow! I had a hard time imagining how that was possible but a month into daily running I could imagine it might work. By January I decided to go for it and have been running a mile (nearly) every day since. In July or so I upped it to two miles a day. Yes, I've missed a few days (June was especially bad) but, importantly I haven't let a few bad days/weeks completely throw me off track.
And now, to celebrate almost a year of regular running I signed up for a half marathon.
In related news, Biscuit has joined the running club at school and last Friday I had the distinct pleasure of running 1.8 miles with her and her fellow club members.
A few things about daily running:
- I love the RunKeeper app. I use the free version. I got a three month free upgrade for participating in one of thier challenges and thought I would love the premium product but honestly, it doesn't have any additional features I actually want.
- I like to run at night which seems to be an odd choice but is perfect for me. Only negative is that it's dark (duh!) and I have had two reasonably unpleasant falls. Gotta stick to known territory in the dark.
- I love podcasts. I listen to them every. single. run. and sometimes it's a new episode that gets me out the door.
- At this point I actually look forward to my evening runs. It's my out-of-the house alone time. Really good thinking time, sorta like a shower. Some days when I run earlier in the day I'm actually a little bummed that I don't have an evening run to look forward to (but not so bummed I do two workouts).
- In addition to being good for RunKeeper and podcasts I love that my iPhone has a camera so I can stop to take photos and post to Instagram with the #seenwhilerunning hashtag. Photography may or may not be an excuse to take a little breather :) The photos above are all from my IG feed.
Wish me luck on the half marathon. And even more, on not quitting running immediately after the race!