Additional Challenge -(30 days)
In addition to Challenge 5 – Fear Factor https://yoginijen.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/challenge-5-fear-factor/ I am running a 30 day challenge for myself. Anyone that wants to participate is welcome to.
I had started to notice that my normally lean body was becoming… not so lean. And, I wasn’t doing some of the things that I love to do: photography and running. So, I had to take a step back and decide why I wasn’t doing these things. For photography it was because when I’m feeling rushed or stressed, I find it harder to be creative. For the running, it was an excuse mostly.
The last race I ran I was in excruciating pain from my knee. Not the knee that has had all the surgeries… but the one that has had to overcompensate for the weak knee for the past 10 years. So, out of fear of what that might mean, what injury might be in my future, what surgeries I might have to have, and from experiencing the pain… I stopped running.
I’d still set out to do a run, but, at the first sign of pain, I’d stop or I’d try to. I’m not good at telling myself to rest, relax, take it easy and instead of looking out for myself I’d push myself too far. So, because I felt my best when I was running I’ve decided to commit to myself to run (a little or a lot) for 30 days straight.
I’m a bit inspired by my friend Brian who seems to train rain or shine and somehow always keeping his motivation even when he’s not quite so happy with his times ;). There is also my friend Kim, who, despite knee pain ran her first 1/2 marathon this year! So, when I woke up this morning, Day 2 of my own personal running challenge, and woke up to 6 inches of snow and what looked like a giant pillow fight going on outside… I knew I was going to have to run anyway. Quitting on the 2nd day just didn’t seem right. And, even though, I detest the cold, I was excited to be keeping a promise that I’d made to myself. It was a bit like an adventure 🙂 And, I ended up walking quite a bit of the route I’d chosen, but, at least I’d done it. And, I felt amazingly empowered by it.
So anyone that would like to run with me (figuratively speaking) for the next 30 days…. I’d love the company 🙂
*I want to add that: lurching, jogging, skipping, walk / running… are all acceptable. The point is for 30 days put your running shoes on and say “I’m going running”. If you run to the neighbors driveway and stop to lay in the grass… that’s great! Get up walk to the next neighbors driveway and challenge yourself to run to the next. Another benefit from this… someone, I guarantee it, will see you running / walking / lurching… and they will be motivated just by seeing you. You can be that person to make a difference in someone’s life… maybe your neighbor, a coworker, your children, a spouse…. maybe your best friend, but definitely, the biggest difference you will make is in yourself