So in January I wrote This post on 31 miles in 31 days about challenging my body to run, more then I have before and to stick with something and see it through. I'm not always good on follow through. And I give up way too easily.. call it laziness, call it complacency.. whatever. I don't see things through. So, as I began to make some changes in how I eat and as I started running a little more then before, I challenged myself. 31 miles in 31 days for the month of January.
And I did it. I actually did 31 miles in 29 days.. and my last run of the month was a 4.25 mile run. And it was really hard! But I did it. ran the whole stinkin thing. But even more then running 4.25 miles at one time - I stuck w/ running for the month. I made myself run when I really didn't want to - even if it meant going to the unheated, dusty, unfinished, stone walled basement to run 1 or 2 miles on the treadmill while the kids sat on a blanket watching a show on the IPAD. I did it. When I was tired.. I ran. When I was overwhelmed and stressed.. I ran. When I was feeling good.. I ran. And I enjoyed it. Most days. But I also felt myself get faster and running get easier. And I know that surprises me and it shouldn't.. because of course if you stick to something long enough.. you get better.
So, I have no new challenge for February. And February started on a youth retreat, and then a snow storm.. and I havn't run in nearly a week. But I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'll run again. Maybe tomorrow, or maybe next week. And maybe by next week I'll think of a challenge for March. But for now, I'm okay with not having a challenge.
Thanks to all of you who encouraged me and were excited along with me as I ran. The accountability was good for me, as was the fun of knowing people were following along! :)
I also read a really good book in January that I want to do a post on AND I went on a really fabulous youth retreat that I'll post about too. And it snowed a lot in January. And I think it's going to snow a lot in February. So.. there's all that too.
Snow, books, retreats, runs.. It's all Good.