365 days of running

I have a lot of goals for 2013 (you can read about them here), and one of them includes training for a half marathon. After doing some research, I’ve decided the best way for me to start–before I even begin worrying about increasing distance and achieving long runs–is to make running a habit. So, I’m excited to share that I began working on a year long goal a couple of weeks ago: my 365 Days of Running challenge. I am really excited and a little bit scared. But I like that. I’m going to need some encouragement, so I thought I’d share what it is I’m doing with this challenge and how you can follow along!

Here are the details:

1. I have to run a distance of at least 1 mile every day.
2. I can run that distance in any length of time.
3. I’ll be utilizing daily running mantras to help inspire my run.
4. You can follow along by checking out my Instagram and my Twitter, hashtag #365daysofrunning.

I had originally planned to get through a whole month with some measure of success before sharing this on GBB. I was afraid the first couple of weeks would be fabulous but that I would tank in the second month, and I didn’t want to be horribly shamed!

But here’s the truth: the first week went amazing. I ran everyday. The 365 Days of Running community I started on Facebook took off, and it felt amazing to stay in touch with friends all over the world in such an easy and uplifting way. That really helped me push my tush that first week! (Push my tush–is that an okay saying? Or super awkward?) The second week, on the other hand…was less than stellar. In fact, I think I only ran once. I was sad because I’m starting to learn that we never get yesterday back–I will never have a chance to achieve my mile on those days ever again.

But the great thing is that today is today and that’s what I can control. Today is today. And today I ran my most amazing mile since beginning 365 Days. I’ve had a few of those runs in my day. They’ve varied in distance and in time but the feelings are always the same. Wholeness. Vibrancy. Happiness. This is why I run.

I hope you follow along…I’ll really will need TONS of encouraging words!



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