After a few months off with injury, it’s great to be running again. But with no events lined up in the next few months, getting out has been tough.
Put simply, I’m lacking motivation.
What to do…
How do I get back into the habit of running regularly? This has been on my mind for weeks.
I’ve decided I need a mini-challenge. Something that forces me to get my running clobber on, head out and pound the trails, whatever the weather.
During a run in late November, an idea popped into my head: why not run every day in December ’till Christmas Day? Kinda like an advent calendar, but instead of scoffing chocolate for 25 consecutive days, I run. Perfect!
The only rule: minimum 3 miles a day.
The first is ‘Primate Change’, a book written by Vybarr Cregan-Reid (@vybarr).
Reading it reminded me, possibly more than any other book, that we’re built to move, not sit on our arse. When we’re active, we’re rewarded. When we’re inactive, we struggle.
The book makes me want to channel my inner hunter-gatherer and be more active. And that can only be a good thing.
The second reason is that challenges like this are my best way of keeping motivated.
Last year, I set myself the goal of running 10km a day for the month of May. It cost nothing and rather than get more tired as the month went on – which is what I expected – I got stronger. I loved every second of it.
Running 25 consecutive days in winter will be a similar challenge. Achievable but by no means easy, especially with a few festive hangovers sprinkled through the month.
So far, so good
Two days in is not the best time to assess how I’m getting on. But, the weather’s been atrocious and I’ve been out both days.
I guess it’s working then. That’s the beauty of a challenge 🙂