To be honest, after I completed my running challenge I won the couch potato award. However, when the sun showed himself last week I couldn’t find any other excuse than to go for a run! And although it was one of my worst runs ever, I really enjoyed the sun! It was the first time in 2013 that I let my tights in my closet and put on some shorts. This came with a little problem as well as I don’t have any pockets in my shorts so I used this trick for my keys. It’s quite a well-known trick but I thought I’d share it after all! Just wrap them in your shoelace and make sure you tie them good so they won’t slip away during your run.
The challenge is almost over but I thought I’d give you an update from every week so far! And although it was quite though, I had more fun running than I ever expected as I always really, really hated to run. My best friend Linda just started her own company and I’m helping her out with her website (still work in progress!) and marketing related things. When I told her about the challenge she offered to help me with a special schedule and some exercises to prevent injuries. As I wasn’t the best runner when I started we decided to change the goal from 5KM in 30 minutes to 5KM in 35 minutes. With my new schedule I had to run 2 times a week and do exercises on the other days.
So this was just before my first run. My schedule for the first week was based upon the idea that I could run for 8 minutes, so for the first workout I had to run 8 minutes – walk 4 minutes – run 8 minutes – walk 2 minutes – run 8 minutes – walk 4 minutes – run 8 minutes. Seems quite do-able don’t you think? Well I can tell you I WAS EXHAUSTED! The third 8 minutes of running I though I could fall on the ground every minute. But I kept going so I was quite proud of myself that I finished it.
I’m running with the Nike plus app, which keeps track of all your runs. Something I think is SUPERCOOL is that you get trophies, I know it’s kind of dumb but it’s really working. I’m running just a little bit further so I can add a trophy to my list.
This was my first run. Not a fantastic one, but hey, it was the first one. The second run went much better already, although I though it would be a disaster as I had to run for 10 minutes in stead of 8 with the first training.
So this was my first week!
The first time I read about 30 day challenges was on the blog of Girls Love 2 Run and in particular the Ted Talk from Matt Cutts. Although I wasn’t that inspired by his talk (he doesn’t really has a convincing attitude about him in my opinion, his talk is a bit dull) but the idea of a 30 day challenge got stuck in my head. Maybe you’re already familiar with the idea that it takes 21 days to install or lose a habit. This idea combined with the 30 day challenge made me decide to do a 30-day-challenge! And not alone, Michiel decided to join me, with another challenge!
30 Day Challenge
The basis is simple, you set a goal for yourself and keep up to it for 30 days. After that you can decide if it is a good habit or you can’t wait to get rid of it. Best case scenario is of course that you choose a habit that will stick after the 30 days. However if something just isn’t your thing it’s no problem to let it go. You tried it for 30 days and that’s good! One month is really do-able but also long enough to change your lifestyle (if you want to). Challenges can be quite different, like doing something for 30 days in a row or set up a goal for the end of the month that you have to achieve.
Running 5 km in 35 minutes
Yes, that’s my challenge for this month! Well this month… My first day started on April 22th so on May 21st I have to run 35 minutes continuously. Luckily, my best friend is a die-hard sporter and physical therapist who just started her own company The Health District, with which she will give sport lessons, yoga, massages and more. We’ve been working a lot together lately as I made her website (which is still under construction but I’ll show you when it’s done!) and we’ve done a photoshoot together as well for her promotion material. She set up a schedule for me in which I have to train twice a week (she actually wanted three times a week but I don’t have so much time unfortunately) and do extra exercises during the other days of the week.
So why did I started this challenge? First of all, I really think it’s good to be healthy (yes it seems like the new trend to be healthy but I really think this is a good one!). I was really shocked by this Ted Talk from Jamie Oliver about children and food in the US. Since last year I got more interested in cooking and I try to use a lot of natural ingredients. Supermarkets offers so much ‘easy food’ which I believe is not good for us. Just as Jamie said in his talk, we eat so much sugar and don’t know about it. So I started to focus more on healthy food as well. And it’s quite easy if your boyfriend is also interested in health! But healthy food is not all I think so I wanted to exercise more. At the beginning of this year I bought a new running tight and running shoes which stayed in my closet untouched (yeah I know…) until I read about these 30 day challenges and decided it was really time to get them out of the closet! Of course the challenge doesn’t have to be about health. Michiel for example is doing a challenge with me, he has to read half an hour everyday for 30 days.
So although I didn’t plan it, this was a long story after all! I’ll keep you up-to-date about my running challenge (maybe after this one I’ll do another running challenge… at least 5km in 30 minutes because for this short time that goal was a little bit too high but maybe I’ll make it the next 30 days!) Are you familiar with the 30 day challenges? Or are you doing one right now? Or maybe planning to do so?